Harold Martin is Prepared and Excited to Return to Edmonton Throughout the course of their careers, race car drivers compete on numerous tracks across the country, the continent, and sometimes even the world. During that time, they will ...
Harold Martin is Prepared and Excited to Return to Edmonton
Throughout the course of their careers, race car drivers compete on numerous tracks across the country, the continent, and sometimes even the world. During that time, they will develop an affinity for a select few facilities. This choice may be made based on such factors as its proximity to their home town or record of past success.
The newly-renamed Castrol Raceway in Edmonton, Alberta is such a place for Harold Martin and the ACDelco Pro Modified Pontiac Racing team. Even though it has only been a part of the IHRA's eMax Drag Racing Series for three years, the western Canadian quarter-mile has earned a permanent place in the Martin Motorsports crew collective hearts as, in 2004, it was the site of their first IHRA national event win.
"Edmonton has some great memories for the ACDelco Racing team," said Martin. "Obviously, the big win is something that we'll carry forever, as well as the track record that we set there in 2004. From an engineering standpoint, it's a great pleasure to have gone there initially five or six years ago without a set-up to then find the right combination and perform historically as well as we have over the years there. The atmosphere is a very challenging one for finding the proper set-up, but we have good notes based on our previous successes there, which we hope to use to our benefit once again this weekend."
As they return to the Alberta province for this year's edition of the Cars RV & Marine & Motorsports Rocky Mountain Nationals, Martin and his Michigan-based team will look to duplicate that performance from two years ago. However, they realize that in order to put themselves in contention for that second Edmonton win, they must cover every detail in getting ready for the event and prepare for every consequence that will develop throughout the course of the event. It is a challenge the "EFI Wizard" is confident they are ready to take on this weekend.
"As we look forward to the race, we see a three-step strategy," detailed Martin. "The first step is to implement the set-up that has historically worked best for us in that atmosphere. The second is to adjust to whatever changes have been made since the last time we were successful there, while the third and final element is to protect against and remove any of the gremlins that have plagued us this year.
"Much like the last race in Grand Bend, our ACDelco Pontiac crew will head to Edmonton having tested extensively, hoping to have eliminated any problems we have encountered in the past, and are now just hoping to have a little racing luck go our way."
Finally, Martin has another incentive for winning this weekend, as it would offer the perfect opportunity to recognize the one person who has been the driving force in his life both on and off the track - his father, Huston, a well-respected and accomplished racer in his own right. After all, an IHRA "Iron Man" would be the perfect, although slightly belated, Father's Day gift.
"There would be nothing more special than to win one for my father," stated Martin. "If there is one person that truly appreciates the challenges of racing and our program, it is my dad. He understands how difficult this is, and through it all, his support has never wavered. I look up during the late hours in the shop, and I see him cheering me on as we burn the midnight oil. There would be nothing better this weekend, one week after Father's Day, than to reward him, as well as all the other dads who are supporting us in our racing efforts."