Cherry Hill, NJ./Columbus, Indiana, August 26, 2002 . . . If there was a report card for a rookie racer's first season education, midget racer Tom Hessert (Cherry Hill, NJ) would probably earn some high marks. Just recently Hessert, who drives a...
Cherry Hill, NJ./Columbus, Indiana, August 26, 2002 . . . If there was a report card for a rookie racer's first season education, midget racer Tom Hessert (Cherry Hill, NJ) would probably earn some high marks.
Just recently Hessert, who drives a Kunz Motorsports prepared Mopar powered midget owned by his dad, Tom Hessert, Jr., a former champion sports car racer who also had some opportunities in Winston Cup and NASCAR Busch Series racing, earned TOP ROOKIE HONORS in the Indiana Five Crown Nationals. The series of midget racing events took place at a variety of dirt speedways located throughout Indiana.
His best finish in the series was a strong eighth place finish at the tough Lincoln Park Speedway in Putnamville, Indiana.
Wanting to gain more paved track experience, continuing his education in midget racing at a variety of difference tracks, Hessert was at the popular Indianapolis Speedrome for a NAMARS (North American Auto Racing Series) sanctioned midget racing event. He impressed with a strong effort in time trials and his qualifying heat and earned an 11th place finish in the feature.
Next, Hessert and the Kunz Motorsports team will head to Marne, Michigan to compete in the United States Auto Club National Championship Midget Series even on Saturday, August 31. A 30-lap feature will be presented on the 7/16th-mile paved semi-banked oval at Berlin Raceway.
And the Cherry Hill, New Jersey racer will get one more event in before moving back East to continue his high school education. The good looking former quarter midget and micro sprint racer will run in the September 6th USAC National Championship Midget Series events at the Route 66 Raceway in Joliet, Illinois. This event will be topped by a 30-lap feature.
With school in session Hessert will be traveling from the East coast to race in a number of other midget auto racing events between now and November.
"It has been a tremendous experience. It is an education that I could not get any other way. Keith Kunz and Pete Willoughby have given me some tremendous equipment to race. It is always well prepared. They have allowed me to have a wonderful opportunity. And having the chance to work in their shops (located in the Indianapolis area) during the summer has certainly been an opportunity to learn so much about the setup of race cars and what makes them go. I have certainly had a chance to see a lot of the country and a lot of different speedways. It has been exciting meeting and learning from other racers plus meeting a lot of fans," said Hessert.