After 10 years of competing full-time on the American-Canadian Tour, Joey Polewarczyk, Jr. will be cutting back his own racing schedule in 2016 to focus on the creation of a new driver development program.
Polewarczyk of Hudson, New Hampshire has created a program that will give drivers the opportunity to pilot one of his team’s championship-caliber ACT Late Models next season.
“I’ve already started to put together our second car,” said Polewarczyk. “We’ve already got another engine, an ACT motor for it. We’re just getting it together but haven’t got the word out there until now.”
Although he said he’d really enjoy working with a young aspiring racer, Polewarczyk said that the door is open to drivers of all ages. Regardless of the driver’s age, he believes that his team knows exactly what it takes to help a driver go fast in an ACT Late Model.
“If we were to get a younger person in the car I can kind of relate to where they are because that was me not too long ago,” Polewarczyk stated. “I’m open to anybody, really, even if they’re older and just want to get behind the wheel of a proven car to see what they can do.
“The ACT Tour is not an easy tour by any means and I think that’s one of the best things that series can offer a young driver. They don’t give you shocks, they don’t give you motors and everyone has the same deal. More times than not it comes down to the driver and to a good setup. I just think that it’s a huge advantage to come on board with a team that has done all of their homework and knows how to make those cars go.”
Polewarczyk explained that his idea to create a driver development program in the Northeast stemmed from his time spent with the Fat Head Racing team in North Carolina.
“Seeing what they do on a daily basis being able to work on race cars, it just kind of makes everyone better when you focus more time on working on the cars during the day as opposed to what we do now,” he explained. “I work on regular cars all day and then work on the race cars. It would be really cool if we could get it to where we have some income coming in from the race cars and I can spend more times on the cars. That could just help keep the racing fund up and everyone could gain from it.
“I feel like whoever we get behind the wheel, our ACT program is definitely really, really good and really strong. I think we’ve learned enough about what makes those cars go that we can help somebody out and we can benefit from it at the same time as well.”
Now 26 years old, Polewarczyk also realizes that his chances of becoming a professional race car driver are becoming slim. He’s hoping that the introduction of the driver development program will help him be able to still enjoy a successful career in the motorsports profession.
“I’ve been that young driver with the dream to make it all the way,” said Polewarczyk. “Unfortunately, most people are figuring out that you can be really good but you’ve got to have the marketing behind you and the sponsorships, there’s no questions about that. I’ve learned that the hard way I guess you can say.
“I’m at that age where I’d like some more stability in my life and I need to start figuring out what I can do that’s going to make me happy work wise. How cool would it be to wake up every day and work on a race car? That would be really cool for me if it takes off and can get to that point where that’s what I do.”
As far as his own racing goes, “Joey Pole” plans to still compete in select ACT Tour events such as the ACT Invitational at New Hampshire Motor Speedway and the Milk Bowl at Thunder Road (VT). His team will also be purchasing a new Super Late Model with hopes of eventually racing some of the bigger SLM races across the country.
“I’ve been with ACT full-time for 10 years now. That’s a long time to stay with one division and that’s where my heart is,” Polewarczyk stated. “We’ve done so much with ACT and there’s been so many opportunities there, and we’re still going to be there this year just not with me as a full-time driver.
“I feel like right now the big races down south are with the Super Late Models. I’ve been helping these guys down south and I feel like I learned more than I ever did up here working with those guys weeks at a time. I feel like if we do it right and we put the right things in the right places that we can compete with teams down there.”
Drivers interested in Pole’s Driver Development Program for the 2016 season are encouraged to call Joey at (603)-882-8333 or email [email protected] for more details.
-By Brandon Paul, Speed51.com Editor – Twitter: @Brandon_Paul51
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