ORILLIA, ON – The 2019 Sunset Speedway Ltd. Late Model season will see veteran Al Inglis return to full time competition with a new outlook, a new car and a team ready to do all that they can to inject themselves into a run towards a first-ever speedway championship.
The longtime Barrie Speedway contender has purchased a Streamline Race Products chassis from former Sunset champion Taylor Holdaway and hopes to bring a veteran presence to victory lane in 2019.
“Our entire team is as excited for this season as we’ve been in a really, really long time,” says Inglis. “It’s been a long time since we’ve had a fresh car in our shop so this has been a real exciting off-season. This has been almost like hitting the ‘Reset’ button for our team. We’re ready to go.”
Inglis attempted to transition into a part-time schedule during the 2018 season but soon realized that he wasn’t quite ready to push his championship aspirations aside.
“I really thought that I’d be able to do the ‘part-time’ thing,” says Inglis with a laugh and a shake of his head. “It was impossible to try and sit and relax up at our trailer knowing that I had a perfectly good racecar at home and could be at the speedway.”
“I’ve been doing this for 35 years,” adds the multi-time Barrie Speedway feature winner. “When you’ve been so close to this sport for that long it gets in your blood. It’s hard to walk away from. So, no, we aren’t done. We’re coming back full-force this season.”
When asked of his decision to field a SRP chassis in 2019, Inglis insists that the time for change has been long overdue.
“I’ve had a hard time getting rid of a lot of the bad habits I’ve developed over the last couple decades,” explains Inglis, “and as long as we were running the same car I probably wasn’t going to be able to make the changes and adjustments that I needed to in order to be competitive week-in and week-out.”
“It’s a huge change to switch-up my driving style for the bump setups that these cars run nowadays,” continues the soft-spoken veteran. “That’s why we’re so excited to have a car that Taylor [Holdaway] has worked so extensively with.”
“This thing is only a couple years old but it’s barely been raced. It’s still fresh and Taylor and his team will be able to point us in the right direction since he’s worked all of the bugs out of it already.”
Al Inglis’ 2019 efforts will be made possible thanks to the support of Orillia Metal Fabrication, Wiggins Custom Exhaust and Creechers Design.