SAULT STE. MARIE, ON – Fourth-year Open Wheel Modified racer Mike Hearty will return to the OSCAAR Modified Tour in 2018. The former Super Stock regular will continue his ascent through the wildly competitive rankings – and hopes for the opportunity to solidify his first career tour victory.
“It would – in all honesty – be a dream come true for our team to be able to win our first feature on tour this season,” says Hearty. “Realistically, I just hope that we can be a top-5 car every single night. But, if we could have that moment where we walk out with a win, it would be one of the best nights of my life”
For Hearty, there’s no doubt that his team is at a considerable disadvantage when paired off against some of the proverbial heavy-hitters on the OSCAAR Modified Tour roster. However, he insists that what his team surrenders in experience, they more than make up for in determination.
“We know that we’re in deep against the teams on this roster,” admits the Sault Ste Marie, ON driver. “I don’t think there’s any question that our team is considered the underdogs against the rest of these guys. There’s so much knowledge and experience that we’re competing against”
“I’m proud of all that we’ve been able to learn so far – because we really started from scratch with this program,” continues Hearty. “I have a team of guys that have as much heart as anyone – but we’re definitely lacking in the knowledge department at times. There have been nights where we’re sitting and googling things in between practice sessions to try and find speed”
Hearty – like many Open Wheel Modified competitors – sees the 2018 season as one that could very well serve as a turning point for the cross-province tour.
“I think this is going to be the biggest season yet for the [Modifieds],” says Hearty. “With all of the new teams coming in and the veterans that are coming back to race fulltime – there’s a lot to be excited about”
“We’re honoured just to be a part of it,” continues the personable competitor. “I wouldn’t have it any other way. There’s no other group of racers that I’d sooner compete with night-in and night-out. This is exactly where our teams wants to be and it’s exactly where we’re going to be staying for a long time.”