Welk's Double Double at Road America Has Ups and Downs but all in all a Success
Elkhart Lake, WI. - 21-year old Steve Welk's attempt at racing in both the Cooper Tires Championship Series and the Stars of Karting Championship in the same weekend was a success. The Wisconsin native was competitive in both categories all weekend with mechanical failures keeping him from all top 10 finishes.
The final event of the Cooper Tires Championship Series was an exciting one for Welk and his Aiken Racing team. They started off with a solid sixth place starting position for race one. After a rough start Welk would fall back to ninth and battle his way back up to be battling for the 6th position. Welk would loose one spot after being blocked into Road America's turn five and come home in the seventh position. Welk's best race lap from race one would line him up ninth for race two. Welk ran very strong in the opening laps, running as high as seventh and challenging for sixth only to have a rear wing malfunction just past half way. Welk would hang on to finish in the ninth spot. The weekend would land the college senior seventh in the final standings. Welk also claimed the award for finishing the most laps, as he was the only driver to finish every lap of every race in the 2004 Cooper Tires Championship Series.
On the Stars of Karting side of the weekend, Welk was very competitive from the get go. Qualifying in the fifth spot for Saturday's race, C-G Racing's lead ICA driver was confident of a good result for the day. In the beginning of the Final Welk was able to race very well running up in the third position closing in on the second place car. However a flat left rear tire would end his challenge just past the half way point. The Merlin Chassis driver would hang on till the end of the race to come home a disappointing ninth. On race two of the weekend Welk put his Merlin Chassis eighth on the grid in qualifying. In the final Welk again was able to display good speed. Racing into the sixth position and closing on fifth and fourth, the karting veteran look assured of a top five finish. On lap seven, a broken crank bearing would end Welk's race prematurely, robbing him of another good finish on the weekend.
"All in all I have to be very proud of this weekend. I was able to be competitive in both divisions all weekend which I think is a huge accomplishment giving the different circumstances each of the disciplines presents. I think we had a good shot at a few podiums in the Stars Series, unfortunately it wasn't meant to be. In the Formula Ford we ended the season on a good note, we finished every lap of the season, and we were the only people to do so, which is an accomplishment in its self I think. I just really have to thank Aiken Racing, C-G Racing, Stars of Karting, The Cooper Tires Championship season, and all my friends and family who were able to come out and make this a very fun weekend."
For more information about Steve Welk Motorsports visit his official website @ www.SteveWelk.com