BRAMPTON, ON – Former Sunset Speedway Super Stock champion Lane Zardo will return to the APC United Late Model Series in 2018, after having made his series debut in a one-off appearance at Jukasa Motor Speedway in 2017.
Zardo will enter a trio of races in 2018, piloting a McColl Racing Enterprises chassis in Round 1 at Sunset Speedway on May 19th, Round 8 at Jukasa Speedway on July 29th and at Delaware Speedway.
“I couldn’t have picked three better races for us to be a part of next season,” smiles Zardo. “I’m excited to run Sunset because it’s been my home for so long, being at Jukasa last season was one of the best experiences of my life and I’ve always wanted to race at Delaware. It’s a perfect schedule for us. I can’t wait to get it started.”
While Zardo is no stranger to top-level competition, having won races in Sunset Speedway’s talent-laden Super Stock and Ltd. Late Model divisions, he credits the APC Series roster with pushing a pace that’s simply a cut above the average weekly racer.
“These are the teams that make you better when you race against them,” observes ‘The Thrillbilly’. “They’re all well-prepared. They’re well educated on how these cars work and they’re well-versed on what they need to do to get the most out of their equipment. You can’t fall asleep on guys like that for a minute.”
“The level of preparedness when you’re racing the tour and the kind of strategy that you need to use is way different than weekly racing,” continues Zardo. “It’s just another animal. It’s a lot different from what we’ve been doing for years – but it’s something we’re excited to take on.”
And although Zardo will give up the experience edge when it comes to both Pro Late Model and extended distance competition to most – if not all – of the drivers on the APC Series roster, the third-generation star is not allowing that to keep him from carrying lofty expectations into these three races.
“This tour is the hottest thing in the province right now – so of course we want to make sure we’re at our best when we run with these guys,” insists Zardo. “It takes a lot of money and a lot of preparation just to start one of these races, so we’re definitely not coming just to be seen and to make laps.”
“I mean, yah, these guys are some of the absolute best of the best in Ontario right now – but my team has been racing against tough competition my whole career,” adds the Brampton, ON native. “We have three chances this season to show that we absolutely belong with the rest of these guys. We’re not taking that for granted. We’re looking to get to the front before it’s all said and done.”