BRAMPTON, ON – Long considered one of the constants of Sunset Speedway’s weekly action – in both the Super Stock and Ltd. Late Model divisions – third-generation racer Lane Zardo will look to branch out past weekly Saturday night racing in 2018, as he readies himself for his first three appearances with the wildly competitive APC United Late Model Series.
“Our main goal is to unload at these races and outwork every other team on the property,” says Zardo when asked his team’s strategy entering their trio of APC Series Pro Late Model events.
“I think that when you’re racing in a series like this – against the best possible competition – it can be real easy to start overthinking things,” continues the former Sunset Speedway Ltd. Late Model feature winner. “That’s not what we want to do. We’re going to keep things simple as much as we can.”
Long heralded for the depth of its talent roster and the magnitude of its events, the fourth-year series has attracted many of the top names in Ontario short track racing. Now, Zardo is more than ready to see just where he stacks up with the best of the best.
“I like to believe that I have it in me to perform at my best in big situations,” says the confident Brampton, ON native. “Every single [APC Series] race feels like a Crown Jewel. They all have that energy to them. That’s one of the things I’m most excited about.”
“When the pressure is on – it brings out the best in me as a racer,” adds Zardo. “I’m really excited to be face to face with the type of competition that the APC Series attracts. It’s going to be a huge test for what I can do behind the wheel of a racecar.”
And while he’s spent the entirety of his Sunset Speedway career racing for his family’s team – owned and operated by grandfather Bill Zardo – this season’s trio of Pro Late Model outings will provide ‘The Thrillbilly’ the opportunity to work with Mike McColl’s lauded McColl Racing Enterprises outfit.
“The chance to work with Mike [McColl] and his guys is absolutely something to be excited about,” notes Zardo. “Racing is so much more than just having good equipment. You need to have the knowledge and the research surrounding you.”
“Mike and his team are the best of the best when it comes to being on the cutting edge of where the [short track racing] industry is heading. I know I’m going to be able to learn a lot from them that I’ll be able to carry with me after these three races are finished.”