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.
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