Michael Self will again drive the No. 25 Toyota full-time for Venturini Motorsports in the 2020 ARCA Menards Series season, the team announced Thursday (Jan. 23).
Self battled with Christian Eckes for the 2019 championship before coming up just short in the final race. He earned four wins, 14 top fives and 15 top 10s in the No. 25 car.
“I feel incredibly fortunate to have the opportunity to return to Venturini Motorsports with Sinclair backing for another season and a shot at championship redemption,” says Self in a team release. “Despite last season ending in heartbreak for me, I had an absolute blast competing full time in the ARCA Menards Series, building a relationship with the Venturini family and the entire VMS crew, and proving that I can win and compete on any different style track.
“With some changes in the schedule, including the addition of Mid-Ohio, Watkins Glen and Phoenix, all tracks I’m extremely familiar with, I couldn’t be more excited to know that I’ll be back behind the wheel of the No. 25 Toyota for the entire 20-race slate.”
Veteran ARCA Menards Series crew chief Kevin Reed will be atop the No. 25 team’s pit box. Reed was Eckes’ crew chief in 2019 but also worked with Self in 2018. Self and Reed earned two wins and six top fives in 10 events.
“I am really excited to get another chance to work with Michael (Self) this season. He has proven himself an excellent competitor both on and off the track each and every week,” commented Kevin Reed. “We worked together for several races in 2018, winning a few and our main goal this season is to win as many races as possible and to win the championship.”
Sinclair Oil Corporation returns as the No. 25 car’s primary sponsor in 18 races in 2020. It will also be an associate sponsor in the other two races.
The 2020 ARCA Menards Series season opener at Daytona International Speedway is scheduled for Saturday, Feb. 8 at 4:30 p.m. ET. Television coverage will be provided by Fox Sports 1.
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