Sun Peaks business owner, family man and NASCAR driver Jason White is gearing up to get back on the track this season, joining up with a new team for the 2015 Canadian Tire series.
After racing locally and in the CASCAR series for several years, White made his NASCAR debut on B.C.’s Sun Valley Speedway and went on to race full-time for several years, before dropping back to part-time competition last year, allowing him to spend more time with his family and keep up with his growing business, Powder Ventures Excavation.
White will continue his part-time career this season, signing up with the newly formed, Ontario based, South Shore Racing, run by long-time NASCAR crew chief Rob McConnell.
“Rob has been helping me out for a good six or seven years now. He bought a car from my old team (DJK Racing) and I’ve committed to four races with him this season,” White said.
The first race of White’s season will take place at Ontario’s Sunset Speedway on June 20, before heading back west to race at the Edmonton International Raceway on July 11 and Saskatoon’s Auto Clearing Motor Speedway on July 15.
White will also compete in the season finale race at Ontario’s Kawartha Speedway on September 19, where he’ll meet his brother Jim on the circuit.
There’s also a “pretty good possibility” that White may be fielding a DJK Racing car at the Riverside International Speedway in Nova Scotia on August 15.
White said he and crew chief McConnell would be competitive this season, but would be sure to enjoy themselves along the way.
“We’re both going to be there to have fun. We’ve both been involved in the business for the past 10 years, and we’ve got a really good group of guys who’ve been helping us out.
“. . . and you never know, maybe we’ll get a top three or even a win.”
White’s best NASCAR finishes came in 2012 and 2013, where he picked up fifth place at races in B.C. and Quebec.
This year will see White reach 86 career races, and he hopes to reach at least 100 races before making any decisions about his future.
“After I do 100 races maybe I’ll look at hanging it up for good, but there’s still some fun to be had. I’ll see how things go with Rob — if we get along then we’ll keep doing a few races a year.”
Racing has always been a family affair for the Whites. Brother Jim is expected to meet Jason on the track later in the season, and father Marty was inducted into the Kamloops Sports Hall of Fame earlier this year — the first motorsports racer to be inducted.
“It’s great to have someone from the family inducted, and it’s great for the sport as well. It’s opened the door for other motorsports, like Sun Peaks’ motorcyclist Al Perrett,” White said.
“He should be in the Hall of Fame.”
Follow Jason White on Twitter for the latest results this NASCAR season: @racinjasonwhite