MOORESVILLE, N.C. – Hattori Racing Enterprises and driver Ryan Truex will compete full-time on the 2017 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, after running a limited schedule last year.
Truex, a two-time NASCAR K&N Pro Series East champion, will drive the No. 16 Toyota Tundra as he seeks the NCWTS championship.
He competed in 15 events with HRE in 2016, finishing a career-best second at Daytona Int’l Speedway in February.
“I’m grateful for this opportunity to race my first full national series season with HRE and Toyota Racing in 2017,” Truex said. “We started 2016 on a strong note and were able to contend inside the playoffs prior to stepping out of the truck after Charlotte. I know we can have similar, if not better, results in 2017 and I’m looking forward to contending for race wins and hopefully making the playoffs this season.”
Scott Zipadelli will take over the crew chief duties for Truex in 2017, his first season with HRE.
In 2016, Zipadelli picked up his first Truck Series victory in August at Michigan Int’l Speedway, working as the crew chief for Brett Moffitt at Red Horse Racing.
The veteran crew chief also has three NASCAR XFINITY Series victories on his resume.
“Ryan has the pedigree of a great driver and is even a better person,” said team owner Shige Hattori. “It was an honor to have him drive our trucks last season and I’m looking forward to competing for the championship with him and the team this season.”
“We recently moved into a new state-of-the-art shop facility and have recruited fantastic team personnel for this season. We feel like we’ve done everything to improve our organization which should result in competitive results. I know the No. 16 Toyota Tundra will compete for race wins this season.”
CREDIT: Hattori Racing Enterprises