UXBRIDGE, ON – 2018 Sunset Speedway Mini Stock champion Daniel Montanari has announced his intentions to move to the perennially competitive Limited Late Model division in 2019.
Montanari has liquidated his team’s Mini Stock assets, purchasing older brother Nic Montanari’s Late Model equipment in the process, as he readies a fulltime advance into Sunset’s headline division.
“We’re going to see if we can swim with the sharks right from the start,” quips Montanari with a smile. “We kinda sat down as a team and tossed around the idea of me getting in the car part time (for 2019) just to try and get up to speed. But, after a while, we realized that the best way for me to really get a hold of this car is to be in it as much as I can.”
A student of the game, Montanari has grown up in short track racing and has a deep-rooted understanding of just how difficult of a task it will be to find his footing in the veteran-heavy Late Model division.
“It’s going to be a gigantic challenge – no question, whatsoever,” insists the second-generation racer. “We know that there are a lot of changes that we need to make to our car to try and get it up to par with the rest of the teams we’re racing against. In a lot of ways, our 2019 season has already started. We’ve been working for a couple of weeks already getting everything set.”
The multi-time Mini Stock feature winner hopes to put together sufficient sponsorship support for his family-run team to make a strong impression throughout their 2019 campaign – culminating in what he hopes will be a coveted Rookie of the Year title.
“I believe that we have a program that can win Rookie of the Year,” says Montanari. “I’m excited to see just how we can come together as a team now that we only have one car. It’s a big jump. It’s scary and exciting and a dream come true all at the same time.”
“I had the time of my life testing this car last week – so I can’t even imagine how much fun I’m going to have once we get it in race trim. Hopefully I can just make my family and my team proud. If we can improve every time we leave the trailer, I’ll be a happy guy.”