HUNTERSVILLE, N.C. – 2016 NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Rookie of the Year Chase Purdy has announced plans to contest the full NASCAR K&N Pro Series East season next year, driving for David Gilliland Racing.
The pairing will chase Sunoco Rookie of the Year honors for the K&N East division in addition to an aggressive super late model schedule.
Purdy, 16, has been successful behind the wheel of nearly everything he has driven. A year ago, he earned the title of national champion racing US Legend Cars in the Young Lions division for competitors 12-16 years of age.
This season, he visited victory lane 10 times during the opening half of the year in the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series before jumping exclusively to super late model competition with David Gilliland Racing.
“I’m so excited for next season that the wait is killing me,” Purdy said. “I’m ready to see what happens and how things go. With DGR handling everything on the cars, I’m confident our cars will be fast and competitive. I am really going to have to lean on Todd (Gilliland) to learn a lot of things, but I’m beyond blessed to have this opportunity.”
In August, PMG and Purdy’s sponsor, Bama Buggies, met with DGR about racing their super late models on a trial basis. Today, the organization has put together the program where Purdy will be piloting DGR’s super late model and K&N machines for the duration of the 2017 season.
“Chase has shown a lot of raw speed and desire in the short time we have worked with him,” said team owner David Gilliland. “We are definitely thankful J.R. and the staff at PMG turned us onto him and we have the opportunity to mold him and guide his career as he ascends up the ranks. He has a lot of talent and I’m thrilled about the possibilities of what we can accomplish next season.”
CREDIT: Performance Marketing Group