MOORESVILLE, N.C. — AM Racing has announced that Justin Fontaine will return with the organization for a limited NASCAR Camping World Truck Series schedule next season.
Fontaine, 19, joins AM Racing regular driver Austin Wayne Self who was recently announced as a returning driver for the team in its sophomore season of competition.
With the addition of Fontaine to the team’s roster, AM Racing plans to expand their operation to a two-truck team for several events, which will be named at a later date.
Fontaine made his Truck Series debut for AM Racing this past October at Martinsville (Va.) Speedway, aboard the team’s No. 22 ProMATIC Toyota Tundra.
“It is an absolute pleasure to be re-joining AM Racing for 2017,” said Fontaine. “Since I’ve been with the team, I have seen nothing but the upmost professionalism from everyone within the organization and I can’t wait to continue to build upon what we started at Martinsville.”
A three-year veteran of the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series, Fontaine advanced his career with four NASCAR K&N Pro Series East starts this season before diving into one of NASCAR’s top-three national series. Making the move up the ranks, he began his career racing quarter midgets, Mini Cup and late models on local short tracks throughout North Carolina and Tennessee.
“My primary goal for 2017 is to simply learn as much as I can,” added Fontaine. “With a part-time schedule, it’s more difficult to take in everything the trucks have to offer, but with the team we have I believe I can learn quickly and be an effective member of this team.
“I learned so much at Martinsville, from the way the trucks drive to what I can expect from my fellow competitors. I felt like I took to the trucks even quicker than I did the K&N cars, despite what the results say. The professionalism and competition within the series is incredible, and I can’t wait to be back next year.”
To enhance his motorsports skills, Fontaine will also run in the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards next season for Win-Tron Racing, the driver development partner of AM Racing.
Fontaine will partake in the upcoming test session at Daytona (Fla.) Int’l Speedway next month, then return for the series’ season-opener on Feb. 18.
“We’re extremely pleased and glad to have Justin back with AM Racing in 2017,” said AM Racing team principal Tim Self. “Justin is a hardcore racer with a desire to work hard on and off the track, while carrying an upbeat and contagious demeanor. We’re eager to see his progression and success next year.”
Justin Fontaine is the younger cousin of longtime Truck Series competitor and Florida short-track ace Chris Fontaine.
CREDIT: AM Racing