After a successful and modest rookie campaign in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) last year, officials from T3R2 (formally known as T3R Racing) confirmed today that the family-owned team will return to the circuit full-time with Stuart, Florida native Bryan Silas steering the No. 99 Rockingham Speedway Ford F-150.
Participating in all 22 NCWTS events in 2012, Silas utilized his freshman season on the tour to acquire a feel for the “trucks” after several seasons of competition in the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards. The team showed massive improvement in the second-half of the season which boosted Silas to a career best finish of 12th at Talladega (Ala.) Superspeedway after also qualifying a career best 15th at the 2.66-mile superspeedway last October.
With the new season on the horizon and Daytona drawing near, Silas has been spending the off-season mentally and physically preparing himself for his sophomore season.
“I’m getting anxious to get the season going,” said Silas. “Last year was quite the learning experience for me. We had some ups and downs, but we expected that in our first full season. Hopefully, we can take the notes we utilized and apply them in a productive manner to improve our on-track results this year. Since November, I’ve taken great interest in different activities and exercises to make sure I’m ready to get after it again.”
Gary Cogswell joined the Mooresville, North Carolina-based team during the off-season and will lead the role as crew chief beginning with the season-opening Nextera Energy Resources 250 at Daytona (Fla.) International Speedway on February 22.
“So far, I’ve enjoyed getting to know Gary and I’m eager to see the chemistry develop as the season marches on,” said the 25-year old driver. “He comes to our team with a vast array of knowledge and experience. Undoubtedly, his leadership has the potential to lift our team to new heights.”
The team will once again utilize Ford as its manufacturer with Roush-Yates Engines providing the horsepower.
In addition to a full NASCAR Camping World Truck Series slate, Silas will also continue to expand his racing resume with several NASCAR Nationwide Series races also planned for 2013.
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