AM Racing announced today that 19-year old Justin Fontaine will make his NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) debut driving the team’s No.22 ProMATIC Automation Toyota Tundra during the Texas Roadhouse 200 on October 29 at Martinsville Speedway. Justin Fontaine, a native of Ashville, NC and freshman at UNC Charlotte is a three-year veteran of the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series with four NASCAR K&N Pro Series East starts in 2016. Making the move up the ranks, Fontaine began his career racing Quarter Midgets, Mini Cup and Late Models on local short tracks throughout North Carolina and Tennessee.
“I couldn’t be more excited to be joining AM Racing for my upcoming NASCAR Truck event at Martinsville Speedway,” says Justin Fontaine. “After spending time at the shop with the team and going over the truck I feel confident our ProMATIC Automation Toyota Tundra 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.”
Fontaine occupying the seat normally reserved for NCWTS rookie Austin Wayne Self, was part of a decision between AM Racing and driver Self to lay the foundation for the team’s long term strategic growth plans of fielding multiple fulltime trucks in the series starting in ’17.
“The best interest of the team always comes first. This was a business decision made in the best interest of the team,” said Self. “I’m excited for Justin and the direction our team is headed. Allowing him (Fontaine) 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.”
Fontaine will rely on the vast experience of crew chief, Rick Ren, for setup and insight as the North Carolina teenager prepares for his first NASCAR Series start.
Justin Fontaine is the younger cousin of longtime NCWTS competitor Chris Fontaine.
AM Racing PR