Japanese driver Takuma Koga to compete for 2019 K&N West title

Japanese driver Takuma Koga to compete for 2019 K&N West title
Jim Utter
By: Jim Utter
Dec 11, 2018, 4:05 PM

Japanese driver Takuma Koga is changing teams in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series West next season.

Koga, a 41-year-old native of Nagoya, Japan, will begin his third fulltime season in K&N Pro Series West in 2019 with Performance P-1 Motorsports (PP1M), driving the team’s No. 77 Toyota.

Koga finished ninth in the West series standings in 2018 and has one top-five and two top-10 finishes in 56 series starts. His career-best finish is fifth at Orange Show Speedway in San Bernardino, Calif., in 2017.

“I’m excited to be with PP1M next year,” Koga said. “Though I had a successful 2018 season finishing in ninth place overall, my goal for next season will be to continue to improve and finish in a higher position.”

PP1M is a long time West Coast NASCAR team that has raced in several divisions, K&N Pro Series, Whelen Late Model Series and Super Late Model Series. Some of their previous drivers include Ray Elder, Butch Gilliland, Steve Portenga, Greg Pursley, Andrew Myers, Joe Bean and Nick Joanides.

“I’m happy to have Takuma team up with us for the upcoming season,” team owner Joe Nava said. “I have known Takuma for a number of years and have seen him progress with his driving abilities.

“With the addition of Roger Bracken as crew chief we have a team that can contend for some great finishes and even some wins.”

The team will announce its sponsor for the season on Jan. 12 at the 2019 Tokyo Auto Salon at Makuhari Messe in Chiba, Japan.

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