After announcing his departure from Rackley WAR at the end of August, Matt DiBenedetto hasn’t yet made any announcement regarding his plans for 2024, two months removed from his final start with the organization.
Despite his significant experience in each of NASCAR’s top-three divisions, the Grass Valley, California-native hasn’t yet been tapped in the sport’s annual silly season ride shuffle, largely due to a chronic lack of funding.
Posting an update to social media on Tuesday, DiBenedetto addressed his fans, while providing further information about what has been going on behind the scenes, as he searches for a new seat in 2024.
— Matt DiBenedetto (@mattdracing) November 22, 2023
“There are some passionate individuals that really want to know what I’m doing next year,” DiBenedetto said. “I promise, I’m not leaving anybody in the dark. Full transparency, everything’s good in our world. No, I’m not retiring – you guys aren’t getting rid of me that easy. Racing runs through my blood. I love NASCAR, I love driving in circles for a living, so I’m not going anywhere.”
The 32-year-old racer has been engrained within NASCAR’s top-three series since debuting for Joe Gibbs Racing in 2009, but has spent the last decade jumping between organizations throughout various racing series.
But, as it usually does in modern-day motorsports, it all comes down to funding – something that DiBenedetto has struggled to find in a meaningful capacity throughout his career.
“We’re looking at how to build for the next 10 years of my career, and work on building up partnerships and doing all that right,” DiBenedetto added. “It takes money to go racing, so we’re trying to sinch up some sponsorship and figure out the details for next year. There’s a couple of opportunities that are out there, but having to build it one step at a time.”
For now, as most of the industry recovers from another long, grueling season, DiBenedetto and his team are continuously working towards making sure the long-time journeyman driver is on track when Speedweeks begins at Daytona International Speedway in February.