Story By: JIM CLARKE / WARNES RACING – NEWCASTLE, ONT – Racers at every level have a bucket list. Whether written down or kept in the back of their mind, there’s a compilation of tracks where they’d like to compete or goals they hope to accomplish during their career.
Ontario Modifieds Racing Series driver/official Rick Warnes – who finished 5th in points during the recent OMRS season – is looking forward to crossing something important off his list, with plans to make his first career trek to the World Series of Asphalt Stock Car Racing.
“This is an event that has always been on our radar and prior to the start of our 2018 season, we made the decision to do something special as a team,” Rick Warnes said. “I had hoped to bring this plan to fruition while my Dad was still with us, but we just weren’t in a position to make it happen. Since his passing a couple of years ago, it has made us even more determined to accomplish our goal.”
Warnes Racing – based in Newcastle, Ontario – purchased a Lefthander modified chassis out of Ohio late in the spring of 2018 and slowly worked at putting it together. Over the next month or so, we’ll complete the finishing touches on the car and then journey southward in February to be part of this marquee event. Warnes says that despite going into the trip as a perceived underdog, the team’s intentions and goals are quite realistic.
“The OMRS group has always been a tightly-knit group and I’m thrilled to have so many close friends and family members stepping up to the table to lend their support for this amazing adventure,” according to Warnes. “First and foremost, we’ll be looking to have some fun, meet some new people and enjoy the experience. I think we’ll have a great time and I’m looking forward to the chance to log some laps at a new track.”
The 53rd annual World Series of Asphalt Stock Car Racing – February 8th to 16th at New Smyrna Speedway – has the open-wheeled modifieds scheduled for 7 shows during the 9 nights of racing. 6 of the programs consist of qualifying and a 35 lap main event, with the Tuesday, February 12th show highlighted by a 75 lap ‘A’ main. Based on the most recent OMRS calendar, Warnes says making the trek to Florida will be close to running an entire season’s worth of racing packed into just over a week at the track.
“There will be a lot going on, but it’ll be a great experience.”
Warnes Racing expects to have their new chassis ready in the coming weeks, with an announcement of marketing partners and the unveiling of the car’s paint scheme scheduled for shortly before the team’s planned departure.