Tommy Wickham is Ready to Tackle his Rookie Season with the Empire Super Sprints.
SYRACUSE, N.Y. -- The Empire Super Sprints (ESS) has grown to be one of the largest 360 sprint car organizations in the country. For 19 year old Tommy Wickham the 2006 season will be a big challenge as he embarks on the 23rd anniversary tour in hopes of success and possible rookie of the year honors. Wickham adds his name to a growing list of first year hopefuls for the upcoming racing campaign brought to you by nativepoker.com.
The ESS Tour 2006 will be a big step in a career that hopefully will find the Constantia, N.Y. pilot as a full-time winged sprint car driver. "That has been my goal ever since I've been racing ¼ midgets when I was four years old." Wickham mentions on his career aspirations in sprint cars. "Last year I got my first sprinter and ran a bunch of shows but motor troubles held us back some. Still, I learned a lot and I hope I'm ready to move up to ESS and try to make myself better. I want to race as much as I can and do some traveling."
While a used car along with some valuable help from second cousin and sprint veteran Dave Wickham got Tommy on the right track last season, a newer J&J from Mal Lane and a powerful motor purchased from Curt Shuttleworth is the equipment for 2006. "To run with some of the best drivers around we knew that we needed better equipment and I think we got some of the best." noted the many-time feature winner in micro sprints. "While rookie of the year with ESS would be nice, running all the races and getting finishes, top 10's, maybe top 5's that's just my goal. I'd love to be an Outlaw driver but I know I have to get more experience here at home first."
While some help from close friends makes up the sponsorships as of now, Tommy is ready to get his name out there in hopes of getting some added funding. A 46 ft. stacker trailer is being readied for use down the road and also hopes of adding to his parts inventory and equipment is a primary goal.
Another name has been added to the stout list of first time ESS competitors. Joining Steve Poirier and Jessica Zemken, Tommy Wickham is looking to make a few headlines himself. The ESS Tour 2006 brought to you by nativepoker.com will kick off in May with already over 30 dates at some 17 different speedways booked making the 24th season of showcasing some of the very best in "America's Race Cars" one of the most looked forward to tours in history. For the latest up to date news and information feel free to log on to www.empiresupersprints.com.