He has yet to record a win in any NASCAR series, but Cole Whitt will get his chance with Swan Racing as the team announced today that the 22 year old will take over for David Stremme in the No. 30 Toyota Camry beginning with the Geico 400 at Chicagoland Speedway.
Whitt, who has 81 starts in NASCAR’s top three tiers including seven in Sprint Cup, is slated to run four other races in the No. 30, at Kansas, Charlotte, Talladega, and Phoenix. Swan said they will finish out the year with up to two other drivers. That announcement will come at a later date.
"We welcome Cole Whitt to Swan Racing as the team builds for the future," said team owner Brandon Davis in a release. "Cole is a very talented driver with a bright future and we are eager to see him compete for Swan Racing. I also want to thank David Stremme for his commitment to the team and for helping me learn so much about the sport in my first full season in NASCAR."
In 2012, Whitt ran the entire schedule for JR Motorsports, Dale Earnhardt Jr.’s Nationwide Series entry, logging four top-5s and 14 top-10s. This season he has 11 starts for Mark Smith and TriStar Motorsports with a pair of top-10s, both eighth place finishes on a pair of road courses, Watkins Glen and Road America.
"I am thrilled to get back to racing in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series for Swan Racing,” said Whitt “I told Mr. Davis that I will give him all I have to make this team successful.”
Whitt’s last Sprint Cup action was last year when he ran in five races, but did not finish in any of them.
"We are going to take a look at a number of young drivers this year as we begin to prepare for 2014. It is important that this team take continued steps forward in every aspect," Davis said.