After spending the past few seasons helping-out in the team’s shop, the former Thunder Car and Open Wheeled Modified speedster will steer an immaculately prepared and nearly identical looking machine along with Stevenson on the Ontario Modifieds Racing Series, with selected OSCAAR Mod starts. Both cars will carry the familiar S & S Racing #77, with Strawn’s piece designated as #77C. The pair will make a formidable combination as they head out on the road in search of the next checkered flag. Chad Strawn says he’s looking forward to getting back behind the wheel.
“Brad and I have always worked well together and I can’t wait to put this new car through its paces,” said the 32-year-old father of two from Newcastle, Ontario. “I’m sure we’ll have a bit of a friendly rivalry on the track, but racing as a team will help us focus on the big picture and that’s what is most important as we go through the season.”
Stevenson and Strawn will handle the powerful equipment on raceday, but another talented duo was responsible for getting the cars ready to race. Graham Annis of GTA Race Designs and Graham Flett took each car down to its bare bones and massaged the chassis, before putting the pieces back together. Veteran racer Dan McHattie shared some of his vast chassis knowledge with the team and Mark VanLuven of AVL Signs & Designs put the finishing touch on the vinyl wrap design for each car. Brad Stevenson says it’ll be an exciting year and he can’t wait to get back to the track.
“Just like in our OMRS championship season, these things look fast even sitting still and I’m sure they’ll be a favourite with the fans,” Brad Stevenson said. “An off-season of hard work by everyone associated with this team has created some top-notch equipment that we’re really proud of.”
In addition to a pair of championship calibre Open Wheeled Modifieds, S & S Racing will also field the #77 Mini Cooper Bone Stock machine – shared by Corey Strawn and his wife Rhonda – in weekly action at Peterborough Speedway and special events at Kawartha Downs & Speedway.
The 2018 schedule for S & S Racing is made possible with support from Eibach Springs, Marcor Automotive, Restoration Co., Koni Shocks, Taunton Tire, McGowan Insulation, Terco Construction, D&F Insulation, Walton Restoration, Biggs & Narciso, Wickens Dry Ice Blasting, AEOC Groups, Abatement Technologies, Caliber Environmental, Gtas Finest Restoration, Martech, Greenstream Environmental, I&I Construction and Lesco.
Family, friends and fans can follow the team throughout the upcoming season by liking the S & S Racing page at www.facebook.com.
Prepared by: Jim Clarke, Clarke Motorsports Communications/First Draft Media