KITCHENER, ON – Late Model veteran Shawn McGlynn hopes that his fourth full season spent with the APC United Late Model Series will bring about his first career tour victory.
The Kitchener, ON product will enter Saturday’s opening round eager to kickstart his 2018 campaign, as his Meineke Car Care-sponsored outfit takes their first step towards what they hope will be a career year.
“I’ll forever be excited for any opportunity that we get to prove ourselves on tour with this car,” says McGlynn. “But that’s especially true for an event of this magnitude. Any time this tour rolls into Sunset it feels like a big deal for all of us. These events put us on a stage in front of huge crowds with a ton of hype – it’s an atmosphere unlike anything else.”
The owner of 5 career top-5 finishes with the APC Series – highlighted by two podiums – McGlynn has an indefatigable will to win and an enviable sense of self-belief in his team, his equipment and his own abilities behind the wheel.
“I know that our team is good enough to run with any of the guys on this roster,” insists the Kitchener, ON native. “We’ve all put so much into this program. Our whole team.”
“I could never even begin to tell you how many man-hours are in this car,” adds McGlynn. “And, because of that investment, I know that we can run with Brandon [Watson] and [Andrew] Gresel and every other elite team on the roster. I have all the respect in the world for them – but I know that we’re good enough to beat them.”
After having spent three full seasons with the cross-province tour, McGlynn’s team continues to push themselves, showcasing renewed improvement as they ready their program for another summer spent chasing after a first tour victory.
“The only way that you’re ever going to get better at anything is to challenge yourself as much and as often as possible,” says the multi-time Lucas Oil Sportsman Cup champion. “That is especially true in the world of racing. So, all we’ve ever done is pushed ourselves harder to be better than we were in our last race. No one is more critical of us than we are of ourselves.”
“This year I think our car will be more balanced than it has been in the past. We haven’t always been our best in the [APC United Late Model] Series opener, but I’m confident that’s going to change this year. We’re ready to hit the ground running in 2018.”