R3 Motorsports Signs Coleman Pressley To Multiple-Race Deal

CHINA GROVE, N.C. -- R3 Motorsports has signed up-and-coming NASCAR driver Coleman Pressley to a multiple-race deal for the 2010 NASCAR Nationwide Series season.

Pressley, 21, of Asheville, N.C., is the son of former NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, NASCAR Nationwide Series and Camping World Truck Series driver Robert Pressley. Coleman is also the grandson of Bob Pressley, a multiple-NASCAR short track champion in the Late Model ranks.

Pressley will drive the No. 23 Chevrolet at Bristol Motor Speedway in March, Richmond International Raceway in April and Darlington Raceway in May. If more sponsorship can be attained, then Pressley will add more races to his schedule with R3 Motorsports.

The third-generation NASCAR driver has already made a name for himself in the Late Model ranks. At age 16, he won Rookie of the Year honors at Hickory (N.C.) Motor Speedway in 2005 en route to a total of 20 wins in four years. He's the two-time winner of the Prestigious Bobby Isaac Memorial and the inaugural Banjo Mathews 150 winner at Hickory.

Robert Richardson, Jr. remains the primary driver for the team. He and Pressley tested together at Motor Mile (Va.) Speedway last month with successful results.

"After doing the test session with Robert and seeing how the guys on the team operate, I can't wait to race one of R3's Chevrolets," Pressley said. "The car handled great, had good speed and felt great underneath me. I am going to make the most out of this opportunity and hope to be able run some more races with them.

"Everyone on the team was very helpful during the test and I felt comfortable with them right away. Working with Steve Plattenberger is going to be pretty cool because he worked with my dad, too. I got a small taste of what the NASCAR Nationwide Series was about last year, and now I want to run a whole race to earn a good finish."

In 2009, Pressley made five NNS starts earning a career-best start of 13th at Richmond.

At age six, he began racing go karts under the tutelage of his father. By age eight, he had won a Peach State Championship in Bandolero cars. Moving up to the Legends by 11, he won more races before jumping into Late Models at age 16 where he continued his winning endeavors.

Robert Pressley competed in 205 NASCAR Sprint Cup races, earned 10 wins in 249 NASCAR Nationwide starts and two in 69 Camping World Truck Series races throughout his career. Coleman's grandfather won several Late Model track championships at Hickory and Asheville Speedways through four different decades.

Robert Richardson, Sr., owner of R3 Motorsports, feels the addition of Pressley brings another element to the building of R3 Motorsports in NASCAR Nationwide Series competition.

"Our goals this year are to run a full season and become a more competitive team in the Nationwide Series," Richardson, Sr. said. "Robert Jr. and I talked about what it would take, and he agreed to step out of the seat for a few races if it meant we got to add more races to our schedule. We're still looking to fill out the remainder of the 2010 season for our car.

"In my talks with Coleman's dad, it quickly became apparent we are on the same page and would work well together. I'm looking forward to having Coleman run some competitive races for R3 Motorsports this year.

-source: r3 motorsports