Father and Son Ready to Battle for Midget Rookie of the Year Title

_MG_1109For the first time in OSCAAR history and very possible racing history in Ontario, a father and son will be competing against each week as part of the OSCAAR Midget Series. Todd Branscombe (43 years old) and his son Wesley (13 years old) are busy in the shop preparing their new cars for the 2015 season. Todd will pilot the #64 and Wesley will be in the #65 midgets which they purchased from Trevor Wadham at the end of the 2014 season.

Both drivers will be starting their racing career together on opening day as neither have any on track experience, but have been around racing and huge fans of OSCAAR for many years. Todd at one time thought his racing path might take him to dirt racing as he owned a dirt late model. Due to his work schedule and time restraints it just never worked out, Todd is not afraid to admit “ I might have been a little out of my element with that car”

When Wesley showed interest in getting behind the wheel, it was important to Todd that they find a series where they could race together and the Midgets fit that plan perfectly. During the 2014 season Todd spoke to several drivers and when he discovered the affordability and the speed of these cars it was an easy decision to make.

When the question was proposed to Todd, if he would race his son different than any other competitor on the track his response was part dad and part racer. Every dad wants to see their son do well and wants to see him win his first race, however I want to win just as bad, so when on the track the #65 car is just another car I have to pass. What Todd, Wesley and their entire family are looking forward to his having fun and making some lifelong racing memories at the track each week.

As for their future plans, someday way down the road, Todd would like to get Wesley into a late model but for now their main focus is the 2015 OSCAAR Midget season. The season will be an exciting one for this family and fans as everyone will wonder at the end of the season just who will have the bragging rights at Christmas Dinner.

OSCAAR would like to welcome the Branscombe family to the series and wish them the best of luck in the 2015 season.

OSCAAR Racing is presented to race fans throughout Ontario with the help of several dedicated sponsors, including: Gallinger Ford, Knightworks Design, Klotz Synthetics Canada, Hoosier Tire Canada, Finishline Fabricating, JBM Leasing Ltd., Jenco Equipment, North Toronto Auction, Race2way.ca, Reinhart Trailers, South Shore Services

Photo Credit: Dan Little Photography

Duane Cinnamon Looking for a Fun Season in 2015 with the OSCAAR Mods

Like most race drivers and fans it is a lifelong passion for the sport. Duane is no different but before getting behind the wheel for the first time, Duane saw the sport from a different side. Duane first caught the racing bug while working at Westgate Speedway (Peterborough Speedway) selling programs on Saturday night and cleaning up the garbage on Sunday mornings. Duane took some time off for university but returned to work at the speedway for Kim Wallace in the officiating side of things. The first time behind the wheel happened in 2006 at an “arrive and drive” program at Goodwood Kart ways. The next five years would see Duane behind the wheel of a kart and while he never won a championship he was runner up on several occasions. As with all racers Duane was looking for his next challenge and he became part of the Ontario Legends Series and has best finish of 5th overall at the years end. In 2014 Duane made the trip to Auberndale Speedway in Florida , where he was able to run in the top 10. By the end of the 2014 season Duane had purchased his OSCAAR Modified and is excited about the 2015 season.

When sitting back and looking at the racing scene, Duane noticed that the series continued to grow and have success and wanted to be a part of it. He is also quick to note that he loves the looks and the sound of the cars and really couldn’t resist the temptation to own a mod. Another deciding factor was that Duane enjoys the challenges of racing at different tracks each week and being a part of the big shows like Velocity and Autumn Colours weekends, this was something that the Legend Series could not offer.

With the race season getting every closer, Duane knows getting the car ready will be his first challenge. He also knows that he faces an uphill battle early as his knowledge of these cars is very limited. Duane is confident that he can learn as he goes, and is looking forward to the experience. Duane states” this is how I started in Legends so I am prepared to do the same in the mod”. Besides I have the best crew chief out there Christine Cinnamon at the track with me each week.duane 1

Duane and his team have a good attitude when asked about success “if I can load my car in one piece at the end of the night and still be smiling then we have had success”. The future racing plans are not laid in stone, but Duane is hoping to be racing for many years to come and will always be on the lookout for the next challenge!

OSCAAR would like to welcome Duane and his team to the series and with them the best of success in 2015!

OSCAAR Racing is presented to race fans throughout Ontario with the help of several dedicated sponsors, including: Gallinger Ford, Knightworks Design, Klotz Synthetics Canada, Hoosier Tire Canada, Finishline Fabricating, JBM Leasing Ltd., Jenco Equipment, North Toronto Auction, Race2way.ca, Reinhart Trailers, South Shore Services

Rob McCall Ready for the 2015 OSCAAR Midget Season

IMG_5321The start of the 2015 racing season will mark the 16th year of competition for Rob and his team. At the conclusion of 2014 the familiar #62 finished fifth in the points and Rob is hoping that momentum will carry him towards his first OSCAAR Midget Championship.

Rob first got behind the wheel of a go kart at the Simcoe Kart Club at an entry level, and many weekends it would just be Rob, his kart and his pickup truck at the track. Soon his daughter got behind the wheel and before you knew it, Rob owned many karts in multiple divisions. After the success with the kart it was time to look for something else so Rob and Taylor Holdaway teamed up in the Cup Lite Racing Series. This allowed Rob to travel to tracks in New York, Pennsylvania and Ontario. It was after this that the Hurricane Midget Series caught his eye.

Rob had become accustomed to travelling to different tracks weekly so the Hurricanes offered affordable option for Rob and his daughter. The fact that the Hurricanes raced closer to home again played into his decision to make the jump. The main factor though was the speed, and how fun they are to drive. With laps times only being off a couple of tenths to other more expensive divisions Rob thinks they have found a home with the series.

Since his first race with the series the biggest change Rob has witnessed is the growth in the club. When Rob first started racing there would be 10-12 cars at the show, now it is not uncommon to see over 30 cars in attendance weekly. The level of competition continues to grow as more and more accomplished drivers are coming with top notch equipment each and every year. The one thing Rob is glad to see is the safety of the cars has come a long way. Over the years there have been some hard crashes but the drivers have always been well protected and thankfully no serious injuries have occurred.

Rob is looking forward to a great season under the OSCAAR sanction,” being their 25th Anniversary season it is hard to argue that they know what they are doing and are able to keep a series going strong for a long time”. Rob feeling the knowledge and experience that the officials have learned over the years will only benefit the midget series in the long run, and ensure that this class of car be around for a long time to come.

Rob can for see a long future with the series and plans on running the midget for many years to come. Well that is until something else faster and more affordable comes along.

OSCAAR would like to with Rob and his team the best of luck in 2015!

OSCAAR Racing is presented to race fans throughout Ontario with the help of several dedicated sponsors, including: Gallinger Ford, Knightworks Design, Klotz Synthetics Canada, Hoosier Tire Canada, Finishline Fabricating, JBM Leasing Ltd., Jenco Equipment, North Toronto Auction, Race2way.ca, Reinhart Trailers, South Shore Services

J.R Fitzpatrick to Unveil New Super Late at Motorama

 

Fitzpatrick1J.R. Fitzpatrick will face a laundry list of challenges and a new set of adventures in 2015. The former NASCAR Canada driver will race the entire 12-event OSCAAR Super Late Model tour in 2015 for the first time.

“There’s nothing that drives like these. The outlaw stuff, it’s totally different,” said Fitzpatrick of his decision to race Super Late Models full-time. “They’re the best race car I’ve ever driven.”

Fitzpatrick will compete as a teammate to veteran driver Roy Passer. The new venture for Fitzpatrick will allow him to spend more time with his family, fiancée Alaura-Lee Passer and daughter Emma-Lee.

“I’m looking forward to more of a friendly, family-oriented environment. Yet, we’re still going to race the fastest cars in Ontario,” said Fitzpatrick.

“Super Late Models are way faster than the NCATS cars and they’re way less expensive. I’m looking forward to hanging around with my friends and family and going faster.”

Fitzpatrick’s brand new McColl Racing Enterprises ride will feature his familiar No.84. It was engineered specifically for a GM Crate engine; an option Fitzpatrick will use to his advantage. The Ayr, Ont. native has experience at all six OSCAAR tracks, and believes a championship run is about consistency.

“I think the only place I’m going to have a disadvantage is actually going to be Delaware and Flamboro, only because of the crate motor program,” said Fitzpatrick.
“If we can go there and run top-five and still make-up points, that’s good.”

Make no mistake. Fitzpatrick doesn’t expect his first full season aboard a “Super” to be a walk in the park. That hasn’t stopped him from setting his goals high.

“It’s going to be tough to come in to a new series and be up front every week,” said Fitzpatrick. “My first goal is to win a race. I think we’re more than capable of winning race.”Fitzpatrick2

The 26 year-old’s last championship came in 2006 when he won the CASCAR Super Series at just 18. An OSCAAR win, or a championship, would be at the top of the list of accomplishments for Fitzpatrick, he said.

“It’s different when you’re running for someone else,” said Fitzpatrick. “Building your own stuff, having your own team and then you go out and win – that’s going to be a whole new meaning to me.”

Fitzpatrick is prepared to spend considerable time testing his new outlaw before the OSCAAR season opens on May 17 at Sunset Speedway.

“I have to familiarize myself with my car,” he said. “You have to know the comfort zone, you have to know the surrounding, and you have to know what the car itself wants and needs.”

A familiarity with the car will go a long ways for Fitzpatrick, who will face a new challenge with race length. OSCAAR’s 50-lap feature distance is considerably shorter than 300-lap NASCAR Canada events. Fitzpatrick also admits he isn’t a fan of heat races and will have to adapt to them as well.

“The biggest think I have to learn is to pace myself,” said Fitzpatrick. “Knowing when to push and when not to push in heat races is the biggest thing I’ve got to learn.”

There will be a learning curve for Fitzpatrick, but one he will certainly embrace. If anybody can tame Canada’s fastest full-bodied stock cars in their first full season, Fitzpatrick is the driver capable of it.

Fitzpatrick’s 2015 is supported by Meineke Car Care, Transaxle Parts, Jenco Equipment, Cambridge Rigging, Equipment Express, Bert Transmissions, Creative Edge Signs and Graphics, Driven Steering Wheels and McColl Racing Enterprises.

By Clayton Johns

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