Sterling Heights, MI (Friday, December 20, 2019) - After one full time season running with the ARCA Menard Series in 2019, the formally Michigan based, KBR Development team is heading south - and not just for the winter. In a press release issued Friday, the team announced it had moved its racing operation to Statesville, North Carolina, among a few other changes for the organization.
Launched as a Super Late Model team out of Zeeland, Michigan, KBR Development began back in 2013, fielding entries for drivers like Brian Campbell, Wes Griffith, Jr, and Erik Jones; More recently, their Super team has seen entries from Brandon McRenolds and Carson Hocevar. In 2019, they made a full-scale entry into the ARCA Menards Series with Hocevar, McRenolds, and Raphael Lessard as their primary drivers - teaming up with GMS Racing late in the season to put Sheldon Creed in the car.
That partnership with GMS will continue into 2019, and is likely a primary reason for the change in location. KRB President, Mike Bursley says, “...the resources and support from everyone at GMS Racing and Chevrolet will be a game-changer. With the first ARCA season under our belt, we expect to be competing for wins every time we hit the racetrack in 2020.”
Also announced Thursday, KBR Development has hired one of the most recognizable names ever to race under the ARCA banner. 10 time series Champion, Frank Kimmel has been hired to be the team's General Manager. Kimmel says he is looking forward to the new role, and believes KBR has more success in their future.
“They’re a first-class outfit, and I’m looking forward to helping them succeed,” said Kimmel. “Mike and everyone at KBR wants to continue to grow the program and improve on the racetrack, and believe fully in everything they are doing,” he finished.
KBR says they will again compete full time in the ARCA Menards Series in 2020, however, their driver line-up is not finalized. They say that they will also continue to field entries in template late model events, and are working on driver arrangements, with opportunities available in both ARCA and template cars. The KBR season kicks off at the ‘World Center of Racing’ in Daytona Beach on February 8, with the Lucas Oil 200.
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Story by - Zach Hiser, Motor City Racing Promotions
Photos - KBR Development