ALLISTON, ON – 2016 Sunset Speedway MIGHTY Division champion Johnny Paradzinski will transition into the burgeoning Outlaw Midget series in 2018, with hopes of tallying the cross-province tour’s Rookie of the Year championship.
“I guess I just like to keep people guessing,” laughs Paradzinski on his surprising new endeavour. “We didn’t really have this planned out but the perfect opportunity just fell in our lap. It’s really exciting. This is something brand new for me but I can’t even explain how much I’m looking forward to opening night.”
Paradzinski purchased a car from former series champion Robin McLean and plans to work with the perennial contender throughout his freshman season to work his way into contention as quickly as possible.
“Robin’s stuff is top-shelf and it’s already been a complete pleasure to deal with him,” smiles the Alliston, ON native. “I’m looking forward to picking his brain as much as I can to try and figure out the ‘dos’ and ‘don’ts’ of these cars.”
And while moving from Mini Stock racing to scale-cars is far from a traditional career trajectory, Paradzinski is confident his family-owned team is up to the task of conquering their new division.
“I’m not sure there’s anything I’ve experienced so far that’s going to cross over to the Midget,” explains the multi-time Sunset Speedway feature winner. “But – that’s what makes this so exciting. It’s like hitting the ‘RESET’ button on my race career. I’m starting from scratch all over again.”
“We’re going to come out and get our bearings early in the season and then just see where things take us,” adds Paradzinski. “This is a super, super deep roster. They have a tonne or drivers that have been winning races for a real long time. So, it’s up to us to do everything we can to get on that level. No matter what.”