DGR-Crosley, co-owned by former NASCAR driver co-owner David Gilliland, has added Natalie Decker to its driver development program for the 2019 season. Decker will run a select number of NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series races as well as a combination of NASCAR K&N Pro Series and ARCA Racing Series events.
The 21-year-old Eagle River, Wisconsin, native will make the transition to the Truck Series after two years in ARCA. In 2018, she finished a career-best seventh in the 2018 ARCA driver standings with two top-5 and nine top-10 finishes in the 20-race season. Earlier in the week, Decker was named as one of 55 finalists for the W Series, a new female-only open-wheel series set to begin racing in May 2019.
Decker will continue to be supported by longtime sponsor N29 Technologies, LLC.
“I’m really excited to be making the step up to trucks, especially with DGR-Crosley,” Decker said. “They bring fast Toyotas to the track every weekend whether it be in the K&N Series or Truck Series.
“Making the transition to trucks is going to help me progress my career and build my skill set. Being able to race in all three series will be beneficial because I can run an ARCA or K&N race that will help me prepare for the truck race. I think it’s very important that I’ll have the same team around me whichever series I’m running and having David [Gilliland] there to help coach me and give me advice. Being a driver with a lot of experience and the father to a race car driver, I’m really excited to learn from him.”
“I’m excited to be adding Natalie to our 2019 driver roster at DGR-Crosley,” said Gilliland. “We have really competitive cars and a lot of talented drivers lined up for next year, so I’m excited to see what we can do together. I’ve watched Natalie develop over the last season in an ARCA car. It’ll be fun putting her in our equipment and watching her progress to the Truck Series.”
Decker is expected to make her NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series debut at Daytona International Speedway, where in February she became the third female in ARCA history to win a pole.