MOORESVILLE, N.C. – Obaika Racing will contest the full Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series schedule next season with Tanner Berryhill at the helm of the No. 97 Toyota Camry.

Obaika Racing and Berryhill will kick off the new season by making their first attempt to qualify the Daytona 500 at Daytona Int’l Speedway.

“Tanner is a very intelligent and motivated young man, and I am very excited to what he can accomplish during his rookie season,” said team owner Victor Obaika. “The Obaika Racing team is working hard through the winter to put fast cars on track next year, and I have every confidence that Tanner is going to work hard to improve every race and get the most out of our equipment. 2019 is going to be a great year for this team.”

Berryhill made his Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series debut this season with Obaika Racing, competing in the final two races of the season at Arizona’s ISM Raceway and Homestead-Miami (Fla.) Speedway.

He has made 40 starts in the NASCAR Xfinity Series in previous years.

“I am very thankful for the opportunities that Victor Obaika, the whole race team, and our partners are giving me, and I’m looking forward to making the most of it,” said Berryhill. “It’s a dream come true to be racing full-time again, and I’m excited to see this program continue to grow.

“Thank you to everyone who made this possible, and I’ll see you in Daytona.”

Sponsors and crew chief for the No. 97 Toyota will be announced in the coming weeks.