WKA: IRL SoK: Mike Vincec - national champion

Vincec is Stars of Karting National Champion Pair of podiums at series finale seals the deal Stouffville, Ontario (October 13, 2008): Mike Vincec's 2008 season started with one goal in mind - to win the Snap On Stars of Karting East Division ...

Vincec is Stars of Karting National Champion
Pair of podiums at series finale seals the deal

Stouffville, Ontario (October 13, 2008): Mike Vincec's 2008 season started with one goal in mind - to win the Snap On Stars of Karting East Division Championship. After coming close the previous season, the Cameron Motorsports driver knew he had a shot this year. The seventeen-year-old Canadian made good on that goal a few months ago and then went on to add the West Division title as well. In the meantime, Vincec would also compete in the FIA European Karting Championship with the CRG factory team but with the season drawing to a close, there was one last crown available - the Snap On Stars of Karting ICC National title.

This past weekend at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, Vincec arrived with his Cameron Motorsport tuner Trevor Wickens with a good shot at that championship. It had been a close battle all season with fellow Canadian Jordy Vorrath and two-time champion Gary Carlton, but Mike was in a good position needing only to finish on the podium for both final races to clinch the title. He started off the weekend in fine form taking the point in qualifying to put him on pole for all of the heat races. Mike would finish the three heats in second, third and fourth placing him third on the starting grid for the finals.

On Sunday, it was determined that Mike would have to finish no worse than third in both races - or a similar points combination depending on how he finished in race one. He would take third in the first race and go on to take third in race two - enough to be the first Canadian to secure the national title.

A component of the national championship is an award to encourage senior drivers to continue their climb up the motorsports ladder. The Snap On Stars of Karting Championship presented by Indy Racing League has chosen Mike to be the recipient of a full season in the Skip Barber National Series which could be the first step toward a successful career in open-wheel racing. Mike raced in the Skip Barber Southeast Region Championship last winter after being awarded a scholarship from the Sunoco Ron Fellows Karting Championship based in Ontario. He finished second overall in that series and was selected as the top rookie.

Mike would like to thank Bob Cameron and Danielle Duffy for their unwavering support, everyone at Cameron Motorsports for a terrific season, Mr. Tinini, Mattia and everybody on the factory CRG team, and especially Trevor Wickens for the great job he has done all season setting up the CRG/Maxter because without him this would not have been possible.. He also thanks all of his sponsors and supporters and is looking forward to continuing his winning efforts on their behalf in 2009.

Next up for Mike is the Skusa Super Nationals in Las Vegas on November 20-23, 2008.

-credit: mikev.ca

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Series Kart
Drivers Ron Fellows , Skip Barber