With victories from the start of the year through to the last race, Adam Racine put together an impressive season in the Lucas Oil T.Q. Can-Am Midgets en route to his first career series championship.
“(The) championship was unexpected but I’ll definitely take it,” he told Short Track Musings. “We had a hell of a year winning 12 or 13 races I believe.”
It wasn’t a typical season by any means, though, as the year began with Racine borrowing the No. 6 entry from Mack DeMan and Andy Mackareth.
“When we borrowed the 6 car from the DeMans, we were just expecting to do a few races to collect points while our engine was getting rebuilt,” Racine called. “Winning the first race wasn’t as unexpected because we started up front but winning the next week made me like, ‘Wait, I won again,’ and all of a sudden five wins later and I’m like, Wow.’ I was just expecting to ride around collecting points.”
Through the year, it was almost like perfection, from edging Mack DeMan for the win at Sunset Speedway, to taking the top spot on Lap 2 at Flamboro Speedway in July and never looking back. There was also what Racine says was the most memorable weekend at Sauble Speedway, when he won three out of the four events.
“I had my family there for it all to and it meant a lot to me to get that surf board trophy that I’ve been wanting for years,” he commented.
With his first title tucked away, Racine isn’t set to slow down as the plan is already to be back once again in 2018.
“Next year we plan on just doing what we did this year,” he said. “Just take it week by week and hopefully we have luck on our side again and mainly just have fun.”
To those looking to get into the series and be successful like him, he says the key is to be patient.
“I have been pretty successful at karting before coming to this but I tell ya these midgets are very hard to be constantly fast,” he said. “I feel like you can come into the series and be one or two tenths off, but finding that extra tenth or two of a second is very hard.”