Just four starts into his Late Model career at Sunset Speedway in Innisfil, Ontario, Jordan Latimer is quick to admit that the transition from Karts and Super Stocks to the talent-laden headline division is not for the faint of heart. But, despite being matched against much more experienced competition, Latmer has shown improvement in each start he’s made at the 3/8-mile oval.
“These cars come with a pretty big learning curve,” Latimer said when asked about his new ride. “We knew what we were getting into, so it doesn’t come as a huge surprise. Our goal is just to learn something new every time we hit the racetrack.
“Comparing our results from opening night to our second week is a huge encouragement. We went from outside of the top-20 to inside of the top-15. That’s huge for us. Our goal for this season is constant improvement. If we can get a little bit better every week, then we’re doing our job.”
Racing week-to-week in a division widely considered to be the most competitive in the province does have its advantages.
“If you’re in this pit area, you can learn a ton just by standing on the corner of your pit pad and looking around,” explained the 16-year old. “The way that some of these teams run their programs is pretty incredible. These guys and girls are the absolute best at what they do – and watching them gives me a pretty clear outline of where I want to be in this division”
When asked about Sunset’s roster, the Late Model freshman does not mince words.
“At the weekly level, I don’t think it gets much bigger than this in Ontario,” said Latimer matter-of-factly. “This division has a lot of eyes on it and, because of that I think there’s even more of a motivation to get this program off the ground in a hurry.
“We didn’t have any unrealistic expectations entering this season. I’m just here to pick up as much knowledge as I can and to continue enjoying the ride.
“I just want to do right by my team. That’s all the motivation I need. As hard as these guys work on this car, I just want to give them a performance that they can be proud of.”
-Story & photo courtesy Spencer Lewis, Speed51.com Canadian Editor – Twitter: @itsspencerlewis