WKA: IRL SoK: Champion/Intrepid USA New Castle summary

CHAMPION RACING / INTREPID USA ON PODIUM WITH EADY AND YOCOM Long weekend 'under' the Team Intrepid tent at Stars of Karting Mazda Race of the Americas NEW CASTLE, IN (June 1, 2008) -- The first four months of the 2008 karting season have...

Long weekend 'under' the Team Intrepid tent at Stars of Karting Mazda Race of the Americas

NEW CASTLE, IN (June 1, 2008) -- The first four months of the 2008 karting season have been punctuated by a long string of victories for the Champion Racing / Intrepid USA team. As the calendar turned over to the month of June, the team was hoping to continue its winning ways at the Snap-on Stars of Karting Mazda Race of the Americas event at the New Castle Motorsports Park, located just outside Indianapolis.

Not only did the team have to battle the stout field on hand for the 'East vs. West' shootout event, but the Champion Racing / Intrepid USA squad were forced to deal with Mother Nature as a severe thunderstorm came through the area on Friday evening and wreaked havoc on the large circus tent used by the team. With a trashed tent, few tipped over karts and minor damage, the team of 20 karts - including the Leading Edge Motorsports contingent - spent the rest of the weekend working under any temporary folding awning that they could get their hands on.

On-track, a total of 14 drivers represented the Intrepid brand with eight competitors in ICC, four in the Stars TaG class, and one each in TaG ICC and Cadet. Those final drivers - Bryan Eady and Broc Yocom - scored the team's lone podium finishes on the weekend with each scoring a third place finish. The weekend did not begin well for Eady, the TaG ICC pilot supported by Leading Edge Motorsports. After a dismal eighth in qualifying, a stuck engine in heat one forced the driver to run a break-in session in heat two, finishing last in both races. With the engine ready to race in heat three, Eady advanced to fifth and was eventually classified ninth starting position for the two features. Jumping three spots at the drop of the green to Final 1, Eady then waged a 15-lap battle to break into the top-five, edging his competitor at the line for a fifth place result. Getting an even better start in Final 2, the Californian was at the tail of the lead pack early and advanced to the third position, where he would finish. Coming off a pair of wins at the West Coast opener in Utah, Eady was looking for more at New Castle, but his top-five finishes will keep him right in the middle of the championship fight.

In Cadet, Yocom stalked his competition throughout the weekend, waiting for the right moment to attack. Unfortunately, starting the first final from the seventh row, Yocom was collected in a first lap incident trying to move forward, dropping him to the tail of the field to finish 15th. Staying out of trouble in the early stages of the second final, Yocom advanced one position a lap until reaching third with four to go. Mixing it up with the top-two, Yocom tried a last lap pass for second, but lost ground heading to the final corner and matched his best finish of third on the year.

A podium looked to be in the cards for Intrepid in ICC with eight drivers competing in the gearbox class. Jordy Vorrath led the squad into battle but got off to a slow start. Starting the finals from the sixth grid spot, Vorrath was quick off the line and battled the lead group. In final one, Vorrath finished a strong fourth, although mechanical problems took him out on the opening lap of the second final - his first DNF of the year. In his second weekend with the team, Cody Jolly made only his third Stars ICC start in his career, having previously focused on the ICA category. At the start of the first feature, Jolly was shuffled back to 18th but worked himself up to 13th. In the second final, he left from the seventh grid spot and retained that position despite a heated battle for the 18-lap race.

Ryan Kinnear looked to have his second top-10 finish on the weekend locked, following a tenth place finish in Final 1. Embroiled in the fight with teammate Jolly, among others, Kinnear made contact with another driver that sent him off the track before reaching the checkered flag, placing him 19th on the final tally. The Terrel brothers, Chance and Shane, had their best finishes on the year with Chance recording 15th and 13th place finishes while Shane recorded results of 18th and 15th. Drivers Evan Walters, Devon Nichols, and Brandon Frank worked on improving each session out, which they did, with the exception of Nichols who recorded one DNF.

Point leader Joey Wimsett continued to run among the top drivers in the TaG division. Dropping the second fastest lap in qualifying, Wimsett had a front row starting spot for both his heat races. Despite the grid position, he would get shuffled back to record finishes of fifth and third to start the feature races from outside of row two. After two tough 15-lap battles, Wimsett ended the weekend placing fifth and fourth in the main events. The rest of the Champion Racing TaG roster had a tough weekend. Nate Norenberg and Shane Walters were outside the top-20 in both finals while Blake Teeter missed out on the mains with a DNF in the LCQ.

The team will now focus on the upcoming Eastern Division finale set for the USA International Raceway in Shawano, WI on July 11-13 - a circuit where Intrepid has found the podium before in the past and plans on repeating that feat in 2008.

-credit: cr/iusa

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Drivers Blake Teeter , Nate Norenberg