Two NASCAR teams have announced a merger just weeks before the 2018 season is set to begin.
David Gilliland Racing is merging with Crosley Sports Group to form DGR-Crosley. The team has purchased Red Horse Racing assets, and it will be comprised exclusively of Toyotas.
The team will compete in the Truck Series, ARCA, Late Model and K&N Series.
Team president David Gilliland said the merger will help the team compete for championships.
“There is so much value in joining forces with Crosley Sports Group,” Gilliland said. “Bo LeMastus and I have been working on this for several months, and we’re both very excited about this new company. Bringing together Crosley and Red Horse Racing assets are exactly what DGR needed to take it to this unique level.
“It’s been my plan to get into the Truck Series for quite some time. Now, we have a well-designed driver development program to groom drivers in championship caliber equipment as they work their way up through the ranks.”
The team plans to announce some of its driver lineup in the next week. Gilliland’s son, Todd, won the K&N Pro Series West championship in the last two years, and it’s possible he will be included in the team’s lineup.