After returning to the short track scene in 2014, Terry Baker has focused exclusively on his Open Wheel Modified program. However, as he gears up for the 2015 season, Baker has confirmed that in addition to his open wheeled commitments, he will also be competing in a select number of Pro Late Model events with the APC United Late Model Series.
The veteran competitor has purchased a Junior Hanley-built chassis from former Flamboro Speedway champion Paul Howse, and is excited to add his name to a burgeoning series roster that already includes 2013 Delaware Speedway champion Jamie Cox, 2014 Sunset Speedway champion Dwayne Baker and 2014 Flamboro Speedway champion Dale Shaw.
“As soon as I saw some of the heavies that were signing up for the APC tour, I knew that I had to find a way to get involved,” smiles Baker. “Originally, the plan for 2015 was to scale back our racing a little bit, we’ve decided to race our Modified at Holland Speedway in New York because it’s close to the family cottage, but once we picked the Late Model up it meant adding a couple of dates to the schedule”
A former Flamboro Speedway Late Model competitor, Baker admits after over a decade outside of a full-bodied stock car, 2015 could come with a slight learning curve.
“The cars today are a lot different than they were when I was racing a Late Model,” explains Baker. “I’ve had my hands on a Sprint Car, a Pro-4 Modified and an OSCAAR Modified since then, so I might have to familiarize myself a little.
“I’m just excited to be on track with the best of the best,” continues the owner of Baker Performance in Hamilton. “This is the kind of roster that really pushes you as a competitor. I think there are going to be a lot of nights where just qualifying in the top-18 after time trials is going to be an accomplishment”
Though Baker is visibly excited about the new venture, he won’t be the only driver to spend time behind the wheel of the Baker Performance/Ohsweken Speedway-backed entry.
“We’ll be splitting the season between myself and another driver,” says Baker.
“We’re not ready to spill the beans on that yet,” adds the personable veteran with a wink. “We’ll let the fans try and guess who it is. It’s a young man that’s accomplished a lot in the last two seasons. I think it’s going to be a pleasant surprise for a lot of people”
-By Spencer Lewis, Speed51.com Canadian Editor – Twitter: @itsspencerlewis
-Photo credit: Dan Little