Driver hopes to catch on quickly with another team
Landon Cassill has parted ways with BK Racing, the organization for which he competed last season in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series.
“We just couldn’t work it out,” Cassill said Wednesday. “There are a lot of balls in the air at BK, and it’s just unfortunate. It kind of breaks my heart that I have to move on this late in the year. I was looking forward to hopefully many years there, but it just didn’t work out. I don’t like to burn bridges, I’m not here to make anybody look bad. … I think it’s best for me to just move on professionally, gentlemanly, and start looking for a new job.”
"It kind of breaks my heart that I have to move on this late in the year."
-- Landon Cassill
A 23-year-old Iowa native, Cassill drove the No. 83 car in all 36 points events last season. He recorded a top finish of 18th at three different tracks.
Cassill’s best result at NASCAR’s national level was third in the 2011 Nationwide Series opener at Daytona with Phoenix Racing. He recorded his best-ever Sprint Cup result, 12th at Michigan, that same season with the same team.
Originally signed by Hendrick Motorsports as a test driver, Cassill worked in that capacity for five years, receiving championship rings for his participation in four of Jimmie Johnson’s five title runs. Cassill also raced most of the 2008 season in the Nationwide Series for JR Motorsports, recording five top 10s before the team switched drivers.
Cassill said he isn’t limiting his current job search to the Sprint Cup level, although he understands the timing may make it difficult to find a ride before Speedweeks.
“I’m making calls. I’m calling friends and crew members and car owners,” he said. “You hear things. As an industry insider, you kind of know who’s thinking about a second car or whose deal might be close to up. As bad as I might want to be in Daytona with a ride and a new deal, the likelihood of that is probably slim. But the opportunity for me to pick up a new car, or a new ride, or a second car, or a Truck deal or a Nationwide deal, that stuff can come together as the season unfolds.”
BK Racing officials could not immediately be reached for comment. The team, which bought the assets of the former Red Bull NASCAR organization, had two drivers at last week’s test at Daytona International Speedway: Travis Kvapil, who drove the team’s No. 93 car in all but one event last season, and David Reutimann, who piloted the same entry in the Daytona 500.