Long Island-based Visconti Motorsports announced Friday that the team was moving to the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East ranks with Brandon McReynolds as the team’s new driver. Unfortunately for Cj Lehmann, that means he is now a driver without a team.
Lehmann, originally from Jim Thorpe, Pennsylvania, had been the driver for Visconti Motorsports for the last two seasons in multiple different divisions. The pairing started off in the fledgling Crate Modified division at Riverhead Raceway before moving up to the NASCAR Modified ranks at Riverhead and eventually the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour.
Lehmann and Visconti Motorsports made four NWMT starts scoring one top 10 at their home track of Riverhead Raceway. They also finished seventh in the exhibition race at Charlotte Motor Speedway in October.
But now, Lehmann finds himself as a free-agent driver searching for another opportunity.
“We’re definitely extremely disappointed as a team, not even just myself,” Lehmann told Speed51.com powered by JEGS. “As far as we were concerned, we were going Modified Tour racing next year full-time and I was going to compete for Rookie of the Year. And within a week it just got turned upside down. I had no choice in the matter, but I guess that’s just the racing business.”
Lehmann, who scored a victory with Visconti Motorsports in 2017 at Riverhead Raceway in the Crate Modified class, said he is unsure of what 2018 will hold for him, but he’s open to just about anything.
“At this point we’re just entertaining everything possible to see what we can come up with and what we can put together. Whether that’s on the Tour, at Riverhead, a SK at Stafford, we’re just looking at all possible options.”
Though Lehmann is clearly disappointed, the 26-year-old driver is appreciative for the opportunities that he’s been given over the past couple of seasons.
“I’m very thankful to Visconti Motorsports for the opportunity and the rides they’ve given me over the past two seasons. They allowed me to show what I can do in different types of race cars. I wish them nothing but the best going forward. I’m just disappointed that we couldn’t be involved after what we put together to this point.”
-By Rob Blount, Speed51.com Southeast Editor – Twitter: @RobBlount
-Photo Credit: Jeffrey Rogers