Patience A Big Factor In Sophomore’s Impressive Results...
In only his second season of competition in Canada’s premier stock car racing series, Ron Van Es is proving patients is on his side
In the early season going, disappointing finishes destroyed his chances for being among the top ten in the seasonal point’s race but there were definitely signs the future will be bright for this talented youngster as the season progressed.
The road to better things began with a successful trip west for the Stoney Creek-based team where Ron ran to an impressive ninth-place finish in the MOPAR 300 at Calgary and an eighth place run in his 100-lap qualifier.
It continued as the team headed further west into the BC interior for event #7 where the sophomore driver of the Star Van Systems/All Cover Portable Systems Monte Carlo finished sixth in the Friday 100-lap qualifier then worked his way into the top-ten in Saturday’s 300-lap feature by maintaining a steady pace throughout the marathon event.
Those results shot the youngster into 14th spot in the points’ standings. He was 21st in the points’ race when the Super Series headed west on July 10th.
On the Series’ return to Ontario, Ron moved into thirteenth spot with a two 13th place finish -at Mosport and Peterborough -but was forced to park his Monte Carlo early in the Great Canadian race at Delaware when engine problems befell the team.
Despite the disappointing finish, Van Es remained moored in thirteen spot in the standings heading to Cayuga Speedway where he had one of his strongest races of the season running as high as second midway through the contest by using pit strategy to his advantage. He had started 14th in the 27-car field and eventually ended up eleven when a refuelling miscue during a pit stop later in the event forced a another stop.
At the season ending finale at Kawartha, ignition problems ended his efforts early and he was credited with a 23rd-place finish, completing 175 of the scheduled 250 laps.
Although the team had some additional sponsor names on their race car late in the season with Winona's historic Innsville Bar and Grille and Marshall Truck and Trailer Repair logos adorning the #11 Monte Carlo they will need further support in their drive for 2006.
“We truly feel that with the current state of CASCAR racing and its strategic alliance with NASCAR, along with our improving performance, we have a lot to offer businesses in the way of unique, exciting and powerful marketing features,” Ron stated confidently in addressing his team’s needs for 2006. “We operate on a pretty slim budget yet feel we can run with the perennial leaders provided we can gain the added funding required to raise the level of our programs.”
To help with their marketing, Van Es Racing has recently hired an Advertising and Sponsorship Consultant. All inquires should be addressed to Sandy Nagy at 519-752-1298.
By conservative estimates, the cost of competing in the full Super Series schedule, under the same format as in 2005, teams require an operating budget in the $150,000 -$250,000 range when travel cost are factored into the budget.
The final results will show Ron Van Es finished 13th in the 2005 final standings but with a better start to next season, look for him among the top-ten when the 2006 season ends.
With 2005 rapidly drawing to a close and the New Year just around the corner, the Van Es family wish to pass along their Best Wishes For A Safe And Happy Holiday Season to all their team members, fans, staff and fellow competitors of CASCAR racing.
Prepared for Van Es Racing by Ken Spencer