CHAMPION RACING/INTREPID USA EARNS FOUR PODIUMS AT STARS OF KARTING OPENER Team Intrepid USA driver Vorrath leads ICC standings after two runner-up finishes in Ocala OCALA, FL (April 10, 2008) -- There is no doubt that ...
CHAMPION RACING/INTREPID USA EARNS FOUR PODIUMS AT STARS OF KARTING OPENER
Team Intrepid USA driver Vorrath leads ICC standings after two runner-up finishes in Ocala
OCALA, FL (April 10, 2008) -- There is no doubt that Champion Racing/Intrepid USA has gotten the 2008 Snap-on Stars of Karting national championship program off right thanks to a solid overall weekend performance at the Ocala Gran Prix karting facility in central Florida. Battling tough competition and changing weather conditions, the Norman, Oklahoma based squad scored four podium finishes on the weekend with four drivers now set for a year-long championship battle.
Leading the Champion Racing/Intrepid USA squad in the headline ICC class was Jordy Vorrath. The former ICA national champion will start this season as the championship leader in the Eastern Division thanks to a pair of runner-up finishes during what was a trying weekend weather-wise. After a poor qualifying effort, the Canadian did what he does best, race hard. Classified in fifth following the qualifying heats, Vorrath used his rain expertise to drive to second place in both finals - giving him the point lead leaving the weekend on the strength of his consistency. Fellow Intrepid ICC driver Ryan Kinnear also shined in the wet conditions, moving up from 17th to ninth in both Finals. After coming on strong last year, Kinnear has put his bid in for the championship in 2008.
Making his Stars debut for the Champion squad, young Evan Walters scored top-20 finishes in the both finals after struggling in the heat races. Nick Johnson, Shane Terrel, Brandon Frank and Devon Nichols all struggled through mechanical troubles and accidents throughout the weekend, which made them unable to score the results they were seeking.
EKN Rising Star nominee Joey Wimsett is beginning the '08 season where he left off last year. Running in the top-10 throughout the qualifying heats, Wimsett put his rain-driving prowess on display in the two finals. Starting 14th for both races, the first final saw him earn a podium finish, crossing the line in third. The second final was just as good, advancing up to fifth and putting him in early contention for the championship. Blake Teeter and Zane Heathcock used their Florida Winter Tour training to help in their Stars debut. Teeter scored a best finish of 11th in Final 1, while Heathcott was 17th in the same race, working with Leading Edge Motorsports' Greg Bell. Mukul Sud and Nate Norenberg were not as successful in their first Stars event, but they each gained valuable seat time for round two.
Bryan Eady carried the Intrepid flag in the new TaG ICC class with support from Intrepid distributor Leading Edge Motorsports. The Californian adjusted to the new package quickly, running in the top-five all weekend, both in the wet and the dry. Starting both finals from the fifth grid spot, Eady was second in the first final to earn his first-ever Stars podium. He followed this up with a sixth in the second final.
The team will now focus its attention to the Western Division opener at the Miller Motorsports Park in Tooele, UT over the April 25-27 weekend before the pivotal Race of the Americas, which will pit the East vs. West at the New Castle Motorsports Park in New Castle, IN on May 30-June 1.