Continuing to follow the same path over and over can over time not be enough. As a result, drivers tend to explore new opportunities in their racing career, and that’s what Jaymee Adams is doing for 2021.
The long-time Super Stock competitor will be joining the Knightworks Design OSCAAR Hot Rod division, prepared to race alongside fellow females Amanda Balson and Kaitlyn Wallace.
“Personally, the hot rods have been an absolute favorite of mine to watch,” she said. “Having raced in the street stock and super stock division, it seemed like a suitable transition for me.”
Despite her experience, she has not been able to run a full schedule over the past couple years due to living out of town. However, she will be doing that in 2021, while is an opportunity she is embracing. With having only ran a few tracks across the province, she notes being excited about crossing other ones off her list throughout the summer.
“I’m also really looking forward to competing against drivers whom I haven’t had the opportunity to in previous years,” she commented. “There are a lot of drivers with good equipment and experience out there, but I am hoping with my 14 years of experience and consistency while on the track I am able to work my way to the top!”
Starting out, she is keeping the goals simple in focusing on getting seat time, and battling towards the front each time she can.
“It would be great to maintain a top 10 finish each night for my rookie year in the hot rod division, but the plan is to go out and have fun either way,” she added.
Her rookie campaign will see her behind the wheel of a 1970 Oldsmobile Cutlass, featuring a slick gold and black paint scheme that throws back to the car’s original colours.
“It was originally owned and drove by my father in his 20’s,” she shared. “After sitting for 30+ years, it was decided it was time to recreate and put this gorgeous car to good use. What better way than to make it into an OSCAAR Hot Rod competing car! The original colour of the car was gold, so we decided it was only correct to keep it the original colour.”
Her number will also be a touch back to the family legacy, as her father ran it through his racing career beginnings, and she began to utilize it herself when she started at the age of 13. Ultimately, her father along with her uncle are the reason why you see her behind the wheel, as motorsports has been involved in her life since she was born.
“Being around the racetrack my whole childhood, I got tired of watching and decided I wanted to give it a try myself at the age of 13,” she recalled. “My career started in a street stock and a few years later moved into a super stock. I am excited to make my next chapter with the OSCAAR series my best one.”
Looking through her career to date as she gets ready for the next chapter, she notes her first feature victory at Sauble Speedway is the most memorable moment of her career.
“I had been chasing a win for years with no luck,” she commented. “My uncle was very sick at the time and wasn’t going to be around much longer. When saying my goodbyes, I told him ‘I was going to race as hard as I could for him that upcoming weekend’. Believe it or not, I actually got my very first feature win and I was in disbelief.
“Every single person in the stands were on their feet cheering, for me! It was such a surreal feeling, and I know my uncle was in the car crossing the finish line with me. It was definitely a night I will never forget and will always hold close to my heart.”
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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