Even now in his 60s, Aube is still very much immersed in the racing world, though mostly as a crew chief nowadays, and in road racing. Heading the effort for New Hampshire owner/driver Tom Sheehan in the Trans-Am Series TA2 Class, the team has become a mark on the TA2 roster over the past decade at North America’s road courses.
Aube’s love for short track racing has since spread to Sheehan, with the two entering a pair of American-Canadian Tour Late Model events in 2020. This weekend, the duo is back action on the ACT’s biggest track, New Hampshire Motor Speedway for the new Northeast Classic.
“I work for Tom Sheehan in the Trans-Am Series, so I’m still heavily involved with racing, running all over the country. Then he decided he wanted to do some Late Model racing, I was kind of retiring from driving, we took my old Late Models out, and he had fun doing that. He said, ‘Let’s go, going to build two brand new Late Models.’ I told him I didn’t need a new car. He said, ‘Nope, we’ll build two new cars, go to Loudon, and have some fun.’ That’s how it went down, great boss that’s all I can say,” Aube told Speed51.
Like so many over the years, Aube enjoys running the ACT Late Models, but it’s ‘The Magic Mile’ that has provided particular enjoyment for him recently.
It’s a ball, those cars go so fast through the turns, and it’s so much fun. Don’t have a lot of power, but if you get them rolling good they work really well. I love running them there and I enjoy running with the ACT guys. They have a lot of young talent who are pretty darn good. I don’t race a lot, thinking I’ll race five or six times like that. But, it’s just about having fun.
Since NHMS was built in 1990, Aube has always savored any opportunity to run there, with one particular opportunity culminating in a Busch North Series victory in 1993.
“I love that track, I probably got about as much experience there as anybody. It was awesome when we won there in the Busch North Series. We got a couple of poles there, and some top-fives. We were close there in a couple. It’s a magical place, it really is.”
Despite taking some damage in last year’s ACT event at Loudon, Aube managed to finish on the lead lap, and is looking to improve upon that with his brand-new car.
Aube was a three-time champion in the Busch North Series. He won at New Hampshire Motor Speedway in that series in 1993.
“We had a good run going, but I got into a mess in the heat race and damaged the car. So it wasn’t perfect after that. We also didn’t have our setup exactly where we wanted it last year, because we haven’t been running these cars a lot. But Crazy Horse is putting these new cars together for us, in fact we’re going to go pick them up, we’ll shake them down, and go racing.”
As for whether or not he can surprise some people with a long-awaited second win on the mile, Aube thinks it’s certainly a possibility.
“I think we can, never say never. Who knows, maybe these young whipper-snappers will beat me into the ground, but that’s okay. I enjoy running with them, and we’re there to have fun, no pressure. It’s good experience for Tom, he’s a good road racer, and he also has fun doing this. He’s looking forward to getting back there, unfortunately he got taken out there last year, just a freak accident. Just looking to improve.”
-Story by: Connor Sullivan, Speed51 Northeast Editor – Twitter: @Connor51CT
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