Love is scheduled for 14 races in the car beginning at Phoenix Raceway, largely at tracks at which the soon-to-be 17-year-old can compete.
Heim, meanwhile, will fill in for the other six events, including the season-opening race at Daytona International Speedway.
“This is a great opportunity and very exciting time in my life,” Love said in a team release. “I’ve been really fortunate to have a lot of great support over the years, and it continues this year again with Toyota and Venturini Motorsports.
“Last year we made some huge gains at the end of the season, but I’m still learning and making the transition to the ARCA Menards Series. I feel like I’m in a great position working with crew chief Shannon Rursch and getting to lean on Corey and my spotter for more help. Winning at Salem last year was a huge confidence booster — we will build off that momentum and hopefully start the 2022 season the same way we finished last year, with a win.”
Added Heim, “I’m excited to be back with Venturini Motorsports. We won a lot of races last season and had a great year overall. Although the goal of winning remains the same, I’m looking forward to taking on more of a leadership role with some of the other young drivers on the team. Sharing the [No.] 20 car with Jesse is going to be a lot of fun.”
Heim drove the No. 20 in the full ARCA schedule in 2021, finishing runner-up in points to Ty Gibbs with six wins, 16 top fives and 20 top 10s. In addition to his part-time ARCA schedule in 2022, he’ll also be running a limited slate with Kyle Busch Motorsports in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series.
Love started 10 main-series ARCA races in 2021, most of which came with Venturini, earning one win, five top fives and 10 top 10s. He’s won the last two ARCA Menards Series West championships with Bill McAnally Racing.
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