Kligerman Confident About Future
By: Dustin Long - @dustinlong on April 24, 2014 | 4:10 P.M. EST
“I always see an opportunity to take it and parlay it into something bigger and better. I’ve done that two or three times in my career. I think this just gives me another chance to see where I can expand as a racecar driver.’’ (Photo: Getty Images)
Swan Racing announced Wednesday that co-owner Anthony Marlowe had merged his ownership with BK Racing, moving Cole Whitt and the No. 26 team there. Co-owner Brandon Davis sold the No. 30 team - Kligerman’s ride - to John Cohen of XxxTreme Motorsports. JJ Yeley will drive the car, leaving Kligerman without a ride with the Sprint Cup Series running this weekend at Richmond International Raceway.
Kligerman said on his podcast “Kickin’ it with Kligerman” that he remains under contract with Swan Racing.
“In situations like this, I always see a silver lining,’’ said the 23-year-old Kligerman, who was 44th in the points. “I always see an opportunity to take it and parlay it into something bigger and better. I’ve done that two or three times in my career. I think this just gives me another chance to see where I can expand as a racecar driver.’’
Kligerman said he’s received interest to drive in NASCAR and elsewhere but has yet to decide where he’ll go next.
“We have been approached by certain teams within the Cup series,’’ Kligerman said.
A key, Kligerman said, is if those are the right opportunities to “moving my career forward. With that said, there are a couple of exciting opportunities outside of NASCAR. We also will be looking at those and evaluating and understanding them.’’
Kligerman did not state the teams or what series outside of NASCAR he had been approached about.
As for staying in Cup, Kligerman said that isn’t a necessity.
“You can jump into something right off the bat in the Cup series that is probably more about surviving,’’ Kligerman said on his podcast. “I’ve never been one that wants to be here just for the sake of being here. I’ll go do something else. At the end of the day, that’s what I’m looking at, that’s what I’m evaluating with my management team.
“I have my positive outlook because of my excitement of those things that are out there that have come to me.’’
Kligerman’s background includes open-wheel racing in the Skip Barber Series and the TR Pro Series 1600. He moved on to USAC midget racing before his climb to ARCA and, eventually, to NASCAR.