14-Year Old Wade Van Hooser Blazes With Another Pole and Win at Second Formula Ford 2000 Series Race
Tulare, CA (March 26, 2004) -- New comer and former championship go karter, Wade Van Hooser of Tulare, CA backed up his debut results from Round One (California Speedway) with another pole and win in only his second appearance in the 2004 SEE YA MOTORHOMES PACIFIC F2000 Series. Piloting his #77 SHIFT F2000 car out the PR1 Motorsports stable of talented drivers, Van Hooser posted the fastest race lap time in both races for the 2-day event.
Blistering the 22-car field, Van Hooser was one of a couple of solid drivers to keep an eye on at the 2.39-mile road course located in the Las Vegas Super Speedway complex for the Las Vegas F2000 doubleheader run as part of VARA's Trench Shoring Formula Festival celebrating 35 years of Formula Ford racing.
Day One demonstrated that quick-learner Wade Van Hooser did his homework during practice the day before with a pole position (1.48.620). Van Hooser took off and never looked back during the 17-lap main event. In fact, Van Hooser established at one point, a 11-second lead and was reminded by PR1 Motorsports team owner, Bobby Oergel, to slow it down and preserve his tires for the final day of racing. Van Hooser still managed to click off the fastest race lap time (1:45.626, lap 14) awarding Van Hooser an additional 2 points and a win with a lead of 6.374 seconds.
Day Two and final day of racing, positioned Van Hooser off pole (1.46.116) with fellow PR1 Motorsports teammate, Brad Jaeger on pole (1.45.506). Van Hooser took off after Jaeger and shortly after passing Turn 1, Van Hooser's front cowling flew off hitting him in the front of his helmet but that did not daunt Van Hooser from trying everything including three calculated pass attempts on Jaeger to no avail. The final attempt was aborted with a several-lap yellow at the end, bringing Van Hooser in for second, .0386 seconds behind teammate and winner, Brad Jaeger. Van Hooser again posted the fastest race lap during the race (1.45.182, lap 7).
After Round Two at Las Vegas, it was decided that 14-year-old front-runner Wade Van Hooser (and now series point's leader after 4 races) would have to sit out for the upcoming race at Phoenix International Raceway due to his age. Insurance coverage for the organizing body SCCA prohibits underage racers from competing. A statement from Greg Van Hooser and Bobby Oergel of PR1 Motorsports stated that they are disappointed that the talented driver will have to sit out one and possibly a couple of races but are positive about the outcome. PR1 Motorsports has always and will continue to support Van Hooser and will utilize the teenager's experience testing extensively and feel Van Hooser will return to racing action stronger and hungrier than ever before. Wade Van Hooser while at and away from the track, will provide data acquisition support for the PR1 Motorsports team at this time.
Van Hooser Motorsports also welcomed a guest in their pit paddock area for the weekend. Tim Butler, photo journalist from Las Vegas, who covers the many motorsport events located in and around the Las Vegas Super Speedway, joined Van Hooser Motorsports to view the fast competition in the competitive F2000 series.
Van Hooser comes from a karting background with such accolades as 3-time Grand National Champion, 6-time IKF CA State Champion, 9-time IKF Region 7 Champion, Super National Champion, Shifter Kart Illustrated 2001 "Young Driver of the Year" and No. 2, 3, 4 and 5 SKUSA Champion Plate Holder.
Van Hooser and PR1 Motorsports head to PIR April 3-4 for Round 3, running with SCCA (Sports Car Club of America).