After racing motocross in his teens, the 53-year-old father of two from Colborne, Ontario will return to his roots; adding a yellow ‘rookie’ stripe to the back bumper of his equipment, as he makes his dirt track stock car debut in the Canadian Modified division at Brighton Speedway. It’ll also be the first time he’s driven a racecar without a windshield, four fenders and with exposed front suspension components. Although he admits there will be a lot to learn, the veteran runner says he’s looking forward to the challenges that lie ahead.
“We’re starting with a clean slate. No matter what I’ve done before in my career, everything about this will be new,” said the driver. “I’ve been around a dirt track a time or two to help some of my friends, but never raced on one. I won’t just need to get familiar with a new car but also different vernacular – including learning the meaning of terms like cushion, berm, tacky and more – as well as some new competition. My notebook is empty and I can’t wait to start filling its pages.”
Linc Brown says one thing that remains unchanged about his 2019 racing return is the long-time relationship with sponsorship partner Tom Elliott at Kawartha Metals (www.kawarthametals.com). Branded as the ‘Candy Store for Welders’, the company has been associated with the #99 team’s equipment for 20 years. Also returning this year is Mayhew Graphics (www.mayhewgraphics.com), who along with Andrew Gates from Gates Race Designs (www.gatesracedesigns.com) have done an amazing job at putting together the car’s paint scheme and graphic layout.
New to the team this season will be Sine’s Flooring (www.sinesflooring.ca). With locations in Brighton and Cobourg, the motorsports supporter of both dirt and pavement racing is a welcome addition to the program this year. Brown says he’s excited about having some familiar names helping to support his rookie calendar of dirt track racing.
“Larry Sine and I have been friends for a few years now and I’m happy to have his family’s business associated with the team,” said Linc Brown. “It should be a great season and I’m really looking forward to getting things underway. After doing so much travelling earlier in my career, it’ll be nice to race somewhere that’s about half an hour from my front door.”
Brighton Speedway’s 2019 season gets underway Saturday May 4th, with test and tune practice session dates scheduled for April 27th, 28th and May 1st. For complete schedule details, see www.brightonspeedway.com.
Prepared by Jim Clarke, Clarke Motorsports Communications/First Draft Media