Cole Whitt Full-Time to Trucks

Fresh off his first season in stock cars, Red Bull Racing Team development driver Cole Whitt is taking the next step in his NASCAR career. The 19-year-old will drive Turn One Racing.

Whitt and Turn One Racing, owned by veteran NASCAR driver Stacy Compton, have a one-race head start on 2011. The driver made his Truck debut in the No. 60 last fall at Homestead-Miami Speedway. levelThe 2008 USAC National Midget Series champion, Whitt spent 2010 in finished third at Greenville-Pickens Speedway.

He went on to finish fourth in points with two poles, six top fives and seven top 10s in only 10 races. That success carried over to a late- Whitt, in the No. 84 Red Bull Toyota, debuted in the Nationwide Series in November, putting together impressive weekends back-to-back at Phoenix International Raceway (15th) and Homestead (17th).

In the Truck finale at Homestead, he qualified 10th and finished 28th after an on-track incident ruined what could have been a top-10 day. Whitt established a baseline for communication with crew chief Marcus Richmond, who returns to call the shots in 2011.

Homestead last year, and he proved to us that he has a ton of talent and the ability to win. By adding Cole to our lineup as a teammate to Justin Marks, we will have two of the rising talents in t Whitt takes over a truck that finished 14th in the 2010 owner points.

He and Marks, in the No. 66, will unload next month for Speedweeks at Daytona International Speedway with a brief test session, practice and qualifying all leading up a 100-lap, 250-mile race to start the season Feb. 18.

 

Red Bull Racing PR

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