WOODVILLE, ON – Three-time Peterborough Speedway Thunder Car champion Anthony DiBello will make his much-anticipated Open Wheel Modified debut this Saturday, as his hometrack plays host to the opening round of the Ontario Modified Racing Series’ 2018 campaign.
“Saturday is going to be the first step on a long road – and I couldn’t be happier that we’re debuting this car at home,” explains DiBello when asked his mindset ahead of Saturday’s contest. “This is a huge challenge for our team, but I know that it’s something we’re ready for.”
“I have a lot of respect for the teams we’re matched up against this season, because I know just how much time and effort they’re investing in their program. This is a tour that I think we have a real good chance of fitting in with.”
A graduate of Mosport Speedway’s former 6 or Less division, DiBello has become a recent fixture at the top of Peterborough’s Thunder Car division. But, despite his awe-inspiring success in a full-bodied racecar, DiBello is well aware that the move to Open Wheel competition represents an entirely new chapter in his career.
“This is a tough division from top to bottom – and it might take a lot of work for us to break into the front of the field,” says the multi-time champion. “We’ve never ever been afraid of work. And we’re absolutely not afraid of doing things the hard way. So, we’re ready for anything that comes our way on Saturday. No matter what happens, I’m positive it’s going to make us better as a team.”
The fan favourite also makes sure to credit the Ontario Modified Racing Series roster and the challenge they’re likely to represent throughout DiBello’s freshman foray with the cross-province tour.
“I’ve never raced with [the OMRS] but I’ve seen a lot of their races,” says the Woodville, ON native. “There isn’t a driver on that roster that’s out there to give you a single inch. They’re all there to win. They’re going to make it hard on us – which is something I’m real excited for.”
“I don’t think you could say our team has ever lucked into anything,” continues DiBello with a laugh. “We always seem to have to do everything the hard way. So, we’re not too concerned with what the numbers and the stats say this season.”
“We just want to get a feel for this car and look like we belong with the rest of these teams out there. Once we have that, we’ll see what we can do to pick up a win or two.”