After a disappointing 2020 campaign, APC United Late Model Touring Series regular Danny Benedict will be making the switch to a new McColl Racing Enterprises chassis for 2021.
The change comes after the team only managed to finish one race in the five-race tour last season, following multiple parts failures.
“Last season was a racer’s nightmare,” Benedict said. “We couldn’t seem to catch a break, and it was just one of those years where everything that could go wrong, did go wrong.”
The former Kulwicki Driver Development Program driver is eager for a fresh start in 2021, and is quick to cite MRE’s success in 2020 as a big reason for the switch.
“We watched a lot of races from the sidelines last year,” Benedict says. “While watching, it was hard to ignore how dominant Mike’s (McColl) cars were. Paul, Jo and all the other guys over there certainly have a strong grasp on these cars and I’m so excited to work with them next season.”
In the COVID-19 shortened APC Late model season, McColl Racing Enterprise cars picked up all five wins, and won the championship with their driver and engineer Jo Lawrence. They also occupied nine out of the top 10 spots in the APC series points.
In the past, Benedict has been known as a very hands-on racer; preparing his own race car and acting as his own crew chief. When asked how the chassis switch will change his role, Benedict decisively said he will maintain the same approach.
“I love working on race cars too much to ever stop,” Benedict says. “I’ve always thought knowing your car and equipment is a big advantage. I’m still going to do as much on this car as I can, and my team will play a big role in the building of the car.”
The 2018 NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Provincial Champion is also looking forward to the return of the Kulwicki Driver Development Program in 2021. One of the most successful and well-known driver development programs in the United States is quickly becoming more sought after by Canadian drivers.
Benedicts plans for 2021 are to run full-time with the APC United Late Model Touring Series, while also chasing the first-ever Pro Late Model championship at Sunset Speedway.
Benedict’s 2021 Campaign will be supported by:
GTA Racing Design
Dan McHattie Race Cars
Irwin Tax and Accounting
Annie’s Quilt Shop
Baudo Auto Services
McColl Racing Enterprises
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-Story by: Danny Benedict Motorsports PR
-Photo credit: Kendra Adams