In unique manner, Kligerman announces future
January 03, 2013, Staff report, NASCAR.com
Kyle Busch Motorsports ended the suspense and speculation December 18 by announcing its newest NASCAR Nationwide Series driver on social media channels.
In a YouTube video that was distributed via the team’s official Twitter account, Parker Kligerman confirmed he will drive the No. 77 Toyota Camry next season.
In the video, Kligerman is sitting in the No. 77, his face purposely obstructed by the window net. After a few suspenseful seconds, Kligerman climbed out of the car, announcing: “They had to keep me in there for a while. But without further ado, I’d like to announce that I will be driving the No. 77 Toyota Camry for Kyle Busch Motorsports in 2013, fighting for the Nationwide championship.”
The 22-year-old driver has started 18 Nationwide Series races over the past four years.
In 2011 and 2012, Kligerman was a full-time driver in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series. Kligerman finished fifth in points in 2012, a year in which he won one race and posted eight top-five finishes.
The talented driver joined Toyota Racing midway through the season and saw his results immediately improve, nabbing his first Camping World Truck Series victory at Talladega Superspeedway.
“When you think of Kyle Busch and Kyle Busch Motorsports, you think of an owner and a team that have established a tradition of winning and pride themselves on it, so I feel honored to be given the chance to come in and continue in that tradition,” Kligerman said in a news release. “I feel that running full-time in the Truck Series the last two seasons and coming close to a championship last season has prepared me to be able to do the same in the Nationwide Series next year.”
Owner Kyle Busch said Kligerman’s performance in a Toyota sold him on signing the Connecticut native to a Nationwide deal, which has yet to announce sponsorship for the No. 77 car.
In KBM’s inaugural Nationwide Series campaign, the group finished with one win, 15 top-five showings and 22 top-10 finishes.
“Our Nationwide Series program really seemed to hit its stride the last 10 races of the season,” Busch said. “We feel like we’ll be able to carry that momentum into next year and come out of the gates stronger than we did in our first season.”