Pastrana-Waltrip Racing adds another talented young driver to its lineup this weekend as Cole Whitt drives the No. 99 Red Bull Toyota in Saturday's NASCAR Nationwide race at Charlotte Motor Speedway.
The 19-year-old driver races fulltime in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series and is the youngest driver to ever lead the truck series point standings. In eight truck series starts, the Alpine, Calif., native has one pole, two top-five and five top-10 finishes.
Two-time K&N Pro Series East champion Ryan Truex will be back behind the wheel at Chicago.
"All the Pastrana-Waltrip guys have been awesome to work with, and all their equipment has been super nice," Whitt said. "It's nice to jump into a car like that. It just gives you some confidence going into the weekend. More than anything I am excited to see how the new Nationwide Series cars drive.
"I have two Nationwide starts but it was in the old car. I don't know what to expect from the new car, but I am pretty sure (crew chief) Jerry Baxter will have the car pretty good right off the truck. It's just a matter of me getting used to the track. Luckily, driving the truck race last week should help me a lot, and hopefully I will be able to carry that experience over to this weekend."
Whitt finished 15th in his Nationwide debut last November at Phoenix and followed up with a 17th-place showing a week later at Homestead.