ORILLIA , ON – Former Autumn Colours Classic winner AJ Emms is prepared for a fulltime return to the OSCAAR Modified Tour in 2018. The rising star made waves last season with a runner-up finish in the championship points standings, and is confident in his team’s ability to follow-up their 2017 campaign with a first career tour championship.
“I believe that our team is ready to take that step into contending for a tour championship,” says Emms. “We’ve been better and better every race. We just need to keep improving and keep working the way we have been the last two years. If we can come out every night and put everything we have into our performance – we’re going to be in contention for a championship.”
Emms credits the tour’s current crop of talent for helping to revitalize the Open Wheel Modified division, and insists that simply having an opportunity to contend for a title is an honour in and of itself.
“This is a real exciting time to be on tour because the talent level is as high as it is,” notes the second-generation racer. “We knew that we had to go home and put the right type of program together if we wanted the chance to contend every week.”
“It’s going to be a huge challenge if we want to get to the top of the standings,” adds Emms. “We know that we’re out there night-in and night-out with some of the best drivers and teams in the province. It’s a privilege to be a part of the roster right now and it’s going to be an even bigger privilege to challenge for a championship.”
Following a 2017 campaign built largely around consistent podium finishes, Emms is looking to welcome a change in philosophy for 2018, as he sets out to become a regular fixture in OSCAAR victory lane.
“We’re proud of what we did last year – but we know that there’s a lot of room to improve,” admits Emms. “I’ve spent a big part of my offseason running a lot of those races over again in my head to try and figure out what I could have done better.”
“We were able to show speed every week, but we know that we have to win more races if we want to really contend for a title,” continues the ORILLIA , ON native. “Our whole team has put a lot into our program over the Winter to make sure we’re going to be at our absolute best this year. We’re going to find the additional speed that we’ve been looking for and do everything that we can to push towards that championship.”