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Hallstrom Motorsports, an established family owned late model racing team known for success at Thunder Road and the American Canadian Tour, announced on Thursday the rollout of a new Driver Development Program.
The team will be working with young up-and-coming racers to help them successfully transition through the different levels of short track racing. The program will be mainly focused on working with promising racing talent out of the New England states and the Northeastern United States.
The program will be focused on both on-track coaching as well as off-track elements with safety, mechanical, chassis, marketing, sponsorship, communication and leadership skills. Hallstrom will be providing their own late model race cars as well as other entry level cars as the program progresses.
“The Driver Development Program has been a vision of Hallstrom Motorsports since we began our team several years ago.” said team owner Louis Hallstrom. “We recognized there was an entire generation missing among the existing racers around our area, and most young racers were going south for opportunities. We realized the key to keeping our sport alive and growing in New England is the youth.”
“Our program has built to the point where we have the equipment as well as a very talented crew, so we feel it’s time to use our leadership and racing experience grow a new generation of racers right here at home.”
Hallstrom Motorsports Driver Development has signed 17-year-old Devin O’Connell of Madison, Conn. as the first driver in the late model portion of the program. O’Connell is well known for his 2014 Allison Legacy Series National Championship and is currently a front-runner in the U.S. Legends Car International Semi Pro division, fresh off a win last week at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.
In 2014 he had an impressive transition into Legend cars. He won 12 of 35 starts and scored 28 top fives, including winning two feature races at Charlotte Motor Speedway’s Summer Shootout Series.
Testing with O’Connell with the Hallstrom No. 1 late model will begin this fall and the team plans on select races in the ACT (American Canadian Tour) tour and some PASS (Pro All Stars Series) events with O’Connell once he gets comfortable in the car in 2016, and possibly yet this season.
O’Connell is looking forward to working with the Hallstrom’s, and excited about the transition to the next level in his racing career.
“Racing for Hallstrom Motorsports and the ACT Tour is a huge opportunity for the team to grow as well as Evan and myself to further our racing,” O’Connell said. “I’m super pumped to get this rolling and to get behind the wheel of a Late Model!”
A partnership with Speedway 51 in Groveton, N.H. will serve as the primary facility for the Hallstrom Development Program. The team currently fields a car in the Daredevil division at Speedway 51 for 13 year old Evan Hallstrom, who will be following O’Connell up through the ranks of the development program into late models. O’Connell will serve as a mentor for the younger drivers in the program.
For more information about the Hallstrom Motorsports Driver Development Program, visit www.hallstrom-motorsports.com.
CREDIT: Hallstrom Motorsports