There was a period of time that Rob Harrison raced, but then he got out of the sport for a few years. However, a return trip to watch an event re-sparked his interest.
“You know what they say – don’t bring a racer to a race track,” he commented. “The Outlaws power to weight ratio makes these things haul the mail and on a low end budget.”
It’s why Rob Harrison will be back with the series once again this season, excited for it to kick off at Sunset Speedway on May 21 and 22.
“It’s been a long off season and we are geared up to get back to the tracks, fans, and our racing families,” he shared. “We are looking to improve our performance on the track this season and if the Race Gods smile down on us, hopefully we can get on the podium with a win.”
The excitement only grows in knowing the season opener is at his home-track, but he’s also ready to make the trip to Grand Bend Speedway this summer. As he says, he “can mark it off as a track I’ve never raced on.”
The 2021 campaign saw Harrison score six top-10 finishes, including three top-five’s.
“Last season we really were still learning what makes these as like to call it ‘go carts on steroids’ perform and our finishes in the points ahead of some of the veteran drivers proved we are going in the right direction,” he commented.
For Harrison, the experience is there as he started street racing the same day he got his driver’s license.
“So many years and countless tickets later a police officer looked at me sitting in the backseat of his cruiser and told me I should take my talent to a race track,” he recalled. “Great advice – less court dates, still as expensive though.”
Over the last 26 years involved in the sport, he has made countless memories, including his first win which came at Sunset Speedway in his fifth race in the Thunder Car division.
“Racing against Stompin’ Tom Walters in a late model, watching my brother Ryan Semple win his first feature in a car I built, and the kids at Barrie Speedway all lining up to go for a hot lap with me at the beginning of every night,” he rambled off. “The list could go on forever.”