Kicking off the 2017 Lucas Oil T.Q. Can-Am Midget season, Adam Racine borrowed a car from Andy Mackareth and Mack DeMan to start off the year. The results have been tremendous to say the least, winning three out of four events.
“I definitely did not think coming into this year that I would be running for a championship and winning races,” Racine told Short Track Musings. “Winning 3 out of 4 races so far is like a fairy tale that I’m waiting to end, but just keeps going.”
In the season opener at Flamboro Speedway, he took the lead on Lap 6 and pulled away from the field, holding off a late-race move from defending series champion Mack DeMan. Then at Sunset Speedway a week later, he passed pole sitter Jeff Blackburn on Lap 11 and never looked back en route to victory.
The first race of the year across the border didn’t produce as magical results, though, with a fifth place finish. Though returning back to Flamboro this past weekend, he was able to pick up the victory.
Admittedly, going into the season, Racine says his expectations were just to finish in the top-five in points, and win a couple races. Now moving forward, all eyes are on the No. 20 to see whether he can keep the momentum rolling moving forward, despite competing against some of the top drivers in the province.
“Even though are numbers are down we still have a super competitive field full of champions from all sorts of racing,” he said. “I would say Mack and I have had the jump on the field with setup on these new tires as we switched from Hoosiers to American racers but it won’t be long before its a different winner every week again like last year.”
Though if he can keep the victories coming himself, one of the tracks he feels that is very well possible is Sauble Speedway, as it has been his most successful race track to date. Though the excitement is also high for the beach due to the fun times hanging out around the campfire at night after racing.
For Racine, he got his start in racing at the age of 11 in the Waterloo Regional Kart Club, winning six championships. The success led to an opportunity from Rob Neely to race his Can-Am Midget for a season. Racine said he “fell in love with it,” now having been involved in the club for five years.
Throughout his career, he says the most memorable moment has to be sweeping the Sauble long weekend in his rookie year of competition.
“(I) won the heat races Saturday and Sunday and both features,” he recalled. “That was the best moment I have had in my 13 years of racing.”