By Seth Eggert, Staff Writer
One of the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series’ fan favorites, Jordan Anderson, will compete full-time in the 2018 season. Anderson will drive the No. 3 Toyota Tundra for the newly formed Jordan Anderson Racing.
In 57 Truck Series starts, Anderson has a best finish of 11th at Gateway Motorsports Park in 2016. He also has nine finishes inside the top-15. The 26-year-old also has 13 starts in the NASCAR Xfinity Series with a best finish of 26th at Dover International Speedway.
“The opportunity to do what we’re doing this year is only through the selfless efforts of so many amazing people behind the scenes and a culmination of hard work, sacrifice, and answered prayers over the years,” said team principal and driver Anderson. “To take the next step in my racing career this way is very humbling, and extremely meaningful. Our entire team is made up of guys that love racing, and we’re all eager to see what adventures the years ahead hold for us.”
Onboard Anderson’s No. 3 Toyota Tundra will be Bommarito Automotive Group, LTi Printing, Jacob Companies, and Knight Fire. Each of these long-term partners are returning to Anderson’s new venture.
A partner since 2016, John Bommarito was enthusiastic about the announcement and the potential that he saw in the team. “Seeing Jordan grow from when we first partnered up in 2016 at the Gateway Motorsports Park, to where he is now as we toured his shop yesterday and talked with the crew – it’s been a fantastic journey. It’s an honor to have him as part of the Bommarito family. He’s a driver that represents our brand with integrity, and we appreciate that.”
Anderson’s team has acquired four trucks for competition in 2018. In 2017, Anderson had one truck that he used throughout the entire season. Jordan Anderson Racing also received a boost in support from Niece Motorsports. The new Ilmor Spec Engine will also give the team a more competitive footing to start the season.
Anderson, who has relied on crowd funding in previous seasons will continue his Fueled by Fan’s SponsorJordan.com. The crowdfunding website was the brainchild of Reddit and Twitter users.
“The support we’ve received from the fans of our sport the past two years has been very special,” said Anderson. “Our entire season last year was a success because of the fans and the relationships made. The reason why all this is happening for 2018 is the same reason. There’s nothing more moving than having the people that make our sport what it is, support you in your journey.”
Anderson’s crew chief will be announced later. For now, Anderson has two weeks to prepare for the season opening NextEra Energy Resources 250 at Daytona International Speedway.