Trevor Sanborn has been waiting for his opportunity with a top team on the Pro All Stars Series for quite some time now. Over halfway into the 2015 racing season, Sanborn has found that opportunity he’s been waiting for. Hight Motorsports announced on Friday morning that Sanborn will take over driving duties of the No. 77 Super Late Model following the mutual split between the team and 2013 PASS North champion Cassius Clark.
Sanborn told Speed51.com powered by JEGS on Friday afternoon that the plan is to run four races with the team this season before running full-time with the team in 2016.
“Definitely excited,” said Sanborn. “They’re one of the top notch team and I’m really excited to be back with (crew chief) Brian Burgess. He used to crew chief for me a few years ago at Moody’s, so we’ve had a really good relationship and friendship over the last six or seven years. It’s just good to be back with him and with him on the radio. It’s just a good feeling. I know that we’ll go good. It may take a little time, but eventually we’ll be a front-running car. I know that for a fact.”
Sanborn’s full-time ride with Hight Motorsports in 2016 will be his first full-time season on the Pro All Stars Series since 2010 when he drove for car owner Richard Moody. Over the course of the last five racing seasons, the 27-year-old has been competing in select PASS North events, as well as weekly Late Model divisions at Beech Ridge Motor Speedway (ME) and Oxford Plains Speedway (ME).
During that time, Sanborn has been the one calling most of the shots for his racing operation both on and off the track. The opportunity with Hight presents him with an opportunity to put much of his focus on simply driving the race car.
“I like the fact that I don’t have to crew chief the car anymore,” Sanborn explained. “I don’t have to worry about all the other odds and ends of the race car. I have a crew chief that can do that. I can sit in the seat and he makes the changes. I can tell him what’s going on with it and it just makes it that much simpler not having to worry about the overhead of everything.”
According to Sanborn, his relationship with his new (and former) crew chief Brian Burgess played a large role in Sanborn being considered as a candidate to fill the void behind the wheel of the No. 77. After working with Burgress during his time at Richard Moody Racing, the two remained close friends despite both of them going their separate ways.
“Brian is definitely a good guy and a long-time friend,” Sanborn said. “Even when I raced weekly and he and Cassius were racing the tour, I still talked to him very frequently. We would swap information out to kind of help each other. I think he played a pretty big role in me getting the ride.”
Sanborn’s maiden voyage in the Hight Motorsports ride will be on August 2 when the Pro All Stars Series visits Oxford Plains Speedway. He believes that race will serve as a good opportunity to work together with his new team in preparation for the 42nd Annual Oxford 250 on August 30.
“We wanted a race to get under our belt with the car to try to get it going good,” said Sanborn. “We need a race other than the practice time at the track. A race means more than just practice. If we go good or bad, hopefully we go good, but even if we go bad we’ll still learn something. We need that.”
Sanborn’s plans after the Oxford 250 include the PASS 300 at Beech Ridge, as well as the final Pro All Stars Series event at Oxford Plains Speedway in October before gearing up for a full-time campaign in 2016.
“I’ve been waiting forever it seems like to drive for a fully-funded team. It’s like a dream come true pretty much.”
-By Brandon Paul, Speed51.com Editor – Twitter: @Brandon_Paul51
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