New Northeast Driver Development Program

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Evan Hallstrom (left) and Devin O'Connell (right) are the first members of the Hallstrom Motorsports Driver Development program. (Hallstrom Motorsports Photo)
Evan Hallstrom (left) and Devin O'Connell (right) are the first members of the Hallstrom Motorsports Driver Development program. (Hallstrom Motorsports Photo)
Evan Hallstrom (left) and Devin O’Connell (right) are the first members of the Hallstrom Motorsports Driver Development program. (Hallstrom Motorsports Photo)

INDIANAPOLIS — There’s a new driver development for young racers who call the Northeast home.

The first two drivers — Devin O’Connell and Evan Hallstrom — in the Hallstrom Motorsports Driver Development program stopped at the SPEED SPORT booth during the PRI Trade Show last week.

Having graduated to the late model division after working his way through Legend cars and the Allison Legacy series, the 18-year-old O’Connell is the lead driver for the program.

“Hallstrom Motorsports has created a driver development program to keep drivers racing in the Northeast for as long as they can,” O’Connell explained. “Many young racers are moving down to the south to find opportunities racing late models down there and it is really kind of killing racing in the Northeast. A lot of veterans are staying, but there are new up and coming drivers. As a result Hallstrom Motorsports created a driver development program to help keep drivers up north and develop them, so when they move south it will be for good opportunities such as the K&N Series or Trucks.”

O’Connell will compete on the American-Canadian Tour this season and weekly at Vermont’s Thunder Road Int’l Speedbowl.

“We are going to start with the ACT tour and develop drivers through that.,” O’Connell said. “We will eventually build a PASS car and then travel to some of the bigger races around the country.”

Hallstrom, 13, currently races in a lower stock car division, but already has his eyes on late models.

“I have been racing a four-cylinder Ford Mustang and I’ll be moving up to the late model within the next two years, maybe even this year,” Hallstrom said.

Information about the team is available from www.hallstrom-motorsports.com.