GALLIANO, La. — Veteran ARCA Racing Series and late model driver Hal Martin is moving up in the racing world.
Martin will drive a Toyota Camry in the TriStar Motorsports stable for three races during the 2012 NASCAR Nationwide Series season.
The 26-year-old driver also has funding to compete for the NASCAR Nationwide Series Rookie of the Year honors in 2013.
The sponsor portfolio and car number will be announced at a later date but will showcase several companies from the Gulf Coast of Louisiana, Martin’s home territory.
“I’m so proud to be from the Louisiana Gulf Coast, and it’s exciting to be able to highlight a really diverse part of the country in my NASCAR career,”” said Martin. “I grew up going to Talladega, where a lot of Louisiana NASCAR fans call home and you can always find crawfish on the boil or seafood gumbo being cooked up in turns one and two. Now, I get to bring that hometown pride to millions of fans around the country — it’s really special.”
Martin made 11 ARCA starts for a variety of teams between 2009 and 2011, with his high of third coming at Chicagoland Speedway with Cunningham Motorsports in 2009.
His first NASCAR race will be the Kansas Lottery 300 at Kansas Speedway on October 20, followed by the O’Reilly Auto Parts Challenge at Texas Motor Speedway Nov. 3 and the Ford EcoBoost 300 at Homestead-Miami Speedway to finish out the season.
He will bring his crew chief from his ARCA Racing Series days, Nationwide Series veteran John Quinn, to TriStar Motorsports for his debut.
“It’s great to have John by my side on this — we’re a great team and he taught me so much about competition at this level,” Martin said. “I’m looking forward to learning more together this year as a great preparation for the rookie of the year competition next year.”