H2 Entering Xfinity Series With Lee & Circuit City

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Team members from H2 Motorsports pose at Charlotte Motor Speedway on Thursday. (Jacob Seelman photo)

CONCORD, N.C. – Twenty-five-year-old Shane Lee has landed a NASCAR Xfinity Series ride with a new organization which will make its debut next month at Iowa Speedway.

Lee will drive the No. 28 Toyota Supra for H2 Motorsports, owned by Matt Hurley, for the remainder of the Xfinity Series schedule following the team’s debut at Iowa on June 16.

The new deal comes after Lee ran part-time for Richard Childress Racing in 2018, earning one top-five and three top-10 finishes in 13 starts.

“I’m definitely looking forward to this; it’s a great opportunity,” said Lee. “I met Matt at a couple of races last year and became pretty good friends with him, even before we started talking about a racing deal in January or February. From there, he got some stuff figured out and hired some really good people to be a part of this deal, as well as getting aligned with Toyota and TRD to maximize our performance.

“I’m excited to see what we can do this year and looking forward to getting started.”

Hurley, a 23-year-old entrepreneur and venture capitalist, is looking forward to breaking into the Xfinity Series and making his mark in the NASCAR garage area as one of the youngest team owners in the sport.

“Entering any professional sport as a team owner is a significant commitment and undertaking,” Hurley said. “I’ve followed NASCAR closely for a number of years and appreciate the opportunity that is in front of H2 Motorsports. My due diligence has taught me much and reinforced my belief that now is the right time to build a team capable of winning races and ultimately championships.

“I believe that coming into the Xfinity Series and leveraging the ‘Names are Made Here’ platform is ”

Circuit City, an online consumer electronics retail company which was reborn in 2016 under the leadership of Chairman and CEO Ronny Shmoel, will sponsor H2 Motorsports’ Xfinity Series effort.

Back in the late 1990s, Circuit City was an official partner of NASCAR, as well as a major sponsor of Hut Stricklin and Stavola Brothers Racing from 1996 through the start of the 1998 season.

“Circuit City is excited to partner with H2 Motorsports and re-engage with NASCAR fans worldwide,” Shmoel said. “We know that NASCAR is a dynamic and one-of-a-kind property that will allow us to build strong and lasting business and consumer relationships through the power of competition and the most dedicated following.

“We know we’ve got a winning formula with Matt and the team, both on and off the track.”

Pete Rondeau, a veteran in the NASCAR garage area and the former competition director for Furniture Row Racing before that team closed following the 2017 season, will serve as Lee’s crew chief.

“Any time you work with a young guy like Shane, they have a lot of enthusiasm, which is something I like,” noted Rondeau. “I don’t get real excited in front of the cameras or anything like that, but I’m looking forward to seeing him on track and guiding this effort as we compete through the rest of the year.”