BRADFORD, ON – Following a very active 2017 season that saw him behind the wheel of a number of different racecars, rising prospect Connor James has started to lay the groundwork for what he hopes will he an equally impressive follow-up campaign in 2018.
“If everything works out the way I’m hoping it will – we’re going to do a little bit of everything next season,” explains James. “But, right now, my main focus is on the [Lucas Oil] Sportsman Series and winning the championship. We’ve built an awesome team and have great equipment – I really believe we’ll have something this year to contend for that title.”
The second-generation racer claimed Rookie of the Year honours with the Lucas Oil Sportsman Series in 2017, in addition to Rookie of the Year honours with the Ontario Modified Racing Series and an impressive Pro Late Model debut at Peterborough’s Autumn Colours Classic.
Moving forward, James hopes to continue garnering as much experience as possible in different series and at different venues.
“We’ll be racing as much as we possibly can this summer,” offers the up-and-comer. “If we can put together enough sponsorship, we’ll be on track every weekend in something.”
“That’s the number one way we’re going to keep improving as a team,” adds James with a smile. “I’m hoping to be fulltime in a Sportsman car and then do as many OSSCAR Series events as I can. From there – we might even add a Pro Late Model or [NASCAR] Pinty’s Series race if we can find the sponsorship.”
The son of former Late Model racer Rob James, Connor credits his father with providing him the opportunities to establish himself as one of Ontario’s most exciting prospects.
“None of this would ever have been possible without my Dad,” insists the younger James. “I really and truly could not possibly thank him enough. This has all been a dream come true because of him.”
“Being at the speedway with him all last Summer was amazing,” continues the recent high school graduate. “I just want to keep giving my Dad something to get excited about and hope that our team can put together the results that we need for him to be proud.”