SAULT STE MARIE, ON – Blue-collar short track veteran Mike Hearty will return to OSCAAR Modified Tour competition this season. The former Laird International Raceway regular has spent portions of the last four seasons touring across Ontario with the series, and is ready to continue his progression in the open-wheeled ranks with a part-time 2018 campaign.
“This time last season we were starting from scratch in a lot of ways,” notes Hearty. “Spending an entire Summer out on the road racing with these top-level guys has only made us better. Our team is growing and improving with every race. This is the most excited I’ve been for a season-opener in a long time.”
For Hearty, a strong outing at Sunset this weekend is as much about maintaining a positive outlook as it is about finding his way to victory lane.
“If you can start your season strong – it just puts you in a better frame of mind,” explains the Sault Ste. Marie, ON racer. “I don’t care how much self-belief a driver says he has – when you’re in a slump it makes you second-guess everything. That’s what I want to avoid.”
“My goal is to leave Sunset feeling good about our program,” continues Hearty. “If we can hit on something early in the season, it’s going to be that much easier to keep inching forward and improving week-by-week.”
Hearty’s results have shown considerable improvement since his initial foray into the Open Wheel Modified division in 2014. Now, more confident than ever, the personable underdog is ready for a breakout season.
“I really believe that we’re starting to find ourselves as far as this car is concerned,” says Hearty.” we found something that worked and it all seemed to click into place.”
“Hard work definitely pays off in this sport,” adds the former Super Stock regular. “We’re never going to be able to just sign over a big cheque to have someone do all the work for us, but I’ve got a whole team full of people behind me that’ll never stop until the job’s done. And sometimes that’s more important than money.”