MOORPARK, Calif. – Cometic Gasket and Traeger Grills will serve as co-primary sponsors of Brian Schoenburg’s No. 79 Ford Mustang this season in the eNASCAR Coca-Cola iRacing Series.
Schoenburg, one of two drivers out of the Clint Bowyer Racing stable, is a longtime veteran of iRacing’s top oval division, having competed in all but one season during the series’ decade-long tenure.
As he enters his 10th year of action, Schoenburg looks to build on a stat line that consists of 22 top-five and 51 top-10 finishes in 144 starts. He also has one pole, earned at Charlotte Motor Speedway in 2012.
“It’s a pleasure to welcome Cometic Gasket and Traeger Grills to the series at a time when it’s growing at such an incredible rate,” Schoenburg told SPEED SPORT. “Everything about this car and the No. 79 team is new for 2020, and we plan to put on a very professional and productive campaign for them.
“This is a building year for us and I think we can do great things with this car and give both of these brands some value throughout the season.”
Cometic Gasket Inc. is a worldwide supplier of gaskets and engine sealing solutions for the automotive performance, powersports, original equipment and remanufactured engine industries.
Cometic is housed in a 70,000 square-foot R&D and manufacturing center in Concord Township, Ohio.
Traeger invented the original wood pellet grill more than 30 years ago in Mt. Angel, Ore., and is one of the industry’s highest-selling wood-fired grill brands in the present day.
With experience under his belt and a new team with which to hopefully grow, Schoenburg is targeting both an increase on his career-best finish of fifth in points, as well as a long-awaited race victory.
The Californian will race alongside teammate Brandon Kettelle, from Florida, during the 20-race season.
“Clint Bowyer is entertaining, and I like to be entertaining too,” Schoenburg said. “Representing his name will definitely be a cool thing… I don’t know if Clint knows it, but he got two pretty entertaining personalities, between myself and (Brandon) Kettelle.”
“If he got us together in the same Cup race, they would probably shut down the Cup garage at some point, that’s a guarantee,” he laughed.
The eNASCAR Coca-Cola iRacing Series season begins Feb. 11 at the virtual Daytona Int’l Speedway.