ESS star Ryan Coniam to run for Junior Holbrook to close out the World of Outlaws season. BURLINGTON, ONT. -- It's a dream come true for third year Canadian sprint car driver Ryan Coniam. The Empire Super Sprints (ESS) star will run the final...
ESS star Ryan Coniam to run for Junior Holbrook to close out the World of Outlaws season.
BURLINGTON, ONT. -- It's a dream come true for third year Canadian sprint car driver Ryan Coniam. The Empire Super Sprints (ESS) star will run the final seven races on the Pennzoil World of Outlaws tour aboard the famed Junior Holbrook #8H. Coniam and Holbrook will team together starting October 19 for the annual Winter Nationals at the Devil's Bowl Speedway in Texas and finish out the 2002 season on Nov. 8 & 9 at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway.
Coniam, son of former super modified great Warren Coniam, is coming off a very successful sophomore season with ESS by taking third in the final points standings and collecting three A-Main victories as well. During his brief sprint car career, Coniam as become good friends with the Ohio sprint car owner and have come together for a special seven race deal.
"I just have to thank Junior for everything, he's just a great person and he's really taking a chance on me for this seven race stint with the Outlaws." noted the 22 year old Coniam. "I sold my truck and trailer shortly after the ESS season was over and I was talking to Junior about maybe renting a ride for Vegas. He then asked why I don't run for him for the final few races with the Outlaws. It's just a dream come true, Junior was basically going to park his equipment after the Gumout Series was over but then he just decided to throw me behind the wheel as a friend."
Shane Stewart drove Holbrook's Eagle chassis sprinters on the Gumout Series for 2002 and finished a close second to Tyler Walker for the championship. After the completion of the Gumout tour, both parties split on friendly terms leaving the seat of the Red Line Oil backed sprinter vacant.
The equipment provided for Coniam will be second to none. "I just hope I can do a good job, Junior has the best stuff out there and I just can't wait to get to the track." noted Coniam. "My goal is to make every show, if we get a top ten or two that would be great. But, this is my big chance and I just want to be consistent."
The deal is just for the seven races, but there will be an all important evaluation by many in the Outlaw fold. "We have bought most of our 360 equipment from Junior over the past few seasons, this deal is more of a friendship type but it's what I need as I do want to become a full time Outlaw driver in the future." stated the driver of the VSM Abrasives #6 on the ESS tour. "I have to also thank VSM, Patco Transportation and Nicholson Roll Forming as they will be helping me in this venture as well."
Coniam has had some 410 experience for the first time this season running with the Outlaws at the Sharon Speedway in Ohio and also with the Gumout Series at the Fonda Speedway in N.Y. along with the Adams County Speedway and Southern Iowa Speedway in Iowa. The motor that was under is familiar #6 was built and bought from Holbrook, so he won't be entering these shows with wet feet.
It's a chance of a life time for Canadian Ryan Coniam; all eyes from his native country as well as the Northeast will be watching the future star of winged sprint cars.