Saanich’s 65-year-old race car driver, Bill Okell, has kicked off yet another season of racing down on the southern California race circuit.
Bill Okell, Saanich’s 65-year-old race car driver, sped his way to a podium finish during the western conference U.S. Majors Hoosier SCCA Super Tour feature race at the Buttonwillow Raceway Park in Bakersfield, Calif. on Feb. 23. (Video submitted by Bill Okell) pic.twitter.com/0q1F9Bgbyb
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Okell nabbed a third-in-class title and a podium finish at his first race of 2020 – the western conference Hoosier Sports Car Club of America (SCCA) Super Tour, which took place Feb. 21-23 at the Buttonwillow Raceway Park in Bakersfield, Calif.
Okell competed in two production races at the Hoosier SCCA Super Tour. On Feb. 22, he sped around the track for a sprint race and on Feb. 23, he took part in the 17-lap feature race. He nabbed third in class during the Saturday race and second place in the feature race. Okell said he was just “inches away” from securing his fifth U.S. Majors win.
While he typically races in a 1964 MGB Roadster that he’s been driving in for 44 years, Okell traded in old familiar for a black MG Midget owned by Huffaker Engineering. He began racing with the Huffaker team in 2014 but struck out on his own in 2019. After taking a year off from the team, Okell decided to race with Huffaker once again.
The weekend’s success made his triumphant return to the Huffaker team a “memorable experience.”
Okell, who turns 66 this year, doesn’t have much time to celebrate as he has already set his sights on the next U.S. Majors Western Conference Series race which takes place at the Laguna Seca Raceway Park in Monterey, Calif. in just over a month.
He’s hoping for a successful 2020 season and is already looking ahead to the 2021 National Championships in Indianapolis.