BK Racing finally made it official today, announcing plans to compete in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series full-time beginning this weekend at the Daytona International Speedway. The team will enter two Toyota Camrys -- numbered 83 and 93 -- out of its headquarters in Statesville, N.C. The team is led by an ownership group consisting of businessmen Wayne Press, Scott Gunderson and others. General Manager Harry McMullen will lead the team at the race shop and at the track.
The team has signed driver David Reutimann to pilot the No. 93 Toyota in the Daytona 500 and former NASCAR Nationwide Series Rookie Of The Year Landon Cassill to drive the No. 83 for the entire 2012 season. The team also announced that 2003 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series champion Travis Kvapil will be behind the wheel of the No. 93 Toyota beginning at the second race of the season at Phoenix International Raceway. BK Racing made it competitive debut this morning, preparing for Sunday's Daytona 500 qualifying session.
"We're proud to announce that BK Racing will be the newest multi-car team in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series," said co-owner Gunderson. "Wayne, I and the rest of the ownership group, along with all of our employees, have worked very hard over the past months to prepare to be where we're at today. There is still a lot more work to do, but we're proud to have the groundwork of winning and championship drivers. David, Landon and Travis have proved themselves at this highest level of NASCAR. We're very proud to be running Toyota Camrys powered by Triad Racing Technologies engines. This allows us to be immediately competitive with realistic goals."
"All of us have been involved in the Sprint Cup Series over the past few years," continued Gunderson. "However, this is still a new team with a focused outlook of where we want to go. We're going to grow this team with commercial partners that we'll announce in the near future. We feel confident that we can immediately be competitive and only improve as we continue to build the team."
BK Racing has acquired assets from the former Red Bull Racing operation and has moved into the former Randy Moss Motorsports complex in Statesville, NC.
"BK Racing is already miles ahead of most start-up teams that I've seen," said Cassill. "The race shop, equipment, ownership group, leadership and crew members are in place for us to race at Daytona, but also continue to be prepared for success for the rest of the season. We have a lot more to do, but there is a strong base here."
Reutimann also feels confident that the team can race up front at Daytona, saying, “I think it's great that I have the opportunity to get this team off the ground. The preparation, the cars, our crew, I feel like BK Racing can come into Daytona and run well. It's cool to be a part of something new and have been impressed with how far the team has come in just a few short months."
BK Racing will make sponsorship announcements in the near future.