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By: Toby Christie – Follow on Twitter @Tobalical
When you think about up and coming racecar drivers, Alex Bowman has to be near the top of the list. He hasn’t even turned 20-years-old but he already proved himself in just four Nationwide Series starts last season, as he ran in the top-ten constantly and notched a best finish of 15th.
In addition Bowman also racked up four wins and six pole positions en route to capturing the rookie of the year award in the ARCA Racing Series last season. This year he’ll look to do the same thing in the NASCAR Nationwide Series, as he’ll run the full season in RAB Racing’s No. 99 Toyota Camry.
“I am really looking forward to driving the No. 99 Toyota fulltime in 2013,” said Bowman. “In the two races that I drove for RAB Racing last year, I saw the potential that exists and we have the opportunity to make 2013 a really special year. They have a strong group of guys that build great Toyota Camrys. I know that Robby (Benton, team owner) has spent a lot of time and effort over the offseason to make the team even stronger, and I feel that we can compete not only for Rookie of the Year honors, but for solid finishes week in and week out.”
Team owner Robby Benton is equally excited to be bringing up the youngster from Tucson, Arizona.
“Alex is a really talented driver, one that we’ve had our eyes on for a few years,” said Robby Benton, owner of RAB Racing with Brack Maggard. “He’s had success at every level; he’s won in everything he’s raced. We’re hopefully going to continue that trend with him in the Nationwide Series, behind the wheel of our No. 99 Toyota Camry. I feel that the experience Chris has working with young drivers will give Alex a competitive edge for 2013.”
Chris Rice, who is a race winning crew chief in the Nationwide Series, will be sitting atop the pitbox this season. Sponsorship announcements will come later for the team, but this announcement adds yet another talented young driver to the list of competitors in the Nationwide Series for 2013.