Marshalltown SCCA/WKA Constructors preview

Baltzer looks to increase SCCA Pro Racing/WKA Constructors championship lead at Marshalltown. CENTENNIAL, Colo. (October 3, 2002)-- Entering the October 13 Round Three of the SCCA Pro Racing/WKA Constructors Championship, at Marshalltown, Iowa,...

Baltzer looks to increase SCCA Pro Racing/WKA Constructors championship lead at Marshalltown.

CENTENNIAL, Colo. (October 3, 2002)-- Entering the October 13 Round Three of the SCCA Pro Racing/WKA Constructors Championship, at Marshalltown, Iowa, Craig Baltzer, of Bettendorf, Iowa, is hoping to increase his slim lead in the ICC Championship. With 45 points, Baltzer holds a nine-point advantage over Michael Bailiez, of Bartonville, Ill., in the season-long championship.

The weekend will not be an easy one for Baltzer though, as he is pulling double duty, currently scheduled to compete in a Skip Barber Formula Dodge National Championship race on Saturday at Lime Rock Park, Conn., and then the Constructors Championship event on Sunday.

"It's going to be a really busy weekend," said Baltzer. "After the Skip Barber race, we are hopping on a plane and flying back home, then jumping in the car and driving to the track Sunday morning."

The lack of track time is not a concern for the Iowa native, having already tested at the track once this season. While he has not raced at the facility in recent years, the track has been very" memorable" for him.

"Even though Marshalltown isn't my home track, there have been plenty of memorable weekends. I won my first national race there, and the last time I was there, for the Constructors Cup, I had the biggest crash of my career so far."

In two Constructors Championship events this season, Baltzer has been at or the near the front of every session, including two podium finishes and a win at Road America's Briggs & Stratton Motorplex, in July.

"The first two events have gone almost perfect for me," said Baltzer."Road America was great, starting the series off with a win.

"Norway also went well. Kyle [Wiegand] and I fought tooth and nail for the win but I could only come up with a second place. When you look at the big picture though, the weekend turned out to be a success. I went into the race with a five-point lead and left with a nine-point lead. In the end, that's the real goal."

In its inaugural season, the SCCA Pro Racing/WKA Constructors Championship has attracted positive reviews from the competitors.

"I am very impressed at what SCCA/WKA have put together," said Baltzer."I've raced in a lot of different series before and this is definitely one of the smoothest programs yet.

"The competition in the series has been pretty intense. I think as the series gets bigger the competition will get that much tougher. In a few years, instead of having a three or four kart lead group, there will be a six or seven kart group.

"I think everyone is in for a very exciting race at Marshalltown. Hopefully, I can extend the points lead even more heading into the final round at Charlotte."

For more information about the SCCA Pro Racing/WKA Constructors Championship, visit www.sccapro.com/constructors.

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