CONN, ON – While Gary McLean and Crew Chief/Car Owner Greg Gibson have made it clear that their primary focus in 2019 will be their Super Late Model program, the multiple time OSCAAR Modified Tour champion confirmed this week that he’s nowhere near ready to step away from open-wheel competition entirely.
“If I’m being honest I really don’t think there’ll ever be a year where Greg and I aren’t racing a Modified at least a few times,” stated McLean. “We don’t really have a set schedule for our Mod this season but I can guarantee that we’ll be running the Rick Woolner Memorial on July 6th.”
Removed from his days of chasing points and contending for OSCAAR Tour championships, McLean will instead enter select events when his schedule and mood allow for it.
“Our (OSCAAR Modified Tour) schedule will pretty much be whenever the mood strikes us,” says the Conn, ON veteran. “Even a bad day in the Modified is better than a good day doing just about anything else. So, when we have an open Saturday and we feel like having some fun, you’ll see us.”
Long see as the uncontested face of Open Wheel Modified competition in Ontario, McLean’s hiatus from fulltime OSCAAR action has opened up the tour’s points chase in new ways – a fact that McLean believes can only help propel the tour to new heights.
“I think the tour is in real good hands with the roster it has right now,” McLean feels. “There is so much talent that’s ready to break through and I think the fans are in for an amazing season following the tour across the province.”
“When I first started out I knew that the only way I was ever going to get better was to race against the best competition around and try to learn from the guys that had been doing this for years,” continues McLean.
“I always wanted to have the opportunity to do the same for the newer drivers coming up after me. So, hopefully, when some of the younger guys are out there winning races this season they’ll be able to draw on a couple things that they picked up on racing with some of the more experienced guys like myself.”