LEFROY, ON – When news of the brand new Ontario Super Late Model Series hit speed shops across the province last week, teams and insiders across the land began to speculate as to which drivers would be the first to jump on board and commit to the inaugural tour.
Longtime OSCAAR Super Late Model Series regular Roy Passer announced today that he intends to follow the entirety of the nine-race tour and offered his full support to helping the division bounce back after a pair of rough seasons.
“I have a lot of confidence in what the [speedway owners] are trying to do with this new series,” says Passer. “In a lot of ways it’s felt like Super Late Model racing in Ontario had lost its way these last few years. This is a step in the right direction. We need to get everyone back on the same page again.”
“I’ll do everything I can to make sure our car is at every race [in 2018],” continues the Lefroy, ON native. “We didn’t have a chance to race nearly as much as I would have liked to last season, so our whole team is ready to make up for some lost time.”
Passer feels as though the abbreviated 9-event schedule is a good fit for the division and should bring back a number of drivers that have watched from the sidelines in recent seasons.
“Nine races is a perfect number for these kind of race cars,” explains the Jenco Equipment-backed driver. “These cars are incredibly expensive to run and they require a ton of upkeep.”
“These aren’t weekly cars. A shorter schedule is going to give you bigger fields and better racing. Guys have been asking for that for a while now and it’s great that we have promoters now that are listening to us.”
And though Passer saw action less than a handful of times in 2017, he remains confident that his family-run team is ready and able to throw their name in the mix for the first ever Ontario Super Late Model Series championship.
“Right now we’re 100% focused on running for that championship,” smiles Passer. “We’ve got our equipment where we need it now and our team definitely hasn’t forgotten how to fight for wins.”
“We’re hoping for a real big season,” continues the second-generation racer. “This tour is going to breathe some new life into this division and I’m hoping our team can be right at the forefront of that.”