RICHMOND, VA.–NASCAR team Swan Racing has found a new home for driver Cole Whitt, while keeping Parker Kligerman under contract until able to secure more corporate sponsorship.
The two-car team has faced uncertainty this season after securing Curtis Jackson’s, also known as rapper 50 Cent, SMS Audio associate sponsorship deal, hoping that would lobby more corporate sponsors.
“Over the past couple weeks, we worked tirelessly to find an alternative to ending operations,” Swan Racing owner Brandon Davis said in a statement today. “Fortunately, we were able to find a home for the No. 26 team and the No. 30 team thanks to Anthony Marlowe and Jonathan Cohen. Anthony and Jonathan are both young and ambitious NASCAR enthusiasts.”
Whitt took to Twitter to express his gratitude, “I am very thankful for this opportunity, thank you @BKRacing_2383 and @AnthonyMarlowe. Cannot wait for Richmond!”
“My mission is to ensure Cole Whitt races in every NASCAR Sprint Cup event this season,” Marlowe said in a Swan Racing release statement. “I am thrilled about the merger with my new partners at BK Racing. My friend Ron Devine and the BK Ownership group really stepped up to enable me to keep the No. 26 on the track.”
Kligerman’s No. 30 car has been sold to John Cohen of XxxTreme Motorsports. The team will compete with veteran driver J.J. Yeley. Stephen Lane will remain the crew chief and be joined by several former Swan Racing crewmembers.
“Although it’s unfortunate we have to scale back, I look forward to the future and the exciting things that I’m confident we will accomplish at Swan Racing or with another team,” Kligerman said. “I value the relationship that I’ve had with Brandon Davis and am very grateful for him giving me an opportunity to compete in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series. Whether I continue to race with Brandon and Swan Racing or end up with another team, I will always give it my all on and off track to be the best I can be.”
Whitt, a Sprint Cup rookie, has driven the first eight races of the season with Swan Racing. His best finish this season came in Fontana, Cali., at the Auto Club 400, where he finished 18th.
In 2006, Whitt won the Hoosier Sprint Car Rookie of the Year Award. After that, he took the United States Auto Club by storm, earning 34 top-10 finishes in 60 starts. In 2008, then 17-year-old Whitt became the youngest National Midget Champion in the 56-year history of USAC.
Fans can witness Whitt in action this Saturday at Richmond International Raceway for NASCAR’s Toyota Owners 400. You can catch all the action on FOX at 7p.m.
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