By Seth Eggert, NASCAR Correspondent
CONCORD, N.C. – The NASCAR Xfinity Series will have an additional Toyota Supra on track with Shane Lee behind the wheel.
Lee will drive the No. 28 Circuit City Toyota Supra for the newly formed H2 Motorsports owned by entrepreneur and venture capitalist Matt Hurley. H2 Motorsports will make its’ Xfinity Series debut at Iowa Speedway, competing throughout the remainder of the 2019 season.
“Entering any professional sport as a team owner is a significant commitment and undertaking,” the 23-year-old Hurley explained. “I’ve followed NASCAR closely for a number of years and appreciate the opportunity that is in front of H2 Motorsports.
“My due diligence has taught me much and reinforced my belief that now is the right time to build a team capable of winning races and ultimately championships. We are so proud to welcome Circuit City as the flagship sponsor for H2 Motorsports and look forward to reintroducing this brand, and many others, to the most brand-loyal fans anywhere.”
While Hurley and H2 Motorsports are new to NASCAR, Lee competed in 13 Xfinity Series races last year with Richard Childress Racing. There, he earned one top-five finish, a fourth-place at Kansas Speedway, and three top-10 finishes.
Lee also has made 30 ARCA Menards Series starts. His best finish, third, came in the 2017 season opener. In total, Lee as nine top-five and 18 top-10 finishes, along with two pole positions.
“I’ve been patiently waiting for the right opportunity to present itself and that time is now,” Lee explained. “This is the biggest step in my career, and I appreciate the confidence Matt Hurley and H2 Motorsports has shown in me.”
On top of the pit box for the team will be Pete Rondeau, who was the competition director at Furniture Row Racing. Furniture Row won the 2017 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Championship.
The last time that Circuit City was the primary sponsor of a full-time entry in NASCAR competition was 1998 with Morgan Shepherd behind the wheel of the No. 8 Chevrolet for the Stavola brothers. Over 20 years later, the company returns under the leadership of Chairman and CEO Ronny Shmoel.
A new chapter is being written for Circuit City. Under its’ new ownership, the company feature ‘vendor micro-sites’ and exclusive offers directly from manufacturers.
“Circuit City is excited to partner with H2 Motorsports and re-engage with NASCAR fans worldwide,” Shmoel said. “We know that NASCAR is a dynamic and one-of-a-kind property that will allow us to build strong and lasting business and consumer relationships through the power of competition and the most dedicated following. We know we’ve got a winning formula with Matt and the team, both on and off the track.”