The Eastern Ontario Legends Series will have a familiar face behind the wheel, as Nick Ledson revealed that he will be back in 2019.
“I am coming into this season very open minded,” he told SHORT TRACK MUSINGS. “I obviously want to get out of the gates fast and be contending for feature wins from race one, but I know it will take some time to settle into the new car with a completely new team around me.”
The three-time Ontario Legends Series Champion says his team is entering the year, ready to go for INEX National Championship in the Pro division along with an Ontario championship as well.
“Personal goals for myself this year are to just have fun and remind myself why racing is the sport I love to do, and to be as competitive as possible week in and week out,” he added.
As previously announced, the Legends will be embarking on a 14 race schedule that will take them to four different tracks – Peterborough Speedway, Sunset Speedway, Grand Bend Speedway, and Sauble Speedway. While admitting he doesn’t have a favourite track, Ledson says he is excited about being run to run at Flamboro Speedway
“I cut my teeth there in go karts with WRKC,” he commented. “But I will always enjoy running sunset Speedway because it is the closest track for family and friends to come and watch which is always exciting.”
Ledson’s return just heightens the excitement heading into 2019 for the series as a whole, complimenting reveals of other drivers returning and joining the series.
“The Legends series in Ontario is amazing, the quality of cars and numbers that we show up with have been unmatched even to some Legends series in the U.S, and has been for a few years now,” he said. “It’s fun to see the drivers that come into the series very green or with some experience in racing and they really come into their own about halfway through the year. This makes for great racing down the stretch and into the “playoffs.”
Outside of himself some of the guys that Ledson feels will be ones to watch each week include Kevin Foisy, Matt Haufe, and Adam Cuthbertson.
“They will always be in the back of my head and always knowing where they are on the track” he added. “I’m excited to see a couple of the go-kart guys that have come up and graduated into the Legend cars, Zach Latimer being one that I think will have a solid rookie season. I’ve seen him in go karts since the time I started and I know he has some serious talent behind any wheel. I think he will be up front and contending for sure this season.”
For Ledson, he got his start in racing through watching his father compete in F2000 at Canadian Tire Motorsports Park.
“We would always watch NASCAR races at home every weekend as well,” he added. “One day we went go karting and I fell in love instantly so I got my own kart and we started racing full time the next season in Sutton when I was seven-years-old.”
Through the past several years, Ledson has made “so many amazing memories from racing, both on and off the track.”
“The championships are always great but the one that stands out the most is the Winter Nationals Championship at Auburndale Speedway in Florida back in 2014,” he recalled. “It was an amazing week of racing with life long friends and we ended up doing very well and bringing the hardware north of the border.”
For those who are looking to get into the Legends Series like Ledson, Latimer, and others, he advises it’s the best car for someone to get into, whether they’re new to the sport or for someone who wants has been racing awhile and wants to try something new.
“The people in the series are all welcome to new comers and will always help answer any questions or lend a hand fixing anything you may need help with,” he added. “You will meet amazing people all around the U.S and Canada racing Legends and the best part is that the rule book is the same at every track. Load it in the trailer and go to whatever track is running Legends.”