Rob Summers Ready to Fun, Competitive Season

Rob Summers

From the very beginning, there have been two keys to the success with Summers Racing – having fun, and family values.

Rob Summers got involved in motorsports at a young age, racing in motorcross until he wrecked his knees. Despite the shortened career, his passion for speed was passed along to the kids as they wanted to get involved themselves.

“(My son) Robert wanted to race motocross,” Summers recalled. “I said, ‘Nah, but let’s see about a caged kart,’ and we started from there. I bought him a flat go-kart, and Robert got in it, and then Kelly wanted one, so we got two flat karts, and they ran them around the yard.”

The children would then begin competing at various speedways, including Lone Star Speedway, Milton Grove Speedway, and Ohsweken Speedway. They’d eventually be led down the path of the Hurricane Midgets when Kelly was 16.

No matter what they did, the core values have always remained the same, along with hard work within their own shop. While many competitors reach out to others for cars, Summers is one of those rare few who still build his own cars. An extra chassis around the shop was actually how Summers got back behind the wheel, with the team putting it together and having not stopped since then.

As the Living Lighting OSCAAR Pro Sprints enter their fourth season of competition, Summers is one of those who has been there since the beginning and will once again be on the grid this summer.

“Its progressing good, I think,” he spoke of the series. “It’s a great series. It’s got a long ways to go, but a good bunch of guys.”

As someone who watched the series grow, he notes one of the things he finds surprises people is the speed that the Pro Sprints are capable of on a weekly basis.

“I’d say how fast they are, and how safe they can be for such a little car,” he said. “They’re pretty quick; most people don’t realize it because they look at them and see a small car. But the lap times prove it. There’s not many more series that are quicker than these cars in Ontario.”

Entering the year, he says he’s looking to go out and have fun.

“Fun is the main thing for us,” he commented. “If we can be competitive, that’s good, but fun is the big thing.”

Out of the various tracks the series will visit, it’s not a surprise to see Summers has Peterborough Speedway circled on his calendar. It’s one of his favorite tracks, and it’s also a place where the team has seen success.

During the inaugural season, Kelly Summers became the first female OSCAAR Pro Sprint feature winner. Her victory during the season marked the perfect culmination of hard work, as it was the debut night for that chassis on-track.

“There was a lot of smiles,” Summers reflected back to that night. “It still puts a smile on her face as she just loves being in the car.”

As much as he loves driving himself, Summers admits that watching both his daughters Kelly and Katherine race gives him a thrill.

“I get a big kick out of it. It’s what we’ve always done,” he commented. “Kelly is 30 now, so she’s been in a car for 20 years. Katherine is the rookie; she’s the one with the least amount of experience. They’ve all done it.”

By Ashley McCubbin

PCI Imageware Corporation to Sponsor Pair of OSCAAR Pro Sprint Sunset Speedway Events

PC Imageware Corporation

OSCAAR is proud to announce that PCI Imageware Corporation will be sponsoring the Living Lighting OSCAAR Pro Sprints events at Sunset Speedway on July 20 and September 21.

PCI Imageware Corporation is a technology solutions and services company specializing in three mains – asset tracking, OHIP Medical Software, and deployment site services. Their asset tracking software allows use of government assigned tag numbers to track asset categories, descriptions, models/versions, serial numbers and unlimited “activities,” while supping Symbol’s bar-code enabled Palm PDA’s to make inventory easy. You can learn more about their services at http://www.pci-corp.com.

Sunset Speedway hosted the Living Lighting OSCAAR Pro Sprints for the first time last year, with each event seeing success as drivers used the multiple grooves to battle side-by-side around the Innisfil, Ontario facility. Last year, Daniel Hawn made the track his hometown playground as he swept the events, but it wasn’t easy as he was challenged by the likes of Jaden Riddell and Ryan Battilana.

The Living Lighting OSCAAR Pro Sprints will be entering their third season of competition, with an array of talent as youthful teenagers size themselves up against veterans. With several drivers returning as others join the division, the 12-race schedule should be exciting right through the beginning of the season in May, to championship night at the Autumn Colours Classic in October.

Be sure to keep up with OSCAAR by staying tuned to the series website at http://www.oscaar.ca. Also, make sure to like the official OSCAAR Racing Facebook page, while following both the Twitter and Instagram accounts (@OSCAARRacing) to keep up to date on everything you need to know.

By: Ashley McCubbin

Fox’s Bakery & Deli and TSS Top Shops to Co-Sponsor OSCAAR Hot Rods at Sunset Speedway

Fox's Bakery & Deli
TSS Top Shops Autobody Supply

OSCAAR is proud to announce that Fox’s Bakery and Deli, and TSS Top Shops will be the co-presenting sponsors for the Knightworks Design OSCAAR Hot Rod Series event at Sunset Speedway on July 20.

Located at 96 Victoria Street in Barrie, Fox’s Bakery and Deli has become the premiere stop for all of your baked goods and deli meats. They carry a variety of breads, buns, meats, and cheeses, as well as a wide selection of treats for your sweet tooth. You can also stop in and pick up one of their jellies, marmalade’s, or sauces to ensure you have the right flavor topping for whatever you’re making. If you’re looking for a quick snack, they can also help out there with their ready to go salads, sandwiches, and soups. Learn more about everything they carry at http://www.foxsbakery.com.

Also located in Barrie, TSS Top Shops Auto Body Supplies is a family run business that combines their knowledge and experience with auto body work to provide you the right products for your project. Since 1980, they have been doing colour matching, custom aerosol cans, auto body panel work, and much more for both personal and commercial vehicles. Their experience ensures that you will get the professional service you deserve, but at an affordable cost for you. You can learn more about their services at http://www.tssautobodysupplies.com.

The July 20 event at Sunset Speedway serves as the third visit of the season for the Knightworks Design OSCAAR Hot Rods at the Innisfil, Ontaro facility. Last year, fans were treated to one heck of a battle at the Innisfil, Ontario oval as series heavyweights Tyler Hawn, Dan Archibald, and Billy Alderson Jr. battled for the win.

The 2019 campaign marks the third season for the Knightworks Design OSCAAR Hot Rods, and promises to be jam-packed with action as the series continues to grow. With over 20 drivers already pre-registered and working in their garages on their rides, you’re going to want to check out one of the most unique classes of racing in Ontario.

Be sure to keep up with OSCAAR by staying tuned to the series website at http://www.oscaar.ca. Also, make sure to like the official OSCAAR Racing Facebook page, while following both the Twitter and Instagram accounts (@OSCAARRacing) to keep up to date on everything you need to know.

By: Ashley McCubbin

Luke Gignac Hoping to Secure Second OSCAAR Modified Crown

Luke Gignac

While the Queenston OSCAAR Modifieds are seeing several newcomers, there are also some familiar returning faces as well. 2017 Champion Luke Gignac will once again be driving ADAMS Motorsports’ No. 99 for the fourth straight season.

“I think the upcoming season should be very good,” he commented. “It looks like a decent schedule for the Modifieds.”

Gignac enters the year knowing the what the team is capable of, as they were able to score a top-10 finish in the standings last year despite Gignac missing some races due to a hand injury. In total, he was able to score five top-five and eight top-10’s in feature competition.

“Our goal for the team is pretty simple – the main thing is that we have fun,” he said. “That being said, we also like to be competitive and I see no reason that we shouldn’t be able to do both!”

The 2019 Queenston OSCAAR Modified schedule will see Gignac and the No. 99 Dwinnells Family Movers, TSS Top Shops, Port’s Heating and Cooling, Duckworth’s Fish and Chips Orillia, and Heritage Heating Contractors travel across the province to five different tracks.

“I would have to say that I am most looking forward to the Jukasa (Motor Speedway) race as it will be my first ever time racing there after I missed last year,” he noted. “But I also am looking forward to getting back to Delaware.”

For Gignac, the decision to continue modified racing into a fourth season was easy, in knowing that this year’s competition will be unmatched.

“The state of the Modifieds is looking pretty decent,” he said. “It looks like there are a lot more cars in the series this year, and with more competition, it can only get better.”

By: Ashley McCubbin

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