Garry and Jamie Heyen will compete in the open Sprintcar SRA series, starting on November 2.By Trent Horneman
It is fair to say that speedway racing courses through the veins of Moama’s Heyen family.
Garry Heyen has spent years involved in motorsport. This season he is partnering with son Jamie to compete in the open Sprintcar SRA series.
The HFM, Heyen Family Motorsport, team will compete in the first round of the series, starting on November 2 at Moama’s Heartland Speedway.
Garry said this was the second time the family had raced open sprintcars, having previously raced in mini sprintcar classes.
‘‘Jamie is still learning the craft,’’ he said.
Having raced nine times last season, the team will hope to complete all 12 races in 2013-14.
‘‘A lot will depend on how the car holds up,’’ he said.
Garry said the team was a true family operation.
‘‘Jamie and I go, as well as my wife Sharon and daughter Simone. If they aren’t able to go then we don’t go,’’ he said.
‘‘We all love the speedway. I met Sharon through it and it is just something we have all grown up with.’’
Jamie said he looked forward to getting behind the wheel this season.
‘‘It is great racing with the family, I would not have it any other way,’’ he said.
‘‘The open sprintcar is challenging.
‘‘It is good to have the first round so close to home. Hopefully we can go better than last year and improve our placings.’’
Being a private company, the Heyens also invest plenty of money into racing.
‘‘To get onto the track each round would cost us about $1000 in fuel before there is anything that could go wrong with the car,’’ he said.
‘‘Last year Jamie rolled the car and damaged the foil on top, that is $1000 right there.’’
Being one of just a few sprintcar teams in the region, Garry said he would love to find local businesses to back the team.
‘‘It is hard to compete with larger teams, which have commercial backing. I would love to find someone keen to support us, so that we could put their name on the car,’’ he said.
‘‘It is expensive, even if we could find someone to offer equipment to help us race, it would be appreciated.’’
The Heyens will show off their sprintcar at the Moama Market on Sunday morning.
To find out more about the HFM team, visit Heyen Family Motorsport on Facebook.
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