Twenty-six-year-old Sam Hunt and 19-year-old Colin Garrett of Elmo, the youngest owner-driver duo in NASCAR, will bring a crowd-funded NASCAR Xfinity Series team to the sport.
Hunt-Garrett Racing will be structured around and funded by the American people and the companies that hire them.
Hunt-Garrett Racing will debut at Daytona in February’s NASCAR Xfinity Series race with the support of Mark Cronquist and Joe Gibbs Racing Engines. They plan to run a paint scheme dedicated to their fans as they race “for and because of them.”
The crowdfunding campaign is kicking off at OurAmericanDreamTeam.com with the “First Stop: Daytona!” phase. An initial “soft launch” of the site has already raised almost $40,000.
Backers will become a part of NASCAR history, with their names included in the credits for a rewards docu-video of Hunt-Garrett Racing’s journey leading to Daytona and through Speedweeks.
Other rewards include team apparel, gloves worn by Garrett at Daytona, a backer’s name on the car, and an embroidered show suit replica of Garrett’s fire suit.
“It’s no secret that the structure of motorsports continues to rely more and more on the financial backing carried by it’s own competitors,” says Hunt.
Hunt-Garrett’s goal is to build “a team crafted and built by everyday, hardworking American dreamers who share a goal in restoring the faith that hard work, proper education and a strong moral compass can still thrive and survive at the pinnacle of our sport.
“Working with our dedicated fans and partners that share this belief that the American Dream is very much alive, we will establish ourselves as THE team that every American can support, and every dreamer can feel directly connected to on and off the racetrack,” Hunt adds.
“I’m definitely ready to compete in the Xfinity Series full time next year. I’m excited about the opportunity, not just for myself but also for all of our veterans,” said Garrett.
He and Hunt have been promoting Racing For Heroes’ free veteran suicide prevention services in 2019, and will continue to do so in 2020.
“With both of my brothers being active duty Army, this is a cause that’s very special to me,” Garrett added.