“The better this car gets – the better it makes the driver look,” laughs James. “We could put this car anywhere we needed to tonight. I was driving my guts out to make sure that we were leaving here tonight with a finish my guys could be proud of.”
“This division is so tough, and I don’t think any driver can really appreciate that until they’re out there with these guys night after night. They make you work for every single inch.”
But, no matte how proud James is of his family-owned team’s early-season accomplishments, there’s no doubting the youngsters hunger for more as he looks toward the next three-quarters of the schedule.
“It’s a huge accomplishment to run in the top-5 of a field this deep – but all it does is make us want that first win even more,” says the second-generation wheelman. “I’m honoured to represent this team week-in and week-out because I really believe they’re the best guys I could ever ask for. They’re in the shop every single night of the week to make sure our equipment is in the best possible condition – I can’t even explain how much I appreciate them.”
“We’re on the cusp of something big right now,” explains the Bradford, ON racer. “This car has been better and better every week – and we’re not going to stop working and stop improving until we get where we need to be. I know that we’re going to win some races this year.”
The former Lucas Oil Sportsman Cup Series winner credits the depth of Sunset’s talented headline division for pushing him to improve in such a short period of time.
“It’s impossible not to get better just by being around this division,” adds James. “You just look at guys like Taylor Holdaway and Dwayne Baker and Gord Shepherd – these are some of the best of the best that have been winning in this division for a long, long time.”
“Racing with them has absolutely made us better. We’re picking up pointers every week and we’re getting closer to that first win.”