A new Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series will hit the track, starting this weekend at Kansas Speedway. Star Com Racing will be fielding the No. 00, driven by Derrike Cope, the team has high hopes for the future.
The team’s launch follows StarComFiber, a New Jersey-based telecommunications company being a sponsor in the MENCS series earlier in 2017.On their web page, the team said that the owners and board of StarCom Fiber saw an amazing opportunity to begin their own NASCAR team while being heavily involved as a sponsor at the track.
“We are excited about this new business venture and have been working hard to build our team’s foundation on professional leadership and quality equipment that we intend to bring to the track within the coming weeks,” said StarCom Racing Owner and CFO, William Woehlemann.
Veteran driver Derrike Cope, will race StarCom Racing’s Chevrolet No. 00 for 2017. The team said that opportunities for other drivers with sponsorship in tow may become available for the 2018 season.
The other owners of StarCom Racing, Michael and Matthew Kohler, have strong ties in NASCAR that date back to the early 1990s when their uncle’s company was a primary sponsor for Bobby Allison Motorsports car driven by Cope.
“After getting to know Derrike and Elyshia Cope, we are thrilled to have Derrike on board as not only our driver, but as our team manager, and Elyshia as our Marketing Director. Derrike and Elyshia’s dedication and true love for NASCAR is a win for our team right from the start,” said Michael Kohler, CEO of StarCom Racing.
The team is still spinning up its operation and said that while acquiring cars, equipment and personnel, the team will only run a limited schedule for the remainder of the 2017 season. StarCom Racing plans on running a full 2018 schedule.
The team does not currently have a charter and will have to qualify at Kansas and the rest of the year to make the race. If qualifying were to be cancelled, the No. 00 car would not race at Kansas.
Source: Star Com Racing – Star Com Racing Team