KITCHENER, ON – Longtime short track standout Tim Ellis announced this week that the 2019 race season – his 35th spent competing in Ontario – will be his final spent behind the wheel of a racecar.
Ellis’ season will be spent at Sauble Speedway, with the veteran contender focusing on the facility’s upstart Pro Late Model division in addition to the pair of APC United Late Model Series events scheduled at Sauble.
“I’ve been doing this since 1984 and I’m really not sure that I could have asked for much more,” smiles Ellis. “This sport has given me a lot of highs and has helped me meet some amazing people. I wouldn’t trade all of those memories for anything and now I’m excited to make sure that the 2019 season is one of the best I’ve ever had.”
The Kitchener, ON native will compete at Sauble and is confident in the team’s chances of contending for wins and walking away from the sport on a high-note.
“This is a fantastic team with elite-level equipment,” details Ellis. “If we aren’t able to put together some wins then I can promise you that it will not be because all the time put in to give us everything we needed to succeed.”
“We aren’t trying to just come out and take part in some races just to say that we were there,” continues the well-spoken veteran. “We’re here to win races. Our team is every bit as competitive as we’ve always been. August 24th is going to be our last race ever – but that doesn’t mean we aren’t going to be fighting like hell for every single lap right up until that point.”
When asked about the emotions associated with his impending retirement, it’s evident that Ellis has put great thought into his decision.
“I can say with complete sincerity that just about every moment of my time as a driver has been a dream come true,” explains Ellis. “I started out my career racing for my Dad – who turns 80 this year and is still a huge part of my racing program – It’s been an incredible ride.”
“This isn’t something that I just woke up one morning and decided on,” adds the multi-time event winner. “It’s always going to be tough to walk away from something you have love and passion for. I grew up at the speedway and I can’t remember a time when I didn’t have a desire to be a racecar driver.”
“I’ve always felt that there would come a time that I would know to step away. I wanted to walk away at a time when I knew I could still contend and win races. There are more talented young drivers contending now than ever – and the time has come for me to step back and watch them chase after their dreams just like I did at their age.”