With less than a month before the 2019 NASCAR racing season begins, team owners continue to build teams and sign drivers.
On January 8, Hattori Racing Enterprises announced that the organization has signed Austin Hill to drive the number 16 truck in the Gander Outdoors Truck Series for 2019.
The NASCAR Next graduate – a program that taps new drivers – and K&N Pro Series veteran has made a total of 51 starts in the Truck Series over the past five years with 2018 being his first full series run.
Hill will begin his quest or the ruck Series championship at Daytona International Speedway next month.
Speaking on his new position Hill said, “I’m thrilled to join HRE this season. Shige has built a great team and what they accomplished last season has me extremely optimistic heading to Daytona. I’ve had the pleasure to work with great teams in the past, including my family’s team in the K&N Series, but this is an opportunity of a lifetime at HRE. Scott and the team proved what they’re capable of last season, and I can’t wait to get to work and see what we can accomplish this season.”
Team owner Shige Hattori spoke on his newest driver saying, “we’re proud of what all of our team members did last season, and I’m looking forward to having Austin drive our trucks and work with United Rentals and all of our partners. Austin had a great career in the K&N Pro Series and did well in his first full-time truck series season last year. I’m looking forward to what we can do together this season.”
In the Monster Energy Cup Series, it was announced yesterday tat Daniel Suarez was taking over the driving duties or the number 41 car that was vacate when Kurt Busch moved over to drive the number 1 car.
The list of drivers in Monster Cup so far…
Landon Cassill in the StarCom Racing number 00 car
Kurt Busch in the Chip Ganassi Racing number 1 car
Brad Keselowski in the Team Penske number 2 car
Austin Dillon in the Richard Childress Racing number 3 car
Kevin Harvick in the Stewart-Haas Racing number 4 car
Ryan Newman in the Roush Fenway Racing number 6 car
Daniel Hemric in the Richard Childress Racing number 8 car
Chase Elliott in the Hendrick Motorsports number 9 car
Aric Almirola in the Stewart-Haas Racing number 10 car Denny Hamlin in the Joe Gibbs Racing number 11 car
Ryan Blaney in the Team Penske number 12
Ty Dillon in the Germain Racing number 13 car
Clint Bowyer in the Stewart-Haas Racing number 14 car
Ricky Stenhouse Jr in the Roush Fenway Racing number 17 car
Kyle Busch in the Joe Gibbs Racing number 18 car
Martin Truex Jr in the Joe Gibbs Racing number 19 car
Erik Jones in the Joe Gibbs Racing in the number 20 car
Paul Menard in the Wood Brothers Racing number 21 car
Joey Logano in the Team Penske number 22 car
William Byron in the Hendrick Motorsports number 24 car
Corey LaJoie in the Go Fas Racing number 32 car
Michael McDowell in the Front Row Motorsports number 34 car
Matt Tifft in the Go Fas Racing number 36 car
Chris Buescher in the JTG Daugherty Racing number 37 car
David Ragan in the Front Row Motorsports number 38 car
Daniel Suarez in the Stewart-Haas Racing number 41 car
Kyle Larson in the Chip Ganassi Racing number 42 car
Bubba Wallace in the Richard Petty Motorsports number 43 car
Ryan Preece in the JTG Daugherty Racing number 47 car
Jimmie Johnson in the Hendrick Motorsports number 48 car
Alex Bowman in the Hendrick Motorsports number 88 car
Matt DiBenedetto in the Leavine Family Racing number 95 car
Tanner Berryhill in the Obaika Racing number 97 car