Stewart-Haas Racing is doing serious business on the NASCAR scene. Ryan Preece has been promoted to the NASCAR Cup Series. Tony Stewart, co-owner of SHR with Haas Automation founder Gene Haas is happy that Preece will get the chance he has been waiting for a long time.
Preece will have the opportunity to show his qualities in the best way. “Ryan Preece has been a real asset to our race team this year as we’ve developed the Next-Gen car,” said Tony Stewart, co-owner of SHR with Haas Automation founder Gene Haas for motorsport.com “The time and effort he’s put into our program, combined with his real-world racing experience, earned him this opportunity”.
“Cole Custer has been a part of SHR since 2017 and we’re glad to have him stay with us,” Stewart added. “Cole’s experience will be invaluable to Riley Herbst as he continues his development in the Xfinity Series”.
Preece on his chance
Preece is delighted with the opportunity he will have. Preece could not believe that it would come to this, but with his qualities, he deserved a place on the team. Next season, Preece will certainly give his best and show that he deserved his chance.
“This is the opportunity I’ve been working for,” Preece said. “Nothing was guaranteed at the start of this year, but I felt like if I put in the time, whether it was in a racecar or in a simulator, that SHR was the place for me.
“It’s a company built by racers, for racers, and it’s exactly where I want to be. I know this season just finished and most people are looking to take a break, but I can’t wait to get going”. Stewart believes that Preece has already shown why he deserves a place in the team.
This will be a little more difficult challenge for him, but it is obvious that he is motivated and ready to help his team. “Ryan has bet on himself a couple of times in his career and it’s always paid off. Now we’re betting on him.
“I think he proved that when he pushed all his chips into the middle of the table and bet on himself by getting those Xfinity Series races with Gibbs. When he finally got the right opportunity, he delivered in a big way.
“Now, Ryan’s got the right opportunity in Cup. We’re proud to have him and look forward to seeing what he can do in our racecars”.