Brendan Gaughan will drive 10 Nationwide Series races and eight Camping World Truck Series races for Richard Childress Racing in 2012, SceneDaily.com is reporting. Gaughan will share the No. 33 Chevy with Kevin Harvick, Paul Menard, and others. He will also share the No. 2 truck with Tim George Jr and Kevin Harvick.
With Gaughan comes sponsorship from his family’s South Point Hotel & Casino for most of the events; he will be sponsored by Menards for two Nationwide races.
The last few years, I have been racing for teams that try to buy their engineering or equipment from organizations as great as RCR, but doing that is never the same as racing for RCR. I have always steered away from switching to a part-time schedule in the past but I had to look at where I would have the best opportunity to win races again and the opportunity to race for Richard Childress is one I couldn’t pass up. By sharing the Nationwide Series seat with RCR’s Cup Series drivers, I know I’m going to be in the best equipment in the garage and have the best opportunity to win races to get myself back to where I want to be and that is to compete full time again.
Team owner Richard Childress said:
Brendan is a proven race winner and [NASCAR West Series] champion so we’re excited to have him driving for RCR. He will be a great addition to RCR’s overall driver lineup as we re-launch our NASCAR Nationwide Series program and continue the strength of our Camping World Truck Series program in 2012.
In the Nationwide car, Gaughan will drive at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, Iowa Speedway, New Hampshire Motor Speedway, Dover International Speedway, Phoenix International Raceway, and five other races yet to be announced. In the CWTS, Gaughan will drive at Daytona International Speedway, Texas Motor Speedway, Bristol Motor Speedway, Talladega Superspeedway, Homestead-Miami Speedway, and three other races yet to be named.