Brooklin, ON- His entire racing career has been spent behind the wheel of full-fendered, short track stock cars…until now. With 2015 season openers scheduled to take their first green flags in just a few short weeks, “Cowboy” Dan Price is set to ride off in a different direction during his first season behind the wheel of a powerful OSCAAR Modified.
The 38 year old from Brooklin, Ontario – who now splits time between there and Hamilton due to the work commitments of his career as a powerline technician – will steer a General Motors crate engine powered open-wheeled piece from Troyer Engineering on the 14 event tour that rolls to the starting line Saturday, May 16 at Sunset Speedway.
Price says it’s both an exciting and nervous change in his racing plans.
“I’ve always been a fan of the modifieds, but other than watching the action, this will be my first exposure to the division,” said Price. “It’ll take some time to adjust to the different equipment, but one of my favourite aspects of the sport has always been the people and spending time with family and friends at the track. Everyone is always happy to pitch in, so I’m sure that’ll help accelerate the learning curve.”
In his career, Dan Price has gained experience in a number of classes, including Endurance, Late Model and Thunder Car racing at a variety of tracks. His classic 1957 Chevy Bel Air was a crowd favourite wherever he raced and the veteran campaigner finished third and fourth in the final 2013 and 2014 point standings at Peterborough Speedway. Even with the know-how he’s gained over the years, the driver who enjoys tinkering with hot rods and motorcycles in his time away from the track says one night stands out when compared to the rest.
“My first ever feature event win – last year at Peterborough – was the moment I’d been waiting more than 10 years for,” admitted Price. “I’d watched so many other people get to the Winner’s Circle over the years and I was beginning to wonder when it would be my turn. Being able to celebrate in victory lane with my wife Erin, daughter Cambrie and so many friends – especially on Fan Appreciation Night – made it an unforgettable occasion.”
Like most racers, Dan Price has a ‘bucket list’ and would enjoy attending events at a number of tracks, including Sandusky, New Smyrna and Wall Stadium. As a driver, he’d like to run an event on dirt and if his schedule and budget permit, there is a tentative plan to dust off the Thunder Car for a show or two at Brighton Speedway during the summer.
Getting his #09 machine to the track comes with the help of Andy Ford, James Wills, Kelly Balson and Price’s brother, Donovan who campaigns in Peterborough’s Mini Stock division. Sponsorship support for the 2015 calendar comes from returning backers Hy-Hope Farm Market and Golf Course, Langille’s Scrap Metal and A & T Mechanical. Cochrane Automotive has joined the team for the new season.
Fans can keep up to date with the team’s progress throughout the year, by liking Dan Price Racing at www.facebook.com.
Prepared by: Jim Clarke, Clarke Motorsports Communications/First Draft Media