MOORESVILLE – Kyle Larson, the 2012 NASCAR K&N Pro Series East champion, will take part in a new series this year.

Larson, 20, a development driver for Earnhardt-Ganassi Racing, will make his NASCAR Nationwide Series debut Feb. 23 at Daytona International Speedway, driving the No. 32 Chevy for Turner-Scott Motorsports.

Larson graduated from NASCAR’s Drive for Diversity program. A Japanese-American, Larson is also the first driver with Japanese roots to attempt a major-series NASCAR race since Hideo Fukuyama in 2002.

NFL’s ‘Romo’ enters NASCAR ranks

MOORESVILLE – Bill Romanowski, a star linebacker for several NFL teams in the 1990s, has a new field to conquer: the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series.

Romanowski joined Swan Racing as a minority owner for the team’s Sprint Cup efforts, Swan Racing announced in a release.

Swan Racing majority owner Brandon Davis told Mooresville Weekly of Romanowski’s intent to join the team in January. Romanowski attended Swan Racing’s test session Jan. 18 at Charlotte
Motor Speedway.

His Nutrition53 brand of nutritional supplements will sponsor Swan Racing’s No. 30 Toyota.

SR² Motorsports adds to team lineup

MOORESVILLE – SR² Motorsports’ buy-out of MacDonald Motorsports means the Mooresville-based team will add to its 2013 lineup.

SR² will field three Nationwide Series teams after taking over MacDonald’s No. 81 entry.

SR²’s other cars, the No. 00 and No. 24 Toyotas, will join with the new car to further the team’s relationship with Toyota Racing Development, according to a team release.

Pro Motor Engines will provide the cars’ horsepower.

Nemechek, Robinson combine efforts

MOORESVILLE -– Joe Nemechek’s NEMCO Motorsports will have some help when the team travels to Daytona.

The Mooresville-based team will partner with Jay Robinson Racing this season, according to a JRR release.

The No. 87 Toyota will attempt a full Sprint Cup schedule and 15 Nationwide Series races. NEMCO-JRR will use engines from Race Engines Plus.

“There is a long history of friendship between the two organizations, so this is going to be a great opportunity for everyone involved,” Jay Robinson said in the release.

Brian Keselowski signs sponsor

HUNTERSVILLE – Brian Keselowski, the brother of 2012 Sprint Cup champion Brad Keselowski, will attempt the Daytona 500 for the second time in his career on Feb. 24.

Keselowski, the driver of the No. 52 Toyota in a one-race partnership with Hamilton-Means Racing, signed an agreement with to sponsor the car for Daytona.

Tommy Baldwin Racing gets sponsors

MOORESVILLE – Dave Blaney’s No. 7 Toyota has a new slate of sponsors for the upcoming Sprint Cup season.

Mooresville-based Tommy Baldwin Racing announced that the Florida Lottery will sponsor the No. 7 in the series’ three Florida races.

SANY, a Chinese machinery manufacturing company, will sponsor the car for 14 races.

– Compiled by Aaron Burns