HARRISTON, ON – While veteran racers across Ontario are readying themselves for the inaugural Great Lakes Concrete Super Stock Series season with hopes of further cementing their legacy, rising star Travis McLean is looking to utilize the six-race mini-series as a means to establish himself as the next hot prospect to springboard from the Super Stock division.
“Being part of a series like this is a huge opportunity,” says the 17-year old. “Racing against the level of talent on this roster is only going to make us better as a team. It’s a huge test. But, it’s also a chance for us to show that we belong on the same speedway as these guys.”
For McLean, a successful season with the upstart series will not be measured in on-track results, but rather with the way in which his competitors perceive him.
“I want for the rest of these guys to know that they can trust racing side-by-side with me,” says the former Mini Stock standout. “But – I also want them to look at our team like we’re one of them. We’ve put a lot of time into this car all off-season to make sure we’re ready to perform at our best – hopefully we can turn some heads this year.”
And, while McLean has logged an impressive number of laps at Sauble already, he knows that a strong finish in the year-end series points standings will hinge on his ability to improve upon his Sunset Speedway performances.
“We struggled with our Sunset setup last year – so we’ve put a lot of hours over the Winter into trying to figure out a way to work better there,” says McLean. “I’m still getting a feel for these cars and working to understand what works and what doesn’t.”
“I know that being a good driver is only one part of this whole deal,” adds the third-generation competitor. “There’s more to it than that. I’m understanding how to give better feedback to my team and how to work out better setup combinations. Every time we hit the track we’re better and we’re going to keep improving.”