HAMILTON, ON – After a part-time collaboration in 2017, former Super Stock division standout Marty Monette will once again drive for Car Owner Craig Ellis in a fulltime OSCAAR Modified Tour effort this season.
The Hamilton, ON native has committed to the full 14-race schedule with hopes of challenging for his first ever division championship.
“I couldn’t be happier to be back with Craig Ellis and his team,” beams the Modified sophomore. “Opportunities to run for a program like this don’t come along every day”
“Craig took a chance on me last year and stuck with me through a lot of ups-and-downs,” continues Monette. “I appreciate that kind of loyalty more than anything. I feel like I owe Craig a few performances to get excited about this season – and I plan on coming out and making that happen.”
After an off-season full of work, Monette sees a much-improved tandem that’s ready to tackle whatever the 2018 tour season throws at it.
“There’s no doubt in my mind that our program is far better than it was at this time last year,” says Monette. “It was a huge adjustment to go from a Super Stock to an [Open Wheel] Modified. There was a learning curve – for me as a driver and for the team. There was a lot we have to work through.”
And, with some cautious apprehension, Monette could even see the sophomore team throwing their name in the ring for a shot at the 2018 OSCAAR Modified Tour championship. However, he’s well aware of what grade of talent they must navigate in order to be in striking distance of the points title come September.
“There are a dozen guys on this roster with a chance at the championship – and I’d like to think that we’re one of them,” says Monette. “We’ll need to be on top of our game every week. But, that’s why we’re here. We’re excited about the challenge and we’re really looking forward to testing ourselves against the Luke Gignacs and the Gary McLeans of the division.”
“Iron sharpens iron,” continues the multi-time Super Stock division winner. “You’re never going to know where you stack up until you go against the elite-level talent. And, that’s where we’re at this season. We’ll be ready for these guys on opening night.”