Two-time NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Maine state champion, Reid Lanpher, is going to get a chance to do something special. Lanpher will get to be a teammate to 2014 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series champion Kevin Harvick in a NASCAR K&N Pro Series West event at Bakersfield, California’s Kern County Raceway.
The 19-year-old PASS 300 winner will be racing for Jefferson-Pitts Racing at the March 15 event. It will be the first of three races for Lanpher and Jefferson-Pitts. Lanpher will also be racing at Bristol Motor Speedway (TN) and New Hampshire Motor Speedway later this year.
Lanpher and Jefferson-Pitts Racing wanted to do a test session before the Bristol event on April 14. That is what led them to decide to put Lanpher behind the wheel at Kern County as Harvick’s teammate, who will be running his first race at the five-year-old facility in his hometown.
“I am very excited to be teammates with Kevin Harvick,” Lanpher told Speed51.com. “I've had some amazing opportunities throughout my racing career, but none will compare to that. I have no expectations for myself going into this other than to have as much fun as possible, learn as much as I can and hope to have some success along the way.”
Lanpher previously made two NASCAR K&N Pro Series East starts in 2016, driving for Ted Marsh Racing at Bristol Motor Speedway and Stafford Motor Speedway (CT).
According to a press release, the deal to race for Jefferson-Pitts Racing was put in motion by four-time NASCAR K&N Pro Series East (formerly Busch North Series) champion, Andy Santerre. The multi-time champion, also a native of Maine, received a phone call from Jeff Jefferson inquiring about Lanpher’s availability.
“It means the world to me that I was thought off in this scenario. I am excited to make the absolute most of this amazing opportunity.”
-Text by Rob Blount, Speed51.com Southeast Editor - Twitter: @RobBlount
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