After five years with the team, Andy Seuss has left Our Motorsports. In a statement released Wednesday, the driver and general manager announced he has parted ways, citing a change in the team’s “morals and standards”. The team, a regular in the ARCA Menards Series, is currently in its first season of NASCAR Xfinity Series competition.
Seuss, a two-time NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour champion, began racing for Chris Our‘s team in ARCA in 2016 primarily at the superspeedways Daytona International Speedway and Talladega Superspeedway; the two had first met during the 2015 ARCA race weekend at the former. In eleven starts for Our Motorsports, he scored four top-ten finishes, including a runner-up at Talladega in 2017. His lone start for the team in 2020 saw him start second before being caught in a wreck.
The team moved up to the Xfinity Series in 2020, with Seuss becoming the general manager and announced as a part-time driver of the #02 Chevrolet Camaro. He had no Xfinity experience prior to the news, but made his Cup Series début at New Hampshire Motor Speedway in 2019, where he finished twenty-eighth. He also has a start in the now-Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series in 2016.
“Late last year Chris made the decision to make a big step to the NASCAR Xfinity Series,” Seuss said. “A press conference was held at the Nascar Hall of Fame. Where it was announced that I and possibly other drivers would be in the seat. Also it was announced that I would be running the team as general manager. My family was there. My friends were there. My team was there. It was absolutely surreal.”
However, as the season crossed its halfway point, Seuss had yet to run a race for the team. Instead, Truck Series champion Brett Moffitt has contested the bulk of the schedule, running all but two of the sixteen races with four top tens and a best finish of fifth at Talladega. Modified driver Patrick Emerling took over at Bristol Motor Speedway, while Jairo Avila Jr. ran the second race of the Homestead-Miami Speedway doubleheader. The #02 is currently sixteenth in the owners’ standings.
A specific reason for Seuss’s departure was not given and the team did not immediately make a statement, but the driver/manager suggested a change in the workplace climate led him to make his decision.
“Somewhere between then (qualifying second in the Daytona ARCA race) and now, things began to change. The morals and standards for our amazing little team got skewed,” he wrote. “I struggled with witnessing it, until I simply could not be a part of it any more. I hate that it came to this, I hate the timing, I hate walking away from 5 years of hard work and dedication, but it is not something I can put my name on any more.
“Through 17 races as a new, young Xfinity team, we were able to score 4 top 10s including one top 5. Something I’m quite proud of. We wouldn’t have been able to do so without the dedication and hard work from the guys in the shop. Learning quickly, we were able to put competitive, reliable racecars on the track. I know leaving, that the team is capable of keeping the great finishes going with the hard work that has been put in place for the foundation of the team.”
Seuss’s future plans were not disclosed as he wrote, “I do not know what the next step is for me. I love racecars. I love racing. I love being at the racetrack. I love the competition. I love being dedicated. I love working longer and harder to beat the competition. But mostly I love the bond of a team that will do anything for each other.”