MOORESVILLE, N.C. – Hattori Racing Enterprises (HRE) team owner Shigeaki Hattori announced Wednesday that the organization has tabbed Brett Moffitt to drive the No. 16 AISIN Group Toyota Tundra.
Moffitt will take the reins of the No. 16 entry to begin the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) season in the NextEra Energy Resources 250 at Daytona (Fla.) International Speedway.
The Grimes, Iowa, native has an extensive and successful history with HRE and crew chief Scott Zipadelli.
From 2012-2013, the NASCAR Next alumnus competed in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East (NKNPSE) with HRE and earned top-three finishes in the championship standings in both seasons and posted two victories.
Some of Moffitt’s career highlights have come with Zipadelli on the pit box. The duo worked together for six races in 2016 at Red Horse Racing and laid down an impressive record. During that span, Moffitt scored his first-career NCWTS victory at Michigan International Speedway on a spectacular last-lap pass and tallied three top-five and four top-10 finishes overall. In 13 career NCWTS starts, Moffitt has totaled one victory, three top-five and six top-10 finishes.
“This is an awesome opportunity for me to reunite with Shige Hattori and get back into a position to win races”, Moffitt said. “I’m excited about the opportunity to work with so many familiar faces. I believe the people in place at HRE are the right group for us to find a lot of success.
“Working with Zippy (Scott Zipadelli) again makes this opportunity even better. We had a great stretch together a couple years ago, especially winning at Michigan. Hopefully we can do that again, because Zippy, Shige, and everyone at HRE have built an impressive program over the last two years.”
After a successful 2017 campaign, Hattori is energized to reunite with Moffitt and continue to develop the organization’s performance in 2018.
“I am so glad to have Brett back with us at HRE,” Hattori said. “We enjoyed working together several years ago and he has made the most of every opportunity he’s had in this sport over the last few years, especially in the NCWTS. He’s proven he can win races and is deserving of the opportunity.
“It’s great to have AISIN Group’s continued support of our team and to have them reunited with Brett. We’re very proud of the program we have built with Scott (Zipadelli) and the entire team, and we’re looking forward to having Brett behind the wheel and elevating our performance even further this season.”