Cole Whitt, a twenty-year-old native of Alpine, California, has been announced as the new driver of the No. 88 Chevrolet for JR Motorsports in the Nationwide Series for 2012. He will be replacing former No. 88 driver, Aric Almirola, who had the opportunity to drive the No. 43 for Richard Petty Motorsports in 2012 in the Sprint Cup Series.
After only spending a year in the Camping World Truck Series, Whitt had quite an impressive season. He made a splash on the Truck Series scene with one pole, two top-five finishes, and eleven top-ten finishes; all of that equating to a ninth place finish in points - just missing the Rookie of the Year title.
Not only will Whitt contend for the Championship, he will also be competing for the 2012 Nationwide Series Rookie of the Year title.
Whitt will join the JR Motorsports Chevrolet corral with Danica Patrick in the No. 7 and team owner, Dale Earnhardt, Jr. in the No. 5 at the Nationwide Series season-opener on February 25, 2012 and is more than happy to do so, “This is a big opportunity for me, and I’m happy to be a part of the JR Motorsports team. I’m grateful to Dale, Kelley and everyone at JR Motorsports for giving me this chance. It’s an honor to work with the Eurys, and I will do everything in my power to put this No. 88 team where it belongs in Victory Lane.”
Owner, Dale Jr., is also excited to work with Whitt, "Cole is the guy we wanted, and we’re lucky to get him. He’s got raw, untapped talent, but we are most impressed with his ambition. I sought advice and input from people I respect in the industry, and the overwhelming consensus was that Cole has the potential to do great things in this sport.” Getting a compliment such as that has got to feel good.
We're wishing Cole Whitt and the No. 88 team the best of luck in the 2012 season.