BRADFORD, ON – After a whirlwind 2017 campaign that saw him claim Rookie of the Year honours with both the Lucas Oil Sportsman Cup Series as well as the Ontario Modified Racing Series, rising star Connor James is hard at work to prepare what he hopes will be an equally-impressive follow up in 2018.
Having already confirmed that his team plans to formulate an aggressive cross-province schedule this year – expected to include events in The Limited Late Model Division and Lucas Oil Sportsman Cup Series – James hinted this week that the team is actively pursuing a chance to enter their first ever NASCAR Pinty’s Series event.
“Being a part of the [NASCAR] Pinty’s Series is something I’ve wanted to experience since the first laps I ever made in a Mini Stock,” explains James. “In a lot of ways, it’s the pinnacle of racing in our country, and I know that our team wants to be a part of that. I’m really hoping that we can make this happen in 2018.”
While the family-owned operation has not yet put pen to paper on solidifying a possible series appearance, James has already earmarked the facility he hopes to debut at.
“We’re close on a few deals right now but nothing is concrete yet,” says the second-generation racer. “We don’t have a list of tracks to choose from yet – but I would absolutely love to compete at Jukasa [Motor Speedway]. It’s Canada’s crown jewel. And, right now, it’s the spot where everyone wants to be. There’s no more exciting place in the country to make a debut at.”
In addition to his burgeoning NASCAR Pinty’s Series obligations, James continues to work closely with team members and marketing partners as the 2018 season quickly approaches.
“I don’t think we’ve had a single day this off-season where we haven’t been working towards improving this program in one way or another,” boasts the personable teenager. “Between meeting with sponsors, putting together racecars and preparing myself for the season, it’s taken up just about every spare minute I’ve had since October.”
“But I wouldn’t have it any other way,” adds James. “This is what it takes to be successful. We understand that we’re only going to get what we put in. And we’re more than ready to work as hard as we need to.”