After a successful rookie season, Julia Capirchio is ready to get back behind the wheel in 2019.
“I’m super excited for the 2019 season with the Ontario Pro Challenge Series and I can’t wait to drive again,” she told SHORT TRACK MUSINGS. “There may be something new and exciting coming for me and my team in the 2019 season!”
After showing improvement on a weekly basis last year, she says the goals for 2019 are to “finish up front more often and hopefully win some races.” The goal is easily within stretch, as she showed potential as she picked up plenty of lessons throughout 2018.
“The biggest thing I learned in the 2018 season was probably to not hold back or be scared of anything because that way, I’ll never be able to win a race if I’m always worried about something,” she said.
The improvement showed late in the season, as she scored a career-best finish of fifth at Sunset Speedway’s Velocity 250.
“I got up to I think second place and spun out Mike Norris going into turn three going for a pass,” she recalled. “I felt bad but we both knew it was an accident and I ended up finishing the race in fifth which was my best finish all year!”
Beyond hunting for more success, the second generation racer is also looking forward to getting to a new track this season, too.
“So far I’ve been to Sunset, Flamboro and Peterborough,” she commented. “But I can’t wait to hopefully get to Delaware this year because it’s a faster track. So far, my favourite track to run is Peterborough.”
As she continues to strive for improvement behind the wheel, she doesn’t have to look far for advice, via long-time Late Model competitor and her father, Dario Capirchio.
“It means the world to me to have my dad helping me and teaching me on and off the track knowing how good of a driver he is,” she said. “I’m excited to maybe be able to win championships and races like he has throughout his career!”
For others who are looking to get to their start in racing like her, she says the Ontario Pro Challenge Series is a great place to start via her own experience.
“It’s a super fun car to drive,” she commented. “Also, don’t go into racing thinking you’re the best driver out there because the truth is you probably won’t be right from the beginning and you won’t get anywhere thinking like that. But you also can’t think you’re terrible and give up because it will take time to get better.
“Also don’t be scared to wreck the car because if you’re thinking about it, there’s more of a chance it will happen. You just have to think about improving and doing well in the car!”
Photos Courtesy of Debbie-Jo Zardo