When the American-Canadian Tour kicks off their 2014 campaign at Lee USA Speedway (NH) on April 13 there will be a newly organized team beginning their journey towards an ACT owner’s championship. Although this will be a new team, the drivers should be no strangers to those who follow ACT Late Model racing.
Splitting duties in the driver’s seat for the newly-established team will be car owner Eric Chase, 2013 Milk Bowl winner Nick Sweet and seven-time ACT champion Jean Paul-Cyr.
ACT President Tom Curley told Speed51.com about the newly assembled team on Wednesday and shared his excitement about being able to see what the team can accomplish in 2014.
“They’re splitting the driving duties for the title and they’re making a pretty concentrated effort,” Curley said. “They’ve got it figured out and they’re pretty happy about it. When you get that kind of lazy attitude with no pressure and let’s go have some fun, they could be pretty disruptive. They’re all going to be looking out for each other in terms of saying, ‘oh boy, I don’t want to be the one to screw this one up.’ They’ve got enough championships among them and seat time that I think it’s going to be pretty interesting.”
Chase, who employs Sweet full-time to work on and set up his race cars, will be providing the equipment for the team. In addition to driving the car, Sweet will also supply a pit crew for the team, maintain all of the cars at his shop in Barre, Vermont, and be at all the events lending his knowledge to the team.
”I’m excited to be a part of it,” Sweet said. “I’m the one who gets the cars there and supplies the crew. Eric supplies all the equipment and Jean has all the credentials. I think it’s an all-around good fit for the team.”
Due to each of the driver’s busy schedules outside of ACT Late Model racing, none of the three drivers could commit to running full-time in 2014. Instead, they decided to join forces as three of the most experienced and successful Vermont-based Late Model drivers to make a run at the owner’s championship.
“Basically, Eric can’t commit all of his time to the tour this year with his weekly racing at Thunder Road,” said Sweet. “Jean really couldn’t with his schedule and it would be tough for me as well. We decided that we’d split it amongst the three of us and try to run for an owner’s championship.”
As for who is going to drive what events in 2014, Sweet said that’s not 100-percent decided on but they have a good idea of what it will look like.