09′ MRCI Grand Prix
Jon Guentzel Family farms recently participated
as a heat sponsor in the MRCI Grand Prix Event.
The MRCI Foundation puts on this event to raise
support for their mission of providing services to
people with disabilities and other barriers to
employment. It was a great opportunity to take a
break from the spraying, hauling, and shop
work. We put together a team of our best drivers…or so we thought. The five
man team consisted of Terry Guentzel, Jon Guentzel, Angela Guentzel, Rory
Miller and Bryan Lillie. Jon Started out Heat #2 in pole position. We were off to
a good start with an open track ahead of us. After lap #22 Jon went into the pits
to switch drivers. Rory Miller was ready to go.
When he came out of the pits he found himself in
the middle of the pack with a crowded course.
He had to fight for every position he could get.
At around lap #42 he was starting to look for an
opening in the pits. At lap #45 he found his
opening. With a smooth pit stop, Angela was in
the kart and anxious to go…maybe too anxious. She came roaring out of the pits
at full throttle and never let up on the gas. Apparently the Kart’s top speed of
40+mph and the tight coarse were not intimidating enough to justify using the
brake for any reason. However, 3 laps and 3 spinouts later the black flag was out
and he was pointing at her! After a brief time
penalty and talk with the track marshal she was
back out there. Back out on the course, with a
lighter right foot, she actually improved her lap
times. At lap #62 she came flying into the pits
and locked up the tires. Bryan was on the move.
Bryan held our position well up until lap #80 when some of the leaders caught
up. They were bumping the cart and trying to spin him out but he maintianed his
position. At lap #84 he brought the kart in for the last pit stop. Our anchor,
Terry was ready to hop in and finish this race out. Terry ran a smooth and
consistent race. He was able to catch a few positions
throughout the 37 laps. However, we were not able to get
back to that pole position. Infact, we finished in 6th place.
6th in a pack of 8 teams wasn’t bad for our rookie team.
There’s always next year…..
It was a great event that we enjoyed participating in and hope to return next
year. This rookie team is ready for another opportunity to prove their driving
skills on a fresh course.
09′ Grand Prix