SPENCERVILLE, ON (June 02, 2021)- Jeremy LaSalle learned a lot about racing during the time he spent with his father, working on the family owned DIRTcar Sportsman and Small Block equipment. When Mike LaSalle suddenly passed away late in the 2019 season, the team’s weekly racing operations all but ground to a halt.
Unlike most racers, the 31-year-old from Spencerville, Ontario had no plans to head back to the track during the COVID-19 riddled 2020 schedule, but with the 2021 season on the horizon, the youngster has proved he was paying attention to his father’s tutorials on the value of hard work and dedication to the sport. The team’s No. M96 358 Mod ride will once again be in the starting field when the green flag waves at Brockville Ontario Speedway.
“Over the last 20 years, I was fortunate to spend winters in the garage with my Dad building many different race cars. This the first car we’ll be racing since Dad passed away,” Jeremy LaSalle said. “If anyone ever stopped by the shop on a Sunday morning, you would have found both of us listening to country music classics, reflecting on the weekend’s races and talking about things we wanted to try to make the car better and faster. This car has every detail we discussed and things we wanted to take a stab at over the last five years but never got the chance to.”
The team has been a fixture on the local circuit since 2002 and through the years, several of the sports best-known names – including Brian McDonald, Danny O’Brien, Jessica Friesen, Todd Stewart and Gary Tomkins – have wheeled the LaSalle Motorsports’ Small Block Modified equipment. When Jeremy LaSalle returns to the driver’s seat, he’ll be looking to build on a start that saw him take the checkered flag for his first career feature win Saturday, May 26th of 2018 at The BOS.
“I took some time off to finish building my house and now that things have slowed down, the timing is right to get back to the track and have some fun,” said LaSalle, who lists recent Coca-Cola 600 winner Kyle Larson as his favourite professional racer. “I really have to thank my Step-Mom Lori LaSalle for her emotional support and crew members and friends Steve Lockett, Paul Bissonette and Luc Bureau for their help getting things ready for the 2021 season.”
When the new schedule at Brockville Speedway gets underway, Jeremy LaSalle, who works as a manufacturing engineer and the No. M96 will be carry backing from Brockville Home Hardware Building Centre, Tim’s Custom Farm Equipment, Grant’s Carpet Cleaning, Seaway Doors, Riverside Chevrolet Brockville, Hill’s Automotive Repair, Fireball’s Automatic, Riverside Body Shop Prescott and Hill’s Moving.
“I’m excited about returning to the track and dedicate our 2021 season to the memory of my Dad. He’ll be riding with me every lap.”
Prepared by Jim Clarke, Clarke Motorsports Communications/First Draft Media