VORRATH AND WIMSETT SCORE PODIUMS IN SHAWANO FOR CHAMPION RACING Intrepid drivers show well at challenging USA International Raceway during Stars of Karting Eastern finale NEW CASTLE, IN (July 13, 2008) -- The final Stars of Karting ...
VORRATH AND WIMSETT SCORE PODIUMS IN SHAWANO FOR CHAMPION RACING
Intrepid drivers show well at challenging USA International Raceway during Stars of Karting Eastern finale
NEW CASTLE, IN (July 13, 2008) -- The final Stars of Karting Eastern Division round proved to be a challenging weekend for the drivers of Champion Racing / Intrepid USA. Highlighted by podium finishes by ICC driver Jordy Vorrath and TaG standout Joey Wimsett, the Champion squad recorded several top-10s amidst the carnage of a myriad of on-track incidents and bad luck to leave USA International Raceway in Shawano, WI still in the hunt for national championships.
Team leader Jordy Vorrath began his weekend with a seventh in ICC qualifying, leaving him with some work to do heading into the three heat races that would set the grid for the two main events on Sunday. Starting on the inside of the fourth row for each green flag, Vorrath pulled a trio of rocket starts that put him right on the rear bumper of the driver ahead of him on the grid, getting aggressive as they powered through the left-hand turn one. Advancing a few positions in each moto is the ultimate goal and Vorrath grabbed a single spot in the opening heat to finish sixth, bettering that result in the second moto by breaking into the top-five. Vorrath matched the fifth place finish in the final heat to secure the inside of row three for both finals. In the opening main, Vorrath charged quickly up to third to begin his chase on the second place driver, but to no avail, bringing Champion a solid third place finish. A sixth in the second main completed the weekend, placing Vorrath second in the Eastern Division point standings heading to the National Finals in Las Vegas, just 35 points out of the lead.
Vorrath was joined by five other Champion drivers in the ICC category. Texan Cody Jolly began the fight with an 11th in qualifying, which set up an impressive charge for the ICC rookie. Jolly held his position in the first heat race then advanced to eighth and ninth in the following motos, improving to eighth for the start of the mains. Jolly stepped up his game in the first Final by following Vorrath's lead into the top-five, where he would steal a fantastic fifth place finish. The second main featured a wild battle for position where Jolly would bag his second top-10 of the weekend in ninth, advancing him to third in the Eastern points as the leading rookie. Ryan Kinnear was also on his game despite a tough qualifying run that put him 15th ahead of a trio of heat race improvements (12-15-13) that advanced him to 14th on the grid. Kinnear grabbed six position in Race #1 to finish eighth and then capped the weekend with an 11th in the second final, taking ninth in the Eastern Division points.
Brandon Frank, Evan Walters and Shane Terrel also carry the Intrepid flag in ICC. Frank's top finish was 13th in the first final, finishing 18th in the second, while Walters was 15th and 16th, respectively, in the two events. Terrel was 17th in the opening race and finished up 19th in the second, suffering from a mechanical issue.
In the TaG category, Champion put their #1 ranked driver Joey Wimsett on-track in his Parilla-powered Intrepid and the talented pilot responded with a second place run in qualifying to give him the off-pole starting spot for the heat races. Wimsett set his focus on closing the gap between himself and the class leader on the weekend, scoring three straight second place results in which he closed the margin of victory with each subsequent race. Again starting from P2, Wimsett raced to a pair of runner-up finishes that have kept him right in the hunt for the national championship.
Wimsett was joined by Nate Norenberg, Shane Walters and Blake Teeter in Stars TaG at Shawano and all three ran inside the top-15 at one time or another during the heat races. In the finals, Walters posted the best results with a pair of 16th place finishes, while Norenberg was 20th and 18th in the two finals. Teeter looked good early on but battled a couple of issues to finish 23rd in both races.
In Cadet, Broc Yocom was Champion's representative and he was on form once again in qualifying, turning the third fastest time of the session. Yocom got off to a solid start with a fifth in the opening heat race, but got caught up in a tussle in the second moto that left him in 16th. Focused on coming back in the third heat, Broc finished up in 14th, putting him on the outside of row seven for the mains. Yocom would finish 16th in the opening final and was hit with bad luck again in the second race when he got caught up in a first lap melee that took him out of the race. Yocom will look to shake this one off, re-aiming his efforts on the Western Division championship, where he sits fourth in overall points.
The team will now focus on the upcoming Western Division finale in Seattle, Washington on August 24-25.