Austin Hill. (Photo by HHP/Chris Owens)
MT. Pleasant, Mich. — Beard Motorsports has selected Austin Hill to drive the No. 62 Chevrolet Camaro in the limited-time NASCAR Cup Series schedule in 2023.
The non-charter, one-car team will run six races with Hill starting with the 65 Daytona 500 on February 19 at Daytona, Florida International Speedway.
Hill competes full time in the NASCAR Xfinity Series for Richard Childress Racing and is in the midst of finishing an impressive rookie campaign that saw the 28-year-old racer take two wins and make the NASCAR Playoffs.
Prior to joining RCR for his first effort in the Xfinity Series, Hill spent four seasons full-time in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, winning eight races and qualifying for the NASCAR Playoffs three times.
“From the moment I started quarter midgets back home in Georgia, racing in the NASCAR Cup Series has always been my goal,” Hill said. “I am so grateful to Richard Childress for giving me the podium to race and win in my first season in the Xfinity Series, and for the opportunity the Beard family has given me to run more Cup races.”
The family played a major role in the rise of NASCAR at The Hill. The married father of three ran his own racing team alongside his father, Brian, for years. If there’s anyone who appreciates the tight, family atmosphere of Beard Motorsports, it’s Hill.
“We are a proud, family-run racing team, and these six races in 2023 are moments to really look forward to,” said Amy Beard, Executive Vice President, Beard Motorsports. “No job is too small here at Beard Motorsports, and if anyone can appreciate that, it’s Austin. He’s raced and run his own team and he’s done it. It’s helped make him a really good driver and an even better person and we’re thrilled to have him as part of our team.”
After Daytona, Hill will drive the No. 62 Chevrolet Camaro on April 23 at Talladega (Ala.) Superspeedway, July 2 at Chicago Street Raceway, August 6 at Michigan International Speedway, August 26 at Daytona and October 1 at Talladega.
“Austin really took advantage of the opportunities he had in his young career,” said Mark Beard Jr., executive vice president of Beard Motorsports. “He wins in the Trucks and here he is winning in his first year in the Xfinity Series. Everything is impressive. He brings a lot of talent and a really strong desire to compete, and that’s a great combination for us at Beard Motorsports.”
The 2023 Daytona 500 will see Beard Motorsports racing its 22nd NASCAR Cup championship and its 11th race at Daytona. For Hill, this would be his second career start in a NASCAR premiere series. Hill made his NASCAR Cup Series debut in August at Michigan, driving his car to a respectable 18th-place finish.