Hattori Racing Enterprises To Chase Truck Title Again
After a successful breakout campaign in 2017, Hattori Racing Enterprises confirmed on Thursday that they will once again run the full NASCAR Camping World Truck Series schedule in 2018. However, Ryan Truex will not be returning to the driver’s seat.
“The biggest improvement for 2018 is the people,” team owner Shige Hattori said. “Unlike last season, (crew chief) Scott Zipadelli is already here and coming back along with our truck chief. We’ve invested in some new crew members at the shop and believe the changes will allow us to be more efficient and bring in new ideas to elevate this race team’s performance.”
This past season, Truex guided the No. 16 Toyota Tundra to two poles, eight top-five’s, and 13 top-10’s.
“Our initial goal this year is to get to victory lane and win our first race,” Hattori added. “We want to make the playoff field and win a championship. We made good progress in the middle of last season by building a new truck, and we’re applying everything we learned to the new Tundras that we have added to our fleet. We’re going to be even better prepared in 2018 with a larger inventory of updated trucks and support from TRD to win races and compete for the championship.”
The team did not hint towards driver and sponsorship for the year, stating that would be announced at a later date. Truex has yet to confirm any plans of his own, either.
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