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TJ Hartman Racing News - May 4th, 2014

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New Year, New Outlook & New Opportunities
May 4, 2014 - TJ Hartman Racing
Written By: Shelby Dawn

With TJ's first Alberta winter coming to a close the 22 year old Puyallup, Washington native could not be more ready to get back in the seat for the upcoming 2014 race season, in fact, he's been keeping the seat quite warm for the past few weeks! Many preparations have been made through the winter so that the team will be ready to compete as the snow melts and the ground thaws.
 
After a terrible accident on the way to the races last August, which destroyed EBR motorsports race trailer, the team has acquired a new one. The Toter, which also suffered damage during the wreck, has been completely redone, pictures will be posted soon! Three cars have been prepped and are ready to keep TJ out on the track for the year!


 
The TJ Hartman Racing team has also added a Custom Automotive Specialties Motor to their ranks. This 360 machine will go in the 22 year olds #19 Maxim and he’ll have his first chance to gas it up this coming weekend, May 10th, at Castrol Raceway in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. TJ’s plan is to compete for the 360 Championship at Castrol, with 9 races scheduled at the Edmonton based raceway alone. This past Thursday and Saturday, TJ got some great seat time in at Castrol in the EBR Motorsports V8 Sporty. TJ hot lapped the car into 2nd fast time last night but the event was cancelled soon after when the snow just became too much to continue. It had been 8 months since he had been behind the wheel but he says that he is feeling more confident than ever and is more than ready to start the season.
 
TJ would like to thank Scotty Evans and Lisa Davies for their kind hospitality through the winter months. As TJ puts it, "It's a huge commitment to allow someone to invade your space for a significant amount of time and I am incredibly grateful for their support." A special thanks is also in order for Matt Davies, who shared his shop with TJ so that his racing equipment would have a warm and snow free place to live for the winter.


TJ's win at Castrol last season, beside Lisa and Scotty!
 
It’s with great pleasure to announce a new crew member to the team. Doug Anderson made the trek up to Edmonton a few weeks ago and has been helping TJ prep for the start of the season. TJ and Doug have been friends since they were just beginning their careers in quarter midgets. Doug is a driver himself and has 13 years of experience in running late models, legend cars, and quarter midgets. As lead wrench he plays a major role in what is happening behind the scenes for the team.


 

Due to a mix up of dates, TJ will not be back in Washington until June 7th when he will race at Grays Harbor Raceway in Elma, WA, with May 16th & 17th being at Electric City Speedway in Great Falls, MT.
 
June 7th marks 5 years since a wreck that took TJ out of competition for the remainder of the 2009 season. TJ suffered a concussion, destroyed his car and hurt his motor in one fatal swoop that night. For him, racing on this day once again, at the track where it took place is a very big deal. TJ is looking to have fun and is excited to be back in front of all his GHR fans!
 
TJ is very excited to have some new sponsors on board for this year. A special thanks to, Harley Davidson of Edmonton, Custom Automotive Specialties, Alberta Elevator Services, Pro-Lite Electric, Lesco Distributors and Capital Gear Motorsports, as well as our returning sponsors, Butlerbuilt, Simpson, Rod End Supply, Hooker Harness, Performance Coatings, Astro Titanium and Kinsler Fuel Injection. With a new year comes new opportunities and TJ is excited and ready to see what the season has to offer him. He has met some great people during his last 10 months in Canada and could not be more appreciative for all the friendships that he has formed and all of the support that he has been shown.
 
In order to stay up to date with TJ and his racing progress for the upcoming season you can:
"Like" his TJ Hartman Racing Facebook page,
"follow" him on Twitter @TJHartman19 or
"follow" him on Instagram @TJHartman19