Student Vying to Race in Michigan Speedway
Grade 9 Vincent Massey student Ray
Morneau is certainly racing down the road to victory at an early age! Although only 14 years old and still years
away from obtaining a Canadian driver’s license, Ray is preparing to compete for a coveted
spot in the Street Stock Division of Michigan’s Flat Rock Speedway!
While the Automobile Racing Club of
America will allow capable 14-year-olds to race full size stock cars, earning
the go-ahead at such a young age is still no light task. A rigorous screening process has been set in
place in order to uphold the safety of the young competitors, and Ray will be
required to rent a quarter-mile track at Flat Rock during the spring for a
private assessment. He will also need to
submit a racing resume and background, as well as partake in an interview with
This would definitely present as a
daunting undertaking to many 14 year olds.
Ray, however, is a three-time Grand Bend Micro Sprint Champion who started
racing go-carts at the age of seven. He
feels confident that his experience with racing competition will help pave the
way towards a great future track record, so to speak! Competing in the Legend Division for two
seasons after moving up from go-karts, he drove a 1932 Ford Coupe and finished
fourth in the overall points race in Grand Bend 2014. Even more remarkable: he was one of the field’s youngest drivers!
Ray certainly has the support of all
of his fellow Mustangs behind him. Along with support from family and
community, passion is the fuel pushing him towards the finish line and,
eventually, his ultimate goal of NASCAR. Through watching Ray embark on his
goals, it is humbling to be reminded that even while racing towards the finish
line, we can always take the opportunity to both learn from and enjoy the race!