2016 Winter Heat

The 2015 racing season is coming to an end but thankfully US Legend Cars aren’t slowing down with the much anticipated Winter Heat series at Charlotte Motor Speedway hitting the track during December/January. This series works out perfectly for racers like myself who spend most weekends during the regular season travelling with the NASCAR series.

This year the cars will be racing on the newly rebuilt 1/5 mile oval and also a new road course configuration.

Here is the schedule, be sure to come out and support me if you’re in the area!

On the 1/5 mile

December 4th – PRACTICE
December 5th – RACE

On the 1/5 mile

December 11th – PRACTICE
December 12th – RACE

On the Road Course

January 8th – PRACTICE
January 9th – RACE
January 10th – RACE

On the Road Course

January 15th – PRACTICE
January 16th – RACE
January 17th – RACE

On the 1/5 mile

January 22nd – PRACTICE
January 23rd – RACE

On the 1/5 mile

January 29th – PRACTICE
January 30th – RACE (Championship Banquet at the Speedway Club)

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Championship night at Southern National

A goal of mine since putting the #05 Legend Car together was to go race at Southern National Motorsports Park. The 4/10ths mile speedway located 3hrs north of my home in Huntersville NC is known for its high banks and wide racing grooves allowing for fast & close side by side racing, often attracting some of the best fields in Legends racing in North Carolina.

The final race of the tracks regular season on September 12th tied in perfectly with an off weekend in my work schedule and also my parents being in town to visit me so it was the perfect opportunity to load up the car and try my hand at the fast speedway.Southern National

With Saturdays racing schedule postponed to Sunday afternoon due to threatening weather, it allowed me the chance to get some extra track time, and after sorting out an early electrical issue I felt comfortable with the cars speed, finishing practice in the 4th position.

Starting from the 5th spot, we had early speed holding down 4th for the first half of the race before the car lost grip as the tires heated up, losing a couple positions to bring home 6th. I was somewhat disappointed with the result, I never like finishing 6th, but looking back on it, being the first race I’ve traveled away from home and running things on my own, I learnt a lot and will definitely be faster next time I’m on track. Having my Mum & Dad there to support me was really special, they were yet to see me race in the new legend car and I know it was something they were eager to experience.

The next couple of months will be busy travelling to the last 5 races of the NASCAR Truck Series season with the GMS Racing #23 team as the Tire Specialist and in the meantime, working on some improvements to the Legend car in the shop. The next on-track activity will come in December/January racing the winter series at Charlotte and Atlanta Motor Speedway.

Back behind the wheel

In recent times, racing has fallen under the radar for myself, but that’s all about to change.

As of the last 6 months I’ve been building and preparing a US Legend Car. I acquired the chassis from the Gallagher family and have built the car from the ground up with the help of fellow upcoming racer, Colt Smith and Brian Murphy, whose race shop I work out of.

For those Australian Motorsports fans, I designed the look of the car to model after V8 legend Peter Brock’s scheme from his VK commodore, my favorite race car growing up. It also resembles F1 great Ayrton Senna’s Mclaren from the early 90’s.

The remainder of the season will be spent getting seat time and developing the car whilst balancing my work schedule with the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series. Main events I hope to compete in will be the US Legend Car Nationals at Anderson, SC, Road Course World Finals in New Hampshire and the Turkey Derby at Wall Stadium, NJ.

Plans for the 2016 season are underway and the aim is to have a more full-time approach to the Legend Car racing, with a run at the national championship. But of course, sponsorship and the help of great partners is what makes it all possible, so if interested in joining the team, feel free to contact myself in the USA or Julian Butcher in Australia.

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