Marquardt Racing: A World Championship and Family Fun in Crandon
The weekend at Crandon International Off-Road Raceway saw the Marquardt family enjoy the time hanging out with family, friends, and of course a little racing as well. The brother and sister team of Sam and Kennedy saw a season best performance behind the wheels of their Short Course Karts. The weekend concluded with Sam taking his first career TORC Series win.
The track for the Karts utilizes a portion of the Crandon Stadium Course with two special sections specifically for the youngest TORC drivers to hone their skills. The added sections included a downhill jump and a rhythm section that really give the kids their own “chuck of Baja” with every lap.
On Saturday, eighteen Karts lined up for a mini-version of Crandon’s famous land rush start. Sam Marquardt driving the #190 orange and black Kart has a great start and looked to be a podium contender right away. Sam was in a great battle with VanEpren and Sleaper all race long as all three racers finished on the podium with Sam Marquardt finishing in second place.
Sam’s sister Kennedy came through the land rush start cleanly as well and worked her way into a sixth place finish. This tied Kennedy’s best finish of the season.
Afterwards, just like every race weekend, Sam and Kennedy were quickly back at the pits preparing their race trucks for Sunday’s race.
The Sunday race saw Sam get a great start once again with only one other driver in front of the familiar orange and black Kart. By the second lap, Sam had taken the lead and kept the rest of the field at bay all the way to the checkered flag. This was Sam Marquardt’s first career Short Course Kart win.
While Sam was leading the pack, Kennedy found herself in tight battle in the middle of the eighteen Kart pack. After avoiding a couple of close calls, the #90 black and orange racer finished in eighth place.
“It was great to see Sam take his first win,” noted Cory Marquardt, former TORC Class Champion and father of the racers. “He’s worked so hard getting the Kart ready, understanding what it takes to drive a race car, and still making fun for everyone. Then watching Kennedy do the same and knowing this is really a family activity. My wife and I are fortunate that our kids really like doing things as a family, whether is racing, going fishing, or just watching each other playing a sport.”
There are nine more rounds of racing are yet to come. The next two rounds will be July 15-16 in Bark River, Michigan. If you can’t make it to Crandon in person, the entire weekend race program is broadcast live at torcseries.com.
Cory, Kennedy, and Sam Marquardt thank their sponsors including:
McGuire’s Sports Bar, Jane Classic Touch, Todd’s Custom Graphix, Holtger Brothers Inc., HP53, HEC Electric, Andy’s Shock Service, Cory’s Crank & Nail and of course their family and friends.
Marquardt Racing still has sponsorship opportunities available the rest of the 2017 race season. Interested parties can contact Cory Marquardt: firstname.lastname@example.org
– Mike Reusche, race report/pics