TAYLOR MIINCH SCORES WIN IN SENIOR DEBUT "Win and three podiums in Charlotte" November 10, 2009 -- Looking to make a senior start before the prestigious Superkarts! USA (SKUSA) SuperNationals in two weeks time, Taylor Miinch and Miinch ...
TAYLOR MIINCH SCORES WIN IN SENIOR DEBUT
"Win and three podiums in Charlotte"
November 10, 2009 -- Looking to make a senior start before the prestigious Superkarts! USA (SKUSA) SuperNationals in two weeks time, Taylor Miinch and Miinch Motorsports traveled across the country yet again to compete at the final round of the World Karting Association (WKA) Manufacturer's Cup program. With the event taking place on the grounds of Lowe's Motor Speedway in Concord, North Carolina, Miinch would look to battle with some of the best senior level drivers on the challenging 15 corner circuit.
On Saturday, Miinch would compete in both the TaG and HPV Lite categories where he would score his best result of the weekend. After taking the 'Fast Time Award' for claiming the pole position, Miinch went on to work his magic in the heat race to take a dominating victory. Looking to repeat his success in the main event, the talented 15-year-old took the lead at the drop of the green flag, but early race contact sent Miinch back to P6. With a long 18 lap main event, Miinch never gave up as he put his head down and began to charge forward. Utilizing a P1 Engines prepared HPV, Miinch claimed the fastest lap of the race as he moved forward to take the Grand National win, the first of his senior career.
With the TaG race featuring more than 20 of the country's best drivers, Miinch showed that he could be one of them as he took the outside front row starting position in qualifying. Using a rented Ocala Gran Prix prepared Rotax, Miinch ran in the lead pack finishing second in the prefinal but was awarded the win after the event due to a post-race technical inspection problem with the race winner. This would advance Miinch to the pole position for the main event as he would once again look to pace a talent filled field. Taking the lead early, Miinch led the majority of the race laps before being passed by this year's TaG champion, Marco Di Leo. Looking to fight back, Miinch ran with his fellow Rotax pilot making a last corner, last lap bid for the top spot but came up just short in doing the double.
Sunday would see the Californian compete in the TaG class again, but a poor result in qualifying would leave Miinch in the middle of the pack. After qualifying his Top Kart in the ninth position, Miinch moved forward to claim the fifth position in the prefinal and managed to hold steady in the fifth spot in the main event to claim his third podium result of the weekend.
"My first weekend in the senior level classes was a great success," stated Taylor Miinch after the event in Charlotte. "Though the junior classes have some tough competition, the senior level divisions definitely make for more aggressive driving."