Clermont, IN - After a whirlwind season, Johnny Sauter and the A.P. Performance Racing team headed to Indianapolis Raceway Park for the final race of the 2001 ASA season. They came to the event, held Saturday September 29th, with a 108 - point...
Clermont, IN - After a whirlwind season, Johnny Sauter and the A.P. Performance Racing team headed to Indianapolis Raceway Park for the final race of the 2001 ASA season. They came to the event, held Saturday September 29th, with a 108 - point lead in the hunt for the 2001 title.
Sauter started the race from the 4th spot after posting a qualifying lap of 22.014 seconds. Johnny's brother Tim, 1999 ASA champion, also competed in an A.P. owned car and qualified 15th in the 38 car starting field.
Johnny jumped to 2nd position by the completion of lap 1 and was in the top spot at lap 4. He would relinquish the lead only once, after a pit stop. Once he retook first position, Johnny never looked back.
The Sauter brothers dominated the evening, ending the night with a 1 - 2 finish, little brother Johnny leading the way. Gary St. Amant, second place points finisher, ended his day in the 8th position.
When the checkered flag flew on the 2001 ASA season, Johnny Sauter and the A.P. team came home with 10 wins, 2030 laps led, four poles, 13 podium finishes, 14 top fives, 16 top tens, the Pat Schauer Memorial Rookie of the Year title, and the National Championship title.
"I just can't believe this," screamed Johnny after the race. "To win ten races, the Rookie title, and the championship in one season is just incredible. It just shows what a great team we have here at A.P. Performance Racing and what a great car owner we have in Alec Pinsonneault. This is truly awesome!"
The A.P. Performance Racing team will reunite once more this year, but this time to claim their trophies. The ASA banquet is scheduled for December 7th and 8th at the Opryland Hotel in Nashville, Tennessee.