A new NASCAR
team, Swan Racing, will take the track at Daytona International Speedway in
February 2013. Led by NASCAR's newest team owner, Brandon Davis, Swan Racing
will compete fulltime in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, racing the No. 30 Toyota
driven by David Stremme.
Davis, CEO of
independent oil and gas company Swan Energy Inc., and a dirt-modified driver in
the United States Modified Touring Series (USMTS) purchased the assets of
Inception Racing earlier this year.
is here to race competitively every week – the days of starting and parking are
over. I am confident that we are putting together the personnel to one day
produce a championship contender," said Davis.
"I have spent
a lot of time with Brandon this year and I can tell you he is here to win," said
Stremme. "I have never been so excited for a new season as I am for 2013. I'm
ready to get started now."
tapped Steve Hmiel to be Swan Racing's director of competition. Hmiel is a
veteran of the NASCAR garage area with over 35 years of experience as a crew
chief, car chief and competition director.
into NASCAR with Petty Enterprises, helping Richard Petty win championships in
1975 and 1979. In 1984, he was the crew chief for Terry Labonte's championship.
As Mark Martin's crew chief from 1992 – 1996, Hmiel won 13 races for Roush
Racing. In 2005, Hmiel was Dale Earnhardt, Jr.'s crew chief for a brief period
and won that year at Chicagoland Speedway. Most recently Hmiel was competition
director at Earnhardt Ganassi Racing.
among the best and brightest technical experts in the NASCAR garage area. His
experience and expertise will be a crucial part in Swan Racing's success," said
"This is a
great opportunity to build a team from the ground up. Brandon is completely
committed to winning; he has a long-term vision. I am excited to be part of it,"
Swan Racing is
located in Mooresville, N.C., and will get its horsepower from Triad Racing
Technologies, a top engine builder.
will be the primary sponsor on the No. 30 Toyota. Discussions with additional
sponsors are underway and further sponsor announcements are expected early in
Growing up in
Oklahoma, Davis, 33, worked on his father's dirt car until he was old enough to
get behind the wheel and go racing: "I have been around racing all my life; it
is in my blood. I've built cars, I've raced cars and now I'm looking forward to
winning at the highest level.
encouraged by the success of teams like Michael Waltrip Racing and Stewart–Haas
Racing in recent years. It says a lot about the competitiveness of the sport and
the opportunity small teams have to succeed."