MEGENBIER HEADS TO VIR WITH POINT LEAD Momentum from opening round victory still rolling as Illinois charger looks to win DANVILLE, VA (Apr. 26) -- Emerging open wheel road racing star Timmy Megenbier will slip back behind the wheel of a Skip...
MEGENBIER HEADS TO VIR WITH POINT LEAD
Momentum from opening round victory still rolling as Illinois charger looks to win
DANVILLE, VA (Apr. 26) -- Emerging open wheel road racing star Timmy Megenbier will slip back behind the wheel of a Skip Barber RT2000 race car this coming weekend when the 15 year-old karting star heads to Virginia International Raceway for the second weekend of Skip Barber National competition. Backed by Caputo Cheese and Rahal Foods, Megenbier's primary focus for the 2007 season is on winning the series crown and the '08 Star Mazda Championship ride that will be awarded to the overall champion. Coming off a strong opening weekend at Sebring in March, which saw the Melrose Park, Illinois driver score a big victory in the opening round, Megenbier heads to VIR sitting fourth in points, just three markers behind the leader.
After competing in just three Skip Barber National weekends in 2006, Megenbier entered the new season aiming for more experience while fighting for the championship. Last summer, he raced to a pair of top fives at Road America, including a second place finish in the rain in the opening final. Armed with this limited experience, he is looking forward to this weekend's battle at VIR as it was at the fast Virginia facility where he took his three-day driving school with Skip Barber last year.
"I know the car and track well, but we'll see how things go through the first warm-up on Thursday," offered Megenbier, commenting on the upcoming VIR round. "I want to leave there with a strong finish, because we will be back again at the end of the year for the final series race."
At the opening rounds in Sebring, Megenbier qualified well, taking second in the first session to begin the 2007 season on the front row. An opening lap spin sent him back to 18th, but the multi-time World Karting Association champion would put his head down and advanced back to eighth before a late-race caution bunched the field. Taking full advantage of the opportunity, Megenbier stormed forward on the restart to pass all of his challengers and win his first career open wheel event in style. In the second round, held the next day in wet weather conditions, Megenbier was running comfortably in the top-three when he was clipped from behind, again sending him deep into the field. Another remarkable recovery to seventh saved the weekend and has provided intense motivation for this weekend's third and fourth rounds.