Family time is a common theme at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park. It’s evident on race day, shared in the campground and certainly part of the racing fraternity when careers begin outside turn eight of the Mario Andretti Straightaway at the kart track.

This year as much was true in the Toyo Tires F1600 Championship as a father-son tandem came on the scene and James Lindsay found immediate success: Rookie of the Year, MK Technologies Most Improved Driver and the FEL Social Media Award in season one!

Read on to find out more about the paddock’s latest F1600 success story.

How long have you been racing? 

I’ve raced for only one year and that’s in my own 1991 F1600 Van Diemen.

How many race cars have you owned? 

I’ve only owned my ’91 Van Diemen which I call Roxanne. The name started from parents calling the ’91 my girlfriend because I spend all my time and money on her. One day when joking around in the garage, Roxanne by the Police was on the radio and the name stuck.  

What is your # and why did you choose it? 

35, because of a father-son connection. 35 was one of the numbers my Dad raced with. He has never raced since I was born but growing up there have always been beautiful photos on the office wall to stare at – one being at Mid Ohio in his Alfa Powered Elva Mk6 with a large 35 meatball on the side. 

What other classes have you raced? 

Being new to the sport I’ve only raced F1600.

What track raced has been your favourite? 

I’ve only raced three tracks, being my first year. Of those three I have to say Mosport is my favourite.

What track would you love to race around? 

Spa! What isn’t to love, a gorgeous race track with the world famous corner and a lovely facility in the Belgium hillside. For a driver it is a fast, flowing race track with lots of elevation change and Eau Rouge simply looks amazing. It is a bucket list race track for me! 

What is your greatest racing memory? 

Chasing Mike Lee for 3rd place on my first ever race weekend.

Favourite driver from any generation? 

Alain Prost because he is smooth and canny.

Do you plan to be on the grid in 2018? 

Hope to run a full season.

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Photos by Richard Coburn