MISSISSAUGA, Ont. — Julia Capirchio already had a full summer planned with her sophomore campaign in the Ontario Pro Challenge Series, but she’s about to make things even more busier. At the Motorama Custom Car and Motorsports Expo, it was revealed she would run a part-time Outlaw Midget schedule in the No. 18 entry owned by Tom Tyo.
“I’m excited,” she told SHORT TRACK MUSINGS. “It’s going to be a really busy season, a lot of fun. They’re close to the go-karts, so I should do really well.”
Entering her rookie campaign in the Outlaw Midget division, she says her goal is to finish every race that she is able to run this year.
“That’s the main goal,” she commented. “Then hopefully at least one top-five, maybe some wins, but we’ll see how it goes.”
Although her finalized schedule has yet to be revealed, she stated that she’s looking forward to both Sunset Speedway (being close to home) and Peterborough Speedway (a lot of fun).
As noted, it just adds to her summer as she will enter her sophomore campaign in the Ontario Pro Challenge Series. She had a solid rookie campaign in the 3/4-scale cars last year, improving throughout the season before capping off the year with a top-five at Sunset Speedway’s Fall Velocity.
Though on top of that, the family-based team will be busy as her father Dario Capirchio will be competing behind the wheel of a Outlaw Super Late Model across the province.
“It’s going to be a lot between me, my dad, and both cars I am running; we’re only off two weekends all summer,” she said. “So it’s going to be busy, but it’ll be fun.”
The Capirchio name is no stranger to short track racing, with her father’s resume ranging from super late models to limited late models at Sunset Speedway.
“My dad has been racing a long time, and he’s a really good coach and helps a lot,” Julia commented. “If I make a mistake, he’s pretty calm about it. He’s helpful as he tells me ‘you did this, but you’re supposed to do this,’ so try next time. He’s actually helped a lot coming from go-karts going to oval track. It’s a lot different, especially with the suspension in the other car.”
With the quick progression her career has already taken, she says that in the next five years, she hopes to be behind the wheel of a full-sized stock car.