College Enjoys Repeat Success in 'Mini-Indy' Racing

Published 10.04.2004


Penn College enjoyed another successful race weekend for an excellent cause: the local chapter of the American Red Cross.

John Macko, Wayne Smith and Howard Troup prepared two highly tuned karts for the race, which will be their last as the torch is being passed to others to carry forth.

The modified entry overcame adversity, as the team experienced its first-ever total engine failure and was forced to use a backup engine for the rest of the weekend. The team performed an error-free final race to nudge out a fierce duel with AM Sheetmetal. The finish marked three straight years as the defending modified champions.

The stock class was very competitive and a young student team (with one slightly older Dorlan Books) fought initial problemsthat resulted in a fourth place in their heat, a second in the feature and, finally, a second in the overall championship in the finals (overcoming a fifth-place grid position in the final race). Over the past three years, the stock kart has traded first and second place with Jersey Shore State Bank.

The visiting students from ITESM (Toluca, Mexico) had serious engine problems on Saturday racing and were able to correct the problems just in time for their try at the consolation final race. During the race, they moved from the middle of the pack into a very respectful third-place finish, which included a trophy too big for their luggage.

( Information provided by the School of Transportation Technology)