In February, TriStar Motorsports announced that former ARCA Racing Series winner Chad Hackenbracht had inked a deal to drive for the team in a partial NASCAR Nationwide Series schedule. Now, the team has announced plans for Hackenbracht to compete in seven races including Iowa (June 7th), New Hampshire (July 13th), Chicagoland (July 21st), Mid-Ohio (August 17th), Bristol (August 23rd), Charlotte (October 11th) and Phoenix (November 9th). Hackenbracht will share the No. 44 Toyota with Sunoco Rookie of the Year Contender, Hal Martin.
“I’m looking forward to making my debut in the No. 44 Toyota at Iowa Speedway,” said the 21-year-old driver. “I’ve competed there twice in the ARCA Racing Series, and both times I’ve qualified seventh and finished in the top-10. I feel pretty comfortable at that track and think it’s the perfect place to kick off my debut in the NASCAR Nationwide Series. I'm looking forward to the diverse schedule and competing at some of the new tracks that I’ve never seen before. I know that I have a strong support group in my teammates at TriStar Motorsports and I’m looking forward to leaning on them for advice when it comes to racing at the places I’ve never been to. I think being with an established team will help my learning curve too. I have realistic expectations this year but expect to finish every race that I run, qualify in the top-20 and pull off top-15 finishes. I’m excited to get back behind the wheel. Iowa can’t get here quick enough!”
Hackenbracht, 21, spent the 2012 season competing full-time in the ARCA Racing Series for his family owned team, CGH Motorsports. Last season, he recorded one win, two pole positions, five top-five and 12 top-10 finishes before closing out the year fifth in the Championship Point Standings. This year, the New Philadelphia, Ohio native will run a partial schedule in preparation for a shot at Sunoco Rookie of the Year honors in 2014.
Pro Motor Engines will supply the powerhouse under Hackenbracht’s Toyota and Crew Chief Greg Conner will lead the team’s efforts. A veteran of the sport, Conner has experience in all three of NASCAR’s top divisions and has called the shots for drivers such as Travis Kvapil, Dave Blaney, Marcos Ambrose, Ricky Craven, and Kevin Lepage. Conner has assembled an all-star group of NASCAR mechanics to work on the No. 44 machine.
Sponsorship opportunities exist with Hackenbracht and TriStar Motorsports. For more information, please call Randy Usher at (704) 360-2665.