NASCAR News: Premium Motorsports Signs Cole Whitt For 2016
Premium Motorsports is proud to have Cole Whitt onboard for the 2016 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series.Advertisement
The team made the announcement yesterday, saying that Whitt will be driving the No. 98 Premium Motorsports car. The 24-year-old driver has already been taking part in the Sprint Cup Series for two seasons, both of which he finished in 31st place in driver points.
In a statement, Premium Motorsports team owner Jay Robinson said, “We believe Cole is an accomplished young driver who drives aggressively, yet smart. He’s a great fit for our team as we look to improve our competitiveness in the Sprint Cup Series.”
Whitt may only be in his early twenties, but that doesn’t mean he lacks racing experience. In fact, he started participating in the BMX bike circuit in Alpine, California when he was just five. And afterwards, he went on to take the karting world by storm, taking eight International Karting Federation championships as well as two World Karting Association Grand National championships.
Later on, he made his way to the United States Auto Club and in 2006 became the Hoosier Sprint Car rookie of the year. Meanwhile in 2008, Whitt also became the youngest USAC National Champion.
In 2010, Cole decided to make a move to stock cars. That year, he finished the season fourth in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East. The following year, Whitt decided to embark on his first full season in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series with JR Motorsports. During his debut, he finished ninth place in the championship points.
At the same time, the young driver also made two starts at the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series and three starts in the NASCAR Nationwide Series. And in 2013, Whitt competed in the NASCAR Xfinity Series for a limited time with TriStar Motorsports. To date, the young driver has brought in as much as $6 million in winnings to his teams.
As for Premium Motorsports, the team has also brought in Mike Hillman as a competition director and Mark Hillman as crew chief for the year. Whitt is confident that the his team can make “the No. 98 car competitive week in and week out.”