Ontario Pro Challenge names Rookie of the Year

Rookie of the Year award to Holgate Motorsports Brad LeLiever in Ontario Pro Challenge Barrie Honda/Georgian Pontiac//Thermoseal Industries Monte Carlo finishes a strong seventh in final points. SUNSET SPEEDWAY, STROUD, ONTARIO In front of a...

Rookie of the Year award to Holgate Motorsports Brad LeLiever in Ontario Pro Challenge

Barrie Honda/Georgian Pontiac//Thermoseal Industries Monte Carlo finishes a strong seventh in final points.

SUNSET SPEEDWAY, STROUD, ONTARIO In front of a home crowd, Holgate Motorsports was looking to put the finishing touches on its first year in the Ontario Pro Challenge Series with the Barrie Honda/Georgian Pontiac/Thermoseal Industries Monte Carlo. Driver Brad LeLiever has shown tremendous promise during his first year, which has earned him the Rookie of the Year award for 2005.

"It has been a learning year that's for sure," said team Principal John Holgate. "The series has really helped us, as have the Nicholsons and Dennis Thomson. The last couple of races have been a little tough on us, but already we are looking forward to next year."

LeLiever's run to Rookie of the Year has been a little bumpy at times, but he's taking it all in stride and looking forward to his sophomore year. "You know, it is a lot harder than it looks," LeLiever said. "There is so much more to know. The racing is different, the passing is different, and all our cars are the same. I know the experience I got this year will help next year. I have to thank Holgate Motorsports for giving me a competitive car week in and week out. Also, thanks to Barrie Honda, Georgian Pontiac and Thermoseal for all their support."

With the Ontario Pro Challenge Series done for the year, John Holgate says he will give team members a little break before getting ready for next year. "Our Barrie Honda/Georgian Pontiac/Thermoseal Monte Carlo held up well this year," Holgate said. "We will take a few weeks off now and then we will begin the process of getting ready for next year. We have some work to do, but with all we learned this year, next year should be a good year for us."

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