The youngest winner in New Hampshire Motor Speedway history will call Dale Earnhardt Jr. boss in 2013.
It was announced Wednesday that Legends car racer Reid Lanpher of Manchester, Maine, has been hired to run a NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Late Model for JR Motorsports next year. JR Motorsports is owned by Sprint Cup Series driver Dale Earnhardt Jr.
Lanpher will run the Late Model regularly for JR Motorsports at Motor Mile Speedway in Radford, Va. next season.
“The opportunity to drive a Late Model for JRM is by far the biggest highlight in my racing career,” Lanpher said in a press release. “I feel honored to have such a chance, and I’m hopeful that we can be a real threat on the track. Everyone at JRM has been very supportive, and I’m excited to get racing.”
Lanpher, 14, raced in 2012 on the Amsoil New England Legend Car Auto Racing series, recording two victories, including a win on the 1.6 mile New Hampshire Motor Speedway road course in May. He also made two starts this year in the Granite State Pro Stock Series.
“We’re looking forward to having Reid join the JRM team,” JRM team manager L.W. Miller said. “We’ve seen a lot of young talent cut their teeth running Late Models … we’re anxious to get a head start with Reid in 2013. He has a lot of experience for someone his age, and we want to help him fine-tune his skills and succeed at this level.”