MEGENBIER PERSERVERES THROUGH TOUGH CLEVELAND WEEKEND Chicago driver fights through character-building issues to stay in title hunt CLEVELAND, OH (June 21, 2007) -- When he eventually looks back at his recent trip to the Grand Prix of...
MEGENBIER PERSERVERES THROUGH TOUGH CLEVELAND WEEKEND
Chicago driver fights through character-building issues to stay in title hunt
CLEVELAND, OH (June 21, 2007) -- When he eventually looks back at his recent trip to the Grand Prix of Cleveland to compete in the Skip Barber National event that supported the Champ Car World Series, Melrose Park, IL's Timmy Megenbier will likely realize that the outing was a major character builder in his development as a race car driver. The 15 year-old competitor had to fight through assorted car troubles during the third round of the series, swapping cars before the races, yet he still managed to work forward with a top-10 in race two standing as his best finish.
The Skip Barber National series features spec RT2000 race cars and the drivers draw for their cars at the beginning of each race weekend. The series does a very commendable job in keeping them all as equal as possible but, as with any intricate machine, problems can arise. Megenbier's car struggled with a misfire in the motor during the practice session and despite diligent work by the series mechanics, the powerplant continue to struggle with a misfire during the qualifying session, putting Megenbier 16th in the 30-car grid for the opening race. His second best time would put him 18th on the Race #2 line-up.
Megenbier was put into a new car for the opening race and elected to go back to the baseline set-up, not wanting to risk the chance that his developed set-up would not work in his new ride. The car was much better than his initial selection, and his race from deep in the pack would be exciting to say the least, as he worked diligently through the run to advance a few positions to 12th in the final tally. It was not the result he was looking for, but again, his successful fight through the problems will no doubt help him in the future.
After a solid outing in the Sunday morning warm-up, Megenbier waited through the day's events as the Skip Barber race was set as the final event of the weekend. Charging hard at the green, he expertly weaved his way to the front, eventually clawing his way to eighth in the final tally. The disappointing pace in qualifying hurt all weekend long, but battling back into the top 15 in both events was important to Megenbier's championship aspirations, as he still remains in the hunt, now fourth in the overall points, just 27 markers behind the leader, Joel Miller.