Gus Dean Makes Leap to NASCAR Trucks in 2019
Gus Dean Makes Leap to NASCAR Trucks in 2019
Two-time ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards winner Gus Dean (@GusDean) will join Young’s Motorsports full-time for the 2019 NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series (NGOTS) season, the Mooresville, N.C.-based team announced this morning at the NASCAR Hall of Fame in Charlotte.
Dean, a native of Bluffton, S.C., will compete for Rookie of the Year honors in the No. 12 Chevrolet Silverado. 2018 ARCA Racing Series championship crew chief Jeff Stankiewicz will lead the team’s efforts this season.
LG Air Conditioning Technologies will join Dean in his leap to one of NASCAR’s national platforms. LG will support Dean in a primary role for a minimum of eight races, while serving as an associate partner for the entire 23-race schedule.
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The partnership kicks off with the season-opening NextEra Energy Resources 250 at the Daytona (Fla.) International Speedway on Friday, February 15.
“LG Air Conditioning Technologies is excited to sponsor Gus Dean and the Young’s Motorsports team during the 2019 NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series with Baker Distributing,” said Kevin McNamara, senior vice president and general manager, Air Conditioning Technologies, LG Electronics USA. “We wish the team the best of luck and look forward to a successful racing season.”
Longtime Dean supporter and Jacksonville, Fla.-based, Baker Distributing will continue their support and promote LG Air Conditioning Technologies’ introduction to the NASCAR industry.
“We are very happy to continue our longstanding relationship with Gus Dean – while helping facilitate and successfully bring LG Air Conditioning Technologies to NASCAR,” Baker Distributing president Matt Roth said.
“Gus is a talented race car driver and will continue to be a remarkable ambassador for Baker while establishing a new and winning relationship with LG Air Conditioning Technologies. It’s going to be a great season.”
“This is an unbelievable opportunity,” Dean said. “I’m psyched and very honored to represent LG Air Conditioning Technologies and Young’s Motorsports in my move to the NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series. Without them and the longtime support of Baker Distributing – my dream to be a full-time NASCAR driver would not be possible.
“I’m looking forward to the challenges this season will bring, but I feel confident that my relationship with Jeff (Stankiewicz), the support of Tyler (Young), Randy (Young) and the entire Young’s Motorsports team, we will have a successful season.”
Dean, 24, joins Young’s Motorsports on the heels of two full-time seasons in ARCA Racing Series competition competing for Win-Tron Racing. During the 2017-2018 seasons, the South Carolinian earned one win, two poles, 12 top-five and 24 top-10 finishes.
Additionally, he earned his first career ARCA Racing Series victory in his second series’ start in a nail-biting finish at the Talladega (Ala.) Superspeedway in 2016 competing for Mason Mitchell Motorsports.
Young’s Motorsports team principal Tyler Young says the addition of Dean is destined to strengthen the team’s program in 2019.
“I have known Gus Dean for a long time,” sounded Young. “We were fellow competitors in the CARS Pro Cup division and I know his passion to succeed is something that fits well within our organization.
"As a team, we are very excited for Gus to climb behind-the-wheel of the No. 12 LG Air Conditioning Technologies Chevrolet Silverado.
“He has two full seasons of ARCA Racing Series competition under his belt and has done a very good job. We believe he will do very well in the NASCAR Gander Outdoor Truck Series for Young’s Motorsports.”
In addition to competing in the season-opening Truck Series race, Dean will pull triple-duty during Speedweeks 2019 competing in the ARCA Racing Series season-opener at Daytona on February 9 with Win-Tron Racing aboard the No. 32 CAB Installers Chevrolet SS and running select nights during the World Series of Asphalt Stock Car Racing at New Smyrna (Fla.) Speedway in the No. 56 BakerDist.com Super Late Model for Dean Racing.