Contract Status: Drivers: 2014; Primary Sponsor: ?
Kligerman to test Indy Lights car: Parker Kligerman, who endured a brutal run of luck in his initial Sprint Cup campaign earlier this year and has since moved onto NBCSN's NASCAR AMERICA as an analyst and spent the last few months focusing on the growth of his company, Nootelligence, will test for SPM at this weekend's Chris Griffis Memorial Road to Indy test. He'll join previously confirmed Spencer Pigot in one of SPM's current Indy Lights chassis (prior to the new Dallara IL15). "Ever since I drove a go-kart for the first time, my quest was to advance to the top levels of open-wheel racing," Kligerman said in a release. "After winning an open-wheel championship in 2006, I found myself on a different path; driving stock cars. I spent five years in the top three NASCAR divisions, but unfortunate circumstances rerouted my path earlier this year. I've always looked for opportunities that can further my career, so I want to thank Sam [Schmidt] and Schmidt Peterson Motorsports for this opportunity in Indy Lights to test an open-wheel car for the first time in eight years. Although it will be a challenge, I'm looking forward to having fun and working with a championship-caliber, open-wheel team." Schmidt's Lights team has been the standard bearer with titles from 2010 through 2013, and Sam Schmidt spoke highly of Kligerman's career heading into the test. "In this test, we will be looking for how Parker adapts to the much lighter and less horsepower characteristics of the Indy Lights car, as well as how quickly he learns road course techniques. Given that the change in equipment and type of circuit are so radical, we don't have huge expectations for a really fast time. What we will be looking for is how well he listens and if there is the potential for him to be successful in open wheel going forward. We are very excited to see what happens." (NBC Sports)(9-10-2014)
Kligerman headed to Indy to search for IndyCar ride: Parker Kligerman, who filled-in Kurt Busch in the #41 Chevy on Friday for Sprint All-Star race practice, is headed to Indianapolis on Sunday. "I'm going to be meeting with some people," Kligerman said Friday at Charlotte Motor Speedway. "That will be fun. ... We'll see (about my future)." The 23-year-old Kligerman, who started the year driving for Swan Racing before it discontinued operations last month, will be on standby for Stewart-Haas Racing's Kurt Busch at Charlotte for the Coca Cola 600, although Busch should be at all practices and qualifying sessions. Kligerman will have to drive the car in practice to have a few laps in case Busch doesn't get from the Indianapolis 500 to Charlotte in time as he attempts both big races on the same day. "I'm just very grateful and honored to have the opportunity and for someone like Kurt, a champion in our sport, to give me that call and have the belief in me and do this for him," Kligerman said. After these two weeks, Kligerman said he wants the best opportunity. He had planned to be in Indianapolis all this weekend until the call two weeks ago to be on standby for Busch. "It's all in the working stage, building stage and some of that is going out to Indy meeting some of those people and those sorts of things going on," Kligerman said about his future. "My sole focus right now is when an opportunity comes it's the right opportunity. ... I've got time on my side. I feel like making sure the opportunity is the right one, it's the one I want to do, it's one I am enthused about and hopefully that can forward my career and I can do good job in."(Sporting News)(5-18-2014)
Parker Kligerman To Serve as Backup Driver for Kurt Busch: Stewart-Haas Racing (SHR) has tabbed Parker Kligerman to serve as the backup driver for Kurt Busch in the #41 Haas Automation Chevrolet SS during the May 16-17 NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race and the May 22-25 Coca-Cola 600 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Charlotte Motor Speedway. Kligerman has made 10 Sprint Cup starts, 51 NASCAR Nationwide Series starts, 50 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series starts and 23 ARCA Racing Series starts. The 23-year-old from Westport, Connecticut, earned a Camping World Truck Series victory in 2012 at Talladega and has nine ARCA wins, all of which came in 2009 when he finished second in the championship standings. SHR selected Kligerman in the event that Busch, who is attempting to compete in the Indianapolis 500 and Coca-Cola 600 on the same day, is unable to practice, qualify or potentially start his #41 Haas Automation Chevy due to a schedule conflict or logistical issue. "I'm grateful for the opportunity and want to thank everyone at Stewart-Haas Racing for entrusting me with the Haas Automation Chevy," said Kligerman, who has competed in eight Sprint Cup races in 2014. "For these next two weeks, my sole focus is to help the #41 team compete at a high level, no matter how big or small my role might be."
On May 25, Busch will compete in the Indianapolis 500 before getting on a plane and traveling to North Carolina to compete in the Coca-Cola 600. Practice for the Indianapolis 500 began May 11 and continues through May 16, with qualifying May 17 and Pole Day May 18. The May 16 practice at Indianapolis conflicts with practice for the NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race. And Indianapolis 500 qualifying on May 17 lasts until 6pm/et, which makes for a short turnaround time for Busch to be back at Charlotte in time for the 7:10 pm qualifying session for the NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race.
The Indianapolis 500 is scheduled to begin at 12:15 pm on May 25, with the Coca-Cola 600 set to get underway at 6:00pm. The Indianapolis 500 should be completed at approximately 3:30pm, allowing Busch two-and-a-half hours to get from Indianapolis Motor Speedway to Charlotte before the green flag waves for the Coca-Cola 600, the longest race on the Sprint Cup schedule. In the event Busch does not make it back to Charlotte on time, Kligerman will start the Coca-Cola 600. Upon Busch's arrival, Kligerman will yield the seat of the #41 Haas Automation Chevy to Busch, whereupon Busch will finish the race [if Parker starts the Coke 600, he would get the drivers points and Busch would not].
"Parker and I were teammates a few years ago when we were together at Penske and his feedback was always really good," Busch said. "Plus, we're built about the same, and that's really important as we don't want to have to adjust seats or pedal positions inside the racecar. I'm confident in Parker's abilities and know that my Haas Automation Chevrolet is in good hands."(SHR)(5-14-2014)
Kligerman undecided on future plans: Parker Kligerman said on his podcast Thursday that he can "absolutely, 100 percent say I will be racing" after losing his ride in Swan Racing's restructuring. Kligerman said on his podcast "Kickin' it with Kligerman" that he remains under contract with Swan Racing. "In situations like this, I always see a silver lining," said the 23-year-old Kligerman, who was 44th in the points. "I always see an opportunity to take it and parlay it into something bigger and better. I've done that two or three times in my career. I think this just gives me another chance to see where I can expand as a racecar driver." Kligerman said he's received interest to drive in NASCAR and elsewhere but has yet to decide where he'll go next. "We have been approached by certain teams within the Cup series," Kligerman said. A key, Kligerman said, is if those are the right opportunities to "moving my career forward. With that said, there are a couple of exciting opportunities outside of NASCAR. We also will be looking at those and evaluating and understanding them."(Motor Racing Network)(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)
SMS Audio to Sponsor Kligerman's #30 at Texas: Swan Racing announced that the #30 Toyota will feature an SMS Audio and Klarbrunn Vita Ice paint scheme for this weekend's Duck Commander 500 at Texas Motor Speedway. SMS Audio, which signed an exclusive two-year deal with Swan Racing as a team associate sponsor, is an American consumer electronics manufacturer of headphones and audio products, founded by entertainer and entrepreneur Curtis "50 Cent" Jackson. "Riding with 50 Cent might be just the thing the #30 needs to have a break out race at Texas Motor Speedway," said Kligerman. "I'm excited that both SMS Audio and Vita Ice will be prominently displayed on the car - it looks great." Klarbrunn Vita ICE is a zero calorie sparkling water with added antioxidants and vitamins, perfect for refueling on the track. SMS is participating in a weekly product give away on Swan Racing's Facebook account at www.facebook.com/SwanRacingCompany. Fans just need to "Like" the page and correctly answer a trivia question. Winners will be selected randomly among those who correctly answer the questions.(Swan Racing), see images of the scheme on the #30 Team Schemes page.(4-3-2014)
Klarbrunn Vita ICE Joins Swan Racing as Sponsor: Swan Racing announced that it has partnered with Klarbrunn Vita ICE for an exclusive agreement to be an associate sponsor on the team's #30 Toyota Camry during the 2014 NASCAR Sprint Cup season. Klarbrunn Vita ICE is a lightly carbonated, flavored sparkling water, owned and manufactured by Wis-Pak, Inc. "Swan Racing is very proud to partner with a growing national brand like Klarbrunn," said team owner Brandon Davis. "The Klarbrunn Vita ICE brand will be part of Parker Kligerman's car and we are thrilled to introduce this exciting new product to the NASCAR fans." Vita ICE launched this past April with a variety of refreshing flavors. Klarbrunn Vita ICE is a zero calorie sparkling water with added antioxidants and vitamins, perfect for refueling on the track. Refreshing and light, Vita ICE is a healthy and delicious beverage for every occasion. Vita ICE recently added two new flavors to the product line and is looking forward to introducing new flavors this spring.(Swan Racing)(2-21-2014)
LendingTree to sponsor Kligerman at Daytona UPDATE: from Swan Racing's Twitter: Swan Racing welcomes Lending Tree on board as primary sponsor of PK's (Park Kligerman) #30 Toyota for the Daytona 500.
UPDATE: Swan Racing announced that LendingTree, an online loan marketplace, will sponsor the #30 Toyota and Parker Kligerman for the Daytona 500. "The #30 LendingTree Toyota is ready to roll and we are looking forward to getting on track beginning with tonight's Budweiser Duel qualifying race and then Sunday's Daytona 500," said Kligerman. LendingTree, based in Charlotte, N.C., allows borrowers to fill out one form online and receive multiple offers from different lenders who compete for their business. "We're extremely excited to partner with Swan Racing in our first-ever involvement with NASCAR, and proud to support rookie driver Parker Kligerman at Daytona," said Doug Lebda, LendingTree's founder CEO. "LendingTree's primary focus is to empower individuals, whether that's empowering borrowers against big banks or empowering up-and-coming drivers against more established race teams."(Swan Racing), See an image of the scheme on the #30 Team Schemes page.(2-20-2014)
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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20 Sam Bass, Lisa Finley, Mike Cluka, Steve Prescott, Andy Belmont, Mark Wilkinson, Darren Jones, Chris Hall, Jimmy Weller III, Spencer Gallagher
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22 Laurie Weil, Luke Kosner, Jake Elder, Rick Viers, Ryan McGlynn, Jamie Skinner, Scott Moyer
23 Ron Bouchard, Chris Spencer, Conrad Burr, Tony Roper
24 Buddy Parrott, James Ince, Nathan Haseleu
25 Skip Eyler, Joe Gibbs, Mike Joy, Carl Gansert
26 Dale Jarrett, Chip Bolin, Katie Pearson
27 Billy Standridge, Kate Dallenbach, Ricky Carmichael, Kaitlyn Punch
28 Chase Elliott, Billy Sutphin, Mitch Way, Nelson Stacy, Mason Mingus
29 Bob Dillner, Zach Brewer, Ryan Ellis, Tanner Berryhill
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7 Geoff Smith, Paul Moore, Richmond Gage
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