Van Hal Racing Who We Are

We are the Van Hal Racing Team

Todd Van Hal is a former driver who stepped away from driving in 2012. When his son continued to show interest in racing, Van Hal Racing was reborn. Today, Todd finds himself the crew chief on a  Dirt Late Model. Operating the team from a garage behind the house, he is responsible for much of the engine building, bodywork and graphics on the race car.

Todd says, “I get way more out of it watching the kids drive than when I drove. There is so much to racing, Like learning how to set the cars up and building things. But, there is also the business aspect of it.”

Corrina–mom–is the heart of the operation. At the track and in the shop she makes sure that everyone has what they need. She is often the one who picks up the parts that have been ordered. On race nights, she’s the one making sure helmets are cleaned, batteries in radios are fresh. She makes sure everyone has enough fluids to stay hydrated and is responsible for picking up the lineups. It may sound like little things, but having someone to mind the “little things” makes the racing a lot easier.

In some ways, she has the toughest position on the team. “It’s very hard watching your babies. They are enjoying it, and it’s a family thing. But there are nerves being a mom.”

Van Hal Racing Team at sunset
Corrina checking on Jordan

Jessica, who is Todd and Corinna’s daughter also has some racing experience. For the past couple of years, she has raced the team’s Mini-Mod.  This year, however, she is taking off the helmet. She’ll still be at the track quite often, but as a newlywed to Jake, there are other priorities at the moment. 

Once the season starts, family friend Dillon Buchanan makes the drive from London each weekend to help round out the crew. He shows up, faithfully, to help out in the shop and at the track.

The Van Hal Racing team is committed to developing into better racers while having fun and spending time together. Sometimes, it’s not always about finishing first. Todd says, “The focus for Jess on the first year was to learn everything; control the car, hold a steady line, and learn track presence.”

Jess gets last minute advice from Todd
Changing tires on the Late Model

Jordan, who has been at it a little longer, has managed to put a few wins under his belt. Working together, he and Todd continue to develop their knowledge of Dirt Late Model setup. “From my days of racing Sport Stocks,” says Todd, “these have more horsepower. The adjustability of the late model is a lot greater, too.”

As they head into the racing season at, the team is committed to sharing their passion and excitement for this sport with each other, their friends, and the fans in the stands. If you’ve got a pit pass or come by after the races are done, you can almost always find someone from the team to chat with. If you want to learn more about racing, ask them your questions and they will be happy to answer.

Jordan Van Hal

Late Model #06

Jordan in his driving suit

Jordan got his first taste of driving a race car when he was 15. He bought his sister’s daily driver and, along with his dad, built up a bomber car. From there, Jordan has driven Mini-Mods and transitioned to Late Models two years ago.

“From the time I was 14,” says Jordan, “I was either out in the driveway or the garage working. I went to work, got home, and then worked on the cars.”

Dirt Late Model #06

Van Hal Racing Late Model

Dirt Late Models are at the ultimate class for “stock car” based cars. They are lightweight, highly adjustable beasts that provide an aggressive and fun driving experience. With wide Hoosier Tires and a little help from a couple of inches of stagger, Late Models have been clocked at 107 MPH at Southern Ontario Motor Speedway.


  • Engine: 360 Chevy SB2/Dart 421  V8
  • Weight: 2350 lbs
  • Chassis: Late Model Rocket Chassis
  • Tires: Hoosier LM 92-20 or 90-20