March 15, 2015- Despite what they might tell you, some racecar drivers are okay with finishing second. Justin Ramsay will never be one of them.
After earning the runner-up position in the 2014 Pro Stock division at Brighton Speedway and the Duel in the Dirt challenge series standings, the 27 year old from Rossmore, Ontario says there is nowhere to go but up.
With the new campaign at the local 1/3-mile clay oval set to take its first green flag Saturday, May 2 the talented wheelman – who has also spent time at the controls of a Comp 4/Mini Stock and Pure Stock machine – has been looking for ways to close the 330 point deficit that stood between himself and a track championship. Ramsay and his team have been burning the midnight oil, fine-tuning his ride for a 2015 title chase.
He says the car will be chasing checkered flags all season long.
“We had a great year and with some different racing luck on a couple of nights, the point chase could’ve had a different outcome,” said Ramsay, who earns a paycheque as the Service Manager at Empey Tire. “I know what this team is capable and hopefully we’ll be able to carry the momentum we built last year into the next agenda.”
A fan of snowmobiling and four-wheeling away from the speedway, Ramsay says he always looks forward to the opportunity of finding a set-up that will make his car fast on an unfamiliar track. He lists a strong night as an out-of-towner at Brockville Speedway – along with Comp 4/Mini Stock championships in 2006 and 2012 at Brighton – as his favourite racing accomplishments.
His #03 machine – with the number chosen for the year his career began – in maintained behind the scenes and at the track thanks to the help of Shelby Mills and Tyler French; with occasional support from Brighton Late Model driver Charlie Sandercock. The driver says he’s always willing to try some different things that will take his red rocket to the front of the field.
“I’m always at the track to have fun and there isn’t much that can replace the rush that comes with hitting the corner at full speed, on the edge of being out of control,” confessed Ramsay, who lists Late Model standout Scott Bloomquist as one of his favourite professional racers. “I might push the car a little bit harder than some of the other drivers in the pack, but when we’re able to hit on something that works, it makes everything else we’ve done along the way seem worthwhile.”
For 2015, Justin Ramsay’s weekly program will again be supported by Empey Tire, ABC Taxi, KD Transmissions, RC Auto Body, Stix and Stones Billiards & Bar and Associated Muffler and Brakes – with team promotional services by Clarke Motorsports Communications.
Fans can follow Justin Ramsay and track the team’s results at Brighton Speedway and other venues across the province by liking ‘Dirty Fast Racing’ at www.facebook.com.
Prepared by: Jim Clarke, Clarke Motorsports Communications/First Draft Media