PSLogo Fastwax

Trucks

AM Racing, Austin Wayne Self Join Truck Series Field

By  | 
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  

Although concerns over sponsorship and field size will always linger, it seems the Camping World Truck Series is blooming. In 2016 that means welcoming a new team, as AM Racing is set to debut at Daytona International Speedway.

Formed by Tim Self, AM Racing will field the No. 22 Toyota Tundra in all 23 races with 19-year-old @AustinWSelf behind the wheel. Self will compete for Rookie of the Year honors.

“We will be working hard to establish AM Racing as a leader in the NASCAR Truck Series and add an energizing dynamic to the brands of our partners,” Tim Self said. “I have a vision of how I want to build this race program, and all of the pieces are coming together pretty quick.

“We will be well prepared for the season when we show up in Daytona. We are committed to one full-time truck already and expect to announce a second one in the near future.”

Tim Self is a successful businessman, having founded AM Technical Solutions in 1994, a company meant to provide engineering and other technical services to advanced technological industries, including semiconductor and life sciences. Self has been involved in the technology industry for the past 25 years, with extensive expertise in process systems and project management.

“We have developed highly efficient project delivery models from many years of experience and expect to bring effective operational solutions to the racing industry,” Tim said.

Austin, Tim’s son, moves into NASCAR after competing in the ARCA Racing Series the past two seasons. He scored a victory at Winchester in 2015 on his way to a runner-up finish in the championship. Self also scored 13 top-fives and 30 top-10 finishes over the past two seasons, highlighted by the 2014 ARCA Scott Rookie of the Year Award.

The first race of the 2016 Truck Series season at will mark his first NASCAR race.

“This is a dream come true for me,” said Austin. “I grew up dreaming about competing at the highest levels of NASCAR and now I get to compete in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series. I am very appreciative of this opportunity and look forward to working hard on and off the track, so I can do the best job possible. I will have a lot to learn and will turn to our manufacturer and fellow veteran drivers for some key guidance.”

Looking to ensure they get off to a fast start, AM Racing has partnered with Toyota Racing Development (TRD) and will use Triad Racing Technologies’ engine program. On top of having powerful motors, the organization will also be utilizing chassis and suspension components from the defending series champions, Kyle Busch Motorsports. With these key pieces in place, AM Racing appears to be positioning themselves to be among the most competitive teams in the series.

“The ability to partner with Toyota, TRD, and Triad engines will allow us to put a top level truck on the track each week,” Austin Wayne Self said. “The team is building brand new Toyota trucks which raises my excitement level even higher. A tremendous amount of work has been put into this AM Racing program, and I can’t wait to get to Daytona. I am very focused on putting my best foot forward on and off the track for the 2016 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series season and beyond.

“Finally, as a native of the great state of Texas it is an honor to represent the only brand of pickup truck that is manufactured in Texas and the largest selling truck in the state – just like me the Toyota Tundra is ‘Born In Texas and Built by Texans’.”

EMAIL ASHLEY AT ashley.mccubbin@popularspeed.com

FOLLOW ON TWITTER: @ladybug388

The thoughts and opinions expressed here are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of PopularSpeed.com, it’s owners, management or other contributors. Any links contained in this article should not be considered an endorsement. 

Ashley McCubbin

Currently the Executive Editor for Popular Speed, Ashley McCubbin also runs Short Track Musings, while handling media relations for OSCAAR. Currently living in Bradford, Ontario, she spends her weekend at the local short tracks in the area taking photos.