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Scotty Steele's Runner-Up Finish in Formula Off-Road Highlights Month of May for Steele Racing
Posted by: newsla on Jun 08, 2014 - 06:04 AM
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Scotty Steele's Runner-Up Finish in Formula Off-Road Highlights Month of May for Steele Racing


Steele Racing embarked on a big month of racing this past May, highlighted by a marquee SPEED Energy Formula Off-Road (SEFOR) race at legendary Indianapolis Motor Speedway in advance of the Indy 500 as well as a career-best finish in SEFOR for Scotty Steele as the series’ most recent stop in Detroit. Additionally, Parker Steele and Isabella Naughton continued their Lucas Oil Off-Road Racing Series (LOORRS) Mod Kart season with a wild weekend of action in Reno.

 

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A Month to Remember for Scotty Steele

Scotty Steele’s first full season of competition in full-size trucks has proven to be an invaluable learning experience as he continues to progress through the early stages of his professional racing career. In the midst of arguably the most competitive division in all of off-road racing, whether it be Pro Lite or Stadium Super Truck, Scotty has made tremendous progress in learning how to tactfully approach each race and thanks to the tutelage of legendary all-around racer Robby Gordon, he is taking the next step towards being a consistent contender.

Scotty began the month focusing on two of the biggest weekends of the SEFOR season, with a pair of races scheduled on “Carburation Day” the Friday before the Indy 500 followed by a triple-header at the Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix the following weekend. Thanks to the mentoring offered by Robby Gordon, Scotty focused on challenging for wins in SEFOR while Steele Racing enlisted the services of Austin Kimbrell for the Reno stop of LOORRS.

Scotty spent the week leading up to Indy in North Carolina, staying with Gordon who immersed Scotty in the world of SEFOR by spending countless hours in the race shop and on the track testing. As Friday, May 23, approached, Scotty prepared for arguably the most unique weekend of any in the 2014 SEFOR season as back-to-back races on “Carb Day” would count towards an overall classification for a historic race known as Menards at the Brickyard by TRAXXAS.

The revamped Indy infield road course was the perfect venue for the Stadium Super Trucks to show what they’re capable of, bringing race trucks to the famed facility for the first time in its 105-year history. In Race 1, Scotty applied what he learned from Gordon and showed competitiveness en route to a sixth-place result. In Race 2, Scotty did battle with Gordon and Arie Luyendyk Jr. throughout the 16-lap race, eventually finishing seventh. His 6-7 race finishes slotted him seventh overall in what was the experience of a lifetime for Scotty, who took advantage of the chance to experience the Indy 500 throughout the remainder of the weekend.

In the week leading up to Detroit’s triple-header May 30 – June 1, Scotty stayed with Gordon again, learning how to improve on his efforts at Indy. On Friday, May 30, Scotty got his weekend on the renowned Belle Isle street circuit off to a solid start, staying out of trouble on the tight track to finish sixth in an attrition-filled race. Saturday’s second race on May 31 served as Scotty’s breakout drive. After starting first, Scotty slotted into second behind former IndyCar driver E.J. Viso and kept the experienced racer in his sights throughout the six-lap race, ultimately finishing with a career-best runner-up finish a mere 1.5 seconds behind the winner.

Scotty hoped to keep the momentum of his second-place effort going on the third and final day of action at Belle Isle on Sunday, June 1. He engaged in a thrilling battle for the top five throughout the race, but was unable to make the passes he needed on the narrow street circuit. Scotty posted a seventh-place finish and left Detroit knowing he has what it takes to be a winner at off-road’s elite level.

Scotty currently sits fifth in the SEFOR standings following eight races and is preparing for yet another marquee event for the series with its debut at X Games Austin on Sunday, June 8.

Parker Steele and Isabella Naughton Endure Wild Weekend in Reno

Parker Steele and Isabella Naughton enjoyed strong outings through the first four rounds of the 2014 LOORRS season in the Mod Kart class. On May 30-31, the two rising young stars traveled to Reno, Nevada, for the fifth and sixth rounds of the championship and the series’ second weekend of night racing, which almost always guarantees wild and unpredictable competition.

During the first night of action in Reno, Isabella made her move to the front by slotting into third place in the early stages of the race. She engaged in a heated battle for the position while Parker fighting his way to the front. The racing stayed aggressive throughout and ultimately resulted in Parker getting rolled onto his roof to bring out a caution. On the restart, Isabella got caught up in a five-kart incident. Eventually both Isabella and Parker got back into the action and drove hard to the finish to grab eighth and 12th-place finishes, respectively, despite their misfortune.

On Night 2, a big crash on the opening lap fortunately left both Parker and Isabella unscathed this time around and resulted in a restart. When the action resumed, Parker slotted himself just outside podium position in fourth and promptly took over third on the next lap only to suffer a broken steering column on the third lap of competition, resulting in a DNF. In his absence, Isabella rebounded from a spot deep inside the top 10 to fight her way into the top five and secure a fourth-place finish as the checkered flag waved.

Following their bet at the previous weekend of LOORRS competition in which Isabella’s better finishes meant Parker would race with a pink body at the following round, Parker’s Mod Kart was indeed adorned with a pink body in Reno.

Isabella now sits fifth in the Mod Kart championship standings, facing a 23-point deficit to the leader. Parker sits 14th following a string of bad luck, 73-points out of the lead.

Austin Kimbrell Puts the Steele Racing Pro Lite Through its Paces

With Scotty competing at the SEFOR triple-header in Detroit, Steele Racing enlisted the services of Austin Kimbrell to drive its Pro Lite at the LOORRS stop in Reno.

Kimbrell qualified solidly for Night 1, posting the seventh-fastest lap in his group, and went on to keep the Steele Racing Pro Lite out of trouble during an eventful race that featured great battles throughout the field. Kimbrell fought for a spot inside the top 10 throughout and ultimately settled for a 14th-place finish.

The second night of Pro Lite competition was even more thrilling as Kimbrell once again posted the seventh-fastest lap of his qualifying group. While many of his fellow competitors encountered issues throughout the incident-filled race, Kimbrell methodically worked his way through the field and had fought his way into fourth with two laps remaining. Unfortunately and apparent engine issue ended Kimbrell’s stellar run one lap early, resulting in a 12th-place finish.

Steele Brothers Get Ready for Summer, Beginning with X Games

Both Scotty and Parker Steele wrapped up their respective school years at the end of May and are now gearing up for an exciting summer of racing. Education sits at the forefront of Steele Racing’s efforts and both Scotty and Parker are first class students, dedicating time to their schoolwork even while they’re racing.

Now that both Steele boys can focus on the weeks and months that lie ahead in June, July, and August, the entire Steele Racing family is ready to kick off the summer with a trip to X Games in Austin, Texas. The landmark event for SEFOR will bring Stadium Super Truck racing to millions of viewers around the world and Scotty looks to improve upon his career-best finish in Detroit for a chance at a coveted X Games medal.

Steele Racing created special hero cards for Scotty at X Games, and he’ll be signing autographs with the rest of the SEFOR field in advance of their races on Sunday. Heat Races for the inaugural SEFOR X Games event can be seen live on ESPN on Sunday, June 8, with coverage beginning at 12 Noon ET, while the gold medal final can be seen live on ABC, with coverage beginning at 2 p.m. ET.

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