After being a regular in the Mini Stock division at Flamboro Speedway the past couple seasons, Kaitlyn Wallace is ready for the next step of her racing career – the Knightworks Design OSCAAR Hot Rods.
“I have always fancied the OSCAAR Hot Rod series for the past couple years,” she said. “I absolutely love the look of old cars and so obviously this series caught my eye!”
Wallace will have experience on her side, driving past OSCAAR Super Late Model regular Shane Gowan’s 1974 Chevrolet Camaro.
“My thoughts going into this season are quite nervous in all honesty,” she admitted. “This is a big jump for me so it’s definitely going to be a huge learning curve for me.”
Entering her rookie campaign, she is not setting any particular goals and expectations, as the team still works at finalizing their plans. Though when they do get going, the focus will initially be on finishing races, hopefully on the lead lap. After all, a lot of things will be new to her as it will be the first year for her being in a traveling series.
“I don’t really know what track I’m most looking forward to,” she commented. “I haven’t travelled besides just Flamboro and Jukasa, so I’m not familiar with any of the other tracks to truly be excited to race any of them. I would definitely say I’m excited to drive the car on Jukasa. It’s my favourite track to race my mini stock on, so I will definitely love it in the hot rod.”
For Wallace, her motorsports beginnings initially came surprisingly, after watching her cousins Hudson Nagy and Carson Nagy race.
“I would go once and a while to watch them,” she recalled. “Then after the end of the 2016 season, my dad and my uncle Jim worked out a price deal and their Mustang Mini Stock ended up in my shop, and so started my racing career.”
Looking back, she said it was very intimating at first being a young female racer in the sport.
“Going against men at least 5+ years older than me is honestly very terrifying but the aspect of having a family who is all very experienced in motor sports has really helped me keep my confidence up and keep me going,” she said. “They are my full support system.”
Knowing her family is her support system, it’s not surprising to hear besides her dad, her true racing is her Pa.
“I wish dearly that he could be around to watch me racing and give me pointers as I went, but now I can only race in his memory,” she shared.
Be sure to keep up with OSCAAR by staying tuned to the series website at http://www.oscaar.ca. Also, make sure to “like” the official OSCAAR Racing Facebook page, while following both the Twitter and Instagram accounts (@OSCAARRacing) to keep up to date on everything you need to know.
OSCAAR’s 2020 racing season was supported by several dedicated partners including Queenston Chevrolet Buick GMC, Knightworks Design, Living Lighting Canada, Scott Reinhart Trailer Sales Ltd., Touchwood Cabinets, Sauble Falls Campground, The Fyre Place & Patio Shop, Ohsweken Speedway, American Racer, and Grisdale Race Products.
By: Ashley McCubbin