No small task: Ron Hornaday Jr., hopes to make the Daytona 500

The former truck champ partners with Curtis Key in an effort to make the Great American Race.

Ron Hornaday Jr., is shifting gears – from the Camping World Truck Series to Sprint Cup in 2015.

Hornaday will compete in the No. 30 TMG Chevrolet starting at Daytona International Speedway.

The four-time truck champion has amassed 51 wins in 17 seasons on that series.

I’m hoping to bring some guidance and racing knowledge to this start up Cup team.

Ron Hornaday Jr.

“I am happy to be signing on with Curtis Key and the entire TMG organization for the 2015 NASCAR Sprint Cup season,” Hornaday said in the release. This team has been working really hard during the offseason to get cars ready for Daytona and the rest of the season.

“I’m hoping to bring some guidance and racing knowledge to this start up Cup team.”

Veteran team owner Curtis Key has dabbled in the Xfinity Series since 1993 with fellow Virginian and former tour champion Tommy Ellis. Last year Key fielded two cars for six different drivers. He's also campaigned teams in the truck series.

Key understands that it will be a challenge making the Daytona 500 considering that The Motorsports Group is not guaranteed a starting spot based on owner points. Due to a lack of sponsorship funds, the race team is building its own cars and engines in house. He told that TMG’s quest is “a David and Goliath story.”

“We’re going to have to race ourselves in,” Key said. “You know the only time you’re beat in life is when you quit trying.”

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Series NASCAR Cup
Event Daytona 500
Track Daytona International Speedway
Drivers Ron Hornaday Jr.
Article type Breaking news
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