By Daniel Powell
The 2010/11 season certainly finished strongly for Ian Madsen, after he took out the NSW Sprintcar Championship recently, and now he’s focused on his second full season in America.
After a mixed run throughout his maiden World Series Sprintcar (WSS) Championship campaign, where he ended up fifth in the final overall point standings driving for Western Australian car owner Garry Miller, Madsen finished up the season running for the Sydney based Matherson Racing team, which saw him drive their A.C.T # 29 Maxim that was a car formerly driven by Madsen’s older brother, Kerry.
In their debut race meeting together, Sydney Speedway in early March, Madsen and Matherson Racing team came up triumphs in what was a dominant feature race drive. Their good form continued in the next two race meetings at Sydney Speedway when they finished in fifth and second place respectively. In their final race meeting together, the NSW Championship at Dubbo’s Morris Park Speedway, Madsen claimed a solid victory in difficult track conditions.
“The Matherson’s have been family friends of mine for quite some time and when my deal with the Miller Family finished up after World Series, they offered me a drive and I had no hesitations, as they had strong equipment and I was confident that we could do well together,” commented Madsen. “We worked very well together, as we just went about our racing in a relaxed way and everyone was very pleased with our results in such a short space of time.”
Just last week Madsen flew back over to America in order to finalise a deal for his second full Sprintcar season over there. After he had run the full Knoxville Raceway season last year aboard the # 55 TK Concrete Maxim that was owned Tony and Kelly Vermeer, who now have Terry McCarl as their driver, Madsen was left to search for another ride.
Madsen would like to thank Garry Miller and his family for all their support throughout the 2010/11 season, along with the Matherson Family, City Access Scaffolding, Motorcycle Rescue – Sydney, Lucas Oil, Butler Built Seats, Clinton McKenzie and Steven Lynch.