Hendricks Racing Ready To Roll
Tyler was a rookie to both dirt tracks and Sprint Cars in 2014, as he competed in the inaugural season of racing for Ohsweken’s Crate Sprint Car division. The former asphalt ace will be a rookie again in 2015, as the team has made the jump to the 360 Sprint Car division at the Brantford-area track.
“I am excited to take the next step in my racing program after getting a taste of racing Sprint Cars in the Crate class last season,” Tyler said. “The 360 class at Ohsweken is full of talented drivers that will make it very challenging on a weekly basis.
“Our goals to start the season are to qualify for the A-Mains, and finish all the races. Chasing Rookie of the Year will be difficult with eight potential rookies signed on for this year. Hopefully the experience we gained from the Crate class last year will expedite my learning curve with the added horsepower of the 360 class.”
The team will focus on Ohsweken’s weekly program, with trips to Southern Ontario Sprints at South Buxton Raceway also a possibility. Tyler’s grandfather Don and his “Panic 09″ Late Model were fixtures in the Southwestern Ontario racing scene during the 70′s and 80′s. Don, in fact, won the first Late Model feature ever held at at Raleigh Raceway Park (now South Buxton Raceway) in 1971, along with track championships in 1975, 1979, and 1985. The Don Hendricks Memorial is run annually at South Buxton, honouring the popular driver who lost his battle with cancer in 1995 at just 48 years of age.
“It is 20 years this year, with (Don’s) annual memorial race scheduled for June 20th at South Buxton,” notes Scott.
The Hendricks Racing team has been fortunate to enjoy long-term support from several key sponsors. CF Industrial, Vertec Contractors , Loumar Trucking & Excavating , Spira Fire Protection, ImageFactor.ca, and Nooyen Farms have all been with the team for over 6 years, while newer supporters have also joined the fun.
“Reigling Brothers have come on board this year as one of our primary sponsors,” Scott said. “John Reigling is a former Southern Ontario Sprints tour champion, and he understands what it takes to run one of these cars.
“I have always really liked the 360 Sprint Cars and, with the support of our outstanding partners, we are able to give this a try for the 2015 season.”
The team has also had help from Steve Lyons’ Creative Edge & Signs, and Dave Dykstra and his Dykstra Racing team.
“We have known Steve for many years, as Tyler and Steve raced on the same go-kart team,” Scott said. “Steve is very detail-orientated, as you can tell by the quality of work he does. He did an outstanding job on our car’s graphics this year.
“We would also like to thank Dykstra Racing. Dave builds his own engines, and did all the work to freshen ours and help us out this season.”
Follow Tyler and his Hendricks Racing team’s 2015 season at www.HendricksRacing.ca, on Twitter @TEAMHENDRICKS orwww.twitter.com/TEAMHENDRICKS, and on Facebook by searching “Hendricks Racing”. Official 2015 Hendricks Racing t-shirts will be available soon – stay tuned!
Hendricks Racing would like to thank all their sponsors and partners for their support during the 2015 season, including Reigling Bros. Truck & Equipment Sales, CF Industrial, Vertec Contractors , Loumar Trucking & Excavating , Spira Fire Protection, Creative Edge Signs & Graphics, ImageFactor.ca, Dykstra Racing, and Nooyen Farms.