FWT - Grant Quinlan Ocala finale notes

GRANT QUINLAN: FLORIDA WINTER TOUR CHAMPION "9-year-old claims Rotax Mini Max title" Ocala, Florida -- March 19, 2008 -- Canadian pilot Grant Quinlan claimed two more podiums including a victory in the final round of the Formula Kart ...

GRANT QUINLAN: FLORIDA WINTER TOUR CHAMPION
"9-year-old claims Rotax Mini Max title"

Ocala, Florida -- March 19, 2008 -- Canadian pilot Grant Quinlan claimed two more podiums including a victory in the final round of the Formula Kart Productions Florida Winter Tour. With the third and final event weekend being held at the Ocala Gran Prix facility in Ocala, Florida, Qunilan scored a solid second place finish in the Rotax Mini Max final in Saturday's action and backed that up with a victory on Sunday gaining enough points to garner the Florida Winter Tour championship.

2008 was Grant Quinlan's first trek to the Florida Winter Tour as he competed with the MRP Motorsports and Birel America in the sunshine state. Impressed with the series and the level of competition, the Quinlan's decided to do all three event weekends that would see them travel throughout the state of Florida.

As the first event neared, Grant was excited and eager to get back behind the wheel of a kart as the snow continued to fall near his Windsor, Ontario home. Grand and family along with the Birel America team traveled to the Homestead Miami Speedway in Florida City, Florida where Grant began his chase for the title. Garnering two pole positions and two heat race victories, the former Ontario Grand National Champion would have to settle for a second and a sixth place result as the weekend closed. Though the results were not as expected, Grant kept his head high and knew that the next event was only three weeks away.

As quickly as January came and went, February was now upon the Qunilan's and that meant another trip South. Grant traveled to the Moroso Motorsports Park facility in West Palm Beach, Florida where he began to show that he was going to be a threat for the title. Quinlan was fast right out of the box but was forced to be the brides' maid for the majority of the weekend to a young Mexican driver who claimed the national championship in '07. Moroso proved to be a model of consistency for Grant as he qualified and finished second in Saturday's action. Looking for another strong result, Quinlan again qualified on the front row but would be forced to settle for the final podium step on Sunday

The most recent event took place this past weekend at the Ocala Gran Prix facility in Ocala, Florida. Looking to secure the title, Grant would need a pair of solid runs. The weekend started off good as Gran was able to take home the second podium position on Saturday and improved on Sunday to take the victory and the championship over a host of drivers from across the world.

As the series closed for 2008, Quinlan's results show why he is the champion. Along with three poles positions and six front row starting spots, Grant claimed five podium results including his Ocala victory.

-credit: gq/am

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