Toyota With Intended Acceleration Grabs A Podium Finish. - race-deZert.com

Toyota With Intended Acceleration Grabs A Podium Finish.

March 21, 2010 saw the start of VORRA’s 35th racing season, the longest running short course series on the West coast. And Team Koenig was ready with tough Goodyear MT/R’s and a jump swallowing Total Chaos suspension.

VORRA’s new 3-moto format was expected to produce some tight racing. And it did. Owner/driver Mike Koenig easily qualified up front for the first moto. However, when the green flag dropped, racer Jake Povey in a V8 powered truck claimed the holeshot. But he didn’t get far. Carrying too much speed into turn one Povey endoed two and a half times. Mike – with enviable traction from his Wranglers – slipped under his still tumbling opponent to take the lead. Later Mike said, “I was able to stick my line, cut under the flipping truck and avoid any carnage.” The race was red-flagged for a restart, but Mike still finished Moto One in 2nd place using his very fast Toy V6 to beat all the V8’s there.

Moto Number Two had Mike’s motor again banging on the rev limiter. Going into the very last turn he out -maneuvered the second place truck sending race fans screaming to their feet. Team Koenig had another thrilling 2nd place finish.

At this point, Mike knew he could end the day in 2nd overall simply by finishing the final Moto in no worse than 4th place.  So rather than hammer the race truck more, he cruised through Moto Number Three to place 2nd overall for the day.  Noted Mike, “My Goodyear MT/R tires hooked up great in the corners and gave me the confidence to battle it out in all three motos. This is a great way to start our season and chase another class championship. There’s a lot of racing still this year, but we could not be happier.”

Our thanks goes to our sponsors, Goodyear, Total Chaos Fabrication, Currie Enterprises, Doug Thorley, JD Films, KING Shocks, Off Road Warehouse, Streamline Forms and Graphics, Rugged Radio, plus everyone on Team Koenig Racing.

Next race, VORRA Praire City Short Course, April 17-18.