ALLISTON, ON – After a disappointing 2017 Sunset Speedway season plagued by mechanical issues and on-track altercations, popular sophomore Johnny Paradzinski has confirmed his team is already hard at work building a brand new car for a return to fulltime Mini Stock competition in 2018.
“We got knocked down this season but we’re already working to pick ourselves back up,” says Paradzinski. “It felt like nothing wanted to go our way this year but that’s all part of the game. You take the good with the bad. We knew that coming in.”
The new build has been a labour of love for Johnny and his father Bill, as the pair prepare for what they hope might be a 2018 championship bid against Sunset’s proverbial heavyweights.
“Building a new car is an entirely new experience for my Dad and I,” explains the second-year racer with a smile. “It’s been a chance for us to take everything we’ve learned in the last two years and use it to create something that we can call our own.”
“It’s been awesome so far,” continues Paradzinski. “We’ve invested a lot of hours so far and we aren’t even close to being finished yet. But I wouldn’t trade it for anything.”
After winning the 2016 MIGHTY Division championship in his first year of competition, Paradzinski is confident his family-run operation is able to return to the top of the mountain this coming season.
“I believe with everything in me that our team is capable of getting out there and contending with the best guys in this division,” says Paradzinski. “It might take some time – but we’re more driven now than we’ve ever been and we have a ton of patience. We’re in this for the long haul and we’ll do whatever we need to for us to be champions again one day.”