The 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!
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