Through his career, Darren McLennan has been part of the T.Q. Midgets, and it comes down to one thing – loving the speed vs. responsiveness of the cars.
After only getting one race under his belt – a fifth at Flamboro Speedway – under his belt last season, it’s easy to see why Darren McLennan is ready to go for this year.
“I just hoping we can get a season in with this Covid, and if so, still hoping I can be competitive,” he told SHORT TRACK MUSINGS.
The past series winner knows he will have a good set of wheels underneath him, as he will be behind the wheel of a brand new chassis from Hawn Motorsports Chassis Works (HMCW).
“I couldn’t be any more excited for the opportunity to drive for Daniel and HMCW Chassis,” McLennan commented. “I have not met a harder working or more dedicated person such as him. His attention to detail when building cars is second to none. I can’t thank Daniel enough for giving me an opportunity to drive his new car. I am excited to see what this monster can do!”
Despite admitting it will be a learning curve with a new chassis, McLennan says he is focused on being competitive, running inside the top-five weekly and possibly snagging some wins. One of the places that could easily be the sight of a return to victory lane could be Sauble Speedway.
“Going into the 2021 season, I am excited to get back to Sauble Speedway,” he commented. “I have always loved that place and we always had good runs there. But all and all, I am eager to see how this new car handles at the different tracks.. It should be a lot of fun.”
Even with his goals in mind, he knows the competition of the series will be high, and says the main driver he is keeping on is Daniel Hawn.
“He had a ton of speed last season and doesn’t sleep when it comes to working on these cars and improving them,” he explained. “I am also excited to race against all the new faces in the club. Lots of talent. It will be fun to race against Mike Hryniuk. I know Mike from years ago when my brother raced against him. He seems like a tough one to beat no matter what he gets behind the wheel of. Jeff Blackburn is another awesome driver that is always a tough one to beat.
“Any one car can win on any given night and that’s what I like about this series.”
Admittedly, the competition gap is only seeming getting to set to grow, with a lot of new faces joining those fans have grown familiar with. In offering a piece of advice to the rookies, McLennan says it’s hard to focus on one item in particular.
“These cars are a blast to drive but you can in into a lot of trouble in seconds,” he commented. “It should be a lot of fun and be a competitive season with a lot of people making updates to cars. I just hope I can be competitive myself and showcase what this brand new HMCW chassis can do!”