PRESS RELEASE UPDATED: DEC 19, 2018
HOLLISTER, Calif., December 19, 2018 (Newswire.com) – Race Face Brand Development driver Adam Lemke, 16, of Hollister, California will embark on the next chapter of his journey up the motorsports ladder in 2019 as he has been named as driver for NASCAR legend Dale Earnhardt, Jr, and his JR Motorsports late model stock car team.
Lemke brings an impressive list of accomplishments with him to the high-profile team. He took top honors in both the Pavement and overall championships in the USAC Western Midget Series this season and earned Rookie of the Year honors in the RPM Pro Late Model Series at California’s Madera Speedway.
In the USAC Western Midgets, Lemke won eight of 12 races and finished no worse than third in the other four. He also ended up finishing second in the Dirt portion of the championship. In the Late Models, the young driver earned three top-five and five top-10 finishes on the way to rookie honors.
Lemke has been winning championships in motorsports for half his 16 years, starting in Quarter-Midgets at age eight and rising through the Mini Cup ranks. In 2017, he graduated to the USAC Western Midget Series where he finished second in overall points and earned the Rookie of the Year award.
“Having a driver of Adam’s capabilities is very important to the future of JR Motorsports,” said L.W. Miller, Director of Motorsports at JRM. “We’re very happy to have a young driver of his caliber to continue on the trail blazed by drivers like Josh Berry, William Byron, and Sam Mayer. He’s been winning races and championships out West, and we think he’s going to continue to do so here in the Southeast.”
Lemke understands the magnitude of the opportunity that has been put in front of him and is anxious to get things underway.
“For a young driver like me, there is no better place to race than JR Motorsports,” Lemke said on the announcement. “William Byron started here and is now in the NASCAR Cup Series, and drivers like Josh, Sam, Anthony (Alfredo) and Christian (Eckes) are progressing up the ladder after having raced here in Late Models. I am ecstatic to have the opportunity to race for JRM this next season, to say the least. I can’t thank L.W. Miller and everyone at JRM enough for giving me this opportunity to drive their amazing cars. I can’t wait to work with Brian, Josh, and Steven this next season in the Cars Tour and whatever else they have in mind for me. I’m going to be surrounded with the best there is so it’s going to be up to me now to end up in victory lane.”
Rod Wortham – Race Face Brand Development
Email: Rod@racefacebd.com • Ph: (727) 999-2628