Ben Kennedy just received probably the best Christmas and birthday (Dec. 26) present he’s ever gotten.
The 2014 Sunoco Rookie of the Year in the Camping World Truck Series has signed on with one of the sport’s preeminent teams, Red Horse Racing.
The team announced Wednesday that Kennedy, great-grandson of NASCAR founder Bill France Sr. and grandson of Bill France Jr., has signed and will drive the No. 11 Toyota Tundra in 2015.
“I am very excited to return to the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series in 2015 and to be driving for Red Horse Racing,” Kennedy said in a team media release announcing his signing. “The team has a solid foundation in the Camping World Truck Series, celebrating their 10th year in 2015. It will be an honor to drive the No. 11 Toyota Tundra, the winningest number in NASCAR history.”
Kennedy drove for Turner-Scott Motorsports in 2014 (plus three other races late in the 2013 season). In 22 starts last season, while he did not reach victory lane, Kennedy earned one top-five (third place in spring race at Martinsville) and seven top-10 finishes. He also started from the pole in the season-opening race at Daytona, his home track.
“We are thrilled to have Ben (Kennedy) join us at Red Horse Racing,” team owner Tom DeLoach said. “Ben is a very talented young driver, and I think he is going to fit right into our Red Horse family.”
Kennedy, whose mother is Lesa France-Kennedy, CEO of International Speedway Corporation, joins new teammates Timothy Peters and German Quiroga Jr.
“We consider ourselves one team with multiple trucks, and I expect to see a lot of success from this organization in 2015,” DeLoach added.
The CWTS kicks off with the season-opening NextEra Energy Resources 250 at Daytona International Speedway on Friday, Feb. 20.
Kennedy turns 23 next week, and has had a rather successful career to date. After starting his racing career in quarter-midgets in his native Florida, he moved up to full-size stock trucks.
A resident of Daytona Beach, he won the Pro-Truck championship in 2009, as well as a Super Late Model championship and Rookie of the Year honors in 2010.
In 2012, he won the first NASCAR-sanctioned Euro Racecar Series oval track event at Tours Speedway in France. In 2013, he finished fourth in the K&N Pro Series East with two wins, one pole award, three top-five and nine top-10 finishes, and was crowned the series’ Most Popular Driver.
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