SAULT STE MARIE, ON – Journeyman Jordan Sims has spent more than his share of hours in the front seat of his team’s hauler, rumbling down highways across the Midwestern and Southeastern United States and, most recently, every corner of Southern Ontario.
Sims was a regular fixture in Crate Late Model racing in the United States close to a decade ago, spending full seasons with the now defunct ASA Late Model Series in 2009 and 2010 before graduating to sporadic Super Late Model starts from 2011 to 2014.
After a brief reprieve from competition to focus on affairs away from racing, Sims returned to the fold with a rookie campaign on the APC United Late Model Series tour in 2018. Earning a top-5 and three top-10’s in 6 starts with the tour, Sims went home to Sault Ste. Marie last winter intent on retrofitting his program to return to the tour better than ever in 2019.
“Almost all the tracks we were racing at (in 2018) were new for me, so we really had no clue what to expect there,” admits Sims. “We’d unload, get as many laps of practice as we could and then race to stay out of trouble, pass some cars and dodge the wrecks. We stayed out of all the craziness and ended up putting together some good runs.”
“But it gave us a good place to build from,” adds Sims. “From there, we got together with Mike McColl (of McColl Racing Enterprises) and his team and really found a package that we knew would give us a chance to come out in 2019 and contend and be relevant from one week to the next.”
Sims hit the ground running in 2019, finding success immediately with a first career APC Series win in Round 1 of the season at Sunset Speedway. From there, he went on to tally a total of three top-10s with two top-5s to finish 11th in the final points standings.
“We knew that we had a car that we could be really happy about – but to get that confirmation right off the bat – that was a big moment for us,” notes Sims.
“Your car has to be dead-on to come out and run with these teams. I’m proud of what we’re building with this deal because I know that we’re just starting to scratch the surface with it.”
Sims plans on returning to the tour fulltime in 2020, with his sights set on improving his tour performance once more against the top Pro Late Model programs in the province.
“This team is good enough to win a championship on this tour,” insists Sims. “That’s our high-water mark. We’re not going to be happy with just being decent enough to contend for a win or two every season.”
“We want to keep pushing. Improvement from 2018 to 2019 was huge and I know that we can keep that going. We’ll be there for Round 1 next season and the goal will be to be better than we’ve ever been on this tour.”