With OSCAAR ready to celebrate their 30th year of racing in Ontario, it seems that the open-wheel stars are looking to capitalize on the added hype with a great season of racing across the province.
In keeping up with the discussion, here are some competitors who have openly discussed their 2020 plans as of January 28, 2020.
Steve Trendell has bought the No. 77 previously piloted by Brad Stevenson to run in the OSCAAR Modified division on a weekly basis. He enters the tour off of a successful Canadian Vintage Modified campaign that included championships and feature wins.
“My thoughts range from anticipation to get in the car for the first time and nervousness,” he said. “Even though I have 18 years of modified experience, it’s a whole new ball game. This division will challenge you and I look forward to it each race.”
“We’ve been making a lot of changes to the car to make adjustments easier for us at the track,” he commented. “I’ve been going over a lot of our videos and notes to figure out how we can get rid of our weaknesses and turn them into strengths.”
Jason Keen is another driver hopeful of a first trip to feature victory lane as he gets set to embark on his second season with his new car, third year in the series.
“That’s what we’re working on during the winter time and right now, too,” he said. “I’m hoping to have another good season. I would like to win a feature race; that’d be my goal, to try to get good feature finishes.”
Ken Hayward is hopeful of putting together a solid campaign, beginning right from the season opener at Sunset Speedway, as this currently appears to be his last year behind the wheel.
“I have had the privilege of enjoying a sport that I love for over 30 years,” he commented. “During these years, it has required a lot of time and finances in order to get to the track for each event. The time and finances has only become more demanding in order to field a competitive team. KHR has a limited source of sponsors and the majority of the funding is absorbed personally. I have never been one to enjoy watching the races from the sideline; have always liked to be out on the track competing. It is going to be a challenge to make that transition.
Luke Gignac and ADAMS Motorsports will be hoping to return to the same stride that led to their championship through the 2017 season. The 2019 campaign saw them place fourth in the year-end standings.
2019 Most Improved Driver Award winner Wally Wilson will be splitting his time between the modified and a new Pro Late Model to his shop, with the official full schedule for the team to be announced closer to the season.
Andy Kamrath hopes to continue leaving his mark on the OSCAAR history books, after finishing off the season with four straight victories – the Sunset Iron Man 72 sweep, Frostoberfest at Flamboro Speedway, and the Autumn Colours Classic at Peterborough Speedway. Kamrath would not divulge on the team’s full plans for the year, but noted on twitter that “all I can say right now is Shawn Chenoweth will be in a couple of those races.”
2019 Series Champion A.J. Emms has yet to confirm his plans officially, but will be involved in the series at some capacity, and says the team is focused on doing their homework to be even stronger moving forward.
“We’re definitely going to go back and make sure everything is right on our racecar, and try to insure that we have all of our Is doted and our Ts crossed because that’s where things really come into play,” he said. “Racing is not a game of miles; it’s a game of inches, so we’re going to do our best to find those inches that we have left to move forward. We will do that by going over the entire car and making sure everything is right, and doing what we know and taking information we learned and applying.”
The grid is expected to be filled with several familiar faces, as Kelly Balson and Brad Pearsall are among those ready to take a shot at the full schedule and chase the championship.
If you’re a driver and want to have your plans listed in the Silly Season guide, please get a hold of Short Track Musing’s Ashley McCubbin immediately to do so.