Pit boss heads to Red Horse Racing to run the No. 11 team Red Horse Racing announced Friday afternoon that Scott Zipadelli will be crew chief for the No. 11 Toyota to be driven by Ben Kennedy next season in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series. Since 2007, Zipadelli has had a recurring role as a crew chief in what is now the NASCAR XFINITY Series. The Red Horse job will mark his first venture into the truck circuit. "Red Horse Racing is a well-respected organization that has had a lot of success in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, and I am very excited to be a part of it," Zipadelli said in a release provided by the Tom DeLoach-owned team. " Ben ( Kennedy ) is a talented driver and I have high expectations for him and the No. 11 team. He had an outstanding rookie season, and our goal this year is to win races and put ourselves in position to contend for the 2015 championship." Zipadelli has posted three XFINITY Series wins in his career -- two last season with Kyle Larson at the wheel, and one with Boris Said on the Montreal road course in 2010. His brother, Greg, is a 34-time winner as a crew chief in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series and is currently the vice president of competition for Stewart-Haas Racing . Last month, Red Horse announced that Kennedy -- the Sunoco Rookie of the Year in the NCWTS in 2014 -- would join its driver lineup and that the field of crew chief candidates had been whittled to a short list. The hiring of Zipadelli fills the lone vacancy in its driver-crew chief pairings for 2015. "Scott Zipadelli has great experience on top of the pit box and brings a lot to the program," Kennedy said in the team's release. "I am really looking forward to working with him and can't wait to unload our No. 11 Toyota Tundra at Daytona in February." The 23-year-old Kennedy netted seven top-10 finishes for Turner Scott Motorsports in his rookie truck season, highlighted by having the number one starting spot for the season-opening race at Daytona International Speedway . In making the switch, he'll take on the role of teammate to Timothy Peters and crew chief Marcus Richmond in the organization's No. 17 Toyota. The Camping World Truck Series' 23-race schedule opens Feb. 20 with the NextEra Energy Resources 250 (7:30 p.m., FOX Sports 1) at Daytona. FULL SERIES COVERAGE • Latest news • Standings • Schedule
Red Horse Racing team owner, Tom DeLoach, introduces Ben Kennedy as the driver of the number 11 Toyota for the 2015 NCWTS season. Timothy Peters also comments on his new teammate.
NASCAR legend Dale Jarrett sits down with Camping World Truck Series rookie Ben Kennedy to grade his progress throughout his first full season.
Ben Kennedy slams hard into the wall on the front stretch at Talladega Superspeedway.
Chase Elliott and Ben Kennedy talk about winning the NNS and NCWTS Sunoco Rookie of the Year awards.
Ben Kennedy wins the Sunoco Rookie of the Year for the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series.
Last year's top Truck Series rookie to pair with Peters in 2015
Ben Kennedy discusses his win at Five Flags Speedway, reflects on his Grandfather and previews his NCWTS debut.
Red Horse vet aims to keep momentum from 2014's late-season surge MORE: Full schedule of driver previews Team: Red Horse Racing No. 17 Toyota Rank in final 2014 standings: 5th. Wins: 1 ( Talladega Superspeedway ) Strides: Although misfortune during the heart of the season kept Peters from mounting a late charge in the championship race, the closing flurry that Peters orchestrated in the final quarter of the year offered plenty of hope for 2015. That stretch included a thrilling mid-October victory at Talladega that extended his streak of NASCAR Camping World Truck Series seasons with at least one win to six straight years. That triumph highlighted a surge over the final half-dozen races that helped Peters move up three spots in the standings, capped by a strong third-place run that lifted the team's spirits in the finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway . "We were able to move forward at Homestead and get a win at Talladega, and we felt like the weight of the world was off our shoulders," Peters said. "It's pretty cool that in five of the last six (races), we were able to get top-fives." Setbacks: Peters led the Camping World Truck Series points after five races, but his season's only DNF -- a crash-related 24th place at Texas -- sent the No. 17 team spiraling with a four-spot drop in the standings. The team recovered slightly with top-five finishes in the next two races, but went the next eight races without one -- a drought that relegated Peters to eighth in the standings through the bulk of the summer. "Considering the way that the first half of the season went, we started off with a lot of speed and still continued that speed," Peters said. "Just if it wasn't for bad luck, we'd have no luck." Quoteworthy: "I'm very appreciative of what (team owner) Tom (DeLoach) and everybody at Red Horse have given me since back in 2009 with that phone call to come join the organization. I'm the type that, I want to win races. Every time that 17 truck is rolled off the liftgate from the first time I stepped in the garage area with a Red Horse shirt on, I've had that opportunity." What's next: The pairing of Peters and DeLoach -- one of the series' longest-running combinations -- will continue for a seventh consecutive season. The team will also have continuity atop the pit box as Marcus Richmond, whose personal ties to Peters run deep, returns for his second season wrenching the No. 17 truck. Peters, 34, will also have a new teammate in 23-year-old Ben Kennedy , who signed with Red Horse in December after a promising season that led to Sunoco Rookie of the Year honors. Though his success has opened doors for potential participation in other NASCAR series, Peters said he's enjoyed being a part of the tight-knit group and ultra-competitive racing on the Camping World Truck tour. "I don't want to go anywhere else," Peters said. "Obviously we're all human and we want to make it to the big level, but I'm having fun. You win races and contend for championships, that's more to me than just saying I'm running another series." FULL SERIES COVERAGE • Latest news • Standings • Schedule