“I can’t wait to get this season started,” said Coulter, who will participate in the Truck Series test session at Daytona (Fla.) International Speedway today. “The GMS Racing guys have been putting in a lot of hard work the past few weeks to get us prepared for this year and I truly believe we can compete for the championship. That is our goal and we expect to be in hunt all season.”
Beginning with the 2014 season, GMS Racing enters a technical alliance with Chevrolet and Richard Childress Racing, and will also utilize Earnhardt Childress Racing Engines for horsepower. GMS Racing acquired the assets of RCR’s truck program, for whom the 23-year-old Coulter drove for in 2011 and 2012, posting one win, three poles and 28 Top-10 finishes.
Coulter’s program will be led by crew chief Jeff Stankiewicz, who brings experience in both the Truck Series and NASCAR Nationwide Series to the team.
“GMS Racing is proud to have Joey driving one of our Chevrolet Silverados this season,” said Nic Moncher, team manager. “He has become a proven talent week in and week out and we believe under the guidance of Jeff, the duo will become a dynamic threat on and off the track. The alliances GMS Racing has formed with Chevrolet and RCR along with Joey’s driving ability will only help solidify our presence at the track each week.”
While no information on GMS Racing was included in today’s announcement, sources say the team is owned by Allegiant Air CEO Maurice Gallagher, and will operate out of the Coulter Motorsports shops in North Carolina. The team said their new truck number and sponsor details will be announced at a later date, but sources tell GodfatherMotorsports.com that sponsorship will come from Gallagher’s Allegiant Air, a low-cost airline headquartered in Enterprise, Nevada, just outside Las Vegas.