NEWCASTLE, ON – Following a strong 2018 return to Open Wheel Modified competition that yielded a 4th-place finish in the Ontario Modified Racing Series championship standings, second-generation star Chad Strawn is already planning for an even bigger campaign in 2019.
The Newcastle, ON native returned from a three-year hiatus in 2018 to tally an OMRS event victory as well as a number of top-5 finishes, and will work closely with Hall of Famer Junior Hanley to ensure that his 2019 season is even more of a success.
“I’m not sure there are many guys across this entire sport that would turn down the opportunity to work with Junior [Hanley],” smiles Strawn. “It’s something that I never imagined that I would have the chance to experience – so it’s a dream come true in just about every conceivable way.”
Strawn’s Eibach Springs-backed outfit will campaign the same chassis they fielded throughout 2018 – although it will include significant upgrades and alterations courtesy of Hanley.
“The car that we ran all year (in 2018) was basically built from the ground up by (GTA Racing Design founder) Graham Annis and Graham Flett,” explains the soft-spoken standout. “I felt as though we made a lot of headway with it throughout the season. So, when we wrecked bad at (Peterborough Speedway’s Autumn Colours Classic), I knew that I didn’t want to completely walk away from the car we’d been tweaking on for a whole year.”
“But, once we got talking with Junior [Hanley], he suggested that we keep the same car and just redesign it for the 2019 season. Once we got working and brainstorming, one thing led to another, and now we essentially have a brand new car ready for Opening Night. Nothing is the same from what we had when we raced in October.”
The redesigned and reinvented Strawn Motorsports No. 77 will follow the entirety of the 2019 OSCAAR Modified Series schedule, with Chad’s Father Brian Strawn once again riding shotgun in a pivotal leadership position with the team.
“I wouldn’t be where I am today if my Dad hadn’t put me in a race car in 2008 – so I couldn’t be happier to have him back on the road with us this year,” notes Strawn. “I’m looking forward to chasing down some checkered flags this year and seeing if we can’t work our way into a position to contend for a championship by the time the season is all said and done.”
Chad Strawn’s 2019 efforts will he made possible thanks to the support of Eibach Springs, Marcor Automotive, Taunton Tire, KONI, Restoration Co., McGowan Insulation, Terco Construction, Walton Restoration, D&F Insulation, Biggs and Narciso, Niagara Powder Coaters, Wickens Dry Ice Blasting, AEOC Groups, Abatement Technologies, Bourque Transmission, GTAs Finest Restoration, Martech, Greenstream Environmental, I&I Construction, Lesco, Dan McHattie Racecars, AVL Signs and Designs, Dry It Advanced Dry Restoration and Inspection Channel.