As the days continue to countdown to the season, the reveals have been forth coming. A couple weeks ago, Noel Hamilton revealed the No. 88 OSCAAR Pro Midget, which his daughter Mckenzie will race this season in her rookie campaign.
The car caught the attention of many, which is no surprise as Noel says they always make sure their designs “let you know it a girl’s cart and stand out catch the eye.”
For Mckenzie, she was intrigued to try OSCAAR for this season after having spent the past few years at Grand Bend Speedway, and now wanting to try something new.
“My thoughts are that it will be fun and very interesting for me to be joining a new class and being able to race against many good drivers in it,” she said.
Going into the year, she says her goals are to “keep up with the pack in every race, and have a good race seasons,” notably that she’s excited to race twice at Grand Bend this year with it being her home track.
The team enters the season knowing the car can run well as James Marche drove for them in the final two races, experiencing success. He finished fourth after sprocket issues at the Autumn Colours Classic, followed by a win a week later at Frostoberfest.
For Hamilton, she got her start in 2007 at Grand Bend Speedway after watching her brother run the microsprints.
“I found myself very engaged while watching the racing but I mainly just wanted to be on the track with them,” she said. “So I talked to my dad and the next race season I started in the Jr. B division at Grand Bend Speedway.”
She ran in the Jr B division for three years, before moving up to the Jr A Division. The progression continued with her moving up to the 9 HP Modiifed Microsprint Division in 2012, taking home the championship and rookie of the year all together. She then backed it up a year later with another championship after winning every race that season.
With success coming fast, her father made the decision to build a 440 suspended outlaw sprint to be raced on dirt at Wonderland Speedway for 2014.
“We brought it out midway through 2014; she did awesome,” Noel said. “In the off season, the owner of Wonderland speedway passed away leaving nowhere to run our outlaw for 2015 season.
“Then Brad Clarke from Grand Bend Speedway mentioned the OSCAAR Pro Midgets Division for the 2016 season. I, the owner and father, wanted to but with Mckenzie working two jobs and attending college, it wasn’t fesible.”
However, it appears the pieces are coming together this season, with hopes of success all year long.
Going into the year, the father-daugther duo would like to thank Autofusion Towing, Tommy’s Custom Exhaust & Auto Repair, For&L Farm’s, Wilds Printing, Mcnichol Welding & Fabricating, and Jcar Racing Products for their support.
By Ashley McCubbin