CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Announced Wednesday inside the NASCAR Hall of Fame, Our Motorsports will expand into the NASCAR Xfinity Series with a full-time entry in 2020.
Owned by Massachusetts businessman Chris Our, the organization is based in North Carolina and managed by Andy Seuss, a two-time champion of the now-defunct NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour.
Our Motorsports will campaign the No. 02 Chevrolet Camaro in its initial foray into NASCAR’s national-series landscape, beginning with the season-opening NASCAR Racing Experience 300 at Daytona Int’l Speedway in February.
“We’re excited to be expanding to compete in the NASCAR Xfinity Series in 2020. NASCAR’s marketing platform offers an opportunity like no other for both our existing partners and potential new partners,” said Our. “We have a great group of employees at Our Motorsports, who continue to work hard to grow the team. I am looking forward to getting to Daytona in February and seeing the No. 02 on the track.”
The team has competed in both the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour and ARCA Menards Series in the past, with high hopes going into its initial season at the Xfinity level.
A more-detailed driver lineup will be revealed in January, but Seuss is expected to drive in selected races during the season, though which races those will be have yet to be determined. The team will utilize a rotating cast throughout the year.
“Chris Our has been a huge influence and supporter of helping to continue the dream of competing at the highest level in NASCAR,” noted Seuss. “He is a great guy, whose passion for motorsports has helped countless drivers over the years live their dreams to compete for wins every weekend. I’m excited to be a part of this journey with him.”
Our’s outfit has purchased four cars from GMS Racing, including a speedway car and two downforce cars. The team will utilize Hendrick Motorsports chassis and engines prepared by Jeff Collins of Collins Engine Works, who spent nearly a decade as a mechanic in the Hendrick engine shop.
“The cars are pretty much new; they’re not very old at all,” Our noted. “Collins’ motors are basically Hendrick motors, just Gen 2 instead of Gen 1, so we have the equipment. We’ll lean on GMS a little bit and use their facility for some setup work and chassis work, but we’re excited. We believe we can really come out of the gate strong in February.”
Though Seuss’ main focus to start is going to be on managing the team and making sure everything is running smoothly, he put his driver’s hat on to discuss some of the team’s hopes and goals for its maiden Xfinity Series season, as well as the future.
“The short-term goal is just to be competitive and not to make mistakes,” Seuss said. “If you can blend in with the JR Motorsports and Joe Gibbs Racings of the Xfinity Series world, then you’ll usually do great. Long-term, we just want to build on that. We always say that you want to make your heroes your competition, and we believe that we can do that.
“I don’t think there’s anything that we want to do that’s too big or unattainable,” he added. “We want to eventually outgrow the shop we have down here; that would be a great problem to have, but we’re just taking it one step at a time and this is the next step.”
Our Motorsports will also continue to field a part-time ARCA Menards Series entry in 2020, with Seuss confirming that he’ll handle driving duties in the ARCA season opener at Daytona on Feb. 8.
A full display of the Our Motorsports NASCAR Xfinity Series program will be featured at CONEXPO, North America’s largest construction trade show, in Las Vegas in March.