Caleb Kenney's Return Shadowed by Tough Luck After a serious accident that caused him to lose the overall lead in the 2007 SCCA Formula Russell Championship, Caleb Kenney had to battle more heart break after another tough race...
Caleb Kenney's Return Shadowed by Tough Luck
After a serious accident that caused him to lose the overall lead in the 2007 SCCA Formula Russell Championship, Caleb Kenney had to battle more heart break after another tough race weekend. Finding his return to the track rusty, he soon found the speed needed for the upcoming race weekend. Kenney started off well by building speed in official practice on Thursday.
In Round 15 Qualifying, Kenney started off on the right foot by putting in a great driving performance and ending the session in the off pole position. However, pole sitter Nicholas Woodman and Kenney were handed a qualifying penalty and were forced to start at the rear of the field. This promoted Nic LeDuc from third to start the Round 15 Race in the pole position. In the Round 15 Race, Kenney narrowly missed two multiple car crashes and the entire field was forced to spend two-thirds of the race under full course caution. When the race resumed, Kenney was able to claw his way to a 6th place finish. Kenney used his determination to run the fastest race lap in the shortened Round 15 Race.
In Round 16 Qualifying, Kenney had something to prove and put in another stellar driving performance to take pole position for the Round 16 Race. Kenney lead the field to the green flag and got a great start retaining the lead into Turn 1. He worked out a substantial four second lead, when entering Turn 11 Kenney's Formula Russell Car would suffer a broken nose due to a latch failure. He had to take a very slow lap and pit from the lead to replace the nose. He would return to the yrace track and finnish in the rear of the field.
Kenney's point advantage and his mediocre finishes in Rounds 15 and 16 netted enough points to retain 2nd in the 2007 SCCA Formula Russell Championship. The Jim Russell Racing Schools recognized Kenney's efforts and rewarded him with a half paid year in the new Jim Russell racecar, the FJR-50.
"I'm really disappointed," stated Kenney after the Round 16 Race. "I really wanted to show that after I had my accident, I was still in top form. I know I am in my top form, but luck was not on my side this weekend and the poor finishes don't really show that. By putting down the fastest lap in the Round 15 Race and leading the pack in the Round 16 Race, I know that I'm still capable of racing at my full potential, if not more. I really want to thank everyone that supported me this year. They believed in me and I returned the favor by having a great year. I would also like to thank the Jim Russell Racing Schools for the gracious gift of getting to race in the new Jim Russell racecar! I'm already looking forward to my time in the new FJR-50."
Caleb Kenney will race next in the Grand-Am Koni Challenge at VIRginia International Raceway. A future Press Release will provide details to the race held on October 4-6th.