Coleman Pressley, the son of former NASCAR driver Robert Pressley, has signed with the R3 Motorsports NASCAR Nationwide Series team.
Pressley, 21, will make his debut in the No. 23 Chevrolet at Bristol Motor Speedway on March 20. He'll also race at Richmond in April and Darlington in May. The team said if more sponsorship can be found, Pressley will add more races to his schedule with R3.
Robert Richardson, Jr. remains the primary driver for the team. He and Pressley tested together at Motor Mile (Va.) Speedway last month.
"After doing the test session with Robert and seeing how the guys on the team operate, I can’t wait to race one of R3’s Chevrolets," Pressley said. "The car handled great, had good speed and felt great underneath me. I am going to make the most out of this opportunity and hope to be able run some more races with them.
"Everyone on the team was very helpful during the test and I felt comfortable with them right away. Working with (crew chief) Steve Plattenberger is going to be pretty cool because he worked with my dad, too. I got a small taste of what the NASCAR Nationwide Series was about last year, and now I want to run a whole race to earn a good finish."
Pressley drove in five Nationwide Series races last season, starting-and-parking for JTG Daugherty Racing.
Pressley, of Asheville, N.C., is also the grandson of Bob Pressley, a multiple-NASCAR short track champion in the Late Model ranks.
"Our goals this year are to run a full season and become a more competitive team in the Nationwide Series," R3 team owner Robert Richardson Sr. said. "Robert Jr. and I talked about what it would take, and he agreed to step out of the seat for a few races if it meant we got to add more races to our schedule. We’re still looking to fill out the remainder of the 2010 season for our car.
"In my talks with Coleman’s dad, it quickly became apparent we are on the same page and would work well together. I’m looking forward to having Coleman run some competitive races for R3 Motorsports this year. The deal can turn into a lot more if we can make it work for everybody. You have to race smart these days to keep a team running and employees in the shop."