Turning laps at your hometown speedway in front of your family and friends can be a wonderful experience. Some drivers are content to remain in the same division year after year, while others look at the opportunity to gain experience and advance their skills through participation in the track’s different classes and possibly move along to a touring series that will see them race at a number of different venues. The track known as Canada’s Toughest 3rd of a Mile Paved Oval is excited to introduce a new program that will permit racers in its entry level category a chance to take the next step up the ladder.
Peterborough Speedway and the Ontario Modifieds Racing Series, powered by TORQUE BUILDERS INC. – in conjunction with Battlefield Equipment Rentals – will work together to assist any 4Fun driver looking to move to up to another division – Thunder Car or higher – with a request for sponsorship and a monetary award from OMRS and Peterborough Speedway of $300.00 for a season. Track owner/promoter J.P. Josiasse says the program has some excellent value for the right driver.
“The 4Fun division has been home to a number of talented drivers over the years,” said Josiasse. “That particular class was introduced as a proving ground for younger, up and coming drivers and with help from OMRS, someone with the right amount of talent and desire could find a way to expand their understanding while getting behind the wheel of some diverse racing equipment.”
4Fun driver Willow Barberstock has been in the OMRS Driver Development Program since last season and has received valuable assistance with mentoring and car set-up. Josiasse went on to say that depending on the level of interest in the program, the opportunity could also exist for a 4Fun pilot to run some practice laps in a detuned Ontario Modifieds Racing Series machine prior to a Saturday night show. The track is also looking at instituting a mentorship program that drivers in all weekly divisions could take part in.
“Stick and ball sports have had talent growth programs in place for a number of years. We’re looking to do the same thing here,” said Josiasse.
“Besides the yearly point fund payout, OMRS will provide the added incentive of a $200 monetary award for a driver whose on-track performance excels, along with their interaction with fans and their peers, as well as the community.”
Full details on this driver development program can be found by checking www.peterboroughspeedway.com, or speaking with a track official on race night.
Bull Ring Bullet Points: Fans can see some of the cars from Peterborough Speedway and pick-up a 2014 track schedule during this year’s racing preview event until Sunday, May 4th, at Lindsay Square …Drivers and teams will get the chance to shake down their equipment prior to the 2014 season opener. Peterborough Speedway will host an open practice session for all divisions Saturday, May 10th from 10:00 ’til 3:00. There will also be track testing times booked for Tuesday, May 13th and Thursday, May 15th from 4:00 to dusk each day.
The new campaign at Canada’s Toughest 3rd of a Mile Paved Oval takes the green flag with the Country 105 Season Opener – with free spectator grandstand admission – Saturday, May 17th. Fans will enjoy a full night of racing, plus an on-track autograph session. Gates open at 4:00, with racing at 6:00. There will also be Toonie Admission nights – presented by Pepsi – Saturday, May 31st, July 19th and August 16th. Grandstand gates open at 5:00, with the first heat race rolling from the staging area at 6:00.
The highlight of every agenda is the annual running of the Autumn Colours Classic, presented by Lucas Oil Products. This year’s edition hits the track October 10th, 11th and 12th.
Fans can always find the latest news at www.peterboroughspeedway.com or following the track on Facebook or Twitter. You can also download the free Peterborough Speedway app on your Smartphone.