Mike McLaughlin Looking to Build on 2014 Season Momentum

unnamed (1)With the 2015 season quickly approaching the newly formed MSR Motorsports team which will field Midgets for #17 for Mike McLaughlin and the #51 of Shawn Stones is hard at work. With the 2014 season being the rookie season for both drivers, they are looking forward to an exciting 2015 season.

Mike McLaughlin first got involved in racing as a crew member for the #78 TQ Midget of Dick Mahoney. By the end of the 2006 season Mike had started building and competing in grass drag sleds with a 600 mod engine. From there he progressed to figure 8 racing where he finished 3rd in the points in 2009. The Midgets first caught Mikes’ eye at the CME show in 2014. Mike and his son Nathan had planned on just enjoying the show, but Mike left the show ready to compete with the Midgets as a rookie in 2014.

The main attraction for Mike was the closeness to a TQ Midget in appearance and speed. The midget offered a more affordable rout to start his racing career and Mike is very happy with the choice he made. The 2014 season saw Mike finish a very respectable 20th in points with his team mate #51 Shawn Stones 14th in the final points.

In the off season Mike and the team has set some goals for both cars. They are looking to be running consistently in the top ten each week and pick up some heat wins. A feature win with the caliber of drivers in the series would make this a dream season in Mikes’ eyes.

Both drivers of MSR Motorsports know that being under the OSCAAR banner the racing world will be watching the series. Both cars are very lucky to have a dedicated group of sponsors and the drivers are ready to give them the exposure they deserve.unnamed

In speaking to Mike, he feels he has found a home with OSCAAR and looks forward to building their team in effort to eventually move up into another division of the series.

Everyone at OSCAAR would like to wish Mike and MSR Motorsports the best of luck in 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, Race2way.ca, South Shore Services

66 Year Old Bob Ross a Rookie with the 2015 OSCAAR Midget Series

photo 4At a time in most people’s lives that we think about slowing down, Bob is getting ready to kick his in high gear. For the past 40 years Bob has been competing off and on in a career that has seen him race 16 different kind of cars.
Bobs first exposure to racing was at the CNE Speedway every Friday night. His first turn behind the wheel of a car was a 1955 Oldsmobile in a demo derby and from there he was hooked. From there Bob progressed to Go Karts which progressed to Super Modifieds while competing at Nilestown, Delaware, Flamboro and Oswego. The next step was to the Hobby Cars at Flamboro and then into the 70’s with the Can-Am Midget Club, where he was awarded the Rookie of the Year title.
The 1990’s would see Bob own a two car 4 cylinder team at competed at Barrie. Bob had hired Herb Walters as a driver and as a car owner and finished second in the points at Barrie and then the following year was the 4 cylinder champion at Sunset Speedway.
Bob then traded in his racing helmet for a motorcycle helmet and spent the summer riding his Harley Davidson. While at Sunset Speedway in 2014 with his oldest son and two grandsons, the Hurricane Midgets came out to race. Well Bob’s son could see the gleam in his dads eyes and the racing bug had bitten Bob again. After talking it over for a couple of days the plans were in place to have Bob behind the wheel again in 2015.
Bob wanted to do it right so he made a call to Robin McLean and Jessie James, to assist in finding the right car. After purchasing a Stryker Chassis, Robin has been busy putting the finishing touches on the #28 to be ready for opening night at Sunset Speedway.
Bob’s ultimate goal is the Rookie Title in 2015. Bob knows that his age he will be competing each week with a lot of younger drivers but he feels he is up for the challenge each and every week. Bob was quick to say “ I maybe 66 years old but I feel like I am 26 with an extra 40 years of experience”… “although my wife Judith thinks I act like a 12 year old”.
Throughout a 40 year career the Midget cars have always remained my favorite, and with OSCAAR assuming the sanctioning in 2015, I couldn’t have picked a better time to join the series.
Bob and his entire team are excited to hit the track to start the 2015 and everyone at OSCAAR is happy to have him as part of the exciting 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, Race2way.ca, South Shore Services

 

Rob Divenanzo Preparing to Chase 2015 OSCAAR Modified Rookie Title in 2015

unnamed (1) There is probably no other driver in the off season that has shifted racing plans as quickly as Rob and his team. The original plan for Rob was to campaign a pro late model, but as shortly as a month ago those plans shifted to the OSCAAR Modified series.
Rob was aware that his current car owner David Balych had made the decision to race the OSCAAR Modified tour in 2015 in a car purchased from Brent McLean. About a month ago Rob received an unexpected phone call from David and Dan saying they have purchased a second modified and offered him the ride. This was an opportunity that he could not pass up and looks forward to building on the relationship that started back in 2013.
Rob began his racing career in 1991 at Flamboro Speedway in the Challenger division. Like many of us Rob grew up at race tracks with his family as Rob is carrying on the family tradition following his dad and Uncle who both raced Canadian Vintage Modifieds. Robs’ Grandfather also raced at the old CNE grounds to start this long legacy of racing. Rob enjoyed success in the Challenger before moving on to the CASCAR Super Series, where they were faced as being an underfunded team but had a great experience with the series.
In 2010 the racing bug once again got to Rob, and he purchased a TQ Midget for his friend JR Fitzpatrick where he picked up Rookie of the Year honours with the club. It was 2013 that the current relationship with Dan and David started and drove their #20 TQ Midget for two seasons. Rob is quick to point out “I have the most amazing car owners and I owe a big thank you to them”.
The focus right now in the shop is the preparation of the modified to be ready for opening weekend at Sunset Speedway. While working in the shop Rob is already thinking of how he is going to have to go through an adjustment period getting use to the new car. “The mods weight a lot more than my TQ midget so I will be relearning all my different braking points each week”. Rob will be one of the few rookies that has experience at most tracks and is hoping that slight advantage will play into his favour in 2015.
Rob is also setting himself some reasonable goals for the season. The main thing is to hopefully bring the car home in the top 15 each week. Rob knows this series is loaded with very talented open wheel racers and is looking forward to getting out on the track with them.unnamed
As for his future plans, well Rob is not sure how many more years he has left behind the wheel as his son Tyler is currently racing Karts and will be wanting to move into racing. So don’t be surprised when a 4th generation driver from this family will be competing in OSCAAR very soon.
Rob would also like to thank his many sponsors that are on board with him for the 2015 season. Mosaic Investments, BuffaloAirWear.com, the exclusive online clothing company for Buffalo Airways and proofcanada.com, a paranormal investigation company based in Ontario We are expecting another sponsor announcement in the near future.
OSCAAR would like to welcome Rob and his team to the series and with them all the best 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

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

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