TC Daily Pit Stop: Hattori Racing Enterprises Scaling Back to Part-Time in 2024; Caruth to Pilot Third Spire Truck; Starr Driving for MBM at Daytona; More!
TC Daily Pit Stop: Thursday, February 8th, 2024
Hattori Racing Enterprises is scaling its NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series program back to a part-time effort in 2024, the organization confirmed to TobyChristie.com on Wednesday after an initial report from Bob Pockrass.
While the organization still plans to compete part-time in the series, HRE has yet to announce or finalize any sort of schedule, but did confirm they would not be competing in the season-opener at Daytona.
Rajah Caruth has finally announced his full-time ride in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series for 2024, landing with Spire Motorsports in the No. 71 Chevrolet Silverado.
HendrickCars.com will serve as a 10-race primary sponsor of the entry in 2024, starting at Daytona. Chad Walter will return to the top of the pit box as Caruth’s crew chief after a solid rookie campaign.
David Starr, a tenured veteran of NASCAR’s National series, is set to reunite with Carl Long and MBM Motorsports for the NASCAR Xfinity Series season-opener at Daytona International Speedway, the team announced Wednesday.
A native of Houston, Texas, Starr will return to the driver’s seat in NASCAR’s second-tier series in the No. 66 Chevrolet Camaro in the United Rentals 300. Sponsorship for the effort will come from Green Light Performance Products.
“Daytona is one of my favorite tracks we race at. The unpredictable style of pack racing makes it fun and knowing that if we are in the mix at the end we have a shot to win,” said Starr. “I want to thank Carl, MBM Motorsports, and their partners, along with my partners for joining us in Daytona.”
SiriusXM and Toyota Motor North America (TMNA) have extended their long-standing relationship into the 2024 NASCAR Cup Series campaign, with organizations Joe Gibbs Racing and 23XI Racing.
As part of the sponsorship agreement, the brand will have a combined five races of primary sponsorship between Ty Gibbs, driver of the No. 54 Toyota Camry XSE, and Tyler Reddick, driver of the No. 45 Toyota Camry XSE.
Entering his second full-time campaign in the NASCAR Cup Series, Gibbs will carry the colors of SiriusXM for the first time in his young career in Spring events at Bristol Motor Speedway and Kansas Speedway.
Tyler Reddick, a five-time winner in the NASCAR Cup Series, will continue his relationship with SiriusXM for the second straight season. In three starts with SiriusXM branding in 2023, Reddick scored a pair of top-five – including a second-place result at Bristol in March.
Interstate Batteries will return as a primary sponsorship partner of Joe Gibbs Racing in 2024, marking the 33rd season of primary sponsorship with the team. As was the case in 2023, the iconic green paint scheme will adorn all four Joe Gibbs Racing NASCAR Cup Series cars during the season.
“We wouldn’t be where we are as a race team without the support from our founding partner Interstate Batteries for the past 32 race seasons,” said Joe Gibbs, owner of Joe Gibbs Racing. “To think we are entering our 33rd racing season together speaks to how special our partnership has been and the relationships we’ve built with everyone at Interstate Batteries. I’ll be forever grateful to Norm and Tommy Miller, who gave us a chance when we didn’t have a building, cars or even employees. We are blessed to continue to work with great people like Lain (Hancock) and his entire team. There are few partnerships that have stood the test of time like Joe Gibbs Racing and Interstate Batteries have.”
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