PR1's Travis Irving finishes 4th and 6th in Milwaukee FF2000 Zetec Championship races. Milwaukee, Wisconsin (June 1, 2002) - After a streak of disappointing finishes at Mosport International Raceway and Indianapolis Raceway Park, PR1...
PR1's Travis Irving finishes 4th and 6th in Milwaukee FF2000 Zetec Championship races.
Milwaukee, Wisconsin (June 1, 2002) - After a streak of disappointing finishes at Mosport International Raceway and Indianapolis Raceway Park, PR1 Motorsports' Travis Irving got back on track after finishing fourth and sixth, respectively, in the sixth and seventh rounds of the 2002 FF2000 Zetec Championship at the Milwaukee Mile this weekend.
In March, Irving qualified second and captured his first podium of the year by virtue of finishing third in the season-opening round at the Sebring double-header. He finished seventh in the second race, then fell to 14th, 16th and 18th, while struggling with a down-on-power motor at Mosport and IRP.
"Finishing fourth on Friday was really a moral victory for us," said Irving, who qualified sixth for the first of two races at Milwaukee this weekend. "We've been in such a rut, it felt good to come out and have a decent race. It's still not as good as we had hoped, but we came out alive and got some points in the process. Now, we have a few weeks to re-group, we'll come back better, and we'll be in good shape for the next three rounds at Mid-Ohio."
Irving, 16, of Chino Hills, California, is no stranger to race victories or championship titles. His career began nearly ten years ago on the Southern California kart racing circuit. He captured his first championship in only his second year and began a stellar rise through the karting ranks. His resume includes numerous championships including California State, IKF Grand National and SKUSA titles, including the 2000 SKUSA World Championship Series and the SKUSA World Finals Championship race.
Irving's transition to full-size race cars has proven to be just as successful, as he literally dominated the 2001 Formula Ford Winter Series by winning both events in his first-ever appearance. He also was selected as a finalist for the 2001 Team USA Scholarship.
PR1 Motorsports, based in Fresno, California, is headed by longtime karting stalwart Bobby Oergel. Considered to be one of North America's all-time leading kart racers, Oergel's unique approach to team management centers on driver development and coaching, as well as race car set-up and engineering. PR1's driver-centered program focuses on helping aspiring racers to make the transition from successful karting careers to full-size cars through the use of Van Diemen Formula Ford race cars.
Round 8 of the 2002 Formula Ford 2000 Zetec Championship is scheduled for June 29 at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course, part of the American Le Mans Series weekend.
Further information is available on the team's web site at www.pr1motorsports.com or the FF2000 series site at www.usff2000.com.