After spending the 2020 season competing with Nelson Motorsports, Jonathan Shafer will compete in a #91 Lee Pulliam Performance prepared car during the 2021 CARS Tour season.
Shafer finished in the top 10 four times in just nine starts in 2020 but made a splash by securing the pole award at Dominion Raceway in August and backing that up with a fourth-place finish. In 2021 Shafer will be looking to build upon his limited schedule in 2020 by competing in all of the 2021 CARS Tour events.
Shafer will be paired with crew chief Winston Brooks, who has worked with Pulliam and former CARS Tour champion Josh Berry. Shafer knows that pairing with four-time Advance Auto Parts NASCAR Weekly Series champion Lee Pulliam will help him as he continues to try and improve against the tough competition Late Model Stock Car racing provides.
“First of all I am very grateful and honored to drive for LPP in 2021,” Shafer stated. “I’m especially excited to have Lee as my driver coach and the opportunity to work with a great crew chief like Winston Brooks. Last year was more of a learning year for me, moving onto 2021 I feel with the equipment and expertise that LPP can provide that I can win races and contend for a championship. I feel very privileged to work with a legend like Lee Pulliam. It’s not every day that a driver gets to drive for a team owner that has been so successful in Late Model racing. I can’t wait to work with the LPP crew moving onto 2021.”
Pulliam is excited to have Shafer behind the wheel of one of his cars.
“I’m really excited to have Jonathan signed to drive for us in the 2021 season. I feel like with Winston in his ear and calling the shots he will have a great opportunity at a breakout season in the tour. It’s easy to see Jonathan’s desire to learn and win races and I feel like our team gives him a great chance at achieving his goals. Our goal is to have the best two cars at the track each and every week and I think with the teams we are assembling here at LPP, we have a great chance each and every weekend.”
Pulliam, Brooks, and Shafer will have to hit the ground running as the CARS Tour shifts into high gear on Saturday, January 23rd when the series hits Rockingham Speedway for the first time for testing. None of the three have competed at Rockingham though Pulliam has a few practice laps there before his car broke before a UARA-STARS Series event there several years ago.