Veteran driver and crew chief Chris Wimmer is set to embark on a new venture. Wimmer has started his own race company, Wimmer Motorsports, and brings rising star Harrison Burton along with him. The Wisconsin native has been Burton’s crew chief since May of 2015 and now the two will continue to work together under a new banner.
“I’m really excited to be in a position to start my own company,” Chris Wimmer told Speed51.com. “The timing was right and I’m hopeful this will open new doors for me in my career. I’m very thankful to the Burtons for their support in helping me move in this direction. Harrison is one of the most talented young drivers I know and we have built a great relationship over the past three years, its perfect to start this new adventure with him.”
“Working with Chris has been a pleasure up to this point, so I am nothing but excited to continue doing the same thing,” Harrison Burton commented. “He is hands down one of the hardest working, if not the hardest working crew chief in the garage.”
“Chris and Harrison have worked so well together and have been very successful,” Jeff Burton stated. “I’m thrilled that they can continue their relationship. Seeing Chris take the next step in his career is exciting and we are proud to be a part of it.”
The newly formed Wimmer Motorsports will operate out of Huntersville, NC before relocating to Wisconsin this summer. Along with running a race program for Burton, Wimmer Motorsports will offer consulting services, car setup, maintenance and repair. Wimmer will have the opportunity to travel to the track with other teams or setup cars in house, offering a variety of hands-on services.
“Harrison’s time racing Super Late Models will taper off over the next couple of years,” Wimmer said. “As long as he’s in a Super Late, I hope to have him as part of the Wimmer Motorsports team, but it’s important to make connections and build relationships with additional drivers and teams for the future.”
Once Wimmer Motorsports is established in Wisconsin, it will also become the Fury Race Cars Midwest dealer with the ability to build and service cars and sell parts. Wimmer worked at Fury Race Cars for the past year and hopes to see more Fury cars in the Midwest.
“It was really important to me to keep my relationship with Fury,” Wimmer said. “Having worked with them over the last year and building a lot of cars, one for myself, I truly believe they build some of the best cars in the business and that has been proven on the track. I’m excited to bring their product to the Midwest and help grow the business.”
Wimmer Motorsports will debut with Burton at this weekend’s Rattler 250 at South Alabama Speedway. The duo earned a runner-up finish a year ago and look to visit the rattlesnake in victory lane this year.
“We were really close last year,” Wimmer said. “I still think we had the best car all weekend, Majeski just got a better jump on the late-race restart.”
Wimmer Motorsports will launch a new website in the coming weeks. In the meantime, follow them on Facebook, facebook.com/wimmermotorsports and Twitter, @WimmerMtsprts to stay up to date.
-By Jana Wimmer, Speed51.com Midwest Correspondent
-Photo credit: Bruce Nuttleman