A racing operation that seemed to come right out of the script from Days of Thunder, Our Motorsports has gone from a Northeast Modified stalwart to a North Carolina Stock Car stable, building itself up over the past few years. Spearheaded by former Modified champion Andy Seuss, team owner Chris Our and many friends and volunteers, the time has come to take the next step forward entering the 2020 season.
Back in the fall at the NASCAR Hall of Fame in Charlotte, the No. 02 team announced their intentions to run the full NASCAR Xfinity Series schedule this coming year. Planning to drive a majority of the schedule, Seuss is very happy with the cars the Our camp will be fielding in the months to come.
“We’re going full-time Xfinity Series with Hendrick chassis that we bought from GMS. We’re very excited to have nice first-class equipment. Motors are coming from Collins, which is also associated with Hendrick. Really looking forward to building up in the year ahead,” Seuss told Speed51.
Despite the massive commitment, Our Motorsports is still planning on running select superspeedway races once again on the ARCA Menards Series, with Seuss filling the seat the majority of the time. With the Xfinity program just getting the wheels rolling, Seuss feels that ARCA competition still has much to offer as far as learning experience.
“It’s been great getting that big track experience, the bodies are similar being composite. We’ll have to get used to the Hawkeye in tech, but overall ARCA has really helped to prepare us. We’re going to continue the ARCA program too, we have a lot of fun with the Series over there and the tracks they go to. We’re going to run both ARCA and Xfinity at Daytona to start the year. We’ll do more of the superspeedways for ARCA, including Charlotte. We’ll fill it out as the season goes.”
While most of the check marks have been filled for 2020, there are still some very important boxes that are blank: crew chief, truck driver, fabricator and additional drivers. Our Motorsports is looking to fill the seat for a number of the Xfinity and ARCA races they have planned. For 2020 especially, experienced drivers who have time in the upper levels of NASCAR are being looked for, but they are also willing to give up-and-coming short track drivers a shot, given the right opportunity.
“Seats are available, we’re looking for drivers, especially with the Xfinity car. I’m not doing all the races. We’re looking for experienced veterans to help get things going on the Xfinity program, but just like has been the case with the ARCA program, it will be a shot for drivers coming up from short track racing. Chris and I are both short track racers at heart, that’s never going to change.”
Similarly, the team is also looking for experience on the crew, but is not ruling anyone out.
“We’re looking for a crew chief, a full-time truck driver, and a part-time fabricator. Again, we’re keeping it open, it’s just got to be the right fit. I’d love to have a young, hungry driver who’s looking to prove themselves. If age and experience does come along, we’re going to do what’s best for the team and who’s going to fit in with the team the best.”
Speaking of short tracks, Seuss is also gearing up for a trio of starts on the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour with his No. 70 car, despite the massive Stock Car schedule.
“Obviously, it’s already a busy schedule, but we got Martinsville, Iowa, and Loudon circled on our calendars for sure. We also got a new-to-us LFR chassis for our family No. 70 for next year, looking forward to taking that for a spin.”
Seuss and Our Motorsports will get their first taste of 2020 in the upcoming ARCA Menards Series test at Daytona in January.
“We’ll be in Daytona for the ARCA test in January, and we’ve still got all kinds of opportunities just for that. It’ll be a good chance to mold the team before we go racing in February.”
-Story by: Connor Sullivan, Speed51 Northeast Editor – Twitter: @Connor51CT
-Photo credit: ARCA