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StarCom Gets Charter, ECR Engine Power and Keeps Cassill for 2019

By Luis Torres, Staff Writer

StarCom Racing confirmed Monday that they’ve purchased a Charter previously held by Richard Childress Racing’s defunct No. 27 team, and have extended their partnership with Landon Cassill, who will run the No. 00 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 full-time in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series in 2019.

Fresh off their first full season, SCR has recently acquired a new 20,000 square foot home in Salisbury, NC to operate their program, and will be powered by ECR Engines in an attempt to have more horsepower in Cassill’s car on a race-to-race basis.

Team manager Derrike Cope said SCR has endured adversity since they entered the NASCAR scene in late 2017, and by purchasing RCR’s charter and having ECR Engines, the team will be headed in the right direction.

“We are coming off a successful first year for our new owners and team,” said Cope. “We certainly endured a great deal of adversity as a start-from-scratch Cup team, learning along the way with positive results for the most part. With a continued commitment from our owners, Mike and Matt Kohler and Bill Woehlemann, we are looking forward to the prospects of being a better race team in 2019.

“We are extremely proud and pleased to have acquired the charter from RCR. We are excited to have contracted Landon Cassill for this coming year as I have enjoyed working with him in 2018 and what his experience brings to the race team. We are working hard now preparing for Daytona and cannot wait for the season to start.”

Since joining StarCom at Martinsville in April, Cassill has ran in 29 of the 31 Cup races, with 25 of them being in the No. 00 where his best result took place at Las Vegas Motor Speedway in September, finishing 18th for his and the team’s second top-20 result of 2018.

Cassill is excited to return with the team and has seen them make investments on their cars and engines, bringing motivation to the 29-year-old who’s entering his 10th Cup season.

“I’m very excited to be back with StarCom Racing for 2019,” said Cassill. “We put in a lot of work at the end of 2018 to make improvements for this coming year, and I think that work will pay off across the board. The team is making big investments in cars and engines to step our program, and it only motivates me to bring 110% as a driver.”

This upcoming season will mark Cassill’s first attempt in the Daytona 500 since 2017 and his sixth overall. The Cedar Rapids, Iowa native has scored two finishes inside the top-20 including a 12th in 2014. As for StarCom, they ended up in 21st with Jeffrey Earnhardt in their 500 debut.

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From the Pacific Northwest, Luis is a University of Idaho graduate with a Bachelor's degree in Broadcasting and Digital Media. Ever since watching the 2003 Daytona 500, being involved in auto racing is all he's ever dreamed of doing. He's also covered Idaho Athletics and high school football as both a writer and videographer. Additionally, he spent 2017 writing several racing columns as an independent journalist. Luis does video and photography, and is a fan of Seattle sports, a music critic and a motivator who wants to impact people's lives.