Norman Newman Set for OSCAAR Pro Sprint Rookie Campaign

Norman Newman

After getting his feet wet last year to close the season, Norman Newman caught the racing bug and will be one of the rookies in the field when the 2018 OSCAAR Pro Sprint campaign kicks off at Sunset Speedway.

“After running two races in Glen Blaker’s No 25 car at the end of last season, I got the itch and bought an Evolution Chassis off Ted Greenwood for this season,” Newman revealed. “We have made a few changes to the car and hopefully going to get a bunch of testing in at various tracks before the season starts, and get a little more familiar with the set-up of these type of cars. I feel we have a strong car to run up front and get some good exposure for my sponsor Family Funland Amusement Park in Kincardine.”

Getting involved was no question for him in seeing the growth experienced from year one to two.

“It’s such a growing series and it’s going to be interesting to see the car counts for these first few races to see who’s excited for the series and wants to battle for a championship,” he said.

Knowing it’ll be his first full campaign, Newman is keeping his goals in check, hopeful to be “consistent and run up front in the front pack” while possibly scoring a victory, or two. It’ll certainly be a year of learning, building upon what he was able to pick up in his pair of events last year.

“It was my first time running a circle track sprint car so it’s quite a bit different from what I’m use to with go karts, not being able to see what’s around you and relying on the spotter was the biggest thing for me,” he commented. “But after a couple heat races my dad and I came to an understanding on what I needed to know while I was out on the track.”

He was also solid in the results column, too, scoring an eighth and sixth in his pair of events.

Although the year opens at Sunset and his first two events came at Peterborough and Flamboro, it’s not those tracks that he’s excited for. Instead, Grand Bend and Sauble on his radar due to being “close to home,” allowing him to have his family and friends there.

For Newman, seeing him involved in the series comes as no surprise as he’s been around racing for his whole life.

“I started racing go karts at an age of seven all over North America and spending my summers working at the go kart track,” he said.

He’s also had his eye on the NASCAR scene, stating he grew up as a Mark Martin fan.

“I was always a big fan of Mark Martin because of his consistency and clean driving style,” he said. “Today I would have to say Kyle Larson it’s always a thrill to see him right up against the wall in NASCAR and Sprint Cars.”

By: Ashley McCubbin

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