INDIANAPOLIS – A pairing between a championship-winning driver and team will greet the AMSOIL USAC National Sprint Car Series as it enters the 2020 season.
Logan Seavey has partnered up with Reinbold-Underwood Motorsports for a full-time run with the AMSOIL USAC National Sprint Car Series in 2020, pursuing the series title.
Seavey, of Sutter, Calif. captured the 2018 NOS Energy Drink USAC National Midget Series championship and finished as the runner-up to Tyler Courtney during this year’s campaign, with three victories and the Indiana Midget Week crown under his belt.
The 22-year-old driver joins Reinbold/Underwood Motorsports, which snagged the USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car owner championship with driver C.J. Leary.
Last week, Leary announced his plans to race for Gene Gile Racing in 2020.
In turn, Seavey steps into the championship-ready seat as the new driver for the team, although he has plenty of previous experience with the Arizona-based operation.
In 2019, Seavey’s eight starts all came in a second Reinbold/Underwood car, resulting in his first USAC National Sprint Car victory during the second night of Sprint Car Smackdown VIII at Kokomo (Ind.) Speedway in August, where he led all 30 laps.
Seavey was fifth the following night during the Smackdown finale and was the fastest qualifier during the Western World Championships at Arizona Speedway in November.
He was also victorious in USAC Sands Chevrolet Southwest Sprint Car Series competition with Reinbold/Underwood in April at Arizona Speedway.
Through a bevy of offseason shuffling, Seavey and Reinbold/Underwood feel their previous experience will allow them to hit the ground running to start 2020 in pursuit of the title.
“Our team chemistry is good,” Seavey said. “I’ve been racing with the team for a little over a year and we’ve run 20 or so races together, so that’s a big start. I’ve already run a couple of USAC seasons, so I’ve been to a lot of the racetracks we’re going to and raced against pretty much every guy we’re going to be racing against next year. We’re definitely not starting from scratch by any means.
“I think we’ll come out of the gate good and compete for a championship.”
Seavey’s made just 21 career AMSOIL USAC National Sprint Car Series starts, but has been impressive in limited appearances. His efforts in 2018 resulted in being named the series co-Rookie of the Year along with Timmy Buckwalter.
It’s those intangibles that Seavey possesses which team co-owner Andy Reinbold sought to put in the seat of his No. 19az.
“He brings a lot of qualities, but the best is the car control that he has,” Reinbold said of Seavey. “He understands what it takes to win a championship, but our primary goal is to win races. We ran limited sprint car races together in the grand scheme of things, compared to what I have back west with other people, myself, with C.J. and Davey Jones. That experience is what it takes to win titles, and we’re both like-minded in wanting to win races. That’s our primary goal. Every race, we want to be there to compete.”
“We’re thrilled to provide Logan his first opportunity to chase a USAC National Sprint Car championship. We’re into the development of race car drivers, and can’t wait to see first-hand how Logan develops throughout this coming season.”