The following are some news and notes breaking in the world of motorsports over the past few days.
Dylan Kwasniewski – On Wednesday the 2012 K&N Pro Series West champion Dylan Kwasniewski announced that he has signed with Turner Scott Motorsports drive the 2013 K&N Pro Series East schedule.
“The chance to drive for Turner Scott Motorsports under the direction of Steve Turner, Harry Scott Jr. and veteran Mike Greci came up last fall,” Kwasniewski said. “I knew immediately it would be a perfect fit for me. TSM has consistently put the best equipment on the track in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series and NASCAR Nationwide Series, and I know they will do the same in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East, giving me the best opportunity to win races and make a run at the championship this year."
In 2011 Kwasniewski at the age of 16 finished fifth in the West Series points even after missing one race on the schedule. He scored two wins and nine top 10's in the 13 races he was in. Then in 2012 he became the youngest champion in the West Series at 17-years old. He scored three wins and finished in the top 10 in all 15 races. He drove both seasons for Gene Price's team with sponsorship from Rockstar and Royal Purple. He also competed in three East Series races for Steve DeSouza's team in 2012 and collected two top 10's.
Crew, car number, and sponsor details are expected to be announced in the near future for his 2013 ride with TSM.
Matt Kenseth – Joe Gibbs Racing confirmed on Tuesday that Matt Kenseth will drive in five NASCAR Nationwide Series races in the No. 18 Toyota. Reser's Fine Foods will be the sponsor for the races at Phoenix March 2, Texas April 12, Charlotte May 25, Richmond September 6, and Kansas October 5. Kenseth has 248 career Nationwide Series starts and 26 wins. His last race in the series was in 2011 and that ride ended in victory lane in at Charlotte. A paint scheme of the No. 18 car that Kenseth will pilot can be seen here.
Kyle Larson – Robin Miller of SPEED is reporting that the Earnhardt Ganassi developmental driver Kyle Larson is in line to run an EGR car full time in the NASCAR Nationwide Series in 2013 and may also get to jump in a Sprint Cup Series car toward the end of 2013 for a few races. Larson seems to be on the fast track in NASCAR and if this report is correct 2013 will be another huge step in the young drivers career.
Nelson Piquet Jr. – As has been expected Turner Scott Motorsports will run Nelson Piquet Jr full time in the NASCAR Nationwide Series in 2013. He won in his first ever NNS start last season at Road America and finished 21st in his other race at Bristol. He also won two Truck Series races in 2012 for Turner Motorsports with 15 top 10's and finished seventh in the points.
Also Piquet will drive the No. 5 Action Express Racing Corvette Daytona Prototype in next weekends Rolex 24 at Daytona. He will be joined in the race by Christian Fittipaldi, Brian Frisselle and 2012 Rolex 24 podium finisher Felipe Nasr.
"It was just before Christmas and I got an email from the team offering me the chance to test in the USA," Vaulkhard told the Sunday Sun. "I have to say it was quite a nice pre-Christmas present! MacDonald Motorsports is a top-end team so it was great news. I'm really looking forward to giving it a go."
Jason Bowles drove MacDonald Motorsports No. 81 to a 13th place finish in the driver standings in 2012. If Vaulkhard's test goes well he could see some seat time this season but nothing is official yet.Tags: Christian Fittipaldi, Dylan Kwasniewski, Felipe Nasr, Harry Vaulkhard, Jason Bowles, Kyle Larson, MacDonald Motorsports, matt kenseth, Motorsports, NASCAR, NASCAR Nationwide Series, Nationwide Series, Nelson Piquet Jr., Steve DeSouza, Turner Scott Motorsports