Koch survives road course qualifying debut to make the cut with GGRT teammate O'Keefe for Bennett Lane Winery 200 SONOMA -- Prior to Friday afternoon, Blake Koch of West Palm Beach Florida has never even driven on a road course. When the...
Koch survives road course qualifying debut to make the cut with GGRT teammate O'Keefe for Bennett Lane Winery 200
SONOMA -- Prior to Friday afternoon, Blake Koch of West Palm Beach Florida has never even driven on a road course. When the checkered flag waved on the final group of qualifiers at Infineon Raceway for the NASCAR Camping World West series, Koch accomplished what he set out to do from the moment he arrived in the Wine Country.
The primary driver of the Golden Gate Racing --Richard Childress Racing Development team drove the Godspeaks.com #21 Chevrolet into the starting field of Saturday's Bennett Lane Winery 200 by Supercuts. Koch will be joined in the line up by teammate Pat O'Keefe who muscled the Bay BioDiesel GGRT/RCR #31 into Saturday's race after his first time in the driver's seat this season.
"For my first time on a road course I was pretty happy with the time," said Koch. "The important thing was, we got faster every time we went out during the day."
Koch drove the GodSpeaks.com #21 to the 23rd position in qualifying. The former motocrosser who's four wheeled racing experience includes speedway trucks and late models prior to the NASCAR West series reached a top speed of 88:655 miles per hour around the 11 turn Infineon Raceway to earn a lap time of 80.808 seconds.
O'Keefe is the Vice President of BayBio Diesel, a longtime marketing partner to Golden Gate Racing., The former jet ski and modified racer competes in a limited number of races during the season. Friday was O'Keefe's first event of 2009, he made the show with a speed of 85.351 seconds and a laptime of 83.936 seconds, earning him 36th in the line up that will include 40 cars Saturday afternoon.
The Golden Gate Racing Team is grateful for each of its partners for the 2009 season including GodSpeaks.com, DayStar Television Network as well as Pat O'Keefe of Bay Bio Diesel and the Richard Childress Racing Driver Development Program. Due to the strong support of all of their dedicated sponsors, GGRT is well on their way to a successful campaign in the NASCAR Camping World West Series.