Johnny VanDoorn Has A Plan For Winchester
WINCHESTER, April 28, 2011: Two-time and defending Champion Racing Association (CRA) champion Johnny VanDoorn will officially kick off the 2011 season this weekend at Winchester (Ind.) Speedway and the Coopersville, Michigan native is putting himself into attack mode for Sunday’s Manning Services 100.
The rising star is already anxious to get back behind the wheel of a race car since the original season-opener at Anderson (In.) Speedway was rained out on April 16th. With the series now taking the green flag at one of his favorite race tracks, VanDoorn is ready to prove that once again he’ll be a title contender.
“I’m ready to get back after it,” said VanDoorn. “It’s unfortunate that Anderson was rained out, but we’re heading to Winchester and man, racing doesn’t get any better than that. We know what we need to do as a team; hopefully we can stay in-tune on the track and do what we do best.”
Championship ride-aside, VanDoorn knows that winning another CRA crown will be no easy task. Still, VanDoorn who hopes to compete in the ARCA Racing Series by year’s end is focused on utilizing the same mentality he has over the past two years that has guided him to back-to-back recognitions.
“It’s about standing in the gas on and off the track,” sounded VanDoorn. “I would not be where I am today without a lot of people and a lot of support. The competition continues to get tougher each and every year. I don’t expect 2011 to be any different. Winchester if you’re not careful is a place that can come up and bite you. We need to keep our nose clean if we want a shot at another win.”
Should everything flow their way, Kaos Motorsports will guide the former CRA Rookie of the Year to his 10th win and 48th top-10 in 65 races. If VanDoorn lands himself in the top-10, his percentage rate in the CRA Series will climb to nearly 75 percent of his career that he’s comprised the top-10.
With sponsorship still hard to acquire these days, VanDoorn is thankful to have his Chevrolet bow-tie decked out with support. Baker Engineering, Earth Service and Supply, Jegs.com, Magic Transportation, Paragon Corvette Reproductions, Port City Racecars and R and R Wire Loom will all hold placement on the team’s General Motors machine this weekend.
“I’m a lucky guy,” VanDoorn added. “Not only do I have a great team but we have so much support from companies across Michigan and the region. It’s my goal to go out there and race hard and get them the best finish possible. Some weeks will be better than others, but we refuse to go down without a fight and Winchester will be no different.”
In 64 races, VanDoorn has posted six poles, eight wins, 25 top-fives and 47 top-10 finishes including back-to-back CRA championships in 2009 and 2010.