Shane Hmiel is returning to the USAC Series as an owner less than a year after he was seriously injured during a qualifying crash.
Hmiel, who is now in a wheelchair, will also have his foray into the ownership side documented by the reality series "3 Wide Life." (The founder of 3 Wide Life, Steve Pruett, will provide financial support for the team.)
"Racing is the only way of life for me," Hmiel said in a release. "I need to stay involved and the only way to do that due to my injuries is to become a team owner. With this new opportunity I am excited to be able to give the next great young up and comer American racer their shot. All this would not be possible without the continued support of Mr. Pruett, 3 Wide Life, and RW Motorsports."
USAC driver Levi Jones will drive for Hmiel for the remainder of the 2011 schedule, and in 2012 Hmiel's RW56 Motorsports team will expand to two cars, the second driver coming from a driver search that will be also documented by the show.
Hmiel made 119 NASCAR starts, including seven in the Sprint Cup Series, and won a Camping World Truck Series race in 2004. In 2006, Hmiel was suspended for life from NASCAR for failing a third drug test. In 2010, after NASCAR introduced new substance abuse guidelines, Hmiel said that NASCAR's new plan would have helped him seek treatment sooner.