NORTH BAY, ON – Now less than two weeks away from completing the jump from Mini Stock regular to OSCAAR Hot Rod Series freshman, Jeremy McLean is counting the hours until his May 5th debut with the cross-province tour at Sunset Speedway.
“I feel like I’ve been holding my breath for weeks getting ready for this race,” laughs McLean. “Man, I’ve never been this excited for anything in my racing career. Our team has been talking about it day and night nonstop. We’re all nervous about how the first night is going to go – but we can’t wait to get started.”
McLean credits his crew of friends and volunteers for the dedication they’ve displayed throughout the Winter months, logging an impressive number of hours in order to have the No. 88 ready for its maiden voyage with the tour.
“This team, honestly, has lived and breathed this car from the moment I brought it home,” boasts the North Bay, ON racer. “We’ve been in the shop knocking around with it all Winter. We’ve made all sorts of modifications and upgrades to it. I want to make sure that when we hit the track for the first time we have a package that can live up to expectations and put on a good show for the fans.”
Entering Round 1 of the Hot Rod Series’ 2018 campaign, McLean can’t deny the existence of nervous energy, but he insists that his low-budget team will be ready to tackle whatever happens with a smile on their face.
“As much as every racer wants to deny it – there’s always going to be pressure on Opening Night,” admits McLean. “But that pressure is magnified when it’s your first race with a new series and in a new car. I don’t know what to expect on [May 5th], but I know that I have the team with me that can handle anything.”
“This season is something I’ve been looking forward to for months,” adds the former Barrie Speedway regular. “Our team is committed to putting everything we have into this program, but at the same time we’re going to keep the mood light when we’re at the speedway. Positive energy and laughter is the number one way to keep all this from feeling like a job – so that’s exactly what we’re going to rely on.”