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Who is Erika Anne Turner, Girlfriend of NASCAR Cup Series Driver Ross Chastain?

Meet the Watermelon Man’s partner and find out when their relationship became public and the cause that is close to her heart.

By Andrew Woodin
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Since joining Trackhouse Racing — the team co-owned by chart-topping Grammy winner Pitbull — Ross Chastain has attracted a lot of eyeballs, and for good reason.

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Coupled with equal parts tactical ingenuity and unrivaled fearlessness, Chastain’s a sensational talent behind the wheel. But his signature brand of aggression on the track has rubbed many of his fellow competitors the wrong way. He’s brash, unapologetic and, whether it’s dialing up wild video game-esque maneuvers like his infamous wall ride at Martinsville, or wrecking one of his fellow competitors, every time the Watermelon Man jumps behind the wheel of his No. 1 Chevrolet Camaro in pursuit of glory, there’s potential for him to add another highlight to his reel.

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Chastain seems to relish being arguably NASCAR's biggest lightning rod. And yet, the plucky wheelman from Florida remains one of the most popular drivers in the league. His skill and attitude combine for a box-office draw second to none. Among his biggest fans is undoubtedly his girlfriend, Erika Anne Turner. Here's more on how long they've been together, what she's known for, and her passion projects.

When did Ross Chastain and Erika Anne Turner go public with their relationship?

Though Chastain is a larger-than-life personality on the track, much of his relationship with Turner has been kept out of the public eye. But the couple out together at the NASCAR Awards and Champion Celebration at Nashville’s Music City Center on December 1, 2022, (pictured below) where Turner sizzled in a red sequin gown next to a spiffy-looking Chastain in a black suit.

Ross Chastain posing on the red carpet with his girlfriend Erika Turner

The Watermelon Man’s better half flaunted her love for Chastain to her Instagram followers a couple of days later, sharing a smiling snap of the pair.

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What is Ross Chastain’s girlfriend Erika Anne Turner known for?

Chastain’s girlfriend Turner is best known for being a successful model and prominent beauty pageant contestant. As a model, Turner has worked for a multitude of mega brands, including shooting commercials for Hanes underwear and Monster Energy as well as gracing the pages of People magazine. She was crowned Miss North Carolina United States in 2021 and Miss US Landscapes in 2020.

Turner earned a dual degree in Communications and Business from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, according to her bio on the website of Terri Bias and Associates, a Clemmons, North Carolina-based real estate firm for whom Turner now works.

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What type of charity work is Ross Chastain’s girlfriend Erika Anne Turner involved in?

In addition to her modeling work, Turner is invested in supporting cancer research and screenings. According to her bio on United States National Pageants, both her grandmother and great-grandmother battled ovarian cancer, so Turner has promoted early detection awareness. She says she worked to push for the passing of Sybil's Bill in North Carolina, which would provide free cancer screenings for all women.