Following a great 2013 NASCAR season with rising superstar Parker Kligerman, Bandit Industries will return to the stage at Daytona International Speedway with Kligerman in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series on Feb. 21. Bandit will serve as co-primary sponsor for Kligerman, driving the No. 58 Bandit Chippers/North American Power Toyota for BRG Motorsports in the Nextera Energy Resources 250. Live coverage of the race will begin at 7:30 p.m. on Fox Sports 1.
“When Bandit first got involved with NASCAR back in 2010, it was with Parker,” said Christopher Smith, Bandit’s marketing and communications director. “To be back with him at Daytona after the great season we had with him last year is very special to us. Parker is a great ambassador for Bandit, he’s an amazing driver, and he’s NASCAR’s next superstar. When he takes to the track, he’ll have Bandit customers all around the world cheering, not to mention our mid-Michigan community and the 400-plus employees at Bandit. We couldn’t be more excited to kick off the 2014 NASCAR season.”
Kligerman echoed Smith’s sentiment, adding, “First off, I want to thank everyone at Bandit Chippers and George Bragg at BRG Motorsports for this opportunity. After our awesome race and fourth-place finish at Talladega last year, I am looking forward to racing Daytona with one of my partners from years prior in Bandit Chippers. Hopefully, we can have a successful weekend and challenge for victory, just as we did at Talladega.”
Last year at Daytona, Kligerman narrowly avoided a massive crash on the final lap while racing in the Nationwide Series. Slipping just below the altercation, he steered his Bandit Chippers Toyota Camry to a fifth-place finish. Kligerman followed up that race with several heart-stopping runs in his Bandit Chippers Toyota, including a last-lap battle for the lead at Talladega and a memorable run at Bandit’s home track of Michigan International Speedway. In that race, Kligerman held a 1.5-second lead over the pack with just 10 laps to go when he was forced to pit for fuel.
After leading a majority of the race and capturing the top-five finish at Talladega, BRG Motorsports is aiming to take the checkered flag at Daytona with Kligerman. With unmatched support from everyone at Kyle Busch Motorsports, fresh horsepower from Joe Gibbs Racing Engines, and Kligerman behind the wheel, this independent race team from Mooresville, N.C., is looking to challenge for the win.
“Parker is a dynamic personality and a fierce competitor,” said Smith. “We can’t wait to see the show he puts on for us at Daytona.”
Bandit Industries is a global manufacturer of wood-processing machinery, ranging from industrial-grade hand-fed and whole-tree wood chippers, horizontal grinders, stump grinders, forestry mowers and other specialty processing equipment. All equipment is manufactured by specialized teams at the company’s headquarters near Mount Pleasant, Mich.