Published on January 30th, 2012 | by Michael J Smith1
Hamilton-Means Racing Pushes Back Cup Debut
Hamilton-Means Racing has decided to push their first start of the season back to Phoenix International Raceway or Bristol Motor Speedway because they have not received essential equipment needed to attempt the 2012 Daytona 500 at Daytona International Speedway. Chassis and engines have been purchased and the certification process is nearly complete.
HMR plans to attempt the full schedule, except the Daytona 500, with their no. 52 car regardless of financial backing.
Team co-owner Jimmy Means said:
We’re not relying on sponsorship to determine where we go or not. We’re just trying to get all the pieces together and have some different equipment to have a legitimate chance of making the races. Sponsorship is not really an issue at this time, but [we’re] looking for it.
The team wants to run complete races instead of starting and parking, but Means admitted that the team would probably need to do that to get their program started.
The team has narrowed its list of drivers, but no announcement has been made. They plan to announce a driver soon.
The team also plans to field the No. 52 Nationwide Series car full time.