Koch, White Ready to Set the Tone at Daytona
Blake Koch and Jason White are ready to start SR² Motorsports' season off with a bang. Blake Koch, driver of the No. 24 Toyota Camry, and Jason White, driver of the No. 00 Toyota Camry, see this weekend's DRIVE4COPD 300 at Daytona International Speedway as the perfect opportunity to make a statement about the team's improvement and progress as it heads into its second season of NASCAR Nationwide Series competition.
Koch is returning for his second season with SR² Motorsports. He ran nine events with the team last year. He will be paired with the organization's lead crew chief and general manager, Benny Gordon, at the 2.5-mile high-banked, historic speedway. Koch has three Nationwide Series starts to his credit at Daytona. His best finish is 17th place, which he achieved in 2012.
"Daytona brings excitement to a whole new level," Koch said. "The history, the tradition, the unpredictability, they all make it one of the most special races of the season. It's definitely one of the most prestigious events in NASCAR and one that teams focus an extra amount on winning. SR² Motorsports has a very talented crew and they produce great equipment. I can't wait to go racing this weekend and show everyone what we're made of."
White will make his debut with SR² Motorsports this weekend. He has one Nationwide Series start at Daytona, which came in 2003. He finished in 26th place. In Truck Series competition, White has tallied one pole and two top-fives in six starts.
Calling the shots for White at Daytona will be Newt Moore, who joined SR² Motorsports in the off season. Moore has served as crew chief for some of racing's top drivers since 1997. He has two top-fives in 14 Nationwide Series tries at Daytona.
"I love racing at Daytona," White said. "It's hallowed racing ground. It's what NASCAR is all about. There's not another event like it all season. It's one of the few races that has the fans on the edge of their seats from start to finish. I'm really excited to be a part of it and hope I can add my name and SR² Motorsports ' name in its history books on Saturday."
SR² Motorsports fielded one car at Daytona in its inaugural year. Benny Gordon piloted the No. 24 Toyota Camry to a 12th-place finish after starting 33rd. Team owner Jason Sciavicco is optimistic that the DRIVE4COPD 300 will reflect team's growth and development.
"Anything can happen at Daytona and usually does," said Sciavicco. "There's an unpredictable nature to the race, but SR² Motorsports has done everything we can to prepare for a successful event. We have Benny Gordon in the shop getting all of our equipment ready and preparing our crew for the weekend. All of our team's hard work has raised our level of competition. We've come a long way since 2012 and I think our on-track performance this weekend will show that."
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