Thursday, February 2, 2023

Hattori Racing Enterprises Pivoting No. 61 to Part-Time Entry in 2023

Hattori Racing Enterprises NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series
Hattori Racing Enterprises has elected to pivot the No. 61 Toyota Tundra – the team’s second entry – to a part-time schedule for the 2023 season, the organization tells PC: Rusty Jarrett | LAT Images | Courtesy of Toyota Racing

After expanding to field two full-time NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series entries in 2022, Hattori Racing Enterprises (HRE) has decided to scale the team’s second entry back to a part-time effort for 2023, has learned.

A representative from HRE tells that the team is amidst discussions to field the No. 61 Toyota Tundra as a part-time venture for the upcoming season, but at this time, the entry’s first scheduled race is unknown.

The part-time status for the team’s second entry marks an overall pivot in the plan for the championship-winning organization, which initially announced last October that the entry would continue to be full-time, despite Chase Purdy’s departure.

In mid-January, Hattori Racing Enterprises announced that Tyler Ankrum would return to the organization for a second season, piloting the No. 16 LiUNA! Toyota Tundra TRD Pro, the team’s flagship entry.

Last season, Tyler Ankrum and Chase Purdy – the team’s two full-time drivers – combined to secure a total of 10 top-10 results, with the team earning a season-high seventh-place finish on three occasions.

Additional announcements surrounding drivers, schedule, sponsorship, and personnel for the organization’s part-time entry will be made in the coming weeks.

Joseph Srigley
Joseph Srigley
University of Windsor | Business Administration - Supply Chain & Data Analytics Editor at

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