The final Rookie of the Year contender for the 2014 OSCAAR Super Late Models is Dave Doucette. For the past several years Dave has been picking up wins where ever he races in his familiar #44 Chrysler 300 thunder car. His racing experience he has at the various tracks just might be the edge that he needs to claim that rookie title. Early in the off season Dave purchased the Howe racing chassis that Ed Bowlby campaigned in 2013. Since then the team has been busy preparing for their first full year of super late model racing. Dave and his team know that they are now competing at the highest level of racing in Ontario, but they are confident that their #44 Outlaw will be a force to deal with for the entire season.
Question #1: Could you give the race fans a brief history of your racing career?
Dave: I have enjoyed great success in the pure stock and thunder car divisions over the years. I was fortunate enough to win Rookie of the Year in both the thunders and pure stocks. So adding a super late model Rookie title would be awesome. I have also been very fortunate when racing against the best in thunders to win a points championship. I have also been able to pick up wins in the crown jewel events, with a Fall Colurs Championship, The Gary Reynolds Memorial Thunder Car Championship and the Triple 50s winner in thunder car at Barrie Speedway.
Question #2: Why OSCAAR in 2014?
Dave: Well myself and my team are always looking for new challenges in racing so together we just thought it was time for a change. Another huge factor is with the OSCAAR schedule it gives us family time we all wanted. Racing every week is great but by the time the season ends you are just burned out.
Question #3 What is anything are you the most nervous about making the switch the super late model?
Dave: The first thing that comes to mind is money. We all know the cost to go racing and as a racer you accept that. But we are in a different position now. I have a garage full of thunder car parts to fall back on. Right now we don’t have that luxury with the super late model….I guess the easiest solution is to simply don’t wreck. Besides that though it is still just racing once the green flag drops I will be just fine.
Question #4 At the end of the 2014 racing season when you look back what would make it a successful season in your eyes?
Dave: Well a successful season would mean that my family, my crew and my sponsors are happy with the season and our results. I not going to lie a win or two would be great, keeping the car in one piece will be real good. But just getting the seat time, being competitive earning the others drivers respect and getting the car figured out will make for a great year.
Question #5 In 5 years from now where do you see yourself as part of the racing scene here in Southern Ontario?
Dave: Wow five years is a long time but I am pretty confident to say that we will still be racing, hopefully competing for OSCAAR Championships
I would like to thank Dave for taking the time to sit down with me to do this interview. I would also like to welcome him and his entire team to OSCAAR and wish them all the best in 2014.
I hope everyone enjoyed the Rookie profiles, and be sure to stop by their pits during the season and welcome them to OSCAAR.