BRAMPTON, ON – A few weeks after confirming that his family-owned team plans to compete in a trio of APC United Late Model Series events throughout the 2018 season, Lane Zardo has announced that he will also race fulltime with the upstart Great Lakes Concrete Limited Late Model Series.
The six-race mini-series will split events between Sunset Speedway and Sauble Speedway and is expected to draw some of the best Ltd. Late Model fields of the season.
“I think these will definitely be the six Ltd. Late Model races that will have the most attention on them all year,” says Zardo.
“We knew that we couldn’t do the Pro Late [Model] deal and still run 18-20 races in a Limited Late [Model]. Everyone always talks about ‘only running big races next season.’ This is my shot for that. We wanted to pick the races that we felt were going to be the most important – and that’s what this series was able to do.”
With an elite-level talent pool and a shortened schedule, Zardo is well aware of the pressures associated with what he hopes will he the pursuit of a first career Ltd. Late Model championship for his family’s long-running Zardo Racing outfit.
“When you only have six races to collect points – you really can’t make a mistake or have a slow start,” offers the third-generation racer. “You need to unload with your best stuff right from the start. You can’t take a lap off. And you definitely don’t have the luxury of a bad night.”
And, despite a 2017 season wrought with poor fortune, Zardo insists his team is ready to return to their winning ways in 2018.
“If it wasn’t for bad luck we wouldn’t have had any at all last year,” stats ‘The Thrillbilly’. “It is what it is though, man. Last year i blew my engine, and on the long road home my brother blew a tire in his hauler. Needless to say, me and my grandfather had the engine out before he was home. We refused to quit.”
“We’ve got a lot of winning in front of us,” continues Zardo. “The goal is to unload with everything we have on the table the first night out. As long as we can stay out of trouble, I’m confident we’ll be in the conversation come championship night.”