With the 2019 season quickly approaching many racers are knee deep in their winter project updates and maintenance programs. Lights Out live streaming will give way to the indoor car show scene, which opens the door to spring and the beginning of race season! And…for Ian Hill Racing Productions, there is not a day to waste.
After the recent developments in Ontario’s Street Car Headsup program and Toronto Motorsports Park’s decision to hand the reins over to the OGW lead group, Street Shootout racing has some new local energy again!
OGW has been digging a solid place on the map, bringing Small Tire / No Time Grudge racing to Ontario for the last few years. From its humble beginnings of 6 cars, bare bones rules and small tires, Ian Hill Racing Productions has helped grow the local No Time / Grudge scene into 2018’s $30,000 payday event! Putting together the Super Bowl of Ontario Grudge racing. RPM Magazine’s OGW Smackdown has brought us to the forefront of the Drag Racing promotion game. It was through the success of our previous events, our commitment to exceed expectations to our Sponsors and Racers, and by the efforts of our volunteers, then late in the 2018 season, through the efforts of Trish Biro (RPM Magazine) and as part of RPM Magazine’s 20th anniversary celebrations, we were contacted by All Out Live’s Brian Bossone to discuss the potential of bringing one of the fastest growing heads-up classes in Ontario – the No Time Grudge Class Limited 28s, to their August 11, 2019 event at Lapeer Dragway. On top of that they are also looking forward to seeing what we can put together for a Real Street Cruise Class of licensed and insured street cars!
Fast forward to early February 2019; Ian found himself in the offices of Toronto Motorsports Park, discussing what Ian Hill Racing Productions/ OGW could bring to the table for the recently orphaned fastest Street Car classes Ontario has to offer. After many discussions with TMP management, OGW put together a plan that both parties are truly excited about. “Ian Hill Racing, and his Ontario Grudge Wars, has been tagged to head up this series, and plans are being finalized to meet with racers to make sure that the program fits their needs, and with the great forward-thinking proposal Ian brought forward, I think we have just that heading into 2019”, stated TMP Track Manager, Neale Armstrong.
Ian’s “Canada Heads Up – Street Car Shootout Series” is now the banner the current Super Street, EZ Street and the other Street Car Shootout classes will fall under. Racers will be excited to know that we are bringing our Guaranteed Payouts, race day schedule structure and the whole OGW based volunteer group to the track during each series race. As far as the crossover between OGW and Canada Heads Up goes, that’s where it ends. Canada Heads Up will feature the traditional Class Racing type weekends you have grown to love. Qualifying rounds, Ladders, Scoreboards and Win Lights, with Saturday qualifying and Sunday racing for Heads Up classes being the norm. We are looking at bringing in one or two other heads up classes and showing an equal focus on our Sportsman side of the schedule
The group behind OGW is known for putting our money where our mouth is! Large and Guaranteed Payouts, locked in rule sets, locked in schedules and the Quickest Street Car style classes in the industry! Ian Hill and the OGW volunteers are ready for this next step in our drag racing production efforts and we are very excited to bring Canada Heads Up Class racing to TMP in 2019 and beyond.