Car: #11, 360 Sprint Car
Hometown: Caistor Centre, Ontario, Canada
Jamie has attended the local dirt track races for over 40 years with his father Don Turner along with family, friends and crewmembers. Jamie watched his father win modified features at Ransomville, Merrittville and Humberstone Speedways along with the 1980 Merrittville Speedway track championship. In 1983 Jamie and friend Tim May decided to both race in the inaugural Gumball 100 at Merrittville Speedway. Tim was very fast but his “street” racer broke while Jamie was lucky enough to win his heat and feature race with a winner’s prize of $1000 in his first race. In 1985, Jamie and his brother Todd shared the driving duties of the new Team Turner #11 Bomber race car. Both drivers won feature races in their first year, with Jamie winning the All-Canadian Championship at Humberstone Speedway.
Jamie moved up and raced one year of the Sportsman division in 1987, and then became the driver of the Plazek Auto Recyclers #11 big block modified in 1988. After a very steep learning curve Jamie won his first Modified race in 1994 at Merrittville Speedway. He has won Modified features at all of his regularly raced tracks, Ransomville, Merrittville and Humberstone Speedways. In 1995 Jamie had the most feature wins in the modified division and was crowned the Merrittville Speedway “Driver of the Year”.
In 2010 after a five year hiatus from the local dirt tracks, Jamie returned to the driver’s seat in car #11 racing weekly at Ohsweken Speedway in the 360 Sprint Car division. Jamie and the team enjoyed the new challenge of working with the Sprint Car. Jamie’s first year in the Sprint Car won him Rookie of the Year honours at Ohsweken Speedway, in 2012 and 2013 he was awarded the Sportsmanship awards. In 2015 Jamie enjoyed competing against both of his sons in Sprint 360 competition. The team improved a lot throughout the season and on Aug. 28th in front of many family and friends there for the team’s annual Corn Roast, Jamie captured his first Sprint 360 A-Main win. The night was a great one for the memory books as he was followed across the finish line by Cory in second place which gave the team a lot to celebrate that night. Jamie realized his major goal in 2015 by capturing that first win. For 2016 Jamie will be looking to get his #11 into the top 5 in Corr/Pak Sprint points at Ohsweken Speedway.
Car: #91, DIRTcar Sportsman
Hometown: Caistor Centre, Ontario, Canada
In 2012 Ryan began his rookie season by purchasing his brother Cory’s car & competing along side Cory in the Thunder Stock division. Ryan proved that driving talent runs in the family and he claimed 5 top five finishes in his rookie season which helped him win the “Rookie of the Year” award in the Thunder Stock division at Ohsweken Speedway. He also came home with the “Best Appearing Car” Award from Ohsweken as well.
In 2013 Ryan and his team had a very successful 2nd season with the #91 Thunderstock. Ryan drove the #91 to six feature wins throughout the year claiming wins at Ohsweken, Merrittville & Humberstone Speedways. At Ohsweken Speedway Ryan drove the #91 into victory lane at the 50 lap Brock Leonard Memorial Race and was voted by his peers as the 2013 Driver of the Year in the Thunder Stock class. In 2014 Ryan competed weekly in the Sportsman division at both Merrittville & Humberstone Speedways where he claimed Rookie of the Year honours at both tracks.
In 2015 Ryan climbed into a 360 Sprint Car ride to compete alongside his Dad & Brother nightly. He had a very successful first season and came home with Rookie of the Year in both the Corr/Pak & SOS Sprint divisions with getting top 10 in both points standings. For 2016 Ryan will again be piloting his #91 360 Sprint Car and competing weekly at Ohsweken as well as following the SOS Tour. His goal for 2016 is to capture his first win in a 360 Sprint Car and to better his points standing finishes to top 5 this season.
Car: #97, 360 Sprint Car
Hometown: Caistor Centre, Ontario, Canada
Cory’s rookie season in the Thunder Stock was very successful claiming his first ever feature win at Ohsweken Speedway as a third generation driver. He was awarded “Rookie of the Year” in the Thunder Stock division as well as fan selected “Driver of the Year”. His team also collected the “Mechanic of the Year” award.
In 2012 Cory was excited to take over the driving duties of the #33T Mike Granton ride. After a lot of mechanic troubles early in the season Cory & Team Turner pulled the #33T into victory lane at both Ohsweken & Merrittville Speedways. At Merrittville he stood in victory lane reminiscing about standing there as a child with his grandfather, Don Turner, his dad Jamie as well as his uncle Joe Plazek. He said it felt surreal and that he was happy to continue on the family tradition. Awarded the fan selected “Driver of the Year” award for the second year in a row at Ohsweken and claiming “Rookie of the Year” honours at Merrittville Speedway was a nice finish to his season.
In 2013 Cory posted feature wins in the #19 Thunderstock at both Ohsweken & Merrittville Speedways. His team was able to finish 2nd in points at both Ohsweken & Humberstone Speedways being edged out of the title by only a handful of points at each track. Cory’s team was awarded Team of the Year at Humberstone Speedway as well as Best Appearing Car for 2013. In 2014 Cory moved up to the 360 Sprint Car division and competed weekly in the Corr Pak and SOS shows. He claimed Rookie of the Year honours for the Corr Pak Divison. In 2015 Cory achieved many firsts. He won his first 360 Sprint Car A-Main at the Brighton Speedway on Aug. 8th. He had a very consistent year by finishing top 5 in both Corr/Pak & SOS points standings and qualified for the Canadian Sprint Car Nationals by winning the Little Feature.
This season Cory will be piloting the #97 Hills Racing Team ride. He is very exciting about driving for the Hills Team and will be competing regularly at Ohsweken Speedway as well as following the SOS Tour and catching some Patriot Sprint & Empire Super Sprint shows throughout the season. His goal for 2016 is to capture his first win at Ohsweken Speedway.
Car: #9nz, Sprint Car
Hometown: Aukland, New Zealand
Havard started racing in his teens with Rally and Hillclimbs. After several years off, he went back in his late 20’s, this time to the speedway on Motorcycle/Sidecar. This sport is unique to New Zealand and Australia and involves high horsepower 1050cc motorcycle/sidecars going the opposite way around dirt oval. While participating in this sport he developed a passion for Sprint Car racing, attending at every opportunity, but never thinking he would own one.
After retiring from Sidecars at age 33, Havard stayed away from the Speedway for 16 years. During this time he started running, biking & swimming to keep fit for Sprint Car Racing lighting a new sporting passion that, among other things, saw him compete 41 Iron Man Triathalons, numberous marathons, several 24 hour “adventure races” and one 28 day race, running, mountain biking, cycling and kayaking the length of New Zealand. Havard still runs marathons in Canada and in the United States, recently completing a 100 mile marathon in the U.S.
At age 49, Havard finally achieved the dream of racing a Sprint Car. Racing for several seasons in the small but very competitive NZ Sprint Car scene. Assisted by a loyal group of friends, including life long friend and first sidecar passenger, Perry Pickler. Highlights included a 4th place in the north Island Sprint Car Championships in his first season, a 3rd in his club championship and in 2006 competing against the World of Outlaws on their only visit to New Zealand.
Coming to Canada on business it was a chance meeting with Jamie Turner at a winter Toronto Motorsports show that has lead him to being given the chance to race with Team Turner Racing and realize his dream of racing a Sprint Car in North America. Although unable to compete at all events due to business commitments, Havard is keen to do all he can to repay Team Turner Racing crew and their marketing partners for supporting him in achieving his dream. 2013 saw Havard post his first top five finish in Canada at Ohsweken Speedway. Havard has currently returned to New Zealand to live during the Canadian winters, but will be returning to Canada during our summer to pilot the #9NZ at Ohsweken Speedway.