HAMILTON, ON – Well-travelled journeyman Steve Book had himself a storybook season in 2019.
The longtime weekly racer turned OSCAAR Hot Rod Series touring regular has had a career that has stretched over three decades and taken his family-operated team clear across Ontario. However, after hundreds of hours spent travelling and thousands of laps logged, it could be argued that his 2019 campaign was one of his best ever.
“We built a brand new car for this season and I’m not sure we could have ever expected it to work as well as it did right off the hop,” says Book with pride. “From start to finish this car has been a rocket this season. Everywhere we’ve taken it. I can’t say enough about Jordan Lawrence and Mike McColl for how quickly they helped point our team in the right direction.”
“To end our year in victory lane at ‘the Classic’ is unbelievable,” adds the Hamilton, ON native. “It’s been a couple of days and I’m still at a loss for words. I’m humbled by it, that’s for sure.”
The victory marked Book’s fourth of the OSCAAR Hot Rod Series season, with the Hamilton, ON-based racer locking up second place in the tour’s points standings behind champion Tyler Hawn.
“I enjoyed racing with Tyler and his team all season,” says Book. “I’d like to think that we put on a show together at every track we visited. I’ll race with him anytime because he doesn’t give you any easy laps. He makes every single race as tough on you as possible – and that’s what makes it fun.”
“This has been the type of season that you dream about from the first moment you learn how to do up a set of lap belts. Every battle on track, every win, every night in the shop – they’re all moments I’m grateful for. This was one of the most fun years of my entire career.”
Book will now set about preparations for his 2020 return to the Hot Rod Series tour, as the series continues to gain steam and attract new competitors.
“This roster has a stronger base of talent than its ever had,” says the well-spoken veteran. “Every team on this roster pushed us every single weekend to get better and better. It was a battle this year and I can guarantee that it won’t be any easier moving forward.”
“There are teams coming out from every corner of the province to be a part of this tour. It’s a blast being a part of this because it’s pretty quickly becoming a series that everybody wants to be a part of.”