Throughout this Memorial Day weekend, the racing community will pay tribute to all who gave their lives in the service of our great country. Many teams and drivers will be going the extra mile, including Andy Seuss and the No. 02 Our Motorsports team in this Thursday’s ARCA Racing Series event at Charlotte Motor Speedway.
Seuss and Our Racing have become a sensation in the short track circles over the last year, breaking away from their Modified roots to compete in Superspeedway races with the ARCA Racing Series. Over the past few weeks, Seuss has reached out to the team’s growing fan base to honor their friends and loved ones who made the ultimate sacrifice.
“We did a thing on Facebook to pay respect on Memorial Day to anybody that had someone in their lives that was lost serving our country,” Seuss told Speed51.com. “We honor them by putting their face on the car. The numbers on the car at Charlotte will be kind of a mural of about 60 different people that were submitted to our Facebook page.”
The tribute comes as a result of a team effort to do something special and appropriate for the weekend.
“We came up with it within the team, we wanted to do something,” Seuss explained. “We are excited to be a part of Memorial Day racing, the chance to run at Charlotte this weekend is very neat. We just wanted to do something to pay tribute.”
The response from race fans has been tremendous.
“It got the most our Facebook page has ever had, likes, shares, views, all that stuff,” Seuss stated. “We heard from people who we had never heard from before, which is great. Knowing they’ll be watching and paying attention to our car is pretty cool itself.”
The tribute is a part of an exciting outing for the Salisbury, N.C. based team that is looking forward to running a big track right in their backyard.
“We’re excited about that, there’s some people in town from far away, plus our friends from nearby. Just the chance to run at Charlotte Motor Speedway is really neat, again especially on this weekend.”
While Seuss expects a very competitive race, the two-time NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour champion believes he has a race car that can compete and possibly take him to his first ARCA victory.
“We’re feeling good, we’re buttoning up the final details and as that kind of happens and you feel better about the car moving on, you start to feel pretty good on it. In my opinion it’s going to be the most competitive race in ARCA that we’ve ever been in.” Seuss said proudly.
“It’s going to be a battle for us personally, we’ve only done one intermediate track before. It’s going to be a learning experience through practice and qualifying. Hopefully by the end of the race we’ll have something to show for it.”
-By: Connor Sullivan, Speed51.com Northeast Editor – Twitter: @Connor51CT
-Photo credit: Andy Seuss