SEEKONK, Mass. – Pavement open-wheel short-track competitor Kyle Hamilton is relishing a new challenge to add this his schedule this coming week.
Hamilton will take part in the NEMA Lites portion of the Boston Louie Memorial at Seekonk Speedway in Massachusetts on Wedensday.
Hamilton has seen success in many midget and sprint car series but has always wanted to take on the world of winged pavement racing. The Danville, Ind., native will finally get to do that Wednesday in the No. 76 FMR Racing/Seymour Performance Products Hawk/Focus.
“I have pitted next to the Seymour’s a couple times in the past and always liked their work ethic and professionalism,” Hamilton said. “That’s kind of how we got to know each other a little bit. They work with the owner of my car, Frank Manafort. Frank was looking for a driver for his No. 76 midget for the Boston Louie Memorial and the Seymour’s made it happen for me. I’ve followed the NEMA series for a few years online and always thought the Boston Louie race would be cool to run, especially for a pavement driver like myself.”
As part of a tune-up for the Boston Louie Memorial, the 2015 Indianapolis Speedrome Tony Stewart Midget Classic winner got to shake down the car on June 18 in Monadnock, N.H. The three-time Little 500 top-five finisher drove from 11th to fourth in the feature.
“To get this call is special to me because it’s a culmination of all of the hard work my family and I have put in over the years,” Hamilton said. “It will be fun to see a different part of the country and race in front of a big crowd as well as in front of an even bigger TV audience. Luckily, the team was able to fly me out to race at Monadnock Speedway last weekend to get some practice in a wing car. I soaked up as much information as I could so I don’t think we will be too far off when we get to Seekonk Speedway. Matt and Bob Seymour will get the car right if the setup needs work. To say I’m looking forward to it would be an understatement. I think we have a realistic shot to challenge for a win.”
SPEED SPORT will be on hand to film the Boston Louie Memorial for a future episode of Suzuki presents SPEED SPORT on MAVTV.