Orono, ON (April 29, 2015)- There are some things you never need to tell a racecar driver.
Whether they’re taking a green flag at Daytona, Indianapolis or the local weekly short track, they’ll always know the date and location of their next race. With his 2015 season underway, Danny Benedict is showing his stuff on a brand new track in a rebuilt car.
After earning his reputation and feature event wins at Kawartha and Peterborough Speedways since making the transition from go karts to stock cars, the youngster from Orono, Ontario is a regular at Sunset Speedway. The driver known as ‘The Showstopper’ says he’s looking forward to the next challenges in his racing career.
“Dad and I made some great friends while running at Peterborough and I’m sure we’ll get back there a time or two throughout the year,” said Danny Benedict, who recently finished his first year of studies in the Powerline Technician course at Algonquin College in Ottawa. “We ran at Sunset a couple of times last season and had some decent shows. It was time to do something different, so we decided to make the change.”
After running Honda Civic and Prelude Mini Stock rides in the past, the team introduced a rear-wheel drive Ford Mustang at the start of last year and while they experienced some issues early in the going, the #54 machine was turning heads at a number of different tracks before the end of the schedule. As they head into the next campaign, team owner Doug Benedict says some substantial changes were made to their equipment.
“First off, we updated the front end of the car with a new nose piece and grill work,” said the driver’s father. “From there, we followed some advice we got from Dan McHattie when he saw the car at Kawartha. We won some races, but the car was heavier than it needed to be. Dan showed us some areas where we could make some changes and lighten things up. When someone who has as much experience as Dan McHattie points out things to change, you pay attention.”
“Next, it was time to get some help under the hood and former OSCAAR Super Late Model driver John Owen stepped-up to put together some reliable horsepower that’ll keep us in action throughout the season.”
The final touches came in the form of a bright new design for the revamped Benedict Racing piece. Sponsorship for 2015 will come from Dent Dynamics, Wallace Auto Supply – Carquest, Mayhew Graphics, Mark Rainford Auto Sales, Camsport Truck Caps & Accessories, B & W Enterprises, Kim Irwin of Irwin Tax, Baudo Auto Services, Hoy’s Garage, Mayhew Auto and Clarke Motorsports Communications.
“We’ve been working hard; but smart since last year’s final checkered flag,” said Danny Benedict. “There will always be something that needs to be done, but we’ll be ready to run with the leaders as soon as the car rolls out of the hauler every single week.”.
Prepared by: Jim Clarke, Clarke Motorsports Communications/First Draft Media