AMHERST – When Ryan Mackintosh left home three years ago he hoped to make his mark in the world of racing.
The 16-year-old Amherst teen is home from Kannapolis, N.C. where he has been driving for Chris Woods Racing in Allison Legends and Legacy events in the southern United States.
“It has been going very good. I had a great summer and am looking forward to beginning the winter series in a couple of weeks,” said Mackintosh, who arrived home Thursday for the U.S. Thanksgiving holiday. “It’s pretty hectic, but I’m gaining a lot of experience.”
Just prior to coming home, Mackintosh raced at Rockingham, winning the INEX Semi-Pro feature and competing in the Rockingham ‘Money’ Race, where he qualified third out of 27 drivers before retiring due to mechanical issues after battling for top spot throughout.
Mackintosh started several years ago racing karts at tracks throughout the Maritimes before graduating to Bandoleros. Last year was his first year with Legends cars and he is gaining more experience driving Legends vehicles, which have more horsepower and travel at higher speeds.
In August, Mackintosh placed fourth in the Summer Shootout Series at the Charlotte Motor Speedway in North Carolina, winning the final race in the series in his NorthEastLegends.com #03 Semi-Pro Legend.
The summer saw him race in the Legend car at several events, winning the semi-pro title at LegendStock in New York, the Red, White and Blue Championship as well as the final feature in the Summer Shootout.
The winter shootout that begins in early December will see Mackintosh race in eight races, including three on oval tracks and five road courses.
“I’m pretty busy getting ready for the winter series,” Mackintosh said. “It’s a lot of work for a lot of races and I’m looking forward to getting back on the track.”
He also plans to race in the Legends national championship series and is looking to eventually make the jump to the larger late model cars – which are the same size as full-size cars.
Mackintosh also plans to race in the Florida nationals in February.
A three-time Canadian INEX Bandolero champion, Mackintosh said he owes a lot of his success to Chris Woods and to sponsors like Scotia Hyundai and NorthEastLegends.com. He also credits Dan Hemric for doing the setup work on his car.