Contract Status: Drivers: 2014; Primary Sponsor: ?
Whitt replacing Ragan at Front Row? Denied UPDATES: According to a Tweet by BK Racing's minority owner Anthony Marlowe, Cole Whitt will be taking over the #34 Ford of Front Row Motorosports that has been driven by David Ragan for the previous three years.(11-26-2014)
UPDATE: Anthony Marlowe, who was the co-owner of the #26 team with Cole Whitt at Swan Racing and now is the part-owner at BK Racing, posted an interesting tweet late Tuesday night. Apparently, Whtt's representation sent a letter to BK Racing late last week informing team principals the driver would not be returning in 2015. Whitt moved with Marlowe to BKR before Richmond in April after Swan folded. When Motorsport.com reached out to Ragan on Wednesday morning about Marlowe's tweet, the veteran replied via text, "I don't know. I haven't been told anything is changing on my end."(Motorsport)(11-26-2014)
UPDATE 2: A BK Racing co-owner tweeted congratulations to Cole Whitt on landing the #34 ride at Front Row Motorsports for next season, but a Front Row Motorsports spokesperson said there are "no expected changes with the 34 car." David Ragan drove the #34 car this past season, finishing 32nd in points. Shari Spiewak, a spokesperson for Front Row Motorsports said Wednesday morning that it was anticipated that Ragan will be with the team again in 2015. "The team is working on getting its 2015 plans finalized and, hopefully, should be able to have everything buttoned up in a few weeks," Spiewak told Motor Racing Network. Ian Moye, a spokesperson for BK Racing, said that the team has not announced any of its drivers for next season. Whitt, JJ Yeley and Alex Bowman finished the season with the team this past year.(Motor Racing Network)(11-26-2014)
UPDATE 3: It's not every day that a NASCAR team owner publicly apologizes for an error he made, especially in a large forum such as Twitter. But give BK Racing minority owner Anthony Marlowe credit for making a classy move at righting his wrong by offering exclusively to MotorSportsTalk a heartfelt apology and explanation for his inadvertent actions. Here is Marlowe's entire statement to MotorSportsTalk:
"I did not intend for it to make national news," Marlowe said of his original tweet. "Aside from it being smart alecky, it was just a tweet congratulating a friend, and current supplier of driver services on his ride for next year. We could have had someone else drive the 26 car this year at BKR, but my new partners and I felt (Whitt) deserved a full season after his past NASCAR teams were not committed to him for the long term, along with his auspicious start to the 2014 season. That mission was accomplished. Additionally, we offered Cole (and it has been on the table since July) a multi-year option contract in the Cup series. Needless to say, I wish he would have stuck around and built this franchise with us over the years, but he obviously has and/or somehow created a better opportunity somewhere else."
On David Ragan / The number:
"I should have left the #34 out of it (the tweet). Although I am fairly confident based on my multiple sources that he (Whitt) is going to Front Row, not all of those sources have been so sure it is the #34 car. Regardless if time tells us any of this is true or not, I feel like I owe David Ragan an apology. He is a Cup winner and seemingly great guy. I sincerely regret him being pulled into this."(NBC Sports)(11-28-2014)
Swan Racing suing Xxxreme Motorsports: not much info but a Swan Racing Company, LLC v. XXXtreme Motorsport, LLC et al lawsuit was filed on September 24, 2014 in North Carolina Western District Court, Statesville Office. Cause of Action is Diversity-Breach of Contract. More info at justia.com. XXXtreme Motorsport is now know as Team Xtreme Racing. Swan Racing ceased operations in April 2014 and haven't been heard from since. Haven't seen any updates or news on the case.(11-23-2014)
BK Racing teams up with Innovative Green Technologies on the #26 at PIR: BK Racing announced a new partnership with Innovative Green Technologies (IGT), in the Quicken Loans Race for Heroes 500 at Phoenix [being featured on the #26 Toyota of Cole Whitt]. As an Arizona company, IGT is excited about the opportunity to promote their fuelxx brand at their hometown NASCAR track, Phoenix International Raceway. "We are thrilled for this opportunity to be associated with NASCAR and BK Racing and are excited to continue our relationship with Alex Bowman as well as begin a new relationship with Cole Whitt" said Don Hawley, chairman and chief executive officer of IGT. "We are excited about the future growth paths of these emerging NASCAR drivers with our fuelxx product and establishing a mutually rewarding relationship with BK Racing that we hope will last for years to come."
"We are proud of our relationship with IGT and its revolutionary fuelxx product," said Ron Devine, team owner of BK Racing. "We welcome their enthusiasm for Cole, Alex and our team and hope that PIR (Phoenix International Raceway) is just the beginning of a long term partnership and brand alignment. Our first-hand experience with fuelxx" made us believers in their product and their company."
"I'm really excited to have fuelxx on board at Phoenix," said Whitt. "2014 has been great to partner with many excellent companies and fuelxx and their customers will enjoy a great ride this weekend."(BK Racing), see an image of the scheme on the #26 Team Schemes page.(11-7-2014)
Axxess Pharma to sponsor Whitt at Phoenix: Axxess Pharma, a specialty pharmaceutical and nutritional supplements company is pleased to announce, through its wholly-owned subsidiary, AllStar Health Brands Inc., that it will sponsor #26-Cole Whitt's car in the November 9th NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Race. The driver's car will prominently display the logos of Amazon.com and TapouT, as well as promote the TapouT's Muscle Recovery line.(Axxess Pharma/Yahoo Finance)(10-29-2014)
Uponor sponsoring Whitt at Martinsville: BK Racing announced a partnership with Uponor for the Sprint Cup Series race at Martinsville Speedway . Uponor will ride-along with the #26 car driven by Sunoco Rookie of the Year contender Cole Whitt. Uponor is a leading manufacturer and supplier of plumbing, fire sprinkler and radiant heating and cooling systems for commercial and residential building markets across North America and Europe.(BK Racing), see an image of the car on the #26 team paint schemes page.(10-24-2014)
Cole Whitt picks up Talladega sponsor: Sunoco Rookie of the Year contender #26-Cole Whitt will sport the colors of Batesville, Ark., based Bad Boy Mowers, Inc. for the final NASCAR Sprint Cup Series restrictor plate race of the 2014 season at Talladega Superspeedway. Bad Boy Inc. began operation in 1998, with the sole purpose of producing the Bad Boy zero-turn commercial lawn mower. The Bad Boy Mowers research team started working with one goal in mind: to develop the strongest, most durable zero-turn mower available and to deliver excellent quality of cut, reliability, productivity and comfort. Bad Boy Mowers are now manufactured, assembled, and stored in multiple facilities comprising over 850,000 square feet in Batesville, Arkansas.(BK Racing)), see an image of the car on the #26 team paint schemes page.(10-17-2014)
New sponsor for Whitt at Kansas: BK Racing announced a partnership with Moen for the upcoming NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Kansas Speedway on October 5. Moen will ride-along with the #26 Toyota Camry driven by Cole Whitt. As the No. 1 faucet brand in North America, Moen offers a diverse selection of thoughtfully designed kitchen and bath faucets, showerheads, accessories, bath safety products and kitchen sinks for residential and commercial applications each delivering the best possible combination of meaningful innovation, useful features, and lasting value. "Buy it for looks, buy it for life." To learn more about Moen, visit moen.com.
"We are delighted that Moen has decided to support Cole Whitt and BK Racing," said Anthony Marlowe BK Racing co-owner. "A substantial amount of Moen's consumers and prospective decision makers are NASCAR fans and we look forward to reminding all of them that Moen has the highest value innovative products and services in the industry."(BK Racing), see images of the scheme on the #26 Team Schemes page.(10-3-2014)
Mike Ford leaves BK Racing for NNS team: Athenian Motorsports announced veteran NASCAR crew chief Mike Ford has joined the team as the crew chief for the #25 Zaxby's NASCAR Nationwide Series Toyota Camry with driver John Wes Townley. Mike Ford has more than 20 years in NASCAR and has worked as a NASCAR Sprint Cup crew chief since 2000. In late 2012, he moved to BK Racing as the Director of Competition where he remained until joining Athenian Motorsports. Ford will now lead the #25 Athenian Motorsports team as crew chief for the remainder of 2014 with driver John Wes Townley beginning at Kansas Speedway, October 3, 2014.(Athenian Motorsports)(10-1-2014)
New sponsor for Whitt at Dover: BK Racing announced a partnership with Uponor for the upcoming NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Dover International Speedway on September 28. Uponor will ride-along with the #26 Toyota driven by Sunoco Rookie of the Year contender Cole Whitt. Uponor is a leading manufacturer and supplier of plumbing, fire sprinkler, radiant heating and cooling systems for commercial and residential building markets across North America and Europe. "We are very proud to showcase the Uponor brand at Dover International Speedway," said Anthony Marlowe co-owner of BK Racing. "The innovative products Uponor provides are great. We are confident that Cole Whitt's prowess will enable us to grow our sponsorship."
"I'm really excited to have Uponor on board at Dover," said Whitt. "2014 has been great to partner with many excellent companies and Uponor and their customers will enjoy a great ride this weekend." Uponor, Inc. is a leading provider of plumbing, fire safety and radiant heating and cooling systems for the residential and commercial building markets in the United States. Uponor, Inc. employs 380 people at its North American headquarters in Apple Valley, Minn.(BK Racing), see an image of the scheme on the #26 Team Schemes page.(9-27-2014)
Rinnai sponsoring Whitt at New Hampshire: Cole Whitt will race the #26 Rinnai Tankless Water Heaters Toyota Camry team car at NASCAR's Osram Sylvania 300 in Loudon, New Hampshire. Rinnai, the number-one selling brand of tankless water heaters in North America, began a partnership in June with BK Racing and Cole Whitt, who has raced the Rinnai-sponsored car in several other races throughout the 2014 racing season. Whitt continues his push toward 2014 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Rookie of the Year as the #26 Rinnai Team heads to New Hampshire. Cole currently sits in 5th place in the 2014 NSCS ROY standings and is only one point out of 4th. After successful primary runs at Sonoma Raceway and Atlanta Motor Speedway, Rinnai completes their primary partnership with Whitt in New Hampshire this weekend. Rinnai will continue the partnership with Cole Whitt and serve as an associate sponsor for the remainder of the 2014 NASCAR Sprint Cup season.(BK Racing)(9-19-2014)
Cole Whitt Makes Pit Stop at Rinnai Headquarters: Cole Whitt made a pit stop at Rinnai headquarters in Peachtree City today to celebrate the tankless water heater brand's sponsorship of his car with the company's employees. Whitt held a short Q&A, signed autographs and posed for fan pictures for Rinnai employees. Whitt is in Georgia to compete in NASCAR's Atlanta Oral-B USA 500 on Sunday, August 31, where he is scheduled to race the Rinnai-sponsored car at Atlanta Motor Speedway. Earlier this summer, Rinnai, the number-one selling brand of tankless water heaters in North America, began a partnership with BK Racing and Cole Whitt, who will race the #26 Rinnai car in select races during the 2014 racing season. "Hosting Cole at our headquarters was an honor and a great way to celebrate our new partnership with Cole and BK Racing," said Susan Mittelbrun, Rinnai's Vice President of Marketing. "Our employees were thrilled to meet Cole, and we all look forward to cheering for him and the #26 Rinnai Tankless Water Heaters Toyota Camry team throughout the 2014 racing season."(BK Racing)(8-30-2014)
Bully Hill Vineyards to sponsor Whitt at the Glen: Coming off a solid top-25 performance at Pocono Raceway, Sunoco Rookie of the Year contender Cole Whitt heads into this weekend's race at Watkins Glen International with momentum and a brand new sponsor. The colors of purple and yellow for Hammondsport, NY based Bully Hill Vineyards will adorn Whitt's #26 BK Racing Toyota Camry. Bully Hill Vineyards have served as a primary sponsor of several NASCAR teams and races over the past 15 years and continues to be a major supporter of Watkins Glen International. Since the mid-90's Bully Hill Vineyards have sponsored events such as the NASCAR Nationwide Series, the NASCAR Featherlite Modified Series and the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series. Bully Hill Vineyards, has also sponsored several drivers including Eric Bodine, Ron Fellows, Joe Nemechek and Elliott Sadler. Bully Hill Vineyards is a winery located in Hammondsport, NY, in the beautiful, Finger Lakes Region. Bully Hill Vineyards is a family owned producer of 40 different wines, all from grapes grown in New York. Currently, Bully Hill Vineyards produces 200,000 cases of wine annually, with distribution in 30 states.(BK Racing), see an image of the car on the #26 team paint schemes page.(8-6-2014)
Toyota of Scranton sponsoring Whitt: The ownership and staff of the region's number one Toyota dealership, Toyota of Scranton announced a breakthrough sponsorship of a unprecedented level with the car sponsorship of the #26 NASCAR Sprint Cup Toyota Camry, driven by rookie NASCAR sensation Cole Whitt at the GoBowling.com 400 race at Pocono Raceway on August 3rd, 2014. While the title sponsorship is a new, higher level of involvement with the races at Pocono Raceway, it is not unfamiliar territory for the dealership. In the past, as well as this year Toyota of Scranton has been a sponsor of the #51 Toyota Care and TRD Toyota of Scranton Racing Tundra and the #54 Toyota Care and TRD Toyota of Scranton Racing Tundra in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series.(BK Racing), see an image of the car on the #26 team paint schemes page.(8-1-2014)
Axxess Pharma/TapouT to sponsor Whitt for two races: Axxess Pharma, a specialty pharmaceutical and nutritional supplements company, announced through its wholly-owned subsidiary, AllStar Health Brands Inc., has partnered with BK Racing and Sunoco Rookie of the Year Contender Cole Whitt. Axxess Pharma will serve as primary sponsor of the #26 Toyota Camry this weekend at New Hampshire and Phoenix in November. Axxess Pharma will serve as an associate sponsor for the remainder of the 2014 NASCAR Sprint Cup season. Dr. Daniel Bagi, President of AllStar Health Brands, stated, "We are excited to expand the reach of our all natural TapouT sports brand, to NASCAR's highly engaged and brand-loyal consumers. NASCAR, specifically Cole Whitt and BK Racing are a natural fit for the promotion of our company and our high demand TapouT product line."
Whitt stated, "We are honored to have Axxess Pharma as an associate sponsor for the remainder of 2014. Their TapouT Muscle Recovery product is a perfect fit for our BK Racing crew. We look forward to promoting the product at all of our NASCAR races and branding the product through Facebook, Twitter, & ColeWhitt.com.(BK Racing) , see images of the car/scheme on the #26 Team Schemes page.(7-9-2014)
Scorpion Protective Coatings sponsoring Whitt: Truck bed liner, window film and protective coatings company Scorpion Protective Coatings Inc. will enter the NASCAR arena again, joining BK Racing in the team's 2014 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series campaign. Scorpion's program will include primary sponsorship for Cole Whitt's #26 Toyota Camry at the Coke Zero 400 at Daytona this weekend. Cloverdale, Ind.-based Scorpion Protective Coating Inc. was launched in 1996 and is a world-wide leader in truck bed liners, window films and specialty coatings. Scorpion boasts a highly durable, completely UV-stable truck bed liner that can be customized to fit any purpose and also offers premium films for automotive, commercial-residential, and paint protection films.(BK Racing), see an image of the car on the #26 team paint schemes page.(7-4-2014)
Vertx partners with BK Racing: BK Racing announced a partnership with Vertx for the upcoming Sprint Cup Series race at Kentucky Speedway. Vertx will ride-along on the deck lid, TV panel and c-post of the #83 Toyota Camry driven by Ryan Truex and b-post of the #23 and #26 Toyota Camry's of Alex Bowman and Cole Whitt. The entire BK Racing team will be outfitted in Vertx apparel throughout the weekend. Born out of necessity, Vertx was established after a top federal agency approached a group of award-winning designers with one simple request - to develop a line of apparel bearing full tactical features and a low-profile appearance for covert application.(BK Racing), see an image of the car on the #83 team paint schemes page.(6-26-2014)
#26 gets sponsor for Sonoma and other races: Tankless water heater manufacturer Rinnai has announced a partnership with BK Racing and NASCAR driver Cole Whitt. Beginning with the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Sonoma Raceway on June 22, Whitt will race the #26 Rinnai car in select races during the 2014 season. "We are thrilled to be partnering with BK racing and talented driver Cole Whitt," said Susan Mittelbrun, Rinnai vice president of marketing. "Rinnai is continuously investing in creative ways to connect with our customers, and we are excited about our partnership with BK Racing as it is a valuable way to engage with both our trade and consumer audiences."
"We are very proud to showcase the Rinnai brand at Sonoma Raceway and other select races this season," said Anthony Marlowe, co-owner of BK Racing. "We are optimistic that Cole Whitt's road course prowess will enable us to grow our sponsorship with the #1 selling brand of tankless water heaters in North America."
Rinnai America Corp., a subsidiary of Rinnai Corp. in Nagoya, Japan, was established in 1974 and is headquartered in Peachtree City, Ga. Rinnai Corp. manufactures gas appliances including tankless water heaters, a wide range of kitchen appliances and heating and air conditioning units.(Contractor Mag), see an image of the scheme on the #26 Team Schemes page.(6-20-2014)
Speed Stick GEAR Partners with BK Racing to Support Cole Whitt: BK Racing announced that Speed Stick GEAR is sponsoring Cole Whitt and the #26 Toyota for six NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races. Speed Stick GEAR launched its sponsorship of BK Racing last weekend at Charlotte Motor Speedway, as Whitt competed in the Sprint Showdown in an attempt to qualify for the NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race. Speed Stick GEAR will be the primary sponsor for the #26 BK Racing Toyota for the Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte, then at Michigan, Indianapolis, Bristol, Texas and Homestead. These race weekends will include show car and driver appearances in each race market. Additionally, Speed Stick GEAR will be an associate sponsor of the #26 for the remainder of the 2014 NASCAR season. The partnership reunites Speed Stick GEAR and Whitt in which Speed Stick GEAR was the primary sponsor of the #26 and Whitt earlier this year at the Daytona 500.
"I am thrilled to have Speed Stick GEAR back aboard the #26 for six races this season and for the rest of the season as an associate sponsor," said Whitt. "Their support is especially meaningful since I continue to be a loyal user of Speed Stick GEAR and their support inspires me to gear up for every single race to do my very best."
"Speed Stick GEAR provides the #26 team with an anchor sponsor to help us advance our level of performance the rest of the season," said Anthony Marlowe who is a co-owner of BK Racing. "I'm looking forward to seeing Cole Whitt and the #26 Speed Stick GEAR Toyota competing on the greatest stage in all of motorsports."
"We love this sport and Cole Whitt and are proud to once again be supporting him and BK Racing," said Bill Van de Graaf, Vice President and General Manager, U.S. Personal Care, Colgate-Palmolive. "Cole, BK Racing and NASCAR align perfectly with our brand - we are excited to further extend the partnership."
Speed Stick GEAR is a line of antiperspirants with DRYCORE technology designed for advanced performance, keeping guys dry even in the most pulse-inducing conditions imaginable - like competing in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series. New Speed Stick GEAR is now available at mass retail and grocery stores nationwide. To learn more about Speed Stick GEAR products, please visit www.speedstick.com.
As part of Speed Stick's Daytona 500 sponsorship, the company produced a riveting video chronicling Whitt's experience to qualify for and to compete in the Great American Race - that video can be seen on Speed Stick GEAR's YouTube Channel.(BK Racing), see images of the car on the #26 Team Schemes page.(5-20-2014)
Whitt gets Kansas sponsor: BK Racing's newest driver Cole Whitt will have a new look for this weekend's first-ever night race at the Kansas Speedway. The ##26 team welcome's The Iowa Chop House on-board it's Toyota Camry. Opening in July, 2014, The Iowa Chop House is an approachable, rustic, farm-to-table style restaurant and tap room offering the finest in Iowa-sourced, organic and seasonal ingredients, from prime cuts to craft beers and wine. Fittingly located in the heart of the historical downtown district of Iowa City, The Iowa Chophouse brings together local entrepreneurs and a team of talent that is focused on highlighting why Iowa has the best in food and libations.(BK Racing), see an image of the car on the #26 team paint schemes page.(5-9-2014)
Cole Whitt joins BK Racing; gets two race sponsor: As BK Racing embarks on this weekend's Toyota Owners 400 at Richmond International Raceway, the team will have several new additions to the fray including the addition of Scorpyd Crossbows as a two race primary sponsor for Richmond and Talladega. BK Racing's newest teammate Cole Whitt will drive the #26 Scorpyd Crossbows Toyota Camry as he competes for Sunoco Rookie of the Year in his debut race under the BK Racing flag. Scorpyd Crossbows and Reverse Draw Technology are both creations of Crossbow innovator Jim Kempf. The technology that Jim Kempf created has now lead Scorpyd Crossbows to be one of the most effective hunting tools to date.(BK Racing), see an image of the car on the #26 team paint schemes page.(4-25-2014)
Swan Racing Restructures UPDATE Yeley in for Kligerman: Swan Racing announced it has successfully restructured the company by finding solutions for the #26 and #30 teams in an attempt to save the jobs of the crews, the drivers, and to keep those teams competing throughout the 2014 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series. As a result, Anthony Marlowe has merged his ownership of the #26 team into BK Racing, effective immediately. Cole Whitt will remain behind the wheel of the #26. The #30 team has been sold to John Cohen of XxxTreme Motorsports, which will operate the team going forward and intends to compete with veteran driver J.J. Yeley. Stephen "Bones" Lane will serve as crew chief and be joined by several other former Swan Racing crewmembers. Driver Parker Kligerman remains under contract with Swan Racing, which will seek to identify options for him to get back on track. Team owner Brandon Davis issued the following statement:
"I want to first thank our employees, fans, and others in the NASCAR industry for their patience and understanding over the past several days while we work out the future of Swan Racing. As previously stated, the team is restructuring due to a lack of additional funding. However, over the past couple weeks we worked tirelessly to find an alternative to ending operations. Fortunately, we were able to find a home for the #26 team and the #30 team thanks to Anthony Marlowe and Jonathan Cohen respectively. "Anthony and Jonathan are both young and ambitious NASCAR enthusiasts. It is important to keep them in the sport for the long term. I am very relieved to know that the #26 and #30 teams will be in good hands and will continue to compete the remainder of the 2014 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season. Most importantly, most of the team members have the opportunity to continue their employment in the sport and to support their families. This was critically important to me. Swan Racing is exploring any and all options to keep Parker Kligerman on track throughout the season. We are encouraged by the response we have received from interested parties. Parker continues to be one of the most talented young drivers in NASCAR. He brought this racing team one of its strongest results in his first race with us, and we are certain of his success in the future.(Swan Racing PR)(4-23-2014)
UPDATE: "It went from a lot of fun to a nightmare in a matter of months," [Swan Racing owner] Brandon Davis told NASCAR.com by telephone Wednesday, after his race team farmed off both its NASCAR Sprint Cup Series cars to other organizations. "I'm not going to point my finger in any one direction. It was just the overall thing, probably adding two cars, etc. ... There were challenges there." Davis, whose Swan Energy oil and gas company has bankrolled the team for most of its brief existence. Davis was willing to dig into his pockets to get the team going last year, when it fielded one car. But he expanded to two entries for 2014 and had hoped to subsist on sponsorship dollars, and the pieces simply didn't come together in time to keep the organization operational. Combine that with the time demands of Davis' growing oil and gas businesses, and it added up to difficulty from the first weeks of the season. Davis added he's retained a few people to help "wind things down" with Swan Racing, and can't foresee the team returning to the track in any capacity in the immediate future. Although Swan lacked sufficient sponsorship dollars, money wasn't the only issue -- expansion to two cars took more of a toll than Davis expected, and the demands of his day job cut into the available time he had to help the race team grow. With two cars now in the stable, everything took double the time, money, and effort. The financial amount contributed to the team by Swan Energy, Davis said, was used up in a matter of weeks. Asked if expanding to two cars proved too much, he did not mince words. "Yes. Most definitely."(NASCAR.com)
AND: Per Xxxtreme Motorsports Twitter, the team will run the #30 Chevy at Richmond, then switch back to the #44 starting at Talladega, and have the owners points / race attempts from the #30 team (4-24-2014).
Lack of sponsorship could shut down Swan Racing UPDATE 4: Swan Racing [#26-Cole Whitt & #30-Parker Kligerman] issued the following statement Thursday afternoon: "Swan Racing is in the process of reviewing its current situation and the ability to continue to compete in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series. The team has been unable to secure the kind of sponsorship required to effectively operate the team. As a result, the team management is exploring every available option. We hope to be in position to provide a detailed update in the near future."(Swan Racing)(4-17-2014)
UPDATE: Team spokesperson Ramsey Poston told Motorsport.com that Swan is assessing its current situation. Other sources familiar with the situation said it's unlikely that Swan will field more than one car -- if any -- for the Apr. 25-26 NASCAR events at Richmond International Raceway.(Motorsport)
UPDATE 2: The Swan Racing NASCAR Sprint Cup Series team released a number of employees today [Thursday] and may not compete in the circuit's next race at Richmond International Raceway On April 26. Team employees were reportedly informed today that the team is suspending operations, and many of them are already seeking employment with other teams. Sources say there is a possibility that Whitt's #26 Toyota could be absorbed into the existing BK Racing operation, if Swan Racing is unable to continue.(Godfather Motorsports)
UPDATE 3: Swan Racing co-owner Anthony Marlowe tweeted on Thursday afternoon: "My mission is to ensure @ColeWhitt races in every #NASCAR Sprint Cup event this season."(4-18-2014)
UPDATE 4 Cole Whitt, a Sprint Cup rookie who is fourth among the 2014 rookie class at 33rd in the overall standings, is scrambling to find a ride for this weekend's race at Richmond. A representative for Fuel Sports Management Group confirmed that as of Monday morning, Whitt did not have a ride for Richmond.(Sporting News)(4-21-2014)
Swan Racing #26 team picks up associate sponsor: Swan Racing announced that it has partnered with DOC 360 for an exclusive agreement to be an associate sponsor on the team's #26 Toyota Camry during the 2014 NASCAR Sprint Cup season for driver Cole Whitt. DOC 360 is a fast growing soft drink with a bold pepper taste, owned and manufactured by Wis-Pak, Inc. "Swan Racing is very proud to partner with a growing national brand like DOC 360," said team owner Brandon Davis. "The DOC 360 brand will be part of Cole Whitt's car and I know our fans are going to love the product." DOC 360 was founded in 2011, and as a growing brand, aligns perfectly with up and coming athletes as they carve their own name in the sports world. DOC 360 encourages individual creativity and innovation in athletes and those consumers that pride themselves on taking on new challenges. "Cole Whitt is the perfect match for DOC 360," said Tim Preston, Director of Business Development. "He is as passionate for the sport of racing as we are for our products, and we're confident that the soda-loving NASCAR fan base is going to enjoy the great taste of DOC 360."(Swan Racing)(2-21-2014)
Swan Racing gets a sponsor for Daytona 500: Swan Racing announced that Speed Stick GEAR is sponsoring Cole Whitt and the #26 Toyota for NASCAR's Daytona 500. To kick off the relationship, Speed Stick will film a multi-part documentary series that will chronicle the rookie's preparation and in-car experience during this year's Great American Race - the Daytona 500, on February 23rd. Whitt, 22, is a candidate for the Sunoco Rookie of the Year award and will be competing in one of the toughest rookie classes ever. "Nothing is more heart-pounding than driving 200 miles per hour, just inches apart - especially in front of tens of millions of people," said Whitt. "Preparation is everything. My crew, my car and my body have to perform at an advanced level." Speed Stick GEAR is a new line of antiperspirants with DRYCORE technology designed for advanced performance, keeping guys dry even in the most pulse-inducing conditions imaginable - like racing in the Daytona 500. "Cole Whitt is about to embark on an experience that aligns perfectly with our brand story," said Bill Van Da Graaf. "We are so excited to be able to capture and share it as a way to inspire guys to face life head-on." Visit Speed Stick's YouTube channel on March 1st, 2014 to watch the documentary series chronicling every step of Whitt's journey from the Swan Racing team headquarters in North Carolina to the Daytona 500 checkered flag (Swan Racing), see an image of the scheme on the #26 Team Schemes page.(2-12-2014)
50 Cent and SMS Audio Join Swan Racing as Sponsor: Swan Racing announced that it has partnered with SMS Audio for an exclusive agreement to be an associate sponsor on the team's #26 and #30 Toyota Camrys during the 2014 and 2015 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series seasons. SMS Audio is an American consumer electronics manufacturer of headphones and audio products, founded by entertainer and entrepreneur Curtis "50 Cent" Jackson.
"Swan Racing is very proud to partner with a growing worldwide brand like SMS Audio and to include an entrepreneur like 50 Cent as part of our team," said team owner Brandon Davis. "The SMS Audio brand will be part of both our cars and I think our fans are going to love the product." 50 Cent, who is a successful musical artist, entrepreneur, investor and actor serves as CEO of SMS Audio, which he founded in 2011. Created with the direct input from 50 Cent, SMS Audio has brought world-class audio products to consumers, delivering studio-mastered sound and unmatched durability and style. The partnership will include SMS Audio branding on both the #26 and #30 car, branding on the driver's uniforms and Swan-branded SMS Audio headphones featuring drivers Cole Whitt and Parker Kligerman. In addition, 50 will be making appearances at races throughout the season, supporting the drivers and the partnership.
"I am pumped up for this partnership to say the least, as I am a huge hip-hop fan, I am a huge 50 fan and I rely on headphones to get me in the right pre-race mindset," said Parker Kligerman driver of the #30 Toyota Camry. "I have my headphones on anytime I am about to get on track. It's a way for me to focus and get pumped up. This partnership is an honor."
"Our partnership with SMS Audio shows how Swan Racing is gaining more and more attention from top brands," said Cole Whitt driver of the #26 Toyota Camry. "From a personal point of view I use headphones every day when I'm doing my workouts and video gaming, so I am definitely excited about my SMS Audio headphones and promoting them to our fans."(Swan Racing)(2-5-2014)
Ingersoll Rand Partners with Swan Racing: Swan Racing announced that it has signed a partnership deal with Ingersoll Rand, the maker of innovative tools and equipment, to be an associate sponsor on the #26 and #30 Toyota Camrys for the 2014 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season. Specifically, the company will provide cordless and compressed air tools to be used in the garage and pit areas for both teams. "Ingersoll Rand's tools and equipment will have a direct and positive impact on Swan Racing's performance on the track each week," said team owner Brandon Davis. "This is the kind of partner who is helping us to be a better team and to compete against the best drivers in the world." Ingersoll Rand's specialty racing tools have been a familiar sight in NASCAR garages from the beginning. NASCAR pit stops were revolutionized in 1960 with the introduction of the Ingersoll Rand 405 and then again in 1972 when the company added the twin hammer impact mechanism as it became the best-selling impact wrench of all time. Today, nearly every pit crew on the NASCAR circuit relies on the Ingersoll Rand ThunderGun for quick tire changes.(Swan Racing)(1-31-2014)
Swan Racing Adds New Investor: Swan Racing announced the addition of Anthony Marlowe as a minority owner. Marlowe, a successful business leader from Iowa City, IA, has been involved in NASCAR as a sponsor with different teams since 2011. His leadership and his experience with business-to-business deals will be increasingly valuable to the team as it seeks additional partnerships. "Anthony is an entrepreneur like me," said team owner Brandon Davis. "He has the same work ethic and the same approach when it comes to finding creative and innovative solutions. Anthony is the perfect fit for the team and will be an integral part of it going forward."
"This is a remarkable day, which for me marks the intersection of my passion for NASCAR and my dream of owning part of a professional sports team at the highest level," said Marlowe. "I kept a close eye on Swan Racing during its inaugural season last year and was so impressed with Brandon Davis, the way they do business, and their pursuit of excellence that I wanted to be part of his Cup team for the long-haul."
Marlowe joins other successful investors in Swan Racing including former NFL great Bill Romanowski. Romanowski, who played 16 seasons in the NFL, was an early investor in the team. Additionally, Romanowski's business, Lean1 Health Shakes, is a primary sponsor for Swan Racing.
Marlowe, 34, is co-founder and president of TMone (pronounced T-M-one), a domestic customer relationship management (CRM) firm supporting Fortune 500 companies. He is also the managing member of Iowa City Capital Partners, which is a private investment firm that provides equity funding to companies. Inc. Magazine recognized Marlowe in 2007, at the age of 28, as one of the 25 youngest CEOs of the 5000 fastest growing companies in America.(Swan Racing)(1-14-2014)
Swan Racing announces car numbers & crew chiefs: Swan Racing today announced that it has secured approval from NASCAR to compete in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series with the #26 in addition to the #30. Cole Whitt will pilot the #26 Toyota Camry while Parker Kligerman will drive the #30 Toyota Camry. Both Whitt and Kligerman will compete for the NASCAR Rookie of the Year award.
The team also announced that Randy Cox will be will be Whitt's crew chief. Cox was Whitt's crew chief for 12 races in the NASCAR Nationwide Series last season in which they scored four Top 10s. Steven "Bones" Lane has been elevated the competition director and will serve as crew chief for Kligerman. Lane was the crew chief of the #30 in 2013. Swan Racing competed with the #30 for all races in 2013 but for the season opening Daytona 500 in which the team entered the #26 with a special paint scheme dedicated to the 26 victims from the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting. The team will enter both cars in all 36 NSCS races in 2014. "Things are shaping up for the team," said general manager Bray Pemberton. We expect to make more announcements in the near future about new partners and sponsors."(Swan Racing)(1-7-2014)
Swan Racing assembles a new pit crew with veteran leadership: Swan Racing has made a major step in improving their team with the newly revamped pit crew for 2014. Finding quality pit crew members is a premium now a days and Swan Racing has done a great job in collecting some very skilled members. The team includes Front Changer Mark "Hollywood" Armstrong, Front Carrier Jay Gay, Jack Man Mitch Lash, Rear Changer Brody Essick, Rear Carrier Chip Goode, and the Gas Man is still TBD.(more at Pit Talks)(1-7-2014)
Swan Racing to expand to two teams with Whitt & Kligerman: Swan Racing announced that it is expanding to a multicar organization in 2014 and will compete in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series with rising stars Parker Kligerman and Cole Whitt driving Toyota Camrys. This is a major step for Swan Racing as it seeks to improve its organization and to be more competitive in the upcoming season. Swan Racing completed its inaugural season this year under the leadership of team owner Brandon Davis. "When we launched Swan Racing we pledged to race hard every lap of every race. That's what we have done and what we will continue to do. We learned a lot this year and now is the time to plan for the long term future by adding more resources to be more competitive," said Davis. Swan Racing is preparing to move into its new shop in Statesville, NC. The 25,000 square foot facility will provide the team enough space to accommodate the two teams and even grow if necessary.(Swan Racing)(12-3-2013)
Black Clover sponsoring Swan at Talladega Swan Racing announced that lifestyle apparel company, Black Clover, will be the primary sponsor for this week's NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Talladega Superspeedway. In addition, Black Clover will provide the team and its fans with a clothing line to include branded hats and tee shirts. Black Clover's vision is rooted in living life to the fullest and is exemplified by the slogan "Live Lucky". Black Clover will be on display this weekend at Talladega Superspeedway for the Camping World RV Sales 500. Cole Whitt will drive the #30 Black Clover/Live Lucky Toyota. Established in 2008, Black Clover offers lifestyle clothing and accessories for men, women and children who want the most out of life and demand the same from their clothing and gear.(Swan Racing), see an image of the car on the #30 team paint schemes page.(10-18-2013)
Kligerman to make Cup debut at Texas with #30 team: Swan Racing announced that Parker Kligerman will make his NASCAR Sprint Cup Series debut in the #30 Swan Energy Toyota on Sunday, November 3 for the AAA Texas 500 at Texas Motor Speedway. "Since I started racing, my dream like many young racers, was to get to the top, which means competing in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series," said Kligerman. "Now that Swan Racing has given me that opportunity, I hope to make the most of it. I am truly grateful for the opportunity and to Swan Racing." Kligerman, 22, is a fulltime competitor in the NASCAR Nationwide Series driving for Kyle Busch Motorsports in the #77 Toyota where he is currently 10th in points with 3 Top 5s and 12 Top 10s. In 2012, Kligerman finished the season 5th in points in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series where he had one win, 8 Top 5s and 15 Top 10 finishes. "Parker is one of the truly gifted young drivers that will be winning races in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series in the near future," said owner Brandon Davis. "We are really looking forward to evaluating him at the AAA Texas 500 at Texas Motor Speedway."(Swan Racing)(10-15-2013)
Swindell will drive for Swan Racing UPDATE:: Swan Racing will have its third different driver in as many weeks as Kevin Swindell takes over the #30 Toyota next weekend in New Hampshire. Swindell is also scheduled to drive the following weekend at Dover. Swindell is a four-time consecutive winner of the Chili Bowl who currently competes in the Nationwide Series. He's run 10 races with Biagi-DenBeste Racing with a season best finish of eighth at Indianapolis. It's also Swindell's best career finish. "They're trying to find somebody full-time for next year and move some different guys in the car and decided to use me," Swindell said on Sunday night when reached by phone. He confirmed he will drive the car the next two weeks. Swindell has never made a Sprint Cup Series start and has just 16 career NNS starts over the past four years.(Popular Speed)(9-16-2013)
UPDATE: Kevin Swindell will make his Sprint Cup Series debut this weekend when the dirt racing star competes at New Hampshire Motor Speedway in the #30 car of Swan Racing. Swan Racing owner, Brandon Davis, parted ways with former driver, David Stremme, after the event two weeks ago at Richmond, and said then he'd be looking at younger drivers the rest of the season with an eye toward filling the seat permanently for next year. "I'm not looking for someone who can bring me money. I'm looking for somebody who can drive. That's the priority," Davis said. "...A young driver is what we're looking for. We want someone we can grow with over a period of time. ... I would like to bring someone in and work with someone that is in their youth as we grow as a team. I'm 34, and if I'm going to have a driver, I'd like him to be younger than me for a lot of reasons, but the biggest one is the marketability of our race team, and what we're all about."(NASCAR.com)(9-20-2012)
Stremme out of ride after Richmond? UPDATE: Sources in the NASCAR Sprint Cup garage have confirmed that Saturday's NSCS Federated Auto Parts 400 at Richmond international Raceway will be the final race for driver David Stremme at Swan Racing. Stremme is also a minority owner in the team. Nationwide Series driver, Cole Whitt, is expected to race the car at Chicagoland Speedway next week.(Popular Speed)(9-6-2013)
UPDATE: Swan Racing announced that Cole Whitt will drive the #30 Toyota beginning at Chicagoland Speedway on September 15, 2013. Whitt replaces veteran driver David Stremme who drove every race for Swan Racing this season except for the Daytona 500. "We welcome Cole Whitt to Swan Racing as the team builds for the future," said team owner Brandon Davis. "Cole is a very talented driver with a bright future and we are eager to see him compete for Swan Racing. I also want to thank David Stremme for his commitment to the team and for helping me learn so much about the sport in my first full season in NASCAR." Whitt is currently scheduled to drive the #30 in 4 other races this season including Kansas, Charlotte, Talladega, and Phoenix. The team will finish off the season using as many as two other drivers. Those drivers will be named at a later date. "We are going to take a look at a number of young drivers this year as we begin to prepare for 2014. It is important that this team take continued steps forward in every aspect," Davis said. "I am thrilled to get back to racing in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series for Swan Racing. I told Mr. Davis that I will give him all I have to make this team successful," said Whitt.(Swan Racing/Tuckahoe Strategies)(Swan Racing/Tuckahoe Strategies)(9-6-2013)
AND David Stremme appeared surprised by an internet report that he would be out of the Swan Racing Toyota after Richmond International Raceway. "I'll be honest, I don't know what the hell is going on," Stremme said by phone Friday morning. "No one has told me anything. I thought was going to Chicago (next week)." When FOXSports.com asked Stremme if he had ownership in Swan Racing, he elected not to comment.(FoxSports)(9-6-2013)
Burton to Swan Racing? UPDATE 3: Wendy Venturini reported at the end of Fox Sports1's Race Day that the latest rumor in the garage has Ryan Newman on his way to Richard Childress Racing, but only as the third team, with #31-Jeff Burton moving to a "satellite team" for Childress. The #30 Swan Racing team was mention as the team for Burton, possibly with Caterpillar sponsorship. She also stated that David Stremme, current driver of the Swan Racing #30, is a part owner of that team, possibly complicating the deal.(9-1-2013)
UPDATE: hearing that besides Swan Racing rumor, Jeff Burton could wind up driving a car owned by Tommy Baldwin (#7, #36) with chassis and engines from RCR.(9-3-2013)
UPDATE 2: Jeff Burton will not return to Richard Childress Racing in 2014, sources close to the organization told ESPN on Wednesday. Sources say financial concerns played a key role in the decision. Asked for comment, Burton said only that an announcement about his future will be made at 12:30 pm/et on Wednesday, and a press conference will follow at 1:00pm/et. Burton did, however, note that, "I've had no conversations with anyone about 2014, concerning my driving future." Attempts to contact RCR personnel were not immediately returned. For weeks, Burton has been the subject of much speculation, as rumors began to swirl in the Sprint Cup garage that Ryan Newman was a candidate for Burton's #31 car in 2014. One report earlier this week had Burton leaving RCR and moving to Swan Racing, to drive the #30 car. Swan Racing general manager Bray Pemberton told ESPN on Tuesday that "we haven't even spoken with Jeff Burton." Burton confirmed he has had "zero discussions" with Swan Racing.(ESPN)
UPDATE 3: Jeff Burton, driver of the #31 Caterpillar Chevrolet SS for Richard Childress Racing, has announced he will not be driving that car after the 2013 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season. Burton, 46, has driven for RCR since 2005. The native of South Boston, Va., has won four of his 21 NSCS victories with the team. He also earned seven NASCAR Nationwide Series wins with RCR and was an integral part of their 2007 NNS Owner's Championship. "I strongly believe in the #31 team as to what we can achieve this year, and for the team in seasons to follow," Burton said. "However, the financial realities for next year were obvious to both Richard (Childress) and me. So, we talked about it and both made the decision to make this move for the team's future. I would like to thank the dealers, customers and employees of Caterpillar for all we've achieved together. You can't ask for a better and more supportive sponsor than those people, and it's been an honor to wear their black and yellow colors on my uniform." Caterpillar will continue to sponsor the #31 Chevrolet SS. "Jeff has been a true professional in every sense of the word," said Greg Towles, Cat Racing Program Director. "On behalf of Caterpillar dealers, customers and Cat employees, we thank Jeff for his commitment to the #31 team and the Cat Racing program." A new driver (Ryan Newman rumored) for the #31 Caterpillar Chevrolet SS will be named in the future.
"We have been working hard to try and get all the funding in place to have four Sprint Cup teams in 2014," said Richard Childress, president and CEO of Richard Childress Racing. "With the date on the calendar getting closer to 2014, we just couldn't run partially funded teams next year. Knowing what Jeff's plans were in 2015, he and I worked out an agreement for him to step out of the #31 Caterpillar Chevrolet after this season. Jeff has been nothing but a professional driver, an asset to RCR and a great person for our organization since coming on board in 2005. Jeff has also been a great ambassador for Caterpillar and the other partners we've had on the car throughout the years. I can't thank him and Caterpillar enough for how great they've been as we work through this transition. We intend to finish out 2013 in a strong way and I look forward to the possibility of Jeff still being part of RCR in the near future, just not driving the #31 car. I have been watching his son, Harrison, and the success he's having. Hopefully, we can have another Burton in one of our cars someday."(RCR)(9-4-2013)
Stremme gets two race sponsor: Genny Light recently became a primary sponsor for Swan Racing's #30 Toyota driven by David Stremme. Genny Light will sponsor the team for two races, the first of which is this weekend at Watkins Glen International. The second Genny Light sponsored race will take place at New Hampshire Motor Speedway in September. "Genny Light is a fan favorite in upstate New York. It's brewed in Rochester about an hour and a half away from Watkins Glen," said Stremme. "We hope local fans will come out to see us race. The Genny Light paint looks great on the car."(Swan Racing), see an image of the car on the #30 team paint schemes page.(8-9-2013)
Swan Racing launching Swan Racing TV: In an effort to better connect with its fans on a more personal level, Swan Racing, in conjunction with Wheelhouse Media, is set to launch Swan Racing TV this week leading into the upcoming Toyota Owners 400 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race weekend at Richmond International Raceway. Swan Racing TV will feature the cast and characters of Swan Racing and consist of 32 weeks of high quality, entertaining, fun and informative "reality show style" original content edited down to three to six minutes in length per weekly video. The videos' purposes are to help raise the profile of Swan Racing and keep its fans up to speed on the weekly happenings of the team away from the track back at the shop as well as cast the team members as personable characters so that Swan Racing's fans will feel an immediate connection to them. The first video out of the 32-week series will be rolled out this Thursday, April 25. Follow @SwanRacingTV, @SwanRacingCo, @DavidStremme, & @SwanEnergyInc on Twitter to catch the weekly webisodes.(Swan Racing)(4-24-2013)
Swan Racing to Honor Victims of Boston Marathon: #30-Swan Racing will honor the victims of the Boston Marathon with a special "Prayers for Boston" paint scheme in this weekend's NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Kansas Speedway. "The tragedy at the Boston Marathon is shared by all Americans," said Swan Racing owner Brandon Davis. "Swan Racing and the NASCAR community offer its support to the Boston community, the victims and all those affected by the senseless act of terror." Davis' wife Tara, a Boston native, said, "Boston is a strong, united community and will not be intimidated. I am pleased that we are able to use our race team to support my hometown with a 'Prayers for Boston' message."
Driver of the #30 "Prayers for Boston" Toyota, David Stremme, said, "The NASCAR community rallies together in times of need. Hopefully, we can help add a little comfort with our message of 'Prayers for Boston' on the car." Earlier this year Swan Racing honored the victims of the Newtown tragedy with a special paint scheme and by changing the car number from 30 to 26 in honor of the 26 victims at Sandy Hook Elementary School.(Swan Racing), see an image of the car on the #30 Team Schemes page.(4-20-2013)
Swan Racing makes personnel changes: Swan Racing announced that Tony Eury Jr. has been named competition director for the team, replacing Steve Hmeil. Steven "Bones" Lane has been named crew chief for the #30 Toyota driven by David Stremme. Hmeil was relieved of his duties. This move reunites Lane and Stremme as crew chief and driver combination. Lane was Stremme's crew chief from 2011 - 2012. The two also worked together in 2006 - 2007 and for one race in 2008. "We made changes in the front office today that we believe will have a long term benefits for the team going forward," said Swan Racing owner Brandon Davis. "I want to thank Steve Hmeil for his service, we wish him all the best in his future endeavors." Eury said, "This team is committed to making progress every week. I'm excited for this opportunity. I think having 'Bones' on top of the box is a great move and will help improve our overall effort."(Swan Racing)(4-6-2013)
Stremme returns to the seat at Phoenix: Swan Racing returns this week to the #30 Toyota driven by David Stremme at Phoenix International Raceway. Last week in Daytona, Swan Racing dedicated its efforts on raising donations and awareness for the Newtown, Ct community by running the #26 Sandy Hook Memorial Fund Toyota driven by Michael Waltrip. Stremme will compete on behalf of Swan Racing the rest of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season in the #30 where he will race hard every lap of every race. This is significant given that Stremme was ordered to "start and park" in past seasons. That was until new owner Brandon Davis stepped in late last year creating Swan Racing. "Swan Racing is here to race hard every lap of every race," said Davis. "We are going to build a championship contender over time and we'll do it by competing against the best drivers in the world, not by packing up early."
"It's a new day for the #30 Toyota and we'll be mixing it up all season," said Stremme. "Drivers are competitive by nature. We feel the need to compete in everything we do. I will get the most out of this Toyota all season starting at Phoenix International Raceway." Stremme and Swan Racing represent an "old school" approach to racing which means they are stretching every dollar to put the car on track each week. "This is old school racing here at Swan. We all pitch in to build the cars at the shop each week and race hard on the weekends," Stremme said.
Swan Racing had a busy offseason building a strong foundation for the team's success. Several key hires were made that signal Swan Racing's commitment. They include Steve Hmiel as competition director, Tony Eury Jr., as crew chief. Rocky Ryan will serve as Stremme's spotter. Swan has attracted sponsorship from Nutrition53, a health supplement, company which will feature it's Lean1 product on the car as a primary sponsor for ten races beginning at Texas Motor Speedway and as an associate sponsor the remainder of the season. The pit crew for the #30 is branded Lean1 all season.(Swan Racing), see an image of the scheme for Phoenix on the #30 Team Schemes page.(3-1-2013)
Swan Racing Signs Widow Wax as Associate Sponsor: Swan Racing announced that the maker of Widow Wax, a car wax company will be an associate sponsor for the remainder of the 2013 season on the #30 Swan Racing Toyota. The company will also donate 10% of its net proceeds through August to the Sandy Hook Memorial Fund. "Swan Racing is really going all out to make its mark in NASCAR and Widow Wax is proud to be part of this team in 2013," said Widow Wax owner Justin Kuhn. "We are so proud to join the team this very special week in which Swan Racing is raising awareness and money for the people of Newtown, CT. Widow Wax will be donating 10% of all net proceeds to the Sandy Hook Memorial Fund," said Kuhn.
"Adding Widow Wax to our team provides Swan Racing more resources in which to compete every lap of every race this season," said Swan Racing owner Brandon Davis. "Justin and his team at Widow Wax wasted no time becoming part of our team by supporting the efforts of the Sandy Hook Memorial Support Fund. That is a special and inspiring commitment." Swan Racing will be competing in the Daytona 500, Sunday February 24 in a special number and paint scheme. The No. 30 Swan Racing Toyota will be featured as the #26 Sandy Hook Memorial Fund Toyota driven by Michael Waltrip. The #26 honors the 20 children and six adults that lost their lives last December. Following the Daytona 500 the car number will return to the 30 driven by David Stremme.(Swan Racing)(2-24-2013
NASCAR, Swan Racing and Waltrip to Pay Tribute to Newtown, CT, Community UPDATE: Using the biggest race of the year as a backdrop, NASCAR, Swan Racing and two-time Daytona 500 champion Michael Waltrip announced today a special tribute to raise awareness and contributions for the Sandy Hook School Support Fund. Following a private meeting with town officials, community leaders, first responders and victims' families last week in Newtown, Conn., NASCAR, Swan Racing and Waltrip announced that the #30 Lean1 Swan Racing Toyota will instead garner the #26 Sandy Hook School Support Fund Toyota. Waltrip's ride for the Daytona 500 will honor the 26 victims of Sandy Hook Elementary School and prominently feature a call-to-action decal encouraging the NASCAR community to make $10 donations by texting NEWTOWN to 80888.
The Sandy Hook School Support Fund, established jointly by United Way of Western Connecticut and Newtown Savings Bank, supports the healing process for the broader Newtown community including children, teachers, first responders, families, residents, mental health professionals, counselors and others, following the tragic events that occurred at Sandy Hook Elementary School in December. One hundred percent of the funds raised for the Sandy Hook School Support Fund go to meet the needs of the Newtown community. In addition to piloting the #26 Newtown car in the Great American Race, Waltrip confirmed today that all three Michael Waltrip Racing entries will run the "text NEWTOWN to 80888" decal for the Daytona 500. NASCAR Chairman and CEO Brian France also announced today that he and his wife Amy would personally kick off the NASCAR industry support with a $50,000 donation that will be matched by The NASCAR Foundation, a 501(c) (3) non-profit that embodies the compassion of the NASCAR family and its commitment to serving communities. Donations can also be made online at newtown.uwwesternct.org or by mail to: Sandy Hook School Support Fund, c/o Newtown Savings Bank, 39 Main Street, Newtown, CT, 06470.(MWR/NASCAR), see images of the scheme on the #30/26 team schemes page.(2-14-2013)
UPDATE: the #26 Swan Racing deal is a one-race deal for the Daytona 500 and Michael Waltrip. David Stremme will be in the #30 Swan Racing Toyota at Phoenix.(2-15-2013)
Former NFL player becomes minority owner of Swan Racing: Bill Romanowski, who played 16 seasons in the NFL, has signed on as a minority-owner of Swan Racing, a fulltime competitor in the Sprint Cup Series. The retired NFL star joins forces with upstart team owner Brandon Davis, who is leading Swan into its first full racing season. Romanowski's health supplement company, Nutrition53, also signed on as a team sponsor and will be the primary sponsor for ten races on the #30 Toyota driven by David Stremme. Nutrition53 will have an associate sponsor position on the car for the other 26 races. Romanowski started in an astounding 243 consecutive games - highlighted by 5 Super Bowl appearances as a linebacker - and was selected twice to the Pro Bowl. He played for the San Francisco 49ers, 1988-1993; Philadelphia Eagles, 1994-1995; Denver Broncos, 1996-2001; and Oakland Raiders, 2002-2003. Romanowski is founder and CEO of Nutrition53, which markets a line of supplemental health drinks and vitamins developed by a team of doctors, scientists and nutritionists to help with weight loss, energy, mental performance and sleep. Nutition53 will be featured on the #30 Toyota as the primary sponsor for 10 Sprint Cup races in 2013, which include: Texas (April 13), Charlotte (May 26 and October 12), Pocono (June 9 and August 4), Sonoma (June 23), Daytona (July 6), New Hampshire (July 14 and September 22), and Atlanta (September 1).(Swan Racing)(1-31-2013)
2013 silly season notes for #30-David Stremme / Swan Racing: Many changes for this team. The team was sold to Brandon Davis who formed Swan Racing. The purchase of Inception Motorsports occurred in October 2012. David Stremme will be the primary driver of the #30 Swan Energy Toyota. Michael Waltrip will drive the car in the Daytona 500. Stremme opted out of the road courses in 2012 but attempted to run all the oval tracks. The team made some big moves, hiring competition director Steve Hmiel and Tony Eury Jr. as the crew chief. The team also has an engine package with Triad Racing Technologies. Swan Energy will be the primary sponsor on the #30 Toyota with the team talking to additional sponsors. See more about other teams on my 2013 Team / Driver Silly Season Chart.(1-18-2013)
Waltrip to drive the #30 in Daytona 500: Michael Waltrip, a two-time Daytona 500 champion, will pilot Swan Racing's #30 Toyota in the 2013 "Great American Race," reuniting him with former crew chief Tony Eury Jr. The race marks Swan Racing's NASCAR Sprint Cup Series debut since announcing its new ownership this month. "I am thrilled to drive the #30 Toyota for Swan Racing and the chance to win a third Daytona 500," said Waltrip about the one-race deal. "Reuniting with Tony Jr. and Steve Hmiel brings back a lot of good memories and is going to create new ones."
"Swan Racing is here to compete and to build a championship contender," said Swan Racing owner Brandon Davis who has vowed to end the practice of habitual "start and parks" for the team. "This one-race partnership with Michael puts a two-time champion behind the wheel and the #30 in the mix at the Daytona 500."
"This is a great move for Swan Racing," said David Stremme who will be the regular driver of the #30 Toyota. "Michael and I have been friends for a long time. We got to talking last year and from my perspective I thought this would help to further our relationship with Toyota and be a good building block for Swan Racing."
Swan Racing is building its team from the ground up by hiring veterans of the sport who share a common long-term vision for success. Steve Hmiel, named competition director last week, has over 35 years of experience as a crew chief, car chief and competition director. Tony Eury Jr. will be the crew chief for the #30 Toyota. "Michael is a familiar face for a lot of us here at Swan Racing," said Eury. "We know each other's habits, wants and needs on the track. We're going to Daytona to compete and hopefully we'll make a mark for Swan Racing."(Swan Racing)(1-10-2013)
Eury Jr. named Stremme's crew chief UPDATE: Tony Eury Jr. will be the crew chief for Swan Racing's #30 Toyota driven by David Stremme for the 2013 season. The move comes just days after the new team, owned by Brandon Davis, was formally announced. "We have a long-term vision for Swan Racing and the addition of Tony Jr. is another step in that process. Tony brings a world of experience to Swan Racing and will be part of our long-term success," said Davis. "I am really impressed with the team Swan Racing is building and I am proud to be part of it," said Eury. "I am looking forward to working with David Stremme behind the wheel and with competition director Steve Hmiel."
"Tony Jr. has pretty much done it all from tire changer to crew chief. His experience and knowledge will be pivotal to the success of Swan Racing," said competition director Steve Hmiel. Driver of the #30 Toyota, David Stremme said, "The team has transformed itself virtually overnight. It's hard to believe just how different this team is in such a short period of time. This is how you build success from the ground up; you hire quality people, put their experience to work and execute on race day. Lets go racing." Swan Racing is located in Mooresville, N.C., and will get its horsepower from Triad Racing Technologies.(Swan Racing / Tuckahoe Strategies)(12-10-2012)
UPDATE: Tony Eury Jr. admits that he enjoyed his three-month break from the NASCAR garage. He worked on building a barn and went hunting. He also admits that he was happy to see his former JR Motorsports team - a piece of which he still owns - win the season-ending Nationwide Series race at Homestead last month. Now it's time for him to get back to work. Still a 25% owner of JR Motorsports, Eury was released from his position as crew chief for Danica Patrick a couple of weeks after his father, Tony Eury Sr., was released as the team's competition director in September. The organization, run by Earnhardt's sister Kelley Earnhardt-Miller, shifted directions, hiring Ryan Pemberton as competition director and committing to use more resources from Hendrick Motorsports - Rick Hendrick also is a co-owner of the team - than it had with the Eurys. It was time for Eury, who had two Cup wins as a crew chief with Earnhardt at Dale Earnhardt Inc. and Hendrick Motorsports, to move on. "We've texted back and forth," Eury said about his relationship with his cousin. "There's no hard feelings. Everything is good with that whole situation. It was just good timing for a change to get away from each other. We've been racing together for 16 or 17 years. ... Both of us are doing what we enjoy and decided what we were going to do when we were youngsters. David is an old-school racer and Steve called me and both of them were asking me to come over here and help them take a small deal and step it up into a big deal," Eury said. "It's just a challenge. That's kind of where I'm at in my career right now."(more at the Sporting News)(12-11-2012)
New ownership for #30 team: A new NASCAR team, Swan Racing, will take the track at Daytona International Speedway in February 2013. Led by NASCAR's newest team owner, Brandon Davis, Swan Racing will compete fulltime in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, racing the #30 Toyota driven by David Stremme. Davis, CEO of independent oil and gas company Swan Energy Inc., and a dirt-modified driver in the United States Modified Touring Series (USMTS) purchased the assets of Inception Racing earlier this year. "Swan Racing is here to race competitively every week - the days of starting and parking are over. I am confident that we are putting together the personnel to one day produce a championship contender," said Davis. Davis has tapped Steve Hmiel to be Swan Racing's director of competition. Hmiel is a veteran of the NASCAR garage area with over 35 years of experience as a crew chief, car chief and competition director. Swan Racing is located in Mooresville, N.C., and will get its horsepower from Triad Racing Technologies, a top engine builder. Swan Energy will be the primary sponsor on the #30 Toyota. Discussions with additional sponsors are underway and further sponsor announcements are expected early in 2013.(Swan Racing)(12-4-2012)
Stremme to Honor Natalie Krohn at Talladega: David Stremme will take to the track at Talladega Superspeedway this weekend in the Good Sam Roadside Assistance 500. In addition to having sponsorship from Swan Energy Inc., Stremme and the #30 team will be honoring Natalie Krohn, a young race fan from Minnesota whom recently lost her life. The #30 Inception Motorsports Toyota will feature a tribute to Natalie on the hood of the car, and Stremme plans to run the entire race in her honor. Natalie Krohn was born on August 6, 2003 in Worthington, Minn. to Jason and Jennifer Krohn. She attended West Elementary in Slayton and was currently in the third grade. Natalie passed away on Saturday, September 29, 2012 at the Murray County Medical Center in Slayton at the age of nine.(Spire Sports)(10-5-2012)
Who is Patrick Long? Patrick Long is listed as the driver of the #30 Inception Motorsports Toyota in the Finger Lakes 355(k) Sprint Cup Series race at Watkins Glen International this coming weekend [August 12, 2012). David Stremme is the regualr driver but Long, a road course driver, replaces Stremme for the road course race at Watkins Glen. Long, 31, is from California and has been a Porsche factory driver since 2003 and is a three-time ALMS GT2 Driver's Champion (2005, 2009, 2010). Long has also run the 24 Hours of Le Mans, 12 Hours of Sebring and Rolex 24 at Daytona. Long has run one Nationwide Series race at Road America in 2010 running the #90 Toyota for Eddie D'Hondt starting 7th and finishing 14th. For more stats and info go to patricklong.com.(8-8-2012)
TMone Teams with Stremme for the Daytona 500: TMone, a U.S.A. Business Process Insourcing (BPI) firm, will join Inception Motorsports for the Daytona 500. TMone, pronounced T-M-1, will be an associate sponsor of the #30 JEGS.com Toyota Camry driven by driver David Stremme in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series. The Daytona 500 is regarded as the most important and prestigious race on the NASCAR calendar and is also the series' first race of the year; this phenomenon is virtually unique in sports, which tend to have championships or other major events at the end of the season rather than the start. TMone, who will also sponsor the #26 Ford driven by Tony Raines, the #32 Ford driven by former NASCAR Sprint Cup Champion Terry Labonte and the #36 Chevy by Dave Blaney at Daytona.(Inception Motorsports / Integrity Sports Marketing)(2-26-2012)
Stremme gets sponsor for Daytona 500: Squarely in the Daytona 500 field, David Stremme and Inception Motorsports now have a partner. JEGS.com, the leader in delivering high performance parts, announced it will sponsor Stremme's #30 Toyota in the Great American Race at famed Daytona International Speedway. The sponsorship is an extension of Stremme's relationship with JEGS through Cody Coughlin, grandson of JEGS founder Jeg Coughlin Sr. Cody, 16, is racing late model stock cars, and the veteran Stremme is helping the younger Coughlin work through the short-track ranks. "I like Cody," Stremme said. "I met his mom (Di) and dad (John) at the Snowball Derby and we hit it off. Cody is very well-rounded, and he's got great teachers in Gary St. Amant and Butch VanDoorn. Gary helped me a lot in my career, and we've already seen what Butch can do with Cody during this year's Speedweeks with a couple of poles and some top-five finishes at the 46th World Series of Asphalt Stock Car Racing. I'm also trying to help Cody in any way I can." Stremme made it in the Daytona 500 field via last Sunday's qualifying, turning a lap of 191.963 mph. He'll start the race from the 42nd position, flying JEGS.com colors. "We have a really good shot at running well," Stremme said. "We're kind of underdogs in a way (but) we were able to out-qualify some really big teams. We had to have a different agenda leading up to the 500 than other teams but come Sunday, I think we'll be able to show how hard my team has worked and hopefully get a really good result to start the season off."(TeamJegs PR)(2-24-2012)
IMAGES see a couple images of the car on my #30 Team Schemes page.(2-25-2012)
Stremme switches to Toyota: Inception Motorsports announced today their partnership with Toyota and the engine support of Triad Racing Technologies for the 2012 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series (NSCS). "It is a great boost for our team to have the support of Toyota and Triad engines heading into Daytona and this season," said David Stremme, driver of the #30 Toyota. "Our team is excited to have their support especially with their success in the sport." Triad currently supplies horsepower for teams in ARCA, NASCAR's Truck, Nationwide and Cup Series and have over 50 race wins since 2009. This is the first full season for the newly formed Inception Motorsports. The team continues to look for sponsorship support for Stremme's Toyota for 2012. "Our team has grown over the off-season," continued Stremme. "We have a great group of talented people in our race family who have been working hard to get us to where we need to be for this season. We are looking for the final pieces to the puzzle and hopefully our track presence will help find that sponsorship piece."(Inception Motorsports)(2-2-2012)
Congrats David Stremme: One year after proposing, David Stremme, driver of the #30 Inception Motorsports Chevy, married his new bride Ashley on Saturday, November 26th, 2011.(davidstremme.com)(11-30-2011)
Inception Motorsports plans 2012: per the Inception Motorsports website, the #30 Inception Motorsports team and driver David Stremme, plans to run all the 2012 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races but the two road course races [Infineon Raceway and Watkins Glen International]. Sponsorship info to be released at a later date.(Inception Motorsports)(11-30-2011)
Foxwood Casino sponsoring #30 team: Foxwoods Resort Casino announced it will serve as sponsor of the #30 Foxwoods Chevy driven by Inception Motorsports' David Stremme in the Sprint Series' LENOX Industrial Tools 301 at the New Hampshire Motor Speedway on Sunday. Stremme, who currently sits at No. 41 on the Sprint Cup point standings, has three career top 10 Sprint Cup Series finishes, and was the 2003 Nationwide Series Rookie of the Year.(Elevate Communications) see an image of the car on my #30 team paint schemes page.(6-16-2011)
Milestone starts at Michigan: #00-David Reutimann will be making his 150th series start and #30-David Stremme will attempt to make his 125th series start at Michigan International Speedway.(NASCAR)(6-17-2011)
Inception Motorsports and Stremme's plans: 30 Inception Motorsports team and driver David Stremme will not be contesting any races on road courses or superspeedways [Daytona, Talladega] as the Sprint Cup schedule heads into it's summer swing. "We're concentrating on oval stuff right now, intermediates and short-track stuff" said Stremme. "We've only got 7-8 guys, and we can't kill them all year. We're getting into this slowly and seeing what we can get out of it." The team plans to run the distance in this weekend's Coca-Cola 600 should they make the race on speed.(Frontstretch)(5-27-2011)
Inception Motorports debut's at Richmond: in late March 2011, it was announced that David Stremme would return to the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series (NSCS) this season and join forces with the newly-formed Inception Motorsports. Stremme will debut the #30 Inception Chevrolet at Richmond in the Crown Royal presents the Matthew and Daniel Hansen 400. EchoStor is on the hood. See an image of the car on my #30 Team Schemes page.(4-28-2011)
Stremme gets ride with new team: Sirius NASCAR Radio's Sirius Speedway with Dave Moody has learned that 2003 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Rookie of the Year David Stremme will return to the series at Richmond later this month with the new Inception Motorsports team. Stremme will drive the #30 Inception Chevy in a select schedule of events this season, beginning with the Crown Royal Presents the Matthew and Daniel Hansen 400 at Richmond on April 30, with a goal of running the full 2012 Sprint Cup schedule. Veterans Steve Lane and Gus Larkin will be a part of the new operation, with Lane serving as crew chief and Larkin -- who most recently served as the Team Manager at JR Motorsports -- managing managing the team's day-to-day business. Inception Motorsports will be based in Mooresville, N.C., and will be privately funded through the Inception Investment Group. "The plan is solid," said Stremme, who has a combined total of 20 Top-5 and 52 Top-10 finishes in the Sprint Cup and Nationwide Series driving for Chip Ganassi Racing, Penske Racing, Rusty Wallace Racing and Braun Racing. "We're going to pick our shots this season, earn respect and establish ourselves as a competitive race team. Then we'll make a points run in 2012. The exciting thing about Inception is that everyone involved is experienced in the sport," he said. "I think this will be a good deal. We all share a common belief system about how to build and operate a successful race team."(Sirius Speedway)(3-30-2011)
Nationwide deal for Stremme?: Speaking to the "Inside Alabama Racing" radio program broadcast on Mobile, AL's WSNP Sports Radio 105.5 FM [Wednesday night], David Stremme said he is really close to signing a sponsor for 2011 that would be a full time Nationwide ride.(11-12-2010)
Stremme leaves #26 team: UPDATE: David Stremme has quit his ride with Latitude 43 Motorsports, alleging that team owner Bill Jenkins has failed to meet his financial obligations and is doing little to help the team improve. We've been trying to put that program together," said Stremme. "We always had to do more with less, but in the last month and a half, ownership hasn't really wanted to make things better. Bill Jenkins has not been willing to make the correct decisions, and it has affected the performance of the team. We've barely been making it to track the last few weeks. At Pocono, we didn't even know if we were going to have tires to race on. "I went to Bill and said `If things aren't going to change, I don't think I want to stay involved.' We discussed a timeline for him to find another driver and agreed that we would look at things again after Bristol. But he immediately started calling around trying to replace me. He apparently wanted to find someone else right now, and that's fine. It's his choice." Jenkins admitted his first-year team has struggled to find sponsorship this season, saying, "We are in a funding fight every day, and we haven't been able to fund the team at the level David expected. We've had some good things happen, and some bad things. We had to pull a sponsor off the car two weeks ago (GTW GPS) after a conflict emerged between their products and Sprint. We were counting on them to help get us over the hump, but those are the bumps in the road that you hit." Last week, former Latitude 43 Motorsports driver Boris Said revealed that he is unhappy with the way he was treated by Jenkins. "There's no real polite way to say this, but Bill Jenkins owes me a bunch of money," he said. Asked if he expects to have any relationship with the team going forward, Said replied, "(Jenkins) hasn't returned my phone calls, so I guess not. It's a bad deal for me." Asked if he is owed money by Latitude 43, Stremme said, "There are obligations to both me and the team that have not been met, and that was a big part of my decision to leave. I don't want to be involved with something like that. I dealt with (Jenkins) with respect, and was straightforward with him at all times. I didn't get that in return."(Sirius Speedway)(8-10-2010)
UPDATE:Patrick Carpentier will again be driving the #26 Ford of Latitude 43 Motorsports for the Sprint Cup race at Michigan this weekend. Davis Stremme had been the driver until Sunday, according to owner Bill Jenkins and crew chief Frankie Stoddard. Stremme, however, announce Monday on Sirius XM Radio that he left the team. It was during the same show that Jenkins said Carpentier would probably be in his car at Michigan.(Rue Frontenac, translated by Google translate)(8-11-2010)
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