Double Podium for Morad at Stars opener Daniel Morad battles to keep podium streak alive WAMPUM, PA - Markham junior karter Daniel Morad traveled to Wampum, PA last weekend to contest the opening round of the 2004 Snap-on Stars of Karting Rahal...
Double Podium for Morad at Stars opener
Daniel Morad battles to keep podium streak alive
WAMPUM, PA - Markham junior karter Daniel Morad traveled to Wampum, PA last weekend to contest the opening round of the 2004 Snap-on Stars of Karting Rahal Automotive Group Stars of Karting East National event. He left Pennsylvania with two podium finishes - a second in Saturday's final and a third in Sunday's final.
"Saturday didn't go that smooth due to the changing weather," Morad said. "But it was nothing compared to Sunday. It took a lot of work from the whole Maple Leaf Mortgages team to get our Birel on the podium."
After a solid run to second on Saturday, the team decided that major changes were needed to put the Maple Leaf Mortgages Birel on the top step in Sunday's final. Axle, gears and caster changes were all made, and still Morad struggled in qualifying, having to settle for third.
It was in the pre-final that things started to come undone for the Markham youth. A rocket start gave Morad the early lead, but he was then demoted back to second. In an attempt to regain the lead, Morad spun after hitting a curb. "I did it all on my own," Morad said of the spin. He managed to get going again, but now he was 10th and putting on a charge. Morad made it up to sixth before his second spin of the race sent him back down the order to 14th. With laps running out, Morad made his way up to ninth when the checkered fell. "After the second spin, I just concentrated on going as fast as possible to get into a position where I could fight for the win in the final."
In the final, Morad started ninth and put on a charge through the field ending up third - a just reward for a hard days work. "Considering all that happened today, I am content with the third."
Earlier in the week, Morad received an unexpected honour from his Sir Richard W. Scott School. After his win at the opening round of the Sunoco Ron Fellows Karting Championship a large picture of Morad with accompanying story appeared in one of Toronto's largest daily newspapers, the Toronto Sun. During the school day's morning announcements on Wednesday, Morad was congratulated on the win and on being in the Sun.
There is no time to rest for Morad as he heads to Norway, Illinois for the second round of the WKA Manufacturers Cup series this weekend.