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R3 Motorsports looking to 2011 Nationwide Series season with optimism and opportunities

Alex Kennedy drives R3 Motorsports' No. 23 Chevrolet at Road America.
Alex Kennedy drives R3 Motorsports' No. 23 Chevrolet at Road America.

CHINA GROVE, N.C. - R3 Motorsports has their sights set on the 2011 NASCAR Nationwide Series season with optimism, sponsorship opportunities and driver options.

Concluding the 2010 season with a top-20 finish at Homestead-Miami Speedway, R3 Motorsports solidified their place in the top-30 Owner's Points. Heading into 2011 ranked 27th, that guarantees them a guaranteed start in the first five races next year.

In 2010, the team set new marks by tallying three top-15 and nine top-20 finishes and registered only three DNF's through 35 events. These achievements were earned by utilizing six different drivers who had funding for multiple races, but not a full season.

For next season, the team is looking to secure driver deals like that again for open races on the schedule. With those guaranteed starts, the team is seeking marketing partners who would capitalize on the exposure that comes with a new season, as well.

"We had a pretty good year considering we had limited funding," said Robert Richardson Sr., owner of R3 Motorsports. "Despite that, we went to the track with everything needed to compete in every event from green to checkers. We're planning on doing that again in 2011, too, with Robert Jr. and other drivers in the seat.

"It's great to be locked in for the first five races. And, if we can get some other drivers on board again who have funding for some races; that will work for everyone. Coleman Pressley and Alex Kennedy had pretty good showings in our No. 23 car and I have no doubts we can produce those results again next year."

The team also purchased some Sprint Cup Series cars and attempted two races; Charlotte and Texas. There has been talk of attempting the 2011 Daytona 500 if the proper deal can be put together.