OSHAWA, ON – Short Track veteran John Baker Jr. will return to Ontario Modified Racing Series action this Saturday, August 5th at Flamboro Speedway, as his family-owned team continues to try and solve the riddle of a brand new race car and carve out their inaugural victory of the 2017 season.
‘’We’ve been chasing this car all year and just when we feel like we’ve got a hold on it – we find out we’re a couple steps behind,” says Baker with a shrug of his shoulders. “It’s definitely taught us a lot. We’ve got a long list of stuff that we know doesn’t work for this car. But, we’d sure like to start narrowing down the stuff that we know does work for this car.”
Baker stole headlines en masse last year, tallying a number of feature victories in just his second full season spent touring the province behind the wheel of an Open Wheel Modified. This year, with a brand new chassis at his disposal, has been one of middling success for the Oshawa, ON powerhouse.
Still, despite his winless streak, Baker insists his spirits are far from dampened as he prepares to take his next shot at victory lane.
“Swinging and missing on a setup doesn’t make me want to quit for a second – all it does is make me want to work harder,” offers the multi-time Mosport Speedway champion. “We’re going to figure this out soon. We know that.”
“But we’re not going to get a handle on this thing from our couch,” adds Baker. “Races aren’t won from the kitchen table, they’re won in the shop. We can’t just kick our feet up and expect that the problem is going to fix itself. We’ve been hard at it for weeks and I know that we’re putting something together tha should help us turn things around.”
With less than two months remaining in the Ontario Modified Racing Series season, the second-generation racer is well aware of how imperative a strong showing at Flamboro will be for his Markmen’s Club-sponsored team.
“We need a win,” says ‘JBJ’ matter-of-factly. “After the year we’ve had we definitely need to put this car in victory lane. There’s not a lot of schedule left but a win this weekend would give us a lot to work with for the next two months.”
“I know I’m not the only guy trying to get to the front, so we’ll be rolling out there Saturday ready to work. We’ll make sure we have something for the rest of these teams.”