WOODVILLE, ON – Fresh off of winning his third Peterborough Speedway Thunder Car championship in four years, provincial heavyweight Anthony DiBello has announced he has acquired an Open Wheel Modified to field in 2018.
“We’ve spent the last couple months talking about what direction we wanted to go in for 2018,” explains DiBello. “The [Open Wheel] Modifieds seemed like the perfect fit for us.”
“It’s a huge step for our team – but it’s something we’re excited about,” adds the Woodville, ON product. “In a lot of ways we’re starting from scratch with this car. It’s a challenge for us. But I can’t wait to see where we stack up against the rest of these guys and how quickly we can get up to speed against them.”
DiBello purchased his new ride from former OSCAAR standout TJ Woolsey and admits he has not yet firmed up a schedule for 2018, but chances are he could find himself splitting time between the OSCAAR Modified Tour and Ontario Modified Racing Series.
“The Modifieds are as exciting as any other division in the province right now,” offers the second-generation star. “There’s a ton of talent running these cars right now and it feels like the division grows every single year. It’s something we’ve wanted to be a part of for a while now.”
“I haven’t really narrowed down a schedule for one tour or the other,” adds DiBello. “There’s a good chance we’ll just pick and choose and run both tours on and off through the Summer.”
However, despite his latest acquisition, DiBello insists his team will not be shutting down their wildly successful Thunder Car program – even if they won’t have the chance to campaign the car on a fulltime basis.
“We’re not ready to walk away from the Thunder Car division entirely,” says DiBello with a smile. “I’m not really sure how many races we’ll run with it next year – it might be one or two or it might be a dozen. We haven’t decided yet.”
“But we’re definitely not done with it,” continues the 3-time Peterborough Speedway champion. “And if we aren’t racing for points, we’ll be looking to win every single time we have the car out of the trailer.”