Photo: Kaulig Racing

Blake Koch’s Car Carrying a New Look in Daytona

By Toby Christie, NASCAR Editor

When the NASCAR Xfinity Series Subway FireCracker 250 goes green this Friday night, one of the best looking cars twinkling under the powerful trackside lighting at Daytona International Speedway will undoubtedly be Kaulig Racing’s No. 11 Chevrolet Camaro.

This week the team, which has been one of the pleasant surprises so far in 2016, will have a new sponsor on board — Celsius Energy Drink.

The sponsor is new to the race team, but they have sponsored Koch’s racing efforts for years.

The paint scheme, which features a black hood and wicked orange designs down the sides, is beautiful. With how well driver Blake Koch and the team performed in the season-opening race at Daytona, this paint scheme very well could be the one you see in victory lane at the end of 250 miles of racing.

Koch finished ninth at Daytona earlier this season, and calls the superspeedway one of his favorite tracks on the circuit.

“I really like Daytona though. I was born in Daytona Beach, so it’s my home track plus it’s anybody’s race to win. You just have to be smart with your decisions and have people to draft with,” Koch said in a team release. “We’ve been a fast car all year long that people know they can stick with us and we’ll have speed at the end.”

After a crash at Talladega a few months ago, wiped out the team’s superspeedway car which was used in that season-opening race, the team will bring a brand-new chassis to Daytona for this race.

Koch enters Daytona on a hot streak. He is riding five-consecutive top-15 finishes and additionally he is in position to make the inaugural Xfinity Series Chase for the Championship. Currently Koch sits 11th in the point standings. A win would all but guarantee him a place in NASCAR’s version of the playoffs.

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Toby Christie is a contributing writer for Motorsports Tribune. He has been watching stock cars turn left since 1993, and has covered NASCAR as an accredited media member since 2007. Toby is a proud member of the National Motorsports Press Association (NMPA). Additionally, Toby is a lifelong Miami Dolphins fan, sub-par guitarist and he is pretty good around a mini-golf course.

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