Mooresville, NC – Brett Moffitt has been named driver of the #11 Toyota Camry for Hattori Racing Enterprises for the 2012 NASCAR K & N Pro Series East.
Moffitt, a 20-year old Grimes, Iowa native will enter his 4th season on the K & N Pro Series East in 2012. He drove for Michael Waltrip Racing last season , and for Joe Gibbs Racing in 2010. In his rookie season, Moffitt drove for Andy Santerre Motorsports. His stats are impressive, in 34 starts, Moffitt has earned an seven wins, four pole positions, 20 top-5 and 25 top-10 finishes. Even more impressive is he has never finished worse than 3rd in the Championship points standings.
“I’m really looking forward to getting the 2012 season under way,” said Brett Moffitt. “I’m very excited to be teamed up with Hattori Racing and crew chief Dave McCarty. Everyone has been working extremely hard to get the cars ready for Sergio and I to get ready for the season and we are all looking forward to hitting the track at Bristol.”
Moffitt will join teammate Sergio Pena at Hattori Racing Enterprises in 2012. HRE is preparing for its first year of full-time competition. Owner, Shigeaki Hattori, is a Championship-winning former racer. He earned the Formula Toyota title in 1994 and competed in the Indy Racing League’s Indy Lights and IndyCar Series . He also competed in the NASCAR Camping World Series. Born in Okayama, Japan, Hattori currently resides in Cornelius, NC and knows what it takes to win. “People in an organization are the key to the organization’s success . If you hire the right people with knowledge and experience, success will follow,” explains Hattori. I am excited about the addition of both of these young and talented drivers to our team. There are no limits to what we can accomplish this season.”
Setting the foundation for Hattori Racing Enterprises is four-time NASCAR K&N Pro Series Champion Andy Santerre, who will manage the race team and who was Moffitt’s former crew chief in 2009.
“I am excited to have Brett at HRE.” Hattori Racing General Manager, Andy Santerre stated. “He is an incredible driving talent and has matured behind the wheel in the last two years. He is more than capable of winning the championship. He and Dave (McCarty) should work well together and make a good team.”
Crew Chief, Dave McCarty has over 20 years experience in all types of racing – NASCAR Nationwide Series, Camping World Truck Series, ARCA, ASA and K&N Pro Series East.
“One of the reasons I wanted to join HRE was the group of people that Shigeaki and Andy have assembled. Adding Brett to join with Sergio creates an awesome team of drivers.” McCarty explained. “Brett has shown he has the ability to win and compete for a championship. I’m excited to have the opportunity to further him in his racing career and look forward to on-track success for him and the entire HRE team.”
HRE will field Toyota Camry’s with manufacturer backing from Toyota Racing Development for both Brett Moffitt in the #11 and Sergio Pena in the #1. “We are thrilled to have Toyota on board,” stated Hattori, who has had a long-standing relationship with the brand. “Toyota cars won every race in the series last year and I don’t expect this season to be any different.” Several other companies will be involved as well. AISIN, a world-wide supplier of automotive parts and systems; AISIN AW, who has a large facility in Durham, NC and who manufactures automatic transmissions and car navigation systems; and ADVICS, who helps advance cars with innovative brake systems.
HRE is located in a state-of-the-art building owned by Germain Racing in Mooresville, NC and was designed by Hattori so he could continue to enjoy American stock car racing while developing young, talented drivers.