Through the past several years, Rob McCall has made himself known as one of the strongest drivers behind the wheel of a flat-bottom midget. Though now, he will embark a new challenge within the division.
McCall will be putting suspension underneath him, ready to join the Living Lighting Canada OSCAAR Pro Sprint class for 2019. The motivation for him was simple, in looking for a softer ride around the track. He is currently in the process of converting one of his flat-bottom cars over to suspension.
“I’m plugging away on it,” he said. “I’m thinking it’ll probably be mid-season at least before I get the season out. I have talked with a few guys that if they were looking to add their car to the field to add cars to show, I’d be interested in racing someone’s car for a race or two until mine is ready.
“So I definitely want to put it out there if someone has a car that I am open to driving for someone. I understand not everybody is interested in handing their equipment over to someone, but I’m interested if someone has something. If not, that’s fine too as I will come out and watch the races and see how guys do things to learn from the sidelines.”
Even with several seasons of midget competition underneath him, McCall admits that it’s going to be a big learning curve doing the swap over. That’s why for the first couple races he is able to run this year, his focus will be solely on getting comfortable with the car and learning the set-up.
“I’ve driven a flat-bottom, non-suspended car for most of my career. So when you add the shocks and the springs, that changes things totally,” he commented. “So there’s a pretty big learning curve – and I’m okay with that as I’m up for the challenge. There’s quite a bit of to learn. As they say, first you get good then you get fast. So I’m not looking to set the world on fire, just be realistic and try to figure these things out.”
It’d be a perfect scenario for McCall if he was able to have his car ready, or perhaps jump in another Pro Sprint, for the August 31 date at Sauble Speedway.
“Sauble has been a track that I’ve really liked through the years,” he admits. “I’ve had a lot of success up there – not that I dislike any other tracks; it’s just Sauble for whatever reason, I really like that place and Full Throttle Motor Speedway. But for me, I just want to get on all the tracks with the suspended car as I need the seat time. Sunset (Speedway) obviously is a nice place.
“There’s no bad race tracks and the disadvantage to some of the tracks with the flat-bottom stuff was they were a little rough. So with the suspension, that’s gone now and bring the tracks that were a little rough more enjoyable to run.”
McCall has had his eyes on the division since its conception, and admits that it can be hard to get a new class going sometimes. However, he does see progress with the Pro Sprints in seeing everyone trying hard.
“There are a lot of cars out there, though, but for whatever reason the guys aren’t bringing them out – I don’t get why,” he admitted. “I know from watching on the sidelines, there’s been a few rule changes causing guys to make updates, so I don’t know if that’s scaring guys away.
“Like I said earlier, the club in my opinion has awesome potential. It’s just figuring out the right step to get people interested.”
For McCall, he got started in racing at first as a crew member for a late model team, before jumping behind the wheel of a go-kart, and then a Cup Lite car.
“They are similar to the Ontario Pro Challenge Series, but this tour ran through western New York and Pennsylvania,” he explained. “Actually, Holdaway and I partnered up to buy the first car and Taylor and I split the driving duties on the first car. Then we ended up with a second car on the team, and did that for a few years.
“Then I ended up buying the midget that I have from Greg Bailey when his son retired from motorsports – that was 2010, and we’ve been with the midget group ever since in one form or another.”
Although McCall has been able to win his fair share of races through the years, the coolest moments of his career have more of a family connection.
“Probably the coolest thing I’ve been able to do in my career is race my daughter,” he said. “All through karting, we wanted to race together but I was old and fat, and she was young and slim, so never in the same class. When we went to the midget group, we were able to do that and I’d say that’s the best memory that I’ve had.”
Amanda has been able to have success in her own right, picking up a couple checkered flags of her own.
“She’s very motivated and serious about it, and that’s something we established from the very start,” McCall commented. “If she was going to do it, then I wanted her to be very focused, and if she didn’t want to do it, that was fine. But we’ve agreed from the beginning that if we were going to do this, we were going to work hard to be as successful as we could.”
By: Ashley McCubbin