"Kirk Kindsfater Earns ArmsUp Motorsports First Pole of Year at Blackhawk" SOUTH BELOIT, Ill. -- ArmsUp Motorsports took part in its first SCCA National of the year at the Blackhawk Farms track. Running three Formula Continentals for drivers...
"Kirk Kindsfater Earns ArmsUp Motorsports First Pole of Year at Blackhawk"
SOUTH BELOIT, Ill. -- ArmsUp Motorsports took part in its first SCCA National of the year at the Blackhawk Farms track. Running three Formula Continentals for drivers Jim Victor, Brian Shepherd and Kirk Kindsfater, the team was looking forward to a good event. Kindsfater would not disappoint as the Colorado resident placed his number 32 Van Diemen on pole with a two second margin over the rest of the field in the rain.
For Kindsfater and Shepherd, this was their first time back in the car since October, so they used the Friday test day to re-familiarize themselves with their cars. All three drivers showed good speed with Kindsfater among the pace setters at the end of Friday. Both Jim Victor and Shepherd worked with the ArmsUp team to improve the car as the day went on and had a good idea of what to do with the car for Saturday's events.
In the morning warm-up the ArmsUp group showed well with, Victor and Shepherd turning quick laps. Kindsfater ran half the session as the team finished up fixing a cracked header that was found on his car. All the plans were thrown out the window however as the rain started falling shortly before the qualifying session. Kindsfater wasted no time and was among the pace setters early. With about five minutes to go in the session he received a call from the radio saying he needed just a few more tenths to earn the pole, he responded with two seconds to secure his first pole of the season. Victor and Shepherd both drove solidly to top five starting positions for the race with Victor fourth and Shepherd fifth.
The race would not be so kind to the ArmsUp Team as mother nature through a new wrench in the plan. Leading up to the race the track had been drying from the morning rains so the ArmsUp team and most of the rest of the grid made the call to go to dry tires. On the pace lap however the skies once again opened up. On the start Kindsfater fell back to second and kept close to the leaders till the first full course caution. Unfortunately an off course excursion after the restart would leave Kirk out of contention for the win but he kept his head down and came back to claim a fifth. Both Shepherd and Victor also had off course excursions early, but both recovered to drive solid races after their events. Victor survived the race with a 12th place run and Shepherd was forced to retire after enduring some pain from his HANS Device throughout the race.
"The weekend could have been much better, but the conditions just made for a difficult race," commented Gregg Borland after the race. "We showed that we have a lot of speed in the dry, and with Kirk earning the pole on Saturday, showed that our cars are quick in the wet as well. Overall I am encouraged for the season and am looking forward to the next race."
ArmsUp Motorsports will be back at the track this weekend at the Gateway International Raceway in East St. Louis, Ill for an SCCA National.
Formed in 1995, ArmsUp Motorsports is one of the premier SCCA Formula Continental and Formula Atlantic racing teams. Based in Elkhart Lake, Wis ArmsUp Motorsports is a full service prep shop for Formula Continentals, Formula Atlantics, and Vintage racing cars. For more information please visit the official ArmsUp website at www.ArmsUpMotorsports.com.