11-year-old speedster makes jump to Bandolero racing
Mackintosh ready for a new challenge
AMHERST - A young Amherst racer has developed a definite need for speed that has translated into success on the track.
Ryan Mackintosh, 11, recently completed a successful season with both the Island Karting Club on Prince Edward Island and the Championship Kart Racing Association in Moncton.
Now he's turning his attention to a different challenge in INEX Bandolero, where he'll be driving the Number 24 Casey Concrete Bandolero at Scotia Speedworld in Halifax.
"I had a chance to test a bandolero in October in Halifax and I really liked it. It's a different challenge, the speed is a little faster," Mackintosh said. "It's sort of like going from F-1 to NASCAR."
A racing fan since age seven, Mackintosh entered kart racing through the help of friend Nathan Kelly and his father, Barry. Racing in the novice class also gave him the chance to race against his friend, Alex VanSnick of Amherst, who also had a solid season behind the wheel.
Both Mackintosh and VanSnick took home a lot of hardware at the recent Championship Cart Association banquet with Mackintosh placing first in points in the novice division and VanSnick placing third with the Snickers Racing team.
Mackintosh also took home rookie of the year honours in the novice points championship with VanSnick named the most improved driver.
Mackintosh was also third in points in the Island circuit and was named rookie of the year on Prince Edward Island.
"I had a good year. I had a good car and great support from sponsors," he said. "They gave me a lot of support. It took a lot of hard work and dedication. My dad did a lot of work on the motor and we had a lot of help with Barry, Rhonda and Nathan (Kelly)."
Cumberland Honda, Scotsburn Dairy, Canadian Tire, Bradeans, AMA Marketing, M&S and CIBC?Wood Gundy all supported the team along with Pizza Delight and Shoppers Drug Mart.
Next season, Mackintosh will continue racing in the novice circuit in three Maritime series, he will compete in 15 Bandolero events in Halifax as well as other events around the region.
He's also planning to travel to North Carolina over the winter to practice at Lowe's Motor Speedway with the bandolero team of former Busch Series champion Randy Lajoie, whose son is Mackintosh's age and also races bandoleros.
For more information on Mackintosh, go to his website: www.ryanmackintoshracing.com.