AM Racing will have a new face behind the wheel of its No. 22 Toyota when the Camping World Truck Series stops at Martinsville Speedway this weekend.
Fontaine, 19, hails from Ashville, N.C. and has raced in the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series the last three years. He also has four career starts in the K&N Pro Series East with a best finish of 13th at Dominion Raceway in May.
“I couldn’t be more excited to be joining AM Racing for my upcoming NASCAR Truck event at Martinsville Speedway,” Fontaine said. “After spending time at the shop with the team and going over the truck, I feel confident our Toyota will be fast off the truck. I can’t thank everyone at the team for the effort they’ve put in to get us ready for the race.”
Self will sit out Martinsville but will be back in the No. 22 at Texas. He believes Fontaine in the truck helps build a foundation for the team’s future as it hopes to have a second full-time ride in 2017.
Said Self: “The best interest of the team always comes first. This was a business decision made in the best interest of the team. I’m excited for Justin and the direction our team is headed. Allowing him to get behind the wheel at Martinsville is a big step for our team and allows Justin the opportunity to gain valuable seat time so he can come back and compete with us in a larger role. I’ll be offering him all the support I can while I prepare for my next start at Texas.”
Saturday’s race will be the first NASCAR national series race in Fontaine’s career. AMR will also make it’s debut at the track as the first-year team failed to qualify for Martinsville in the spring.
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