RACE: UMW Motorwerks June Sprints summary

UMW Motorwerks Triumphs at June Sprints Elkhart Lake, Wis. 23 June 2008 - For the UMW Motorwerks team and driver Steve Welk, the 2008 version of the SCCA Chicago Region June Sprints was to be used as a test session for the upcoming Playboy ...

UMW Motorwerks Triumphs at June Sprints

Elkhart Lake, Wis. 23 June 2008 - For the UMW Motorwerks team and driver Steve Welk, the 2008 version of the SCCA Chicago Region June Sprints was to be used as a test session for the upcoming Playboy Mazda MX-5 Cup series race in August. The local team did more than set quick laps though, as their 2006 Mazda MX-5, driven by Welk, managed to capture the D-Prepared crown at the fabled event.

After qualifying second to Ron Pawley's Lexus IS300, Welk drove a consistent, patient race, which saw Pawley drop out early; leaving Welk in a path towards his first victory at the June Sprints, setting his best times of the weekend in the 13-lap main event.

"This is a great way to start off the second-half of our 2008 season," declared Welk. "The team worked very hard all weekend to ensure that the UMW Motorwerks / Citgo MX-5 was in good form on raceday; and to take home top honors in the team's own backyard here at Road America is a great thing, as team partner Rick Dresang has been trying to win the Sprints for nearly 35 years."

Welk, who lives a stone's throw away in Plymouth, Wis., finished third at the June Sprints in 2007 in the Spec Miata category; making this year's finish even sweeter, as it confirmed that the team had the speed to put themselves in the position to win.

The next stop for the UMW Motorwerks team will be at Portland International Raceway in Portland, Ore. on July 25-27 for round three of the Playboy Mazda MX-5 Cup. The team is currently placed eleventh in point standings, and looks to fare well on their first visit to the 1.9 mile road course.

Established in 2008, UMW Motorwerks is the combination of two racing families; the Dresang family's UEMSI Motorwerks and the Welk family's Welk Motorsports. UMW Motorwerks will compete in the extremely competitive SCCA Pro Racing Playboy Mazda MX-5 Cup Championship. Driver Steve Welk will campaign the team's vividly-painted McLaren-orange #57 car as the championship crosses North America.

UMW Motorwerks aims to establish itself as a successful pro-racing organization as it strives to win races and fans alike on the Playboy Mazda MX-5 Cup Championship series tour. www.uemsimotorwerks.com

-credit: umw motorwerks

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Series SCCA
Drivers Steve Welk , Ron Pawley