By Jim Hanks
HOLLY, Mich. – Kody Swanson has joined Wilshe
Motorsports and will compete in a BioBased.US sprint car
in Must See Racing Xtreme Sprint Series competition in
2012, team officials have announced. Swanson will team with
popular series veteran Jason Blonde in XSS action.
Over the past two seasons Swanson has established
himself as a bona fide star in open wheel racing, winning races
at several of the sport’s most heralded venues. He joins a solid
outfit with Wilshe Motorsports, and Swanson’s presence will
further strengthen the driving roster for a season that is shaping
up to be intensely competitive.
“I’m really excited,” said Swanson, a 23-year-old native
of Kingsburg, Calif. “This is the first opportunity I’ve had to
run some of the Xtreme Sprint Series events, but I’ve watched
several races on television and was impressed with how
professional and how competitive they’ve been. The series is
unlike anything else in short track racing right now, they’re
moving forward and growing, making a name for themselves,
and I’m excited to be a part of that.”
“We’re excited to have Kody join our team for 2012,” said Don Wilshe, BioBased.US founder who with wife Suellen fields Wilshe Motorsports. “Kody has an impressive background, and a winning record as an open wheel driver. It will be a good addition to the team and we look forward to racing with Kody and Jason this season.” The team will utilize a Dave Steele Diablo chassis and Gaerte horsepower.
“Kody will be a great addition to our series,” said Must See Racing founder and president Jim Hanks. “His resume speaks volumes about the type of competitor our series is attracting. Our roster this year is shaping up as an exciting mix of veteran drivers along with some young, extremely talented racers from across the country and Canada. We’re proud of each and every one of our race teams, not only as competitors but as first-class people. Kody is a perfect fit, he’s a fine young man and a great representative of our sport.”
Hanks also announced that BioBased.US will return as presenting sponsor for the series. BioBased.US manufacturers 100% environmentally-friendly bio-degradable cleaning products as well as breakthrough products for the agricultural industry geared toward eliminating the need for harmful pesticides and other chemicals.
Ten of the 16 XSS events in 2012 will be broadcast on national television to over 166 million American homes. In addition, viewership will be boosted by video streaming on the series website. XSS cars are officially the “World’s Fastest Short Track Cars”, drawing fans and viewership from across the USA to see the cars racing at over 150 mph on some of the most prestigious tracks in America.
The 2012 series opener is set for Friday, April 13 at Five Flags Speedway in Pensacola, Fla.