Obaika Racing and driver Tanner Berryhill will compete full-time in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series in 2019.

The team made its Cup debut in October with JJ Yeley behind the wheel. It made the final two races of the season at Phoenix and Homestead with Tanner Berryhill driving. The consistency from the final two events will carry over into next season as the team revealed Berryhill as the intended driver for a full-season effort in 2019.

Berryhill, 25, finsihed 31st at Phoenix and 38th at Homestead.

"Tanner is a very intelligent and motivated young man, and I am very excited to what he can accomplish during his rookie season," said team owner, Victor Obaika. "The Obaika Racing team is working hard through the winter to put fast cars on track next year, and I have every confidence that Tanner is going to work hard to improve every race and get the most out of our equipment. 2019 is going to be a great year for this team."

Those two starts were the first of Berryhill's career. He had made 40 starts in the NASCAR Xfinity Series in previous years but none since 2014.

"I am very thankful for the opportunities that Victor Obaika, the whole race team, and our partners are giving me, and I'm looking forward to making the most of it" said Berryhill. "It's a dream come true to be racing full-time again, and I'm excited to see this program continue to grow. Thank you to everyone who made this possible, and I'll see you in Daytona!"

Sponsors and crew chief for the No. 97 car will be announced in the coming weeks.

Source: Autoweek

December 4, 2018