Picture used with permission from Jimmy Means and the Jimmy Means Racing Facebook Page.
By Dominic Aragon
When Daytona festivities kick off later next month, Hamilton-Means Racing will be one of the new teams attempting the Daytona 500.
With Daytona less than eight weeks away, co-owner Jimmy Means says that the newly formed team will try to attempt all 36 races in 2012.
“Our intentions are to run every [race],” says Means. “But we’ve got do to [approach] them one at a time and take it from there.”
This will be Jimmy Means’ second stint as an owner in NASCAR’s top division. Once an owner-driver, over half of Means’ starts in Sprint Cup came from 1978 to 1993.
As any team at any level in NASCAR has experienced, sponsorship is harder to find in a shaky economy. However, Hamilton-Means Racing plans on their No. 52 Ford Fusion to show up at the track, with or without financial backing.
“We’re not relying on sponsorship to determine where we go or not,” says Means. “We’re just trying to get all the pieces together and have some different equipment to have a legitimate chance of making the races. Sponsorship is not really an issue at this time, but [we’re] looking for it.”
The team is also willing to start and park events to keep afloat. “That’s probably what we will have to do to start this.”
With a long list of free agents available this off-season, HMR has narrowed its list of possible drivers for 2012, but no formal announcement has been made. “[We will announce] probably in a few weeks.”
Means also told us his Nationwide team plans on keeping the No. 52 car running full-time with a driver announcement for that ride coming soon.