NORTH BAY, ON – Spend any amount of time speaking with OSCAAR Hot Rod Series freshman Jeremy McLean and you’ll understand in an instance just how he feels about his move from weekly Mini Stock racing to travelling the province with the second-year Hot Rod tour.
“Man, if this division had come along five years ago I’m sure we would have found a way to put something together for it,” smiles McLean. “I have never once regretted our decision to build this car. I love everything this [OSCAAR Hot Rod] Series is about.”
“You have a lot more room to think and adapt with this rules package,” continues the former Barrie Speedway Mini Stock feature winner. “It’s awesome having the freedom to bring some ingenuity to your program. I think that’s why you’ve seen so many guys flock to this tour and that’s why you’re going to keep seeing this tour grow.”
And, although mechanical woes have largely dominated the first month of McLean’s season, the North Bay, ON driver has not allowed the results sheet to dictate how much enjoyment he’s found in his new endeavour.
“Racing is all about ups and downs no matter what division you’re in,” offers the Rookie of the Year contender. “But, so far, with this [OSCAAR Hot Rod Series] deal even the low-points have been fun. I’ve enjoyed literally every single night I’ve spent working on, driving or staring at this car. I’ve grenaded gear sets out of this thing and jumped out with a smile on my face. It’s the most fun I’ve ever had in my whole life.”
Looking ahead, McLean sees each night as a learning opportunity – particularly those in which his team has found out what not to do.
“The best way to learn how to do anything is to get your ass kicked at it,” jokes McLean. “I’ve learned more from the bad nights than I’ve had in this car than I have from any of the good nights in the Mini Stock.”
“We’re just building a notebook on what we know works and what doesn’t,” continues the likeable rookie. “It’s all trial and error. The bottom line is – we’re struggling less and less every time this car comes off the trailer. So, if we’re learning and we’re having fun at the same time, then I’d definitely say that our season has been a success so far.”