WINDSOR, ON – Following a very strong showing during Delaware Speedway’s Pro Late Model opener on May 24th, third-generation racer Ray Morneau is more ready than ever to go ‘trophy hunting’ in his second Delaware appearance of 2019 this Saturday.
The Windsor, ON native tallied a pair of 4th place finishes in May 24th’s twin feature event, building himself a solid base from which to work throughout his 2019 rookie campaign.
“Man I don’t mind admitting that I smiled the entire way home (after opening night),” laughs Morneau. “We weren’t quite sure what to expect when we unloaded that afternoon but I think our entire team was happy with how the night ended up playing out.”
“We were too tight in the first feature so we made an adjustment and that just freed us up too much for the second (feature),” explains the well-spoken teenager. “It gave us some great data, though. That’s one of the most important parts. We left the speedway with a ton of confidence and a lot of notes that are going to help us improve all Summer.”
For Morneau – a student of the game in every sense – being able to start strong on Night 1 and contend with some of the biggest names in the Pro Late Model division meant the world.
“To say that I was out there battling for position with a guy like Jamie Cox is an unbelievable feeling,” smiles Morneau. “Jamie’s run well in everything he’s ever raced. He’s won some huge events. We were battling for third for a long time (in feature number two) and that showed me just how healthy our program is right now.”
“I’m proud of what we’ve built in the off-season and I believe we’re trending in the right direction. I know that this division is going to be humbling because it gets tougher every week. But, we’re in it for the long haul I promise.”
With a pair of solid finishes to his credit, Morneau knows that his team is capable of climbing closer to a podium finish this Saturday.
“We’re not even thinking about taking our foot off the gas after Opening Night,” explains the rising star. “Our number one goal is to build this package up to where we can be in the mix every single time we hit the track. We’re a long way from that right now but I know we have the groundwork laid for it.”
“This is a deep roster that we’re racing against night-in and night-out and I know that the guys we’re competing with are going to push me to improve all year. Saturday is the next step. I learned a lot (on May 24th) and I’m really looking forward to putting those lessons to good use.”