Venturini Motorsports shored up an already stout 2021 driver roster by announcing today the signing of 2020 ARCA Menards Series West champion Jesse Love, a 16-year-old who makes the trek east from Menlo Park, California.
The latest driver to emerge out of the respected Toyota Racing Development program, Love is scheduled to pilot the No.25 Mobil 1 Camry for nine races in the ARCA Menards Series, plus a single ARCA Menards Series East event at Dover.
Paired with one of the ARCA Menards Series’ all-time leading crew chiefs, Kevin Reed, Love will showcase his ability short-track style beginning at Ohio’s Toledo Speedway (May 22), Minnesota’s Elko Speedway (July 10), Berlin Raceway in Marne, Michigan (July 17), Iowa Speedway in Newton, Iowa (July 24), Illinois’ Springfield Mile (Aug. 22), Wisconsin’s Milwaukee Mile (Aug. 29), Illinois’ DuQuoin State Fairgrounds (Sept. 5), Bristol Motor Speedway (Sept. 16) and Indiana’s Salem Speedway (Oct. 2).
“Stepping up a level and running more races in the ARCA Menards Series gives me a great chance to gain more experience and continue improving my skills,” said Love. “I’ve been very fortunate at a young age to race with some great teams. Running the full West schedule and coming back over to Venturini Motorsports means a lot.
“I feel when you have great people behind you, it shortens the learning curve and helps the progression of my development. I’m thankful to TRD and Mobil 1 for giving me this opportunity.”
Putting his name on the map in 2020, Love balanced a busy racing schedule, earning four poles, nine top-fives and 10 top 10s while leading 369 laps and winning three races with Bill McAnally Racing (BMR) out West on his way to capturing his first ARCA championship. He also made two ARCA Menards Series East starts and four ARCA Menards Series starts, highlighted by a late-season fourth place finish driving for VMS on the high banks of Winchester Speedway.
Grasping the wheel again in 2021, Love will split his time between time zones, as he’ll return full time in the West Series to defend his title with BMR while running the partial ARCA Menards Season with Venturini Motorsports.
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