Rookie Connor James Hopes to Make Instant Impact in Sunset Speedway Ltd. Late Model Division

Connor James
BRADFORD, ON – Perhaps the most interesting prospect to enter the Ltd. Late Model division in several seasons, well-travelled rising-star Connor James is full of confidence and armed with a slew of aspirations as he prepares to take on Sunset Speedway’s headline weekly division in 2018.

“This is something I’ve been preparing for for a long, long time,” smiles James. “We’ve come a long way with our program since we first started racing JCARS and Mini Stocks. Now, we’re finally at a place where we know we can come out and stand toe-to-toe with the best guys around and hold our own.”

“We take a lot of pride in what we do as a unit and I know that we have the knowledge and the equipment to come out and really put together some strong performances. I’m trying to drive to the front every night. It’s our first year in the division but that doesn’t mean that we’re going to go easy on ourselves.”

The son of former Ltd. Late Model regular Robert James, Connor grabbed headlines in 2017 by capturing ‘Rookie of the Year’ honours with both the Lucas Oil Sportsman Cup Series as well as the Ontario Modified Racing Series – setting up the considerable jump to weekly Late Model action this season.

“What we were able to do last season with the Modified and the Sportsman car was honestly a dream come true,” says the second-generation racer. “When you’re working around the clock on these cars all off-season, being able to put together a year like what we had is exactly what you’re thinking about.”

“I couldn’t be any prouder of what our team accomplished in 2017. Anytime I think about it, it’s been a huge motivator. We’re absolutely looking to follow-up that momentum with something even more special at Sunset.”

When asked how he sees his freshman campaign playing out, James maintains a clear vision of a strong rookie season that begins with an all-important showing during the season opener and continues throughout the year with an indefatigable will to win.

“Our team knows what we have to do right from opening night,” says James. “Just about every team on this roster has a driver with more laps in a Late Model than I do – but that doesn’t mean that we’re just going to roll over and quit.”

“We’re ready to put the time and effort in to make a name for ourselves,” continues the Bradford, ON racer. “My goal has always been to work harder than the person next to me – and that’s exactly what I’m going to have to do all season. We aren’t afraid of this challenge. We’re ready for whatever comes our way.”