Premium Motorsports Buys Out Hillman Racing
Premium Motorsports has announced the acquisition of Hillman Racing and plans to field one full-time car and one part-time car in the Sprint Cup Series in 2016.
Jay Robinson, Premium Motorsports’ owner, purchased equipment and hired staff from Hillman Racing, including former team owner Mike Hillman, who will be competition director. Mark Hillman will continue his role as a full-time crew chief.
Robinson ran the No. 62 and No. 98 entries full time in 2015. For the first half of the season, @Brendan62 piloted the No. 62 Chevrolet, but mutually parted ways with the team in July.
The No. 98 was owned by Phil Parsons Racing and driven by @Josh_Wise at the start of the season. A mid-season acquisition of the No. 98 team led to Wise’s departure and the team ran the rest of the season with multiple drivers, including drivers Timmy Hill, Reed Sorenson and rookie Ryan Preece.
Both cars ran a majority of the races unsponsored in 2015 and there’s no word on any sponsorship deals yet for 2016. A manufacturer has also not been announced by Premium Motorsports.
The team obtained Hillman Racing resources and reduced to a single full-time team to make one full-time car the linchpin of the organization. Its goal is to improve the overall performance level on the track for 2016.
“We had to upgrade our team moving forward and that included Mike Hillman, select key personnel and the purchase of additional cars and equipment,” Robinson said. “The racing bar is being raised even higher and this effort will enable us to commit more resources and become more competitive for 2016.”
Hillman Racing was a single car operation that fielded the No. 40 Chevrolet driven by Landon Cassill. Cassill appears to be leaving for Front Row Motorsports and replacing 10-year Cup veteran David Gilliland in the No. 38 Ford, though nothing has been made official yet.
Premium Motorsports will use owner points from the No. 40 for their full-time car.
There has been no announcement yet about who the full time driver will be yet or what car number will be used.
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