WATERDOWN, ON – This weekend’s Autumn Colours Classic will mark the end of the 2017 season for racers across Ontario. However, for veteran Gary Elliott, the three-day weekend will mark an even more important moment – his 800th consecutive career Ontario Short Track start, Which started back in 1987.Also giving the “IronMan” 1246 total nights and just under 2800 combined races.
Sunday’s feature will mark 40-consecutive seasons of 100% attendance for the Waterdown, ON racer, with Elliott in pursuit of his 40th career feature win.
“I appreciate very much all the support I’ve had over the years from my wife, my children, crew, fans, sponsors. promoters, chassis builders and competitors,” says Elliott in reference to his stories career. “God has been awesome bringing all these people into my life’.
The former Canadian Vintage Modified Series champion will enter Sunday’s OSCAAR Modified Series contest 4th in the Championship points standings with an outside chance of tallying a first career OSCAAR title – for his third career championship overall.
“It would be nothing short of an honour to call myself an OSCAAR [Modified Series] champion,” says the Quaker State-sponsored racer. “The level of competition on this tour is almost unparalleled. These are truly some of the best teams in the country. If we can come together as a program and find a way to beat them, it would speak volumes about our dedication and ability.”
And, even with a resume that now boasts 800 career races, Elliott is already looking ahead to a full time effort in 2018 to continue his long-tenured time in the sport.
“I am so blessed with good health and still love to race as much as I did when I started. It’s a little tougher now at 70, but I’m hoping to race a few more years and make more great memories in this awesome journey”.