The Sam Hunt Racing Story
“Without any true investors, its been a brick by brick process building this thing.”
How it all began…
Sam Hunt has been surrounded by racing his entire life. Growing up in Holland, Sam found a love for racing when he began his karting career, and he carried that passion for motorsports with him when his family moved back to the United States in 2004.
Sam began his NASCAR regional touring series career in 2012 at the age of 19. While he began racing for Precision Performance, he later raced for his family owned team.
With a passion for racing, but at a crossroads in his driving career, Sam sought the advise and mentorship of JD Gibbs, who advised him to go to school, study, and get an education. Sam pursued a Business and Finance degree at Virginia Commonwealth University with the goal in mind that he would open and operate his own race team.
Upon Sam’s graduation from VCU in the Fall of 2017, the doors to Sam Hunt Racing were open. In preparation for the 2018 season, Sam moved to Danville, Virginia where he set up shop in the Sellers Racing operation. The team, formerly known as Hunt-Sellers Racing, made its first start at Langley Speedway with rookie driver Colin Garrett. The team was supposed to run a handful of races in 2018, but a 6th-place finish in the team’s first start lead to a full-season effort.
In the second half of the 2018 season, the operation was moved to the Roush Yates Engines shop in Mooresville, North Carolina. At the time, Sam was willing to make anything work to be successful on the racetrack. He slept in his van. He showered at the gym. If the team ran well, he would splurge and get a $45 room at the Microtel in town. He sacrificed a lot for the little team that could.