Stremme gets new car owner

David Stremme will race full-time in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series again in 2013 and he’ll still be behind the wheel of the No. 30 Toyota, but he’ll be racing for a different boss. Brandon Davis, CEO of oil and gas company Swan Energy Inc., recently purchased the assets of Inception Motorsports, of which Stremme was part-owner. The team will be called Swan Racing and plans have the organization running the full 2013 Cup schedule.

“I am confident that we are putting together the personnel to one day produce a championship contender,” Davis said.

Stremme isn’t the only NASCAR veteran on Swan Racing’s payroll. Steve Hmiel, a 35-plus-year-veteran in the sport has been hired on to serve as Director of Competition. Hmiel has held such roles as crew chief, car chief and competition director at the Sprint Cup level for teams including Roush Fenway Racing and Earnhardt Ganassi Racing. Early in his career, Hmiel also worked for Hall of Fame driver Richard Petty.

“Steve is among the best and brightest technical experts in the NASCAR garage area,” Davis said. His experience and expertise will be a crucial part in Swan Racing’s success.”

The new team is based in Mooresville, N.C., and has Davis’ Swan Energy Inc. as primary sponsor. Engines under the hood are expected to come from Triad Racing Technologies.

According to Davis, he was inspired by the recent success of relatively new teams in the sport.

“I am encouraged by the success of teams like Michael Waltrip Racing and Stewart-Haas Racing in recent years,” Davis said. “It says a lot about the competitiveness of the sport and the opportunity small teams have to succeed.”

Michael Waltrip Racing put both its full-time drivers, Clint Bowyer and Martin Truex Jr., in the Chase for the Sprint Cup in 2012. Stewart-Haas Racing co-owner and driver Tony Stewart claimed his third Sprint Cup in 2011.

– Photo courtesy of Swan Racing

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