MOORESVILLE, N.C. – Liberty University has signed with William Byron to sponsor the No. 9 late model stock car he is driving for JR Motorsports.
The school will receive primary branding on the No. 9 late model as Byron competes regionally in the NASCAR Whelen Series for JR Motorsports this season.
“We welcome this opportunity to partner with William Byron, a young man who possesses the skills and values to become a champion, not only on the racetrack, but personally and professionally as well,” said Jerry Falwell, President of Liberty University.
Byron is in his first season with JR Motorsports. He joined the late model program in January after a 2013 U.S. Legends Cars debut that featured 33 wins and a Young Lions Division national championship. So far this year, the 16-year-old sophomore at Charlotte (N.C.) Country Day School has finished second in two late model races at Hickory (N.C) Motor Speedway.
“I am proud to represent such a fine university,” said Byron. “Liberty University provides a number of opportunities both on campus and online to accommodate those seeking a higher education. I understand the importance of balancing my education and passion for racing, that’s why this is a perfect partnership. In addition to representing Liberty on the track in my JR Motorsports car, I look forward to enrolling in my first online college class this summer.”
Byron, an avid iRacing simulation racer, didn’t start driving actual race cars full time until 2013, although his instant success made it hard to tell. Byron competed in 69 Legends Cars races across the United States, posting 59 top-five and 64 top-10 finishes. He turned Pro in Legends in January and promptly won the 2014 Charlotte Winter Heat Series U.S. Legends Pro Championship. He was also crowned the Pro Legends Champion at Winter Nationals in Auburndale, Fla., after winning six of six races.
“William, like so many of Liberty’s students, has applied skills developed and refined through virtual educational technologies to achieve practical success,” said Falwell. “Liberty is honored to spread the word about its unique educational opportunities while partnering with this rising star of racing.”