2017 was your first year in the HRL. What brought you to the sport ?
I am a third generation outboard hydroplane racer and have been racing for about 15 years now and have had some success, so it is in my blood. In recent years, we have had a few outboard racers make the transition over to HRL, so last year I got the opportunity to help a crew a little bit with Hearn Motorsports, and after Valleyfield I had my mind set that this is what I wanted to do. The selling point for me was the HRL structure and professionalism, racing is something that my team and I take very seriously, so it felt like this was the perfect fit.
What is your best moment in the races?
The most memorable moment I have in racing, came two summer ago at our Outboard National Championships. I was able to win a national championship alongside my cousin, and in front of my grandfather. It would happen to be my grandfather’s last nationals he would attend before passing away in the next fall, so it was definitely special for him to see me win one last nationals.
How do you prepare yourself for a race?
Before every race I like to sit alone and focus on the race, play out different scenarios and how I can handle them, and go over all my timing points. I like to mentally prepare before the race, so once I am in the boat it is all reaction, and no need to think.
How was your performance in 2018? What were your strong and weak points?
We had a very strong performance in 2018, winning three races and being on the podium 6 out of the 7 races. Our team won the F-2500 Championship against some strong competition. Our strongest point was our ability to be consistent all year, which is key to being in the championship race at the end of the year. We had some mechanical difficulties during a few heats that left us on the beach, which we look to improve upon the 2019 season.
Are there any changes to your boat or your team?
We will be racing with a complete new team this year as we have formed de partnership with Roger Mahan Motorsports to campaign the H-12 in the H350 class. This will be a new challenge for myself along with my team as we will be working through another big learning curve, but we are looking forward to the challenges and expect another good result in 2019.
What are your goals for the 2019 season?
Consistency and preparation are our focus points that will allow us to be in the championship hunt again in 2019, and hopefully we will come out on the top.
John Wlodarski III