After three seasons at the controls of a Comp4/Mini Stock, where he finished as high as second in track points and the same number of years in a Canadian Modified at Brighton Speedway with a best finish of eighth in the standings, the 21 year old from Baltimore, Ontario is now developing his talents in the Rookie Sportsman Modified division at Brockville Ontario Speedway.
Acquiring knowledge and experience – whether through a hobby, employment or day-to-day activities – can provide valuable life lessons. Starting in the sport at the age of 15, Zac McBride faced a steep learning curve during his first racing laps, but he quickly found his niche. Even after a trip into Brighton's backstretch creek earned him the nickname "High Tide McBride", the young speedster was anxious to take the next step in his racing development. Looking back, he says he knew it was the right thing to do.
"Inexperience can be a great motivator," said McBride. "When I first started, I was probably too young to know what I didn't know. My family and friends were great at encouraging me to keep plugging along and doing everything I could to get better. Week-by-week, I was able to provide more feedback to the team on how to make things better. We've learned together and gained the confidence needed to move through some different divisions."
Zac McBride's 2015 ride is a Bicknell Racing Products chassis, powered by a GM Crate engine. The #8 machine – sponsored by Wilson Auto Sales, Rosewood Hair Design, BMR Signs, Mas Industrial Sandblasting & Painting, CCS Industrial and Castle Ridge Concrete – is maintained by Danny McBride, Nikki Wilson, Jeff Spinks, Chantelle McBride and Jim Harding. The driver, who is employed by the Town of Cobourg as an arena operator at the Cobourg Community Centre says he enjoys meeting the fans and making new friends at the track.
"There isn't much that I don't love about racing," said McBride. "When I'm not at the track or working on the car, I'm thinking about being at the track and working on the car. I want to find ways to get the most out of our equipment and be a better racer. You can't sit still in this sport or you'll get left behind."
In the future, Zac McBride says he'd like to turn some laps at Ohsweken Speedway and attend Super Dirt Week at the New York State Fairgrounds in Syracuse. For now, his immediate goal is taking a first checkered flag in the new division and advancing through the ranks.
Prepared by: Jim Clarke, Clarke Motorsports Communications/First Draft Media