With a championship in hand to complete the year, it’s easy to say that the 2017 race season on-track was very successful for Tyler Hawn.
“The 2017 season has a whirl wind of emotions,” he told SHORT TRACK MUSINGS. “One of the best – if not the best – season we have ever had. With the lost of dad, everything seems like a blur.”
Behind the wheel of his OSCAAR Super Late Model, Hawn was consistent over the course of the season, scoring 10 top-fives en route to a runner-up in the year-end standings. In the OSCAAR Hot Rod, though, was where he truly shined, scoring a pair of victories en route to the series championship. The inaugural event for the Hot Rods, with a win in hand, is something Hawn says is one of the most memorable moments of 2017.
“I would have to say the first time we raced the Hot Rod at Kawartha, and seeing that smile on my dad’s face when that car worked as good as it did,” Hawn said. “That build was his pride and joy. Also winning the dirt race; that being my first ever race on dirt. Dad always said he wanted to try. When we took that trophy to him, he was so happy. That was the last trophy he would ever hold.”
While the year was on-track was good, the time spent in the shop up to that first event is something that will also always stand the test of time.
“It brought back all of the memories from dads past,” Hawn reflected. “It was so amazing watching him create the look of that car. And all the amazing stories along the way.”
With success in hand, chasing glory doesn’t stop here for Hawn and his team as he stated they will be chasing their second straight Hot Rod Championship, as well as a OSCAAR Pro Midget title for Daniel Hawn. He added that right now with the super late, they are “undecided on what we are doing there.”
For Hawn, racing is something that has always been in his genes from day one.
“Dad started racing in 1967, and when I was born, I got the itch,” he said. “We built a 4 cylinder for Barrie Speedway and the rest is history.”
Looking back over the years, picking a single memory that stands out isn’t possible.
“Every moment is memorable,” he said. “Just all of the amazing times in the shop with my dad and brother. We have made a lot of amazing friends along the way. I wouldn’t change a thing.”