OSWEGO – Living his Dream.
It might not be at the Daytona 500, but Ogdensburgs Zach Amo is living his dream of driving a Small Block SuperModified car on the pavement of the famed Oswego Speedway. A track well known by Sprint Cup drivers including Jeff, Brett and Todd Bodine and Dale Waltrip and Indy driver Davey Hamilton.
My dad and I sold our DIRT Track equipment and obtained a top quality SuperModified car over the winter, said Zach Amo.
Our first two-three weeks, started really slow as we experiencing clutch problems. After getting those problems cleared up, the car has been running a lot better.
And Amo is starting to find his learning curve according to his father Tim Amo.
Zach has finally been able to start his learning curve with the new ride. The last few weeks hes been showing a lot of improvement placing higher each week and being very competitive with other drivers, Tim Amo noted.
Amo finished 14th in a early July race after getting caught up in someone elses wreck on the opening lap.
I had to pit, said Zach Amo.
With help of the former owner of the car and his crew, I was able to return to racing. The car wasnt handling as good as earlier but their crew was able to get the car back on the track for me and I was able to finish 14th.
And being patient is what Amo is learning to do like he did as a halfback for OFA waiting for holes to open or playing defense on the girdiron.
Zach is learning to be more patient in driving. We have a plan that includes taking our time, not forcing things to happen to soon, improving week to week, and bringing the car home in one piece. Its all about making laps. That cant happen if the car comes in on the hook (wrecker), said Tim Amo.
Wrecks are costly as the Amo Race team has verybfew spare parts at present so a major crash could cost the team weeks of race time or maybe the season.
Our plans are hopefully to build our inventory up over the winter so that next year we can go at it hard without those worries, commented Zach Amo.
This year, Amos Race Team has several sponsors including Ogdensburg Pepsi Cola Bottlers, Crow Sports, Butternut Cove Cabins of Black Lake, Nigs Tavern and Schwelnus Chiropractic of Gouverneur.
Bill Hockey was instrumental for landing sponsor Wade Mirt Center of Farmington and Eddie OBriens Pub and Grill of Canandaigua.
If you are a real race fan and enjoy shear speed and have never been to the Steel Palace at Oswego. Please come. You wont be sorry, said Zach Amo.