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Norman Newman Ready to Step Up to OSCAAR Modifieds

After turning heads last year behind the wheel of his OSCAAR Pro Sprint, Norman Newman is moving up a step on the ladder as he will be one of the drivers vying for the 2019 OSCAAR Modified Rookie of the Year title.

“We have been busting our butts in the off season,” Newman said. “We bought a RaceWorks chassis out of Massachusetts. We’ve made a lot of changes to make it OSCAAR legal; I’ve been working with Brian Macdonald, Adam Hagen and Hawn Motorsports to get this car into shape for the 2019 season. We’re excited to join this OSCAAR series and I know I have a great car behind me so I’ll have a lot of work on myself to get this car to the front.

“We have Family Funland Amusement Park as our title sponsor again this year for both cars. We’re also excited to have BAR DOWN Restaurant and Sports Bar Downtown Kincardine, and my girlfriend Ashley Hamel from Ultra Graphics doing all of the decals and making these cars look awesome!”

The decision to move up a class on the OSCAAR ladder came easily for Newman.

“I’ve always been an open wheel guy and loved growing up watching the mods, so we thought this was the best direction for Newman Motorsports to go,” he commented.

Heading into his rookie season, the goal is to hopefully be the driver to take home the Rookie of the Year Award.

While his team heads in a new direction, they are not leaving the OSCAAR Pro Sprints behind just yet as Norman plans to perform double duty throughout the season.

“Hopefully I can give Daniel Hawn and James Stanley a run for a couple feature wins in the Pro Sprint,” he commented. “I feel we have some great cars to get this done; let’s hope I can keep them in one piece.”

The 2018 campaign saw some highlights for Newman, including four heat wins and six feature top-five’s.

“It was quite the ride that’s for sure,” he reflected back. “If there was something we could break on the car, we broke it. We had lots of chassis issues but with the help of Brad Mackay and Steve Taylor, we fixed most of the chassis and axle issues we were having throughout the year. When we weren’t breaking stuff, we were running at the front, coming very close to a win at Sunset and multiple heat wins.”

The goal of having both cars on track for this season is certainly going to keep Newman Motorsports busy through the winter, but Norman feels they should have both ready for Spring Velocity at Sunset Speedway.

“We’re going to do our best to get both the modified and the Pro Sprint on the track and be competitive,” he said. “I don’t doubt well be quick in the Pro Sprint. The mod on the other hand may be a handful, I plan on getting as much practice there as I can being the first race of the season.”

The first race of the year right now is the talk of social media, as registration numbers continue to grow with season nearer closer.

“From all the talk I’ve heard from other teams, it sounds like all three classes are growing fast,” Newman commented. “It sounds like the Modifieds are going to be the class to watch this year in Ontario with some big car counts!”

With stepping up a class, Newman Motorsports continues to look for more marketing partners. Those interested in partnering up can get a hold of Norman via Facebook or Instagram.

By: Ashley McCubbin

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