Swan Racing, Stremme ready for Phoenix test
February 28, 2013, Staff report, NASCAR.com
Swan Racing’s No. 30 Toyota will take the track for the first time this season at Phoenix International Raceway, but it won’t be the first race of the year for the organization.
The Mooresville, N.C.-based one-car team returns to its registered number after running the No. 26 Sandy Hook Memorial Fund Toyota in the Daytona 500. That car, driven by Michael Waltrip, was a one-time change to raise money for the Newtown, Conn., community.
The car number isn’t the only change in store, either. Swan Racing will have a new driver for the remainder of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season in David Stremme, a driver with 165 career Cup starts to his credit.
“It’s a new day for the No. 30, and we'll be mixing it up all season,” said Stremme, who started 28 races last season but finished just five. “Drivers are competitive by nature. We feel the need to compete in everything we do."
Under the new ownership of Brandon Davis, the team has altered its approach. Drivers help build the cars at the shop in an effort to save money, and the team plans to run every race.
"We are going to build a championship contender over time and we'll do it by competing against the best drivers in the world, not by packing up early,” Davis said.
Tony Eury Jr. will serve as Stremme’s crew chief. Eury Jr. has been atop the pit box for 150 Cup races, 120 of which came with Dale Earnhardt Jr.
Nutrition53, a health supplement company owned by former NFL linebacker Bill Romanowski, will serve as the primary sponsor for 10 races.
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