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Tinio Racing and Eddie Harvey’s Ideal Racing, two championship NASCAR modified teams, are set to switch to LFR Chassis for the 2016 racing season.
The two teams are looking to take their programs to the next level with LFR Chassis.
“Having top championship caliber teams such as Tinio and Eddie Harvey coming on board for 2016 is a huge compliment to our company and all we have going on,” said Rob Fuller, President of LFR Chassis. “We have really raised the bar on the engineering and design, as well as the customer service side of this division. These guys have been racing with the same equipment and basic designs for some time now, and when they took the time to look at what we have developed and the technical data they will have access to, along with the open tests we provide, I really believe the switch makes sense to them. They are not buying a car, they are buying into a company and its concept.”
Tinio Racing, owned by Sully Tinio and family, has been on the modified racing scene since 2012 and are planning to go into their fourth full-time year in 2016. The team won multiple races from 2012-14, but 2015 saw the team go winless, prompting them to make a change during the off-season that will get them back into Victory Lane.
“The move to LFR Chassis really happened for a number of reasons,” said Lawney Tinio, Team Manager. “One was just seeing Coby and the No. 2 team run so well last season. We were also looking for someone who was looking to work with our race team and LFR was making a great push for us. Then after some further research and a trip to the shop to see what technology they had, the switch became a no-brainer. We’re really looking for this change to help bring us back to being a top contending team and pick up a couple of wins and possibly a championship next year.”
Santos, the 2010 NWMT Champion, has worked with the team since their breakout in 2012. Having collected eight victories with Tinio Racing and piloted an LFR Chassis twice before, Santos feels confident about the upcoming switch.
“We’ve seen what LFR Chassis has done in a short amount of time, and it’s really just such a great program,” explained Santos. “Tinio Racing isn’t a team that likes to sit still, so I think this change will help us keep moving forward. Having ran an LFR Chassis before I think the transition will go really smoothly and I expect us to be back to winning and be contenders for the championship next year.”
Harvey and his driver, Andy Seuss, are regular competitors in the NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour and also switching to LFR Chassis for the 2016 season. The partnership has had a large amount of success in the NWSMT, earning the last two championships in the series in 2014 and 2015.
“We really want to take our race program to the next level,” said Harvey. “The competition is closing in on us and we want to try something new to get ahead again. I’ve been friends with Phil Moran and Rob Fuller for a while now, so switching to LFR Chassis made sense. Hopefully this switch will bring us another championship.”
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