ORILLIA, ON – After having dabbled in a limited number of Pro Late Model starts in the last two seasons, Taylor Holdaway hopes to establish himself as a legitimate threat in the division during the second annual Canadian Short Track Nationals at Jukasa Motor Speedway this weekend.
“My main goal this weekend is to come in and prove that our team can contend with some of the best programs in North America,” says Holdaway. “We believe that, with all of the work and time we’ve put into our stuff, that we belong out here with the best of the best. We’re not intimidated.”
The second-generation racer carved out a formidable reputation for himself as one the best Limited Late Model competitors of the modern era, during a stretch as a Sunset Speedway weekly racer that netted him a track championship and a bevy of feature victories.
Since shifting his focus to his Pro Late Model program, Holdaway has been hard at work hoping to build a team that can replicate that same success he experienced with his Limited Late Model.
“We want to make a name for ourselves with this car,” explains Holdaway. “I want to be able to prove to people that we can be successful in any division. At any racetrack. Coming to an event like this – at a track like Jukasa – is the perfect way to do that.”
“Anyone and everyone that we line up next to on Sunday will have gotten there through hard work. These are some of the best teams in North America. I’m really looking forward to proving that we’re good enough to give them a run.”
Sunday’s 250-lap $75,000 to win feature event will be the richest prize in the history of Ontario Pro Late Model racing. As a result of that, Holdaway knows that a strong run at Jukasa could very well be the highlight of his already impressive career.
“All that we accomplished in the Limited Late Model division was pretty amazing,” offers ‘Hollywood’. “Winning a track championship at Sunset, back when it was the truly the best speedway in the province, was one of the best moments of entire life.”
“With that being said – winning at Jukasa would be on a completely different level,” continues Holdaway. “This is a race that everyone takes notice of. People talked about the (2018) race for an entire year. That’s exactly the type of event we want to put our name on, making the field is our main goal and hopefully we are with striking distance at the end.”