BRADFORD, ON – After a 2017 season with the Ontario Modified Racing Series and Lucas Oil Sportsman Series, second-generation standout Connor James will take his first step towards transitioning into the role of a Ltd. Late Model regular this Saturday during Sunset Speedway’s 2018 Season Opener.
“This is a huge challenge for us – but it’s something that we’re ready for,” says James. “I’ve been watching onboard footage from Sunset teams all Winter trying to get a feel for what’s waiting for me this Saturday. These guys are all really high-level – but we’re expecting to unload with a package that can go to head to head with any of them.”
James’ 2017 campaign was nothing short of spectacular, accruing a number of feature wins in each series, as well as a pair of Rookie of the Year titles. And, after establishing himself as somewhat of a ‘can’t miss’ prospect last season, James has lofty expectations for what can be accomplished at Sunset.
“We’ve put our absolute heart and soul into this program, so we’re not really interested in settling for anything other than our best performance possible,” explains the Bradford, ON native. “We have good people and good equipment. So, at the end of the day, it’s up to me to get a feel for this car as quick as possible and then make the right decisions at the right time.”
While James is uncertain of wether or not his team will complete a full season in Sunset’s headline division, he knows that much of what his family-operated program decides to do will hinge on how strong of a start they can find in the first month of the season.
“We’re a little up in the air right now,” says James when pressed for how many nights the team intends to spend in Sunset’s weekly Ltd. Late Model division. “If we can get our footing right away, and put together some top-5 runs right out of the gate, then there’s a good chance we could try and take a run at the points championship.”
“But – for the first month or so – it’s all going to be touch and go,” adds the former Sunset Mini Stock regular. “If things go well for us, then we’ll keep going. And, if they don’t, then we’ll take the step back that we need to in order to make our team stronger.”