TAYLOR MIINCH FIGHTS HARD AT MILLER MOTROSPORTS PARK "California pilot puts together strong runs in West opener" Tooele, Utah -- April 29, 2008 --Team Top Kart USA driver Taylor Miinch was looking forward to the Snap-on Stars of Karting...
TAYLOR MIINCH FIGHTS HARD AT MILLER MOTROSPORTS PARK
"California pilot puts together strong runs in West opener"
Tooele, Utah -- April 29, 2008 --Team Top Kart USA driver Taylor Miinch was looking forward to the Snap-on Stars of Karting presented by IndyCar Series West division opener after testing a week earlier at the Miller Motorsports Park facility went extremely well. Claiming one of the unofficial quickest times of the test, Miinch was hoping to turn those quick times into victories in his chase for the national championship.
After Friday's official timed sessions, Taylor Miinch could be seen close to the top of the time charts on both occasions as he claimed the second quickest time of the day. With a few minor chassis setup changes on Friday evening, the Team Top Kart USA driver was ready for the opening round qualifying session on Saturday morning.
Looking to take the Gatorz Pole Position, Miinch set out on an extremely fast lap and took the top spot early in the session only to be out done by a few of his closest rivals as the session drew to a close. As the checkered flag flew, Miinch would claim the sixth position and an outside row three starting position for the three upcoming heat races.
Consistency is what wins championships and that is what the young Californian was through the heat races as he claimed a fifth, third and fifth place results respectively while battling in the lead pack. With the three top five finishes, Miinch would find himself starting outside row two for both feature events.
Sunday morning's final one did not go as planned for the California champion as his row two starting position did not hold strong through the first set of corners. As karts came together, Miinch had a slight off track excursion that saw him quickly drop down the running order and complete lap one outside of the top twenty. As all champions always do, Miinch did not give up. The 13-year-old pilot put his head down and began to march his way forward picking off karts lap after lap in the sixteen circuit final. As the race came to an end, Miinch found himself just outside the top ten in 11th place.
Final two would go a little better for the sophomore Junior Intercontinental A (JICA) pilot as he made it through the first corner and held his starting position at the close of lap one. Battling with the lead quartet, Miinch lost the draft and was eventually passed later in the event. As the top five drivers remained static, Miinch would continue to turn laps as quick as the leaders but was unable to mount a charge finishing fifth.
"The JICA class is very tough," explained Taylor Miinch after Sunday's final events. "A few tenths off could mean the difference between winning and finishing outside the top ten. I am very happy with my fifth place finish but was hoping for a win. I am looking forward to the next event at the end of May."
Mike Tetreault of Grand Products said, "Stars is one of those series when you prepare, you do well and I think the program prepared its self very well bringing Josh Huff to lead tuner spot and with the change to Hi Rev horsepower. Sometimes things just don't go your way. One thing you never have to worry about is Taylor Miinch's kart program being prepared as Chuck Miinch makes sure things are always A+. Now we just have to work on putting everything together and getting Taylor on the Podium."
Taylor Miinch is excited to have Josh Huff as lead tuner joining his Stars of Karting program fulltime in 2008 and said he is a big plus for the team and looks to Josh's feedback and knowledge on and off the track.
Taylor Miinch will enjoy almost a month off until the next round of the Snap-on Stars of Karting presented by IndyCar Series at the New Castle Motorsports Park facility in central Indiana. Though not competing nationally, Miinch and his Top Kart crew can be seen throughout the West Coast competing in several regional karting championships.