The first round of the 2012 Geico Endurcross season is finally in the books. After much anticipation, the team left the Orleans arena with achieved goals. Between Kacy Martinez’s close race with Maria Forsberg and Bobby Prochnau’s main event finish, the team is motivated and ready to head to Sacramento for round two.
While Kacy Martinez, Bobby Prochnau, Travis Coy, Josh Strang and I were in Las Vegas for Endurocross, our team member Ivan Ramirez journeyed North with Kurt Caselli for the National Hare & Hound in Jericho, Utah. And although Ivan stopped with Kurt after his crash during the race, we are proud of Ivan for doing the right thing and look forward to our next race in two week at Racetown 395 for WORCS.
Huge thanks to everyone involved in our program we look forward to bringing you more success this season!
RPM Racing Team
Kacy Takes 2nd at Endurocross Opener
Following her performance from 2011, Kacy Martinez came into the Endurocross series fully prepared to take on the tough course. In her qualifying Heat during the day, Kacy won over Nicole Bradford and Shelby Turner by .26 seconds. With certain confidence she lined up for the evening’s Main Event ready to challenge Maria Forsberg to the finish.
Off the start she stayed on Maria’s rear tire and moved into 1st on lap 2. Maria was able to capitalize on a different line choice and make the pass back, but Kacy charged through the obstacles to the finish. Finishing just .02 seconds behind Maria, Kacy stated, “I was excited about my race! I kept it on two wheels the whole time, which isn’t easy to do in Endurocross. I know I have the speed to win, I just need to concentrate on getting a better start and minimizing small mistakes!”
Kacy is already qualified for X-Games, and now sits in 2nd behind Maria for the Championship with 25 points.
Prochnau Takes Top Ten, Strang Introduced to Endurocross
Bobby Prochnau has picked up where he left off after months of logging camp, and is back in the Endurocross game. Prochnau kicked off the night show taking 2nd in his heat just behind Cody Webb. After avoiding Taddy’s first turn crash in the Main Event, he looked ahead to put down some strong laps. He moved from 10th to 9th ahead of Kevin Rookstool and spent 4 laps there. By lap 9, Prochnau had a few small mistakes and was unable to defend himself as Rookstool made the pass, but was able to hold onto 10th to the checkers. “I am just happy I made it to the Main. I really learned a lot this weekend, and now I just have to fine-tune a few things before Sacramento!” Prochnau said.
Our newest team member of 2012 Josh Strang experienced his first Endurocross race. With his considerably long recovery, Josh has only recently spent his time training for Endurocross at a few of his local tracks. In his Heat, he was able to take a solid 7th just behind Gary Sutherlin. Although Strang did not make the Main, he now understands the fundamentals of Endurocross and will be busy preparing himself over the next few weeks for Sacramento.
Travis Coy hit the track during the day for night show qualifiers, taking 5th in his heat. Moving into the Semi, Coy put down the fastest lap at .54:414 and finished 2nd.