TJ Hartman Racing News December 3, 2012



Photo - TJ crewing for Sid Whittaker during his trip to Australia in 2011

TJ Hartman Racing - Update: Yankee Headed South!

Puyallup, WA - December 3, 2012...

New South Wales and Lismore Speedway Promoter, David Lander, released a great write-up about TJ's impending trip to Australia.  In a little more than one week, TJ will board a flight South to compete at Lismore and other venues in New South Wales and Queensland, Australia.  Below is the link and article in this mornings press release from Lismore Speedway.   Thank you Mr Lander and all involved for the recognition.

Monday, December 3, 2012 | lismorespeedway

"Promoter David Lander has signed American TJ Hartman for the major international Speedcar shows at Lucas Oil Lismore Speedway and Trevan Ford Grafton Speedway this season.

Twenty one year-old Hartman, who hails from Puyallup in Washington State, will make his debut at Grafton Speedway on January 1 when he contests the Clarence River Speedcar Classic and four days later (January 5) he races at Lismore in the Northern Rivers Speedcar title.

“From what I am told, this kid is one of the brightest young open wheel talents on the American scene and we are certainly looking forward to his appearance at both our venues,” David Lander said this week.

“He knows how to get around a speedway track quickly, while his race record certainly backs that up with some good results in the past few seasons.”

Hartman will drive the latest model Mopar/Spike Midget from the workshop of Queensland Speedcar star Sid Whittaker.

The Western Landscape Supplies sponsored #59 car has been prepared by Scott Wilson and is in mint condition.

Aged 21, Hartman has 15 years racing experience under his belt after he started his career driving quarter midgets aged six.

He moved into Sprintcars in 2007 and his achievements include Grays Harbour 2008 Rookie of the year; 360 Sprintcar 2007 main event winner at Madras, Oregon in his first 360 Sprintcar appearance while in his inaugural season racing a Sprintcar on the ASCS US north-west tour, he finished ninth in the season standings.

He specializes in winged and non-winged Sprintcar racing but his overall open wheel talent clearly indicates he will adapt to Australian Speedcar racing.

His achievements in Quarter Midgets are many, none more significant than being crowned a four time National Champion.

Whittaker is hoping his Speedcar appearances in Australia will give him further opportunities in America.

“We are hoping that when he comes out here he will impress enough which will lead to him getting a Midget drive back home,” Whittaker said.

His previous involvement with Speedcar racing was ironically in Australia a couple of years ago when he crewed for Sid Whittaker during the 2010/11 season.

It was a friendship Hartman struck up with Whittaker, who took out the 2010/11 season Queensland Speedcar Championship, and his crew that led to this upcoming Australian visit.

“He stayed with us for a month and we have become good friends. When we purchased the third Speedcar for our team TJ had previously indicated he’d like to come back here and drive for us. So when we got the other car, I phoned TJ and told him we had a deal for him. He jumped at the opportunity,” Whittaker explained.

On learning of Hartman’s impending visit, David Lander moved quickly to secure his services for his Lismore and Grafton venues.

Whittaker believes TJ Hartman will be ultra competitive “straight out of the box.”

“I don’t want to put too much pressure on the kid, but I know he can drive with what he has done,” Sid added.

In addition to his Grafton and Lismore appearances, Hartman will also compete in Brisbane on December 15, 29, and January 11 in the build up toward Archerfield Speedway’s Australian Midget Championship on January 26 and 27.

“If we can go to South Australia, Melbourne or Sydney for meetings as well, we will. We also would like to try and get TJ a Sprintcar drive while he is here, too,” Whittaker added.
Hartman is due to arrive in Australian on December 10. He is scheduled to return to America on February 6"

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