Second-generation competitor Brittney Gresel will chase the Whelen All American Series Ontario Provincial Championship in 2015, competing fulltime at Innisfil, ON’s Sunset Speedway.
The 26-year old will return for her second straight season at Sunset, after finishing 9th in the Ltd. Late Model championship points standings in 2014.
“I’m excited to be heading back to Sunset,” says Gresel. “It’s where the top competition is and, in my opinion, it’s the best run facility in the province.
“Anyone who’s anyone in our division is either racing there full-time, or trying to figure out how to get there on a full-time basis. As soon as we made the decision to be back competing on a weekly basis in 2015, we knew it was going to be at Sunset.”
For Gresel, the speedway’s recent acquisition of NASCAR Hometracks-sanctioning means that she will now have the opportunity to test herself against both the top racers in Ontario and across North America.
“Bringing NASCAR sanctioning to Sunset is such an exciting change for 2015,” beams Gresel. “It sweetens the pot even more. We were on our A-Game before when we were racing against the Sunset drivers, but now that we can compete for a Provincial and National championship it feels as though the stakes have been raised in a big way.”
Earlier in the off-season, Gresel’s Sauble Falls Racing team announced that they had acquired a new McColl Racing Enterprises chassis for the upcoming season. After a winter full of prep, the family-run operation will be ready to debut their new ride when Sunset kicks off their season on May 2.
“I can’t begin to explain how exciting it is to have a brand new race car sitting in the shop right now,” explains the young veteran. “I’ve been racing since I was 13-years old, but I’ve never had a brand new car.
“This is a whole new avenue for our program, and I can’t wait to get it started. The competition at Sunset is evolving every year, and we knew that we had to evolve with it. Having this car in our stable is going to give us the opportunity to jump into the mix with some of the very best in the province.
“I learned a lot last season,” continues Gresel, “and now I’ll have the opportunity to put all of those lessons to good use.”
When asked her goals entering the 2015 campaign, Gresel makes it clear she’s not ready to settle for second best.
“I want to work my way into victory lane. There’s no denying the insane level of talent at Sunset on a weekly basis, but I’m not going to stop until we’ve put ourselves in a position to win.
“All I want to do is maximize our potential,” says Gresel. “And that will come with hard work and dedication.”
-By Spencer Lewis, Speed51.com Canadian Editor – Twitter: @itsspencerlewis
-Photo credit: Dan Little Photography