When the calendar flips to February, the countdown to Speedweeks typically begins for Wimmer Motorsports. This year the Wausau, Wisconsin operation teams up with California native Jesse Love to make the annual trip to New Smyrna Speedway. This marks the first venture for Wimmer Motorsports and Love, who brings Super Late Model experience with the SPEARS SRL Southwest Tour Series to the table.
“We’re very excited to be heading down to Speedweeks again and to have Jesse behind the wheel this year,” said Wimmer Motorsports Owner and Crew Chief Chris Wimmer. “I’ve heard great things about Jesse and am looking forward to working with him for Speedweeks this year.”
“We are very excited to work with Wimmer Motorsports for Speedweeks,” Love stated. “Chris’ reputation speaks for itself and I’m excited to go to school and learn from Chris. He has worked with a long list of drivers such as [Harrison] Burton with great results. I am honored to be able to work with him. The entire Wimmer team has been very welcoming and helpful leading up to the race, constantly checking in, getting the team ready, and making sure that I am ready to show up at the highest level.”
Wimmer Motorsports has been a mainstay at Speedweeks the past four years and has found past success at the track with Harrison Burton and Logan Seavey. They’ve combined for seven wins, 16 top five finishes and 19 top-10 finishes.
Meanwhile, this will be the first trip to New Smyrna Speedway for Love. The California driver is looking forward to some consistent seat time at the Florida racetrack and also getting more Super Late Model experience under his belt.
"My top thought would be excited,” Love said. “I’m looking forward to a solid week of Super Late Model racing with some of the best Super Late Model drivers in the country. I’m also looking forward to getting some experience on New Smyrna in advance of my ARCA debut at New Smyrna.
“There will be a lot to learn and I am looking forward to it. I’m looking forward to the challenges of a new track with new competitors in a new series. I will be focusing on topics such as pace of the race, rhythm and tempo of the track and competition, and the give and take of East Coast competition. As I reflect on these topics, I am very grateful to be in Wimmer camp for the week. I will be relying heavily on Chris and his team as I experience these new challenges.”
Love enters Speedweeks with one year of Super Late Model racing on his resume. Last year, he competed full-time on the SRL Tour and earned one top-five finish and three top-10 finishes in nine starts.
“Last year, I was lucky enough to get a waiver to run the SPEARS SRL Tour at 14,” he explained. “This provided me the opportunity to run against top caliber drivers like Thorn, Peltier, Doss, Gomes, White, and Moore. It was literally like going to school and I was honored to be out there on those tracks with those drivers at that age. I learned a lot over the season, picked up multiple top-five qualifying runs, and finished off the year with a top five at Kern, which made me the youngest top-five finisher in the history of the SRL Tour.”
With seven nights of racing spread across nine days, the goal is to continue to improve each and every time on the racetrack.
“It’s a long week,” Wimmer said. “It’s important to be good when you unload, but then it’s just about getting a little better each night and being in contention every night. We’ve done a pretty good job of that in the past and I know with Jesse and his experience we’ll be able to continue to build on things throughout the week.”
“It is always our goal to show up ready to compete at the highest level with the best mental, physical, emotional, and spiritual preparation,” Love said. “It is also important to us to represent our team partners such as Toyota, BBS Wheels, and NAPA Power Premium Power Plus at the highest level. Our goal is to achieve momentum throughout the week, continue to develop in the arena of super late model racing, and earn track knowledge of New Smyrna in advance of our ARCA debut with Bill McAnally Racing. Needless to say, it is always our goal to compete to win and we will be bringing that attitude along with us to the east coast.”
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-Story by: Jana Wimmer, Wimmer Motorsports
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