CHINA GROVE, N.C. – Loenbro Motorsports is expanding its reach in the world of dirt modified racing as a car builder.
Effective immediately, the company will team up with Longhorn Chassis to build and sell Longhorn Modifieds by Loenbro Motorsports to a select group of dirt racers around the country.
“At Loenbro Motorsports, our guiding principle has always been putting the right people first,” said Loenbro Motorsports’ Steve Arpin. “I had so much fun returning to my roots in modifieds over the summer that we decided to get back into building cars, and Longhorn Chassis are the right partners as we make that move. At Longhorn by Loenbro, our priority is to build a winning car with customer service that is second to none, and we can’t wait to get started.”
“We’re excited to team up with Loenbro Motorsports to launch Longhorn Modifieds by Loenbro Motorsports,” added Longhorn Chassis owner Justin Labonte. “As we continue to build and expand the Longhorn brand, we’re excited to work with such a quality organization in the expansion of our dirt modified efforts. We’re looking forward to collecting plenty of checkered flags in the coming years together.”
The alliance brings together two top-tier organizations in their respective fields.
Based in North Carolina and owned by the NASCAR championship-winning Labonte family, Longhorn Chassis has been a premier supplier of dirt late models for more than a decade, while Loenbro Motorsports is a race-winning rallycross and dirt modified racing team that has taken checkered flags across North America.
Under the agreement, Longhorn will complete the initial chassis build, while Loenbro Motorsports will be responsible for assembly, service, and technical support to customers.
Experienced dirt modified crew chief Austin Bloom will lead the Loenbro Motorsports team on the Longhorn by Loenbro project, and will work side by side with Arpin.
As part of the program, Longhorn by Loenbro will assemble an elite group of drivers around the country in various sanctioning bodies, and work to maximize the performance of each car to different rule sets. Arpin, who built an impressive resume racing dirt modifieds in the early stages of his career, will also race regularly himself.
The past two years have seen Arpin return to the track at Electric City Speedway and Deer Creek Speedway, taking multiple heat and feature wins along the way.