Bandit Industries signed a seven-race NASCAR sponsorship with Parker Kligerman, driving the number 77 Toyota for Kyle Busch Motorsports in the NASCAR Nationwide Series. The sponsorship will see Bandit racing with Kligerman at several of NASCAR’s most famous tracks through the first half of 2013, beginning with the very first Nationwide Series race of 2013 at Daytona.
“We got our start in NASCAR with Parker back in 2010, and we’re thrilled to be back with him as part of Kyle Busch Motorsports,” said Travis Lint, Bandit’s NASCAR coordinator. “In that first race with Parker he went from dead last to finish in the top-ten, and last year he had a great run in the Truck Series. He’s going to be a Nationwide Series championship contender for 2013 and we couldn’t be more excited to be starting the year with him at Daytona.”
Kligerman joined Kyle Busch Motorsports this year after having a very successful 2012 season in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series. Last year Kligerman finished 5th in the Truck Series standings with over 15 top-ten finishes, including his first NASCAR victory at Talladega. He signed with Kyle Busch Motorsports this year to run a full season in the Nationwide Series, joining Joey Coulter and Bubba Wallace to create a young but talented and successful racing team.
“It’s an honor to be representing Bandit Industries, their 450 employees and over 150 worldwide dealer locations though this partnership,” said Kligerman. “ Kyle (Busch) has put a terrific staff in place—both in the shop and in the front office—that is committed to all-around success and I’m confident that we will make this partnership a winning venture for everyone involved.”
Bandit will serve as the primary sponsor for Kligerman for two races, including the first Nationwide Series race of 2013—the DRIVE4COPD 300 on February 23 at Daytona. Bandit will be a co-primary sponsor for three races and an associate sponsor for two races. The current race schedule will have Bandit, Kligerman and Kyle Busch Motorsports racing at Bristol on March 16, Texas on April 12, Talladega on May 4, Michigan on June 15, Kentucky on June 29, and back to Daytona on July 6. Additional races with Kligerman and Kyle Busch Motorsports are a possibility.
In preparation for the first 2013 race at Daytona, Kligerman will be interviewed on SPEED TV’s NASCAR Race Hub Tuesday, February 12. The show will air on SPEED that evening at 6:00 P.M. Eastern Time.
Kyle Busch Motorsports has also produced a short YouTube video with Kligerman announcing the new sponsorship with Bandit. That video can be seen online at the Kyle Busch Motorsports You Tube channel: www.youtube.com/kylebuschmotorsports.
“To go racing with big names like Parker and Kyle Busch Motorsports is really something special for us, our mid-Michigan community and our customers,” said Lint. “Parker is a dynamic personality and an exceptional driver, and everyone at Kyle Busch Motorsports has been great to work with. We’re going to go to the winner’s circle this year, and we can’t wait to share that excitement with our loyal fans and customers all around the world.”
The DRIVE4COPD 300 will be broadcast live, with coverage beginning Saturday February 23 at 1:00 P.M. On ESPN. Live qualifying coverage for the race will begin Friday February 22 at 3:30 P.M. and air on ESPN2. To kick everything off, Bandit will rejoin NASCAR driver Jake Crum in the inaugural running of the UNOH Battle At The Beach taking place at Daytona February 17-19. Crum will compete in the Whelen All American Late Model Series on February 18, with live race coverage on SPEED beginning at 7:00 P.M. Eastern.