24 Oct 2020
US rallycross outfit Loenbro Motorsports is branching out into stock car manufacturing, building and selling dirt modifieds as part of a new tie-up with Longhorn Chassis.
The partnership unites two leading US motorsport organisations – multiple-rallycross race winners Loenbro Motorsports, and Longhorn Chassis which is owned by the Labonte family, which boasts multiple titles in NASCAR.
“We’re excited to team up with Loenbro Motorsports to launch Longhorn Modifieds by Loenbro Motorsports,” said Longhorn Chassis owner Justin Labonte. “As we continue to build and expand the Longhorn brand, we’re excited to work with such a quality organization in the expansion of our dirt modified efforts.
“We’re looking forward to collecting plenty of checkered flags in the coming years together.”
Longhorn Chassis has been a leading manufacturer of dirt modifieds for over a decade. With Loenbro Motorsports, Longhorn will continue the initial chassis build, with Loenbro handling assembly, service, and technical support.
“At Loenbro Motorsports, our guiding principle has always been putting the right people first,” said Loenbro Motorsports boss Steve Arpin. “I had so much fun returning to my roots in modifieds over the summer that we decided to get back into building cars, and Longhorn Chassis are the right partners as we make that move.
“At Longhorn by Loenbro, our priority is to build a winning car with customer service that is second to none, and we can’t wait to get started.”
Arpin, who as well as being one of North America’s top rallycross competitors is also a veteran of 14 starts across the NASCAR Truck and Xfinity series, has an impressive track record in dirt racing.
He has multiple titles and race wins to his name in the discipline, and returned to dirt ovals around his rallycross commitments in recent seasons, competing at Deer Creek Speedway in 2019 and Electric City Speedway earlier this season.