SHALLOW LAKE, ON – Following a Sauble Speedway Thunder Car championship near-miss in 2017, front-runner Jake Zevenbergen has committed to reformatting his family-owned team with plans of returning better than ever to chase the division’s 2018 title.
“This division doesn’t ever get any easier – so we’ve been working all Winter to make sure we’ll be better than ever for opening night,” says the second-generation racer.
“The new rules package is going to make everyone’s car a little better – and the first team that really gets it figured out is going to be the car to beat. It’s going to take some experimenting and research, for sure. We can’t be afraid to take some big swings this season.”
In a rapidly evolving class, the Shallow Lake, ON racer expects to be challenged more than ever before – but the 25-year old is ready to outwork and outthink his competition.
“The only way that any driver on this roster is going to stand a chance at running for the championship is if they’re prepared for every single race,” explains Zevenbergen.
“You have to unload with your best stuff and survive every lap from start to finish. It’s real easy to get into incidents on-track and then get caught up in the drama and the retaliation. But, that’s exactly what’s going to work against you when it comes to chasing points.”
“At the end of the day – winning a championship is all about self-discipline. If you have the discipline to get in the shop every night then you’re going to be a lot better of on race day. And, if you have the self-discipline to not let emotions impact you on race day, then you’ll be a lot better off in the standings.”