SAN JOSE, Calif. – Josh Bates Motorsports has announced that Tim Kaeding will return to the seat of the No. 42x machine next year.

The team will look for another SCCT team championship, as well as the driver’s championship, with the San Jose, Calif., native.

“I am really excited to get back in the No. 42x machine in 2019,” said Kaeding. “We had a great year in 2018 up until I got hurt, but the guys stayed the course, worked hard, and still captured the SCCT owner’s championship. I think we can have a good year and be in the mix again this season.”

The early plan for Bates Motorsports will to contend for the 2019 Sprint Car Challenge Tour championship, a schedule that boasts some high paying and marquee events.

When the SCCT is off, the team will compete in other marquee events around the region and Kaeding will fill his schedule with other opportunities, just as he did this season.

The team is also pleased to welcome back primary sponsor R&B Company. After a successful first season together, both parties are thrilled to get 2019 underway.

“We are excited to get back on board with Josh Bates, the team, and Tim Kaeding,” said Roger Hamilton of R&B Company. “It wasn’t something we planned on doing last year, and it just worked out with us putting a deal together to come on board, and we eventually brought some of our partner vendors aboard as well. In fact, we are excited to get Clow Valve with the team this year as well.”

“I am super excited to have Roger Hamilton and everyone with R&B Company back on board in 2019,” Kaeding added. “I’m looking forward to having some more fun with everyone that’s associated with this team and can’t wait to get going again after having last season cut short.

“I think we have the makings to another great year with Heavy D on the wrenches and Dave Haver tuning on our engine.”