Pittman makes history in Australia by winning WSS Championship and hopes to conclude journey with a Classic victory. BRISBANE, Australia (January 23) -- Not even in his wildest dreams would Daryn Pittman have believed how well things could go...
Pittman makes history in Australia by winning WSS Championship and hopes to conclude journey with a Classic victory.
BRISBANE, Australia (January 23) -- Not even in his wildest dreams would Daryn Pittman have believed how well things could go for him during his second Australian Tour. The 24 year-old American sprint car star became the first American to claim the World Series Sprintcars Championship in its 16-year history. He'll try to conclude his memorable trip "down under" with a victory in Australia's most prestigious event: The Standard Warrnambool Grand Annual Sprint Car Classic at Premiere Speedway on Sunday night.
"This has been an unbelievable experience for me," said newly crowned WSS champion and native Oklahoman Daryn Pittman. "Winning the championship was our goal coming in and to be able to accomplish that goal was huge. I know some great American drivers have come down here to win this deal and have never quite pulled it off so it makes it all the more special for me to know we did it."
Pittman started his championship chase in the opening round with a dominant performance on November 16 at Bunbury City Speedway. He drove Reeve Kruck's #36 Titan Garages / Australian Roller Doors / KRE Engines / Redline Oils / Q Steel Eagle to victory five times in 15 WSS rounds. His WSS victory at Warrnambool, two at Brisbane International Speedway, and a great run from the back of the pack to fourth at Mt. Gambier were just some of the highlights.
One key to earning the championship was the combination of Pittman and his Titan Racing crew chief Glenno Ingliss.
"Glenno was a big reason this team won the championship," said Pittman, who also married his long-time girlfriend Mandy at Hamilton Island during this trip. "He actually started the Outlaws season with me and really got me going well before he came back home. He got this whole deal organized for us to chase the championship. I can't thank him enough."
With the WSS championship in hand, Pittman can now focus on ending his trip with the same kind of momentum it started with. He'll race three more nights beginning on Friday night at Borderline Speedway for the King's Challenge and concluding with the two-night Warnambool Classic.
"We won the World Series round in Adeliade this year and had a good run in last year's Classic," continued Pittman. "There's a lot of energy in Australia for the Classic. A lot of people compare this race to the Knoxville Nationals and having been here to experience it last year should be an advantage for us."
"There's a lot of money on the line and we'd like to finish this trip off with a bang. I know there will be a lot of heavy hitters there and the fact that we won the championship will probably make guys want to beat us more. I know this Titan Racing team is up for the challenge, so we're ready."
Following this weekend's events, Pittman will return to the United States and begin focusing on the upcoming World of Outlaws season. He will drive the Sher-Don Motorsports #21 J&J with Mopar Engines built by Gaerte Engines in nearly 100 nights of action during the 2003 campaign.