CHAMPION RACING / INTREPID USA SCORES MULTIPLE VICTORIES AT STARS OF KARTING WESTERN OPENER Team Intrepid on top with Wimsett and Eady earning double victories at Miller Motorsports Park TOOELE, UT (April 27, 2008) -- It has been a ...
CHAMPION RACING / INTREPID USA SCORES MULTIPLE VICTORIES AT STARS OF KARTING WESTERN OPENER
Team Intrepid on top with Wimsett and Eady earning double victories at Miller Motorsports Park
TOOELE, UT (April 27, 2008) -- It has been a successful start to the 2008 season for the Champion Racing / Intrepid USA team as excellent performances in the Florida Winter Tour program during the first three months of the year have primed the team for victories on the sport's national circuit. The month of April has been even better with a solid opening weekend at the Snap-on Stars of Karting Presented by IndyCar Series Eastern Division event three weeks ago in Florida. The momentum continued into this past weekend at the program's Western Division opened up at the Miller Motorsports Park in Tooele, Utah. TaG pilot Joey Wimsett and TaG ICC driver Bryan Eady put Intrepid on the top of the podium four times over the weekend with double victories for each, while ICC lead driver Jordy Vorrath continued his string of runner-up finishes with a pair of seconds in the series' headline class.
Wimsett was the driver to beat early on as he put his Intrepid/Parilla package on top of the time sheets in TaG qualifying, putting himself on pole for each of the three qualifying heat races. A solid second place in the first heat was followed by a disappointing 20th in the second heat as he was plagued with ignition troubles. These issues continued again in the third heat, fortunately not as severe, to earn him a sixth place in the final moto. When the points were calculated, he was classified in fifth overall and would start the finals from the inside of row three. Everything would come together in the two TaG main events, as he advanced quickly to the front to score the win in each of the 16-lap races.
Champion Racing and Leading Edge Motorsports supported Eady in his bid for the TaG ICC championship and the talented pilot as adjusted well to the new electric start TM K9ES powerplant. With two runner-up finishes in the Saturday heat races, the NorCal pilot scored the victory in heat three on Sunday morning to start outside row one for both finals. Getting the holeshot in each of the 16-lap races, Eady went green to checker to earn impressive double victories.
The ICC program at Champion Racing is looking very good with Canadian Jordy Vorrath behind the wheel of his Brett Berryhill TM-powered entry, which has been an extremely potent combination over the past three years. The duo shined in qualifying, putting down the fastest lap of the session to start from the pole for each of the three qualifying heats. Vorrath was great off the line, earning the holeshot each and every race. A first and a second on Saturday in the opening motos would put Vorrath on the provisional pole heading into the third and final heat race on Sunday. Sitting second after pacing the field early on, a mechanical problem with his powerplant put him on the sidelines on lap nine. Luckily, he would still start from third in the Finals despite the DNF, thanks to the fact that a number of other frontrunners also found trouble in the heats. Continuing to put the power down quickly at the drop of the green, Vorrath jumped out to the lead in both finals, however, he would relinquish the top spot to finish second in each outing. Sitting second in the Western points and first in the East with four straight runner-up results, Vorrath has put himself in a solid position in the chase for the championship.
Making his debut with Champion Racing / Intrepid USA, Cody Jolly was among the quickest right away in his first time piloting an Intrepid chassis. The Texan was a consistent top-five runner all weekend, starting fifth for the main events. The first final was Jolly's first long run in the Intrepid and the kart fell off toward the end, putting him seventh in the order. Between races, he and the team made the necessary changes to insure the kart would be there at during the final laps end, and it was. Climbing to fourth after an opening corner pile-up, Jolly challenged for the third podium step but came up just short, finishing a solid fourth. Chance Terrell was also in the paddock and stepped up to the challenge in ICC, turning great laps while running periodically in the top-10. After qualifying 13th, Terrell finished 11th in the opening main event and 14th in the back-end of the doubleheader, running some very fast laps while gaining more national level experience.
The team's lone Cadet driver Broc Yocom had an impressive runs in the two finals. With only a best finish of sixth in the three heat races, Yocom started from the 11th spot for both main events. Getting great starts and avoiding the turn one melees, the 13-year old quickly advanced into the top-five. In the first of two races, Yocom earned his first ever Stars podium with a third place run. Challenging again for the podium spot in race number two, Yocom came just short and crossed the line in fourth.
The final Champion Racing / Intrepid drivers Mukul Sud and Blake Teeter made their second Stars start, visiting the Miller facility for the first time. Each battled engine issues throughout the weekend, as well as getting collected in a few opening corner incidents. Sud was unable to finish both finals, classified in 22nd and 26th, while Teeter ran 15th and 23rd in the two mains.
The team will now focus on the upcoming 'East vs. West' Race of the Americas event at the New Castle Motorsports Park in New Castle, IN over the May 30-June 1 weekend with a large contingent of Intrepids set to be on hand - including the Intrepid USA-supported teams of Leading Edge Motorsports and Checkered Flag Racing.