After breaking through with his first career Living Lighting OSCAAR Pro Sprint Championship in 2018, Daniel Hawn is hoping to do the same thing this season.
“We’re pretty happy with the piece that we’ve built for the 2019 season,” he said. “We’ve done a lot of upgrades with our Pro Sprint. I think that some people are going to be pretty impressed with the craftsmanship on this car, and we’re pretty excited. We’re going to be gunning for that 2019 championship, again.”
Hawn was at the Motorama Custom Car and Motorsports Expo in March, displaying the freshly wrapped No. 2 Pro Sprint that he will pilot for the season.
“A lot of people have been saying if you don’t win best appearing car, I don’t know what’s going to win it,” he commented on the feedback. “We did a lot of work. This is not the same car as last year. We’ve done a lot of upgrades, a lot of color changes – Knightworks did the wrap and they hoped on board as one of our primary sponsors, and they’re amazing people and you can see the work they did on our car, our clothing, and everything. When he (Don Edwards) showed it to me on Wednesday, my jaw just dropped.
“I’m excited to get in it on the race track. We’ve gotten a lot of great feedback. I’ve been promoting Pro Sprints as hard as I can and trying to get the word out here, and I really think it can be something special if the cars come to the track.”
Although the car caught the attention of many, it also brought forth many misconceptions from fans – especially considering the speed that they’re able to run.
“Everybody calls them cute and small, but this year we will have transponders on them and they can see what kind of lap times we run,” Hawn commented. “At Sunset, we’re in the 14’s and there is no super stock out there that will hit that, no hot rod at that – not even my brother (Tyler Hawn). To be put in on the pedestal close to Can-Am (T.Q. Midgets) and a pro late for the times, it’s not cute. The cars are extremely fast, and they just react a lot different than the big cars. I’m just really excited to get the transponder on so people can see our lap times.”
Last year, Hawn put together one of the most impressive OSCAAR seasons ever, scoring 10 feature victories en route to the championship.
“After coming nine points my rookie year, it really put a lot of motivation in me,” he said. “I’m not going to sit here and say I’m the best driver, but I’m probably the most motivated driver and that’s what really makes our team what it is. We don’t have a lot of help. I have a couple of guys that help me in the shop – Ian and Adam are a big part of the crew, and I just do a lot of the work myself.
“On Sunday when my car comes home from the track, my car is ripped apart and I clean and do maintenance on our car, and that’s why you didn’t see a lot of problems on our No. 2 Hawn Motorsports car. Not that I don’t like losing – I don’t like someone having something better to me where if I get out driven, I’m okay, but I want to have the best chance to compete up front.”
While Hawn has proven that he can win anywhere on the schedule last year, the late addition of Sauble Speedway on August 31 has caught his attention for 2019.
“I’m glad that they added a date for us in August,” he commented. “I’m just hoping that everybody in the Pro Sprints is excited to get back there. We really need to make sure that we show these tracks what we can bring. Eight or nine cars isn’t going to cut it anymore. We need to come together as a group and make sure we have 15 to 20 cars to make the series what it should be.
“These are all purpose-built cars that can’t race anywhere else, so if they don’t start bringing them to the track, there won’t be anywhere to race. So the biggest thing is I don’t care where we go, we just need to make sure we have the cars.”
Hawn feels if we can continually see guys bring their cars out to the track every weekend, the series can grow and have a high level of competition.
“I’m hoping that a lot of guys don’t keep their cars in the trailer all week expecting to win,” he added. “You’re not going to be able to compete with our car, the 15 (Jaden Riddel), the 4 (Ryan Battilana), or the 57 (James Stanley). These guys are putting in the time and money into their cars to try and beat me, and try to be a champion. Leaving your car in the trailer all week won’t get you to the front.”
With that in mind, he advises the drivers looking to join the series to make sure to spend the money rightfully the first time, in knowing what a front running car is worth.
“You need to spend the money where you need to spend it, and just ask a lot of questions,” he advised. “I’m always at the race track. There’s not one person that I haven’t helped in our series, and I’ll continue to help anyone that I need to make it what it is. I don’t hide anything from anybody. If people ask, I give them the answers.
“There’s not one single thing on that’s car that’s cheating. I’ve got that a lot – oh you win a lot of races so you must be cheating. No, we’re motivated.”
By: Ashley McCubbin