FOUR WINS FOR INTREPID AT STARS OF KARTING WESTERN FINALE Strong weekend for Intrepid drivers at temporary circuit for Seattle Grand Prix SEATTLE, WA - (August 24, 2008) -- With the divisional schedules now wrapped up, the Intrepid chassis ...
FOUR WINS FOR INTREPID AT STARS OF KARTING WESTERN FINALE
Strong weekend for Intrepid drivers at temporary circuit for Seattle Grand Prix
SEATTLE, WA - (August 24, 2008) -- With the divisional schedules now wrapped up, the Intrepid chassis brand is now in position to fight for three U.S. national karting championships thanks in part to the performances put in by the chassis' drivers this past weekend at the Snap-on Stars of Karting Seattle Grand Prix. Champion Racing/Intrepid USA was out in full-force at the 6/10-mile temporary circuit situated in an industrial park in Sumner, Washington, turning in impressive results. With four wins by Intrepid on the weekend, they now also have a chance at the eKartingNews.com Constructors' Championship Trophy heading into the final event of the year.
It has been a successful year for TaG driver Joey Wimsett and he continued this productive season in Seattle. Qualifying second, he was shuffled back to fourth and third place finishes in the opening two heats as the outside row was a favorable place to be for the race starts. Getting a much better jump in the third heat, Wimsett was able to come out of the opening corner in the lead and then went on to take the victory. Starting third for the main events thanks to consistent heat race results, Wimsett was thankfully on the inside line in the opening corner to begin the first Final and he was able to keep his spot at the drop of the green flag. As the race developed, Wimsett began to pick up the pace and, in two consecutive laps, he went from third to first with identical passes in the right-hand 180o. turn four. He would then turn it up to a pace that no one would match, running away to the win.
Greeted with a wet track for the second main event, Wimsett hit the asphalt unfazed. After getting through the opening few corners with a little bit of contact, Wimsett escaped with second as they crossed the line to complete the first lap. The next time by, Wimsett would move to P1 on the scoreboard and then stretched out to a comfortable six-second victory. Fellow Champion Racing teammate Blake Teeter joined Wimsett in the TaG category and he continued to improve in his first Stars temporary circuit event. Although he missed the opening final, Teeter went from 16th to 12th in the wet second final.
After a tough outing back in June, Canadian Jordy Vorrath looked to return as a consistent podium finisher in the ICC category. In Seattle, Vorrath did just that, although the results did not come without some heated battles. Struggling in qualifying, Vorrath would start tenth in each of the three heat races. With the tight circuit that was laid out in Seattle, Vorrath was only able to finish 10th and sixth in the opening two heats, definitely putting him at a disadvantage. The third heat looked to be his best finish as he was near the top-five before an incident involving many of the top runners put him in the barriers and out with a 13th place finish. The result dropped Vorrath to tenth on the starting grid for both Finals, setting up for a wild day on Sunday.
The first final saw Vorrath show his championship skills as he weaved up to fourth with his championship rival Michael Vincec directly in front of him. With a great deep braking maneuver, Vorrath assumed the third spot and would hold on for the podium finish that drastically closed the his gap on the Western Division point leader. The second final saw rain greet the drivers for their first and only wet session of the weekend. No stranger to rain, Vorrath steadily worked his way up to third before aggressively chasing down second place driver. Running the fastest laps of the race, Vorrath came up just short of the runner-up spot, settling for third and another trip to the podium. With the final standings ending in a draw with Vincec, Vorrath would lose the tie-breaking criteria and was awarded the vice-champion honor. Heading into the National Finals in Las Vegas, Vorrath is in an excellent position to fight for the overall title.
Texan Cody Jolly continues to impress in his rookie ICC year with the Champion Racing squad. After qualifying fifth, the freshman would hold the position through the opening two heat races before joining his teammate Vorrath in the barriers after being involved in the heat three incident that left him classified in 12th. This result placed Jolly seventh on the grid for the Finals, set on the inside of row four. Bouncing back from the following day, he advanced two positions in the opening final for a fifth place run and then got into some rain racing turmoil in the second final that mired him down to a ninth place finish. The results gave him fifth in the Western standings, the season's top rookie.
The Intrepid USA works teams - Leading Edge Motorsports and Checkered Flag Racing - were on hand also in Seattle. LEM drivers Bryan Eady and Timmy Bachman each earned a victory with Eady claiming the Western Division TaG ICC title in the process. Leading the championship heading into Seattle, Eady paced the field throughout the weekend, earning the pole position and taking two heat wins with only a bent axle stopping him from sweeping the first day of action. Starting from outside the front row in the main, Eady went green-to-checker to clinch the title in the opening final. With the rain stopping just before the second race, Eady was late getting to the grid after making some last-minute changes to his Intrepid machine. Muscling through the field, the Californian came just a few kart lengths short of third place at the line.
Bachman could now be considered as the JICA 'rain master' following his performance in the second feature race. After lurking right around the top-10 all weekend, the rain conditions fell into his favor on the tight circuit after finishing 11th in the first feature. Starting from the 12th spot in the second final, Bachman was up to fourth by the third lap and then went three-wide into turn five to come out in second, set to chase down the leader. Lap after lap, the gap shrunk with the final lap coming down to one final move that stuck as he got the inside line through turn four to steal his first ever Stars of Karting victory. LEM teammates Brett Felkins and Mason Marotta also had strong weekends in the top-10. Felkins earned his first Stars podium with a third in the opening feature while a spin in the second race put him back to 16th. Marotta fought hard to a eighth and fifth on the final day. LEM's Diede Racing drivers Troy and Cody Diede continued their TaG campaign on the West Coast. Troy was 14th and ninth in the Finals, while Cody was classified 15th and 19th. New LEM Cadet driver Broc Yocom had a difficult weekend adjusting to the tight confines of the temporary circuit, running to finishes of 11th and ninth.
Canadian dealer Checkered Flag Racing had two drivers on-hand in the TaG ICC division. Daryle Redlin and Chris Perreault came from north of the border to compete on Intrepids with the TM electric start shifter engines. Redlin looked to challenge for the podium but came up short, placing sixth and fifth in the two events while Perreault focused on improving each session out to record two eighth place finishes.
The entire Champion Racing/Intrepid USA contingent will now take over a month to gear up for the Stars of Karting National Finals set for October 10-12 at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway in Nevada where Vorrath, Eady, Wimsett and the others will battle for the national championships.