Reed Sorenson: Rookie of the Year

The typical high school seniors don't have much on their minds besides girls and Playstation. Perhaps that's what makes Reed Sorenson an atypical teenager. Sorenson has speed on his mind, and at just the age of seventeen, he has earned the...

The typical high school seniors don't have much on their minds besides girls and Playstation. Perhaps that's what makes Reed Sorenson an atypical teenager. Sorenson has speed on his mind, and at just the age of seventeen, he has earned the American Speed Associations Rookie of The Year honors.

Sorenson locked up the Rookie title, with a 383 point lead on Travis Kittleson, with one race left in the season. For his efforts, Sorenson gains the admiration of his competitors, and a much-needed $50,000 purse.

"The main thing was we needed the money," said Sorenson. "It was fifty- thousand to win, which was pretty cool."

Sorenson began his racing career at the age of six, but in the eleven years of professional racing under his belt, he has an impressive resume'. While running Quarter Midgets, Sorenson earned nine Southeastern championships including a National Championship in 1997.

By the time he was 12, Sorenson had moved from Midgets to Legends cars, where he became the youngest driver to ever win in that series. In his four seasons racing Legends, Sorenson racked up 78 wins, 5 track championships and a National title.

Now Sorenson is looking for new challenges. Currently, Sorenson is searching for sponsorship to support a full season of ASA racing in 2004. In addition, he plans on running seven Busch and seven ARCA races next season.

Sorenson's not just going to run with any mom-and-pop Busch team, he was hand-plucked by the talent-minded Ganassi racing team as a future NASCAR star.

"We're doing a bunch of testing for Chip Ganassi," continued Sorenson. "It will be pretty neat. I am hoping to learn as much as I can about the cars, and then by the time I get full time in the Busch series, we can be winning races and running up front, contending for a championship. I think next year will be a big year.

"I am looking forward to it. It is something I want to be involved with, it's a good team and I think it will be a good team for me for the future."

Ganassi isn't merely interested in sporting Sorenson for the Busch series, ultimately they hope to bring him through the racing ranks and prepare him for a career in NASCAR's premium division, Winston Cup.

"They have it worked out," said Sorenson on Ganassi's plans for his career advancement. "It's supposed to be running full time Busch by 2005, and then trying some Cup after that and seeing how I do. Hopefully, I will win some races and move up to Cup."

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Series Stock car
Drivers Chip Ganassi , Reed Sorenson