Sportsman: Michael Gold Mosport summary

Michael Gold has great first run in Mosport CASCAR Power Water Series Whitlock Motorsports introduces Driver Development program Wyoming, ON -- June 23 2005: In his hometown of Sault Ste Marie ON, they call this six-foot five 22 year-old ...

Michael Gold has great first run in Mosport CASCAR Power Water Series
Whitlock Motorsports introduces Driver Development program

Wyoming, ON -- June 23 2005: In his hometown of Sault Ste Marie ON, they call this six-foot five 22 year-old engineering student 'the Golden Boy'. His driving career is spectacular, having amassed Late Model Championships in Canada and the US already. Michael Gold is now ready to take his stock-car driving skills to the next level on the Ontario oval tracks of the six-event CASCAR Power Water Series.

In his first outing last Saturday night at Mosport Speedway, Gold qualified his #97 Dodge Intrepid 7th fastest. During the early stages of the CARQUEST 100 event, he was just getting comfortable when a tap sent him around. Restarting at the rear of the 22-car field, Gold started a steady climb to the front and his response to the on-air coaching of Dave Whitlock was quickly evident. Two laps from the end, Gold passed five cars to gain second position but ran out of laps to catch winner Steve Robblee. But as he headed to the podium, crew chief Warren Jones informed Gold that CASCAR had been scoring him wrong since they felt he had lost one lap during the lap 20 spin. Although credited with a 9th place finish, the talents of Michael Gold became evident.

Michael Gold meets a new fan during Mopar Day practice at Delaware Speedway.

."We were very impressed with Michael" said Dave Whitlock, the veteran three-time CASCAR champion and owner of one of Canada's most formidable racing organizations. "This sport needs new stars and we will provide the equipment and guidance that will allow him to showcase his skills. Michael brings the car control knowledge and cool, pensive attitude exhibited by champions. We're excited about his future and look forward to having him on board."

"Every kid dreams of being a race car driver and my dad has given me that chance" said Gold, the envy of his racer friends back home. "That was a great race for me; I learned so much. Having an excellent car that Whitlock Motorsports is famous for plus the hands-on coaching of Dave himself is a lifetime opportunity. The CASCAR Power Water Series is perfect for my goals this year: decent finishes and Rookie of the Year. I think those goals are realistic, and achievable, but a run at the Championship too would be a real dream come true."

Michael Gold's #97 Dodge being prepared for next event at on July 2nd at Barrie Speedway. Local Sault St Marie sponsor support is provided by Compass Imaging Group and Clarica.

The next event for Michael Gold is at Barrie Speedway during the Canada Day Weekend, leading up to the Dodge Charger 300 presented by the Dodge Dealers of Ontario, on Sunday, July 3.

-wm

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Series NASCAR Canada
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