“My friend Brian and I strapped a cargo carrier to the back of my wife Christine’s Nissan Rogue and we hauled out to Indianapolis.” Proctor would make the overnight trip on a cold February night in just under 12 hours as they drove straight though. “We left right after work on Friday, got to Indy on Saturday, and was back home on Sunday.” A trailer wasn’t needed for this racer, and the Nissan Rogue made it home in one piece with a newly repaired chassis attached.
The car would sit bare in the garage of his new house for an extended period of time, as both Tim and his wife Christine were in the midst of moving between his trips to Indiana.
“Once we got settled in and I had time to work on the car again, my mind was set on returning to my favorite track Bethel (scheduled for May 19th).I worked on the car for weeks only to have Bethel rain out on us.”
The extra week off set the stage for Proctor to make his ATQMRA return at his home track one week later at Wall Stadium. “I went to Wall with the mentality to just shake the car down. After everything we have been through, I just wanted to make sure everything was running as it should and just bring it home in one piece.”
Proctor, without the assistance of a pit crew, went on to finish forth in the second heat race of the evening. From there, he drew the pole position for the feature and went on to lead the whole race to claim his first ATQMRA victory.
“This was for sure the oddest win of my career but also one of the most satisfying. I cannot thank my wife Christine, my friend Brian, Aunt Jackie, Uncle Ray and my co-owner Paul Binz for all of their support to help me get back on the track. Of course I wouldn’t be here without the help of Gary or Danny either.”
Tim Proctor is a true racer. After fighting months of adversity, Proctor proved that with the proper work ethic and determination to succeed, anyone can accomplish their goals. Proctor is just one of many racers who understand that racing is a full-time job outside of just driving the car, and his victory at Wall Stadium earned him the satisfaction he has been seeking for some time. When asked if he would do it all over again in order to earn a victory - “absolutely.”