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Five Top Tens In Five Days For Zach Leonhardi In Florida Speedweeks
Posted by: newsla on Feb 25, 2014 - 06:20 AM
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Five Top Tens In Five Days For Zach Leonhardi In Florida Speedweeks


Zach Leonhardi finished up the 2014 INEX Winternationals with ninth and tenth place finishes to give him five top ten finishes in five nights of INEX Legends Car racing at the Auburndale (FL) Speedway and an eighth place finish in the series points for his Young Lions division.

 

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His first three days of racing saw him finish 8th, 9th and 7th. The 12-year-old went into Thursday hoping to run top five. He qualified 8th and finished 9th in a race he says featured a heightened level of aggression.

"There was a lot of contact all race long between drivers," he explained. "I was getting hit all over the place. It was just hard to go anywhere because of that. Also we were losing time off the corners and it seemed we were losing a little power as well. I know we can do better. I'm learning every day here. We'll get back on the track Friday and do our best to finish the week out strong."

Unfortunately for the personable racer, Friday might as well have been the "13th" for the No. 24 team. "I slapped the wall in qualifying, so we had to start 12th," he recalled. "That started us off bad right there. Then in the race I got hit hard early and the hit knocked the right rear fender loose. We were able to get to tenth and catch ninth place but time just ran out on us. We finished tenth."

Zach was happy to finish 8th in overall points but also said that the car was capable of better. "We definitely had a top five car several nights," he affirmed. "We got a little better each day with our lap times. But qualifying is still something I need to work on. It's hard to start eighth or tenth and give yourself a chance to win in these short races because the laps go by so fast and there are so many good cars it's hard to pass. I'm thankful to my family and everyone who helps me make it happen. Now we go back to Atlanta Motor Speedway and get back at it next weekend."

Zach also was interviewed and featured on a local TV newscast with some of the other racers early this week. He and the Leonhardi Motorsports team will race Thursday and Friday at Auburndale.


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