The 2019 edition of the Motorama show produced no lack of news and exciting announcements. Here is a quick look back at all of the NASCAR Pinty’s Series news the weekend in Toronto.
Micks Motorsports Steals the Show
In case you missed it, Micks Motorsports stole the Motorama show with their massive announcement including Mark Dilley’s return to full time racing driving a brand new No.64 Leland Industries Ford. He will be joined on the road courses by series rookie T.J Rinomato, who will contest both CTMP events, Exhibition Place and GP3R. Rinomato will pilot the No.02 made famous by Kerry Micks. Micks Motorsports also expressed interested in running a third and even a fourth car at select events.
With a commitment to developing driver talent in Canada, Mick Motorsports announced a new plan that will help these young drivers get their shot down south. This plan aims to support five teams in 2020 before bumping the total to eight in 2021 across all of NASCAR’s divisions.
"We working towards in 2020 having five teams to help bring kids up and through," said Dilley "It’s very exciting for the younger generation and for Canadian racers to partner with them, manage them and sponsor them and try to at least get them some guidance heading up."
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Andrew Ranger Back and Ready to Contend for Third Championship
Andrew Ranger announced Saturday at Motorama that he will be back and contend his fifth consecutive full season, challenging for his first championship since 2009.
– NASCAR Pinty’s Series (@NASCARPintys) March 9, 2019
Sporting a new look No.27 Mopar Dodge, Ranger, the all-time Series wins leader, is excited for his 13th-year in the Pinty’s Series.
"Are team worked very hard during the off season with the Mopar M1 engine, I think we have a good car." Said Ranger. "Our goal is to finish all the races, we have been very strong out west in Saksatoon and Edmonton so our goal is to finish in the top ten get some wins and come back with a pretty good position in the championship"
The 32-year-old racer from Roxton Pond, Quebec scored two wins last season, at the rain-shortened Autodrome Chaudiere event and the street course at Exhibition Place in Toronto.
Jason Hathaway Prepares for Return to the Pinty’s Series
After the checkered flag fell in 2016 Pinty’s 250 at Kawartha Speedway, Jason Hathaway notched his ninth series victory while also announcing his retirement from full-time competition. However, on March 7, the 42-year-old Stouffville, Ontario, native suprised the NASCAR world by announcing his return full-time in 2019.
– NASCAR Pinty’s Series (@NASCARPintys) March 10, 2019
With funding coming from sponsors Kubota, Choko and Fast Eddie Racewear, Hathaway’s No.3 Chevrolet will be on the hunt for his maiden series championship.
"When the deal came together, we had been working on it for about a month and a half now." Said Hathaway. We got some sponsorship from Kubota and the family companies Choko and Fast Eddie and we decided to get back at it and the guys kinda convinced me to do it"
Connor James Looking for Additional Funding
Making three Series starts in 2018 Rookie sensation Connor James announced his team at Simone Autosport is still looking for more funding to hopefully run the full season in 2019. The 22-year-old Brantford, Ontario native has announced a limited schedule so far including both Jukasa races.
"Our 2019 plans are still up in the air, as we are looking for a bit of funding" Said James. "If anybody is looking to get into the sport we are defintely open. The guys at Anthony Simone’s shop got great equipment and we are very happy to partner with them but is it stands right now our 2019 will mainly focus on out short-track program and running a few one-off races we’ll still be at Jukasa and hitting the big tracks but we need more funding for sure"
With the 2019 season drawing ever so much closer the NASCAR Pinty’s Series teams are gearing up for what could be the most competitive season ever. Last year we saw a record eight different winners, and 2019 looks to deliver the same high octane competition. With more announcements coming very frequently NASCAR.ca will be on top of them leading up to preseason testing and the CTMP opener in May.