ATLANTA, Ga. -- Mackey Marketing Group client, 17 year-old Casey Neal traveled to Daytona, Florida during his Christmas break from High School to compete in the opening race of the 2006 season with a visit to the 32nd Annual WKA KartWeek at...
ATLANTA, Ga. -- Mackey Marketing Group client, 17 year-old Casey Neal traveled to Daytona, Florida during his Christmas break from High School to compete in the opening race of the 2006 season with a visit to the 32nd Annual WKA KartWeek at Daytona International Speedway on December 27 through 30. In the opening-day TaG class race event, Neal scored big with a 3.3 second victory over 2nd place finisher Chris Grektorp. In subsequent races during the event schedule, Neal fought off a variety of problems but still managed to finish 10th in the Yamaha Lite class on Day 2 and 5th in the Yamaha Sr. Sportsman Lite class on the final day of racing competition.
His karting record is soon to be enhanced by a more car-racing oriented schedule. Casey Neal is planning to focus on the open-wheel road racing arena for 2006. After his very successful Red Bull Driver's Search experience in 2005, Neal hopes to enhance his karting driving record with competition in the opening rungs of the professional formula car circuits.
In 2005, Neal was a finalist in the Red Bull Driver Search after being chosen to compete in the semi-finals at Sebring, Florida and the world finals at Estoril, Spain. At the semi-finals, Neal caught the attention of many with a mind-boggling, totally dominant performance where he won all eleven of the eleven races in which he competed. It was an impressive result and led to Neal being chosen as one of two drivers selected to represent the U.S. in the world finals at Estoril.
"I have been very impressed by Casey Neal," said motorsport marketing agency president, Brian Mackey of Mackey Marketing Group. "He has shown that he has blinding speed at his disposal and I am confident that he will continue his impressive racing results as he moves into the formula car ranks."
Added Red Bull Driver Search Managing Director, Danny Sullivan, "As a 17 year old, what Casey lacks in racing experience, he more than makes up in natural driving ability. I look for a bright future for Casey and can't wait to see him put to work the lessons he learned as part of the Red Bull Driver Search Campaign."
Neal is reviewing options for 2006 and anticipates making announcements concerning his competition plans in the coming weeks.