BELMONT, ON – Although Delaware Speedway’s scheduled has been hampered by rain as much as any other speedway in Ontario this season, Pro Late Model rookie Gary Adriaensen has not allowed the wet weather to slow his improvement as he works to continues his foray into the speedway’s headline division.
“We’ve been rained out 3 out of 4 nights so far but that hasn’t really kept us from working at all,” laughs the multi-time Super Stock winner. “Even if we aren’t racing we’re constantly working to find more.”
“We’ve been out to the track to practice more than we’ve been there to actually race and I’m not sure I’d change that if I could. The thought is that all those (practice) laps are going to pay off in the long run.”
Adriaensen was a stand-out in Delaware’s Truck division as well as its perennially talented Super Stock class prior to moving to the Pro Late Model realm and, while his new endeavour is markedly different from anything he’s experienced thus far, he hopes to continue investing time and effort in order to find the same level of familiarity he’s had in years past.
“My entire career has been on leaf springs so understanding all of the different adjustments available to us and how each one affects the car is what we’ve been working on during our practice nights,” explains the personable veteran.
“Seat time is always important – and there’s no question that the more experience I gain behind the wheel will pay dividends in race conditions – but I believe that having an understanding of the car itself is equally important.”
“We want to be prepared for any track conditions,” adds Adriaensen. “No matter what’s thrown at us, we want to have an answer for it. The entire team is eager to keep learning and nothing is going to be ‘good enough’ until we understand this car inside and out.”
This Saturday, Adriaensen will look to further establish himself as a freshman worthy of note, as Delaware hosts a 50-lap Pro Late Model showcase in conjunction with the much-anticipated visit of the ISMA Supermodifieds.
“No matter what division I’ve been in I’ve always looked forward to the longer races,” explains the Belmont, ON racer. “I truly enjoy having the opportunity to take my time and work my way through traffic methodically. It’s much more of a chess match. Saturday will be all about saving our equipment in the early laps in order for it to be there when we need it at the end.”
Gary Adriaensen’s 2019 season is made possible thanks to the support of Dowler-Karn Fuels, Bumper to Bumper, London Drive Systems, Guild Electric, Doxtator Property Maintenance, EPIC Racewear, Speedpro Imaging, Century 21 – Murray Mugford, Wix Filters Canada, Raybestos Canada, Fastenal and Cabral Racing Promotions.