TOUGH WEEKEND FOR TAYLOR MIINCH IN OCALA "Californian pilot puts together positives after difficult season opener" Ocala, Florida -- April 8, 2008 --Team Top Kart USA driver Taylor Miinch was hoping for a better start to his 2008 national ...
TOUGH WEEKEND FOR TAYLOR MIINCH IN OCALA
"Californian pilot puts together positives after difficult season opener"
Ocala, Florida -- April 8, 2008 --Team Top Kart USA driver Taylor Miinch was hoping for a better start to his 2008 national championship chase as the talented junior pilot claimed a 16th position in final one and a tenth place result in final two to start off the Snap-on Stars of Karting presented by Indy Car Series. Though it was tough weekend, the Team Top Kart USA pilot took away as many positives as possible from the weekend and will now focus on the West division opener in a few weeks.
With the event being held at the Ocala Gran Prix facility just north of Orlando, Florida, Miinch was hoping that his second trip to the facility would be a good one as his one and only goal was victory. The weekend started out rough right from Friday morning's first practice session, as the day was plagued with problems. A blown motor in session one and a mechanical failure later in the day forced Miinch to complete only 11 practice laps heading into Friday's final two timed sessions.
Working with longtime tuner Michael Rossi, Miinch and his mechanic went to work to get the kart up to speed and claimed the quickest time in Saturday morning's warm-up. Things were looking up for the ever critical qualifying session and Taylor was gunning for the pole position. Slow moving karts and being in the wrong place at the wrong time was the story of Miinch's time trials as he managed to only turn the 20th quickest time which would be the position that he would start in all three heat race flights.
With the new heat race format, drivers must race three heats to determine their starting positions for both of Sunday's finals. Looking to advance his starting position, Miinch methodically worked his way forward in all three heats to claim 14th, tenth and 11th place finishes respectively. With the points finally tallied before the feature events, Miinch learned that he would start from striking distance in P11.
With the rain falling, Miinch and his Top Kart USA crew went to work on his chassis to ensure the setup was correct for the current track conditions. As talented as he is in the dry, Taylor has done his fair share of rain racing and was excited to see the skies open just in time for the start of his race.
As the rain began to fall harder the conditions worsened as several competitors found it hard to stay on track throughout the 21 lap final. After a great start in both events, Miinch was involved in incidents that sent him spiraling down the running order. With his never give up attitude, the Alpine, California resident kept plugging away and managed to score a 16th and tenth place finish and points towards the Eastern division and national championship as well as one of the quickest lap times in the challenging conditions.
"It was a tough weekend," claimed Taylor Miinch after Sunday's final events. "Sometimes you have good weekends and sometimes you have bad ones, that's the way Motorsports is. We learned a lot this weekend and I hope to use that experience to help me at the next event."
With only a few weeks off until the Snap-on Stars of Karting presented by IndyCar Series Western opener in Tooele, Utah, Miinch and his Top Kart USA crew will travel to the popular Miller Motorsports Park to complete some pre-race testing.