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Brett Moffitt Named the 2013 Driver for Hattori Racing Enterprises

Feb 19, 2013

 

Brett Moffitt Named the 2013 Driver for Hattori Racing Enterprises

Grimes, Iowa native to race a NASCAR Truck at Iowa Speedway in September

 

 

Hattori Racing Enterprises (HRE) announced today that Brett Moffitt will drive the HRE Toyota Camry in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East and will drive a limited number of races in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series during the 2013 season.

 

Moffitt began racing in go karts and progressed to his family-owned IMCA Northern SportMod.  In 2007, he became the youngest winner at the famed Knoxville (IA) Raceway by winning the 2007 Harris Clash.  He transitioned smoothly from dirt to asphalt in 2008 and finished second in the ASA Late Model North Series, winning five races and Rookie of the Year honors.  Moffitt began his career in NASCAR in 2009, where he has since amassed 9 wins, 8 poles and season championship podium finishes in four consecutive years.  During 2012, Moffitt led a full 40% of all laps run by the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East during the entire race season.  He made his debut in the NASCAR Nationwide Series in 2012 at Iowa Speedway, finishing a very respectable 9th place in his first series start.

 

HRE and Moffitt will run the full 2013 K&N Pro Series East schedule and will enter a minimum of five NASCAR Camping World Truck Series races. 

 

The K&N schedule includes 16 races in 11 states, and the series crowns its champion at Rockingham on November 2nd.   HRE has retained the services of Dave McCarty as Moffitt’s K&N Series East Crew Chief for the coming season.  McCarty’s talent and leadership were vital parts of the team’s success in 2012. 

 

Shigeaki Hattori, owner of HRE, has maintained his relationships with the same group of sponsors who were instrumental in HRE’s success in 2012, including Aisin AW; Kobe Toyopet; Toyopet Saitama; Don Valley Toyota; Toyota Technical College, Tokyo; Goodyear; and NASCAR Technical Institute.

 

HRE’s current plan for the Truck Series is to debut at Charlotte Motor Speedway on May 17th, to run Kentucky Speedway on June 27th, Michigan International Speedway on August 17th, Iowa Speedway on September 8th, possibly to race at Phoenix International Raceway on November 8th, and to finish their season at Homestead-Miami Speedway on November 15th.  Sponsorship permitting, more races will be added to HRE’s Truck Series schedule. 

 

HRE confirmed that Randy Goss will be a part of the Truck Series team.  Goss is a proven winner who led the Rev Racing Toyota team to a championship in 2012 and served as Greg Biffle’s Crew Chief during his championship years in the Truck Series and the Nationwide Series. 

 

 “Hattori Racing is still putting people into place for the upcoming season, so we do not have all of the answers yet on how the team will work or exactly how the remaining pieces will come together.  We finished on the championship podium in 2012 in the K&N Pro Series East during HRE’s first year as a race team, so we expect to do well again in the K&N Series.  Transitioning into the Truck Series in the team’s second year is a big step with a lot to learn, and we are really excited to get started!” Moffitt exclaimed.

 

Moffitt also retains his alliance with Michael Waltrip Racing (MWR) in 2013 and will continue to test their Sprint Cup cars.  Moffitt has already run more than 1,800 laps during test sessions for the new Gen-6 Cup cars this year, but there are still additional aspects of the cars that they want to test.  Moffitt will be off to another test session this week where he will keep logging laps in the Gen-6. 

 

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