CHAMPION RACING/INTREPID USA SCORES THREE WINS AT FLORIDA WINTER TOUR Intrepid chassis runs up front at Moroso Motorsports Park event JUPITER, FL (February 22, 2008) -- Champion Racing/Intrepid USA continued its run up front during the second...
CHAMPION RACING/INTREPID USA SCORES THREE WINS AT FLORIDA WINTER TOUR
Intrepid chassis runs up front at Moroso Motorsports Park event
JUPITER, FL (February 22, 2008) -- Champion Racing/Intrepid USA continued its run up front during the second round of the Florida Winter Tour, held at the Moroso Motorsports Park in Jupiter, Florida last weekend. Eight drivers returned to the Champion tent, all running the Italian-made Intrepid chassis, collecting a total of six podium finishes including three victories, one each by Pro Shifter pilot Jordy Vorrath, Stock Moto driver Bryan Eady, and KF2 competitor Joey Wimsett.
Leading the Champion Racing/Intrepid USA squad in the headline Pro Shifter class was Vorrath. The Canadian was fast all weekend long with Champion Racing's Garrett Napier turning the wrenches, beginning on Saturday with a fourth-place qualifying run. Turning the fastest laps of the day, the former ICA national champion advanced to the top spot in the Prefinal and led the majority of Final for his first win of the season. Sunday looked to be the same as the previous day, starting fifth in the Prefinal and then running to a fourth place finish. Biding his time inside the top-five and waiting to advance, the throttle cable on Vorrath's potent entry snapped and cut his Final short of the win.
Californian Bryan Eady was the class of the field in the Stock Moto. Looking to extend his winning streak after sweeping round one in Homestead, Eady led all on-track sessions Saturday to earn his third straight victory. Sunday looked to be a duplicate after qualifying on pole and earning the Prefinal win. In the Final, however, the competition stepped up to steal the win, pushing Eady to a runner-up finish, still an excellent result. Heading into the final FWT round, Eady has a 25-point advantage in the championship chase.
Four drivers competed in the popular Spec Racer division, led by Ben Searcy. The Alabama pilot was up front all weekend long with Leading Edge Motorsports' Greg Bell providing the tuning, just one spot away from victory both days. After qualifying second on Saturday, Searcy held the spot throughout the day. Sunday began with Searcy topping the timing sheet in the morning qualifying session. The Prefinal and Final, however, would see Searcy finish in the runner-up spot. The previous weekend during the FWT Rotax program, Searcy and Champion Racing Team Manager Rodney Berryhill put in two solid performances, finishing eighth and sixth on the weekend and recording the highest finishes for a U.S. driver.
EKN Awards Rising Star nominee Joey Wimsett was quick as well, doing double duty with Spec Racer and KF2. The Oregon driver recorded finishes of 13th and eighth in the TaG division. In KF2, Wimsett drove to victory on Saturday, however, he came in underweight after losing some hardware off the kart during the race. Sunday would see no issues, as Wimsett drove to the fast lap and main event victory.
Zane Heathcott and Blake Teeter continued to gain experience racing against the tough competition in the Spec Racer class. Heathcott scored finishes of 24th and 15th while Teeter was 17th both days.
Champion's pair of Cadet drivers continued to shine, recording four more top-10 finishes. Broc Yocum was fifth and eighth on the weekend, while Mason Chelootz drove from 18th to sixth on Saturday while running seventh at the checkered flag on Sunday.
The Champion Racing/Intrepid USA team will now begin to prepare for the final round of the Florida Winter Tour, set to battle on March 14-16 at the Ocala Gran Prix facility.