As the OSCAAR Pro Midgets enter their second season of competition, the field continues to expand with new drivers throwing their name into the ring. One of those is Brody Rickwood.
“I am very excited to be back behind the wheel of a race car this year,” he said. “I have been itching like crazy to get back out there and I feel that now is a good time for me to do it.”
Rickwood says he’s been interested in the midget since watching them at Grand Bend Speedway on special event weekends.
“My first taste of racing was watching these cars on dirt at Wonderland and that was what got me hooked on this whole lifestyle,” he added.
With Grand Bend being where it started, he is excited to run a couple events there, confident in his chances.
Going into the year, he’s focused on going for the Rookie of the Year, while keeping his car clean every weekend.
“This year will be all about patience and finishing every race,” he said. “These cars are going to be a big learning curve for us and we just need to take our time and make the car consistent all year.”
For Rickwood, he started racing indoor sprint cars in 2008, before picking up Rookie of the Year in Jr Late Model a year later with a pair of heat wins. He continued in Jr Lates the following season, finishing second in Sauble Speedway’s points, along with a third at Delaware and a feature victory. The Jr Late then took him to Grand Bend Speedway in 2011, where he won Rookie of the Year. He also was able to hone his skills on the road courses, winning in a Jr Late at grand Bend in 2012, followed by a mini truck road course win a year later.
He also earned valuable experience working on racecars by spending time at DJK Racing, and working on DJ Kennington’s and Andrew Ranger’s NASCAR Pinty’s Series entries.
“Every day I went into work at the DJK Racing shop I learned something new,” he said. “I have met some amazing people and traveled to some beautiful places. The experience I gained from being there every weekend is something that is irreplaceable and means a lot to me. I have gained knowledge in everything from racecars, to just being a person that is well liked around the track. Without that opportunity I would not be the person I am today, and wouldn’t have half of the knowledge I do about racecars.“