Going into the 2022 Outlaw Midgets presented by Canadian Tire Innisfil season, you could say Mikey Homewood is part of the second group.
“I’m really excited for this season,” he commented. “There is a lot of change within the club and usually when change happens there’s always some growth.”
Continuing to grow is something he also hopes to do behind the wheel, instilling his goals remain the same as always – have fun, do the best I can, and try to grow as a racer.
“As a driver I want to work on being consistent,” he added. “What comes with that is when you make changes to the car, you can identify if you picked up or lost, as long as you can duplicate your laps.”
Beyond that, the growth element expands to the racing community as a whole as he enjoys “getting people that have never been to the races out, so that they can see how much fun it is.”
For Homewood, he got bit by the bug initially at Flamboro Speedway, which returns to the schedule with Frostoberfest in 2022.
“I grew up going there as a kid every weekend,” he recalled. “I’ve only had the chance to race it once, so looking forward to that. It’s also my closest track, so family and friends can come out and enjoy a night of racing.”
One of Homewood’s fondest memories of going to the Hamilton, Ontario-based oval as a kid was his dad taking him and his brother to a super late model race that was set to broadcasted on TV.
“Junior Hanley and all the racers were doing a pre-race fan appreciation,” he recalled. “My brother and I were the first at the gate and we ran straight down to the #72 car. We got our pictures and our t-shirts autographed.”
Embracing the sport as a child, getting behind the wheel of a Outlaw Midget just made sense in believing “it’s the most cost-effective form of racing in the province.”
“I have a young family and it takes a lot of money and time to do this hobby,” he commented. “I also love the car and the fact that I can work on it myself, and have friends help out.”