WKA: IRL SoK: Taylor Miinch Shawano summary

TAYLOR MIINCH VICTORIOUS IN WISCONSIN "California pilot claims win and podium at USAIR" Shawano, Wisconsin hJuly 16, 2008) b^0x0013 Team Top Kart USA driver Taylor Miinch scored his first career Snap-on Stars of Karting presented by IndyCar...

TAYLOR MIINCH VICTORIOUS IN WISCONSIN
"California pilot claims win and podium at USAIR"

Shawano, Wisconsin hJuly 16, 2008) b^0x0013 Team Top Kart USA driver Taylor Miinch scored his first career Snap-on Stars of Karting presented by IndyCar series victory this past weekend at USA International Raceway (USAIR) in Shawano, Wisconsin. Miinch was able to turn his pole position into a podium in Final One followed by a victory in Final Two.

After Friday's official timed sessions, Taylor Miinch, 13, looked as if he was one of the drivers to beat as he topped the time sheets. With a successful test the week prior to the event and a great official practice day, Miinch looked to carry his momentum into Gatorz Pole qualifying.

During his qualifying run, Miinch did what was needed and found the necessary speed to turn a solid 1:00.731 lap to take the top spot in only his sixth circuit at USAIR. With the top time, the Team Top Kart USA pilot guaranteed himself an inside front row starting position for all three heat races.

With the heat race flight system in effect, Miinch would have to work his way through the nine lap heats to setup a solid starting position for both finals. Heat one and two went just as planned for the Californian as he claimed the checkers while a second place result in heat race three gave Miinch enough points to retain his pole starting position for both finals.

"I am happy to have the pole," explained Taylor Miinch after completing the heat races. "Our Top Kart is running good and I think if I can get out in the lead I should be able to pull away from the field."

In what could only be classified as an amazing race, Miinch took the lead in the first final as a quartet of drivers battled hard behind him. As the white flag flew signaling the last lap, Miinch was still on the point before passing ensued in the back section of the race course. Coming around for the final three corners, Miinch was shuffled wide and came up just short at the line having to settle for a second place result.

-credit: www.MiinchMotorsports.

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