Team press release by Adam Ross
September 6, 2011, AJAX, ON Ã¢â‚¬â€œ Joey McColm cut his stock car racing teeth at Barrie Speedway. The Ajax resident hopes returning to his former Ã¢â‚¬Ëœhome trackÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ will change the racing luck that has frowned on him in recent events.
McColm will drive his Espar-sponsored #50 Dodge in the Wild Wings 300 NASCAR Canadian Tire Series race at Barrie Speedway next Saturday, September 10th. It will be his first oval track race in more than a month.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“Barrie is as physical a race track as we visit,Ã¢â‚¬Â said McColm. Ã¢â‚¬Å“The track is so small that if youÃ¢â‚¬â„¢re off the pace just a little youÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ll be out of contention quickly. I feel confident we can have a great run if I can avoid trouble.Ã¢â‚¬Â
In his most recent races McColm was knocked out of two consecutive events being in the wrong place at the wrong time. The road course events on the streets of Toronto then the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve in Montreal were abnormally unkind.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“We really turned our road course program around,Ã¢â‚¬Â said McColm. Ã¢â‚¬Å“I used to struggle on the technical road courses, but the past couple of years IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ve had great success staying out of trouble and making passes. Our strongest finishes had come on road courses until this season.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“It seems strange to head to Barrie Speedway thinking we can turn our luck around. ThatÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s a race track where youÃ¢â‚¬â„¢re almost guaranteed to knock off a fender or two from physical racing. I know the team is capable, and I want to have a solid run for Espar. TheyÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ve been a great sponsor.Ã¢â‚¬Â
McColm is balancing a heavy schedule this year. The Ryerson University civil engineering graduate has focused as much attention on his off-track activities as he has with his competitive program, and heÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s done that while working a full-time career.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“WeÃ¢â‚¬â„¢re striving to become NASCARÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s first sustainable organization,Ã¢â‚¬Â said McColm. Ã¢â‚¬Å“I have a great opportunity to use my race team to help educate the community as well as other race teams. ItÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s been an exciting season.Ã¢â‚¬Â
McColm is involved in Earth Day Canada, and he is helping spread the message about environmental responsibility. To learn more about ways you can become more environmentally friendly, or to learn more about Joey McColm and his race team, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org .