Grading 2014′s New Driver/ Team Pairings Part 12

SWanSwan Racing is hoping to make a splash on the NSCS tour in 2014.   Team owner Brandon Davis is confident Cole Whitt & Parker Kligerman can turn his organization into a proverbial winner in NSCS competition, even if both drivers have limited experience performing at this level. Both of Swan’s drivers have a combined 16 NSCS starts between the two of them.

 

I really like Swan’s gutsy approach in hiring two unseasoned rookie drivers. It’s never easy to take a huge risk in NASCAR Sprint Cup racing, without a guaranteed payoff.  Both Whitt & Kligerman have tremendous potential to become superstars in the distant future. It’s unlikely their time to accomplish great things in Sprint Cup will happen in the here and now, with an organization that’s tasted minimal success in only its third year of existence.  However I do expect Parker Kligerman to exceed everyone’s overall expectations in his rookie season. Kligerman finished 18th in his NSCS debut with Swan Racing last fall at Texas Motor Speedway.  Obviously that impressive run combined with a solid 2013 NNS campaign was enough to convince Brandon Davis to invest heavily in Parker Kligerman’s future.

As for Cole Whitt he seems to be something of an enigma at this stage of his young career.  Here’s a guy who at one point was considered to be a future champion in either Nationwide or Camping World truck series competition. Once a top prospect for Red Bull Racing, Whitt has bounced around from team to team in all three major NASCR touring series since Red Bull Racing’s demise following the 2011 season. Here’s where the problem lies with Cole Whitt he’s never had a chance to completely find his footing with any team for more than one season at a time. Rather than invest in his long-term future he’s sent packing rather swiftly. Leaving his critics to wonder just how good this kid could be if somebody stuck with him? Presumably Swan Racing could be that team to give Whitt his coming out party. Should Brandon Davis’s epic gambles pay off Swan Racing could be a force to be reckoned with for years to come in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series.

 

Final grade-  Kligerman B- Whitt D+

 

 

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