PAINESVILLE, OH – Seventeen-year old Albert Francis will begin his second full season behind the wheel of an Outlaw Super Late Model during Toledo Speedway’s April 20th season opener sanctioned by the ARCA Late Model Gold Cup Series.
The Painesville, OH native is eager to follow up on the momentum generated by a strong 2018 campaign across the Midwest, as he continues his drive towards a first career Late Model victory.
“We were able to string together a lot of real good performances last season – but we weren’t able to pull the trigger and win one,” says Francis. “I’m proud of every one of our accomplishments so far, but I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t more motivated than ever to get our first win out of the way.”
“I’ve grown up in the stands at Toledo (Speedway) watching my older brother race – so to be able to break through for a win there would mean the world to me,” continues the rising star. “We’ve been preparing all Winter to make sure that we can hit the ground running as soon as our season starts. I’m excited to stand toe-to-toe with the best guys around and prove that I can hold my own.”
Toledo’s opener will also mark Francis’ first race behind the wheel of his newly-minted VanDoorn Racing Development chassis, after having struck a partnership with brothers Johnny and Butch VanDoorn late last season.
“It’s an honour to be behind the wheel of a VRD car because I know how well-built they are,” says Francis. “The type of craftsmanship that goes into these chassis is virtually second to none. I really believe that this new car is the last piece of the puzzle for us. We have everything we need right now to win races.”
While Francis’ complete 2019 schedule remains somewhat ambiguous in terms of when and where he’ll be racing throughout the season – there’s no question that the teenager is more than ready to apply every ounce of himself in order to craft a breakout year.
“We believe that we can really only focus on one race at a time – so I’m not looking at anything past Toledo on April 20th,” says Francis matter-of-factly. “Once we load up after Toledo, I’ll have a better idea of where we’re racing next and when it’ll be.”
“Our sole goal for this season is to race as much as we can and to put ourselves in a position to win races every single time the hauler leaves the shop. “I’ll put in whatever effort is necessary for us to make a name for ourselves. My goal is to work harder than anyone else – and that’s exactly what I’m going to do all season. I’m not afraid of any challenge. I’m ready for 2019.”
Support for Albert Francis’ 2019 season is provided by Francis Engineering, Eastern Excavating, Lawson’s Tree Service, Hemly Tool & Supply, A2Z Landscaping, Hanco Tool & Development and Legan Trucking.