San Clemente, CA (2/15/2017) –
Super ATV/King Shocks/Fuel Offroad’s Katie
Vernola competed in WORCS side by side championship
weekend. Vernola went 9-9 for tenth overall
in the Pro class. This was the first time
the WORCS Series has held a weekend dedicated
to only side by side racing.
/ Super ATV / Fuel Off-Road's Katie
Vernola takes tenth overall in Pro at
WORCS SXS World Finals Doubleheader
The weekend consisted of a double header
with a short course race on Saturday and a
standard dessert course on Sunday. Unfortunately,
rain moved into the area on Friday, which
made for a muddy track on Saturday despite
clear skies. Sunday brought more rain and
even worse track conditions for the second
race of the weekend.
With the challenging conditions, car setup
was the key to success. Vernola’s Super ATV,
King Shocks, and Fuel Offroad wheels and tires
proved to be a winning combination. “I was
going through rocks, to heavy sand, to mud.
It was the worst terrain you can think of,
and for the tires to be able to handle all
that it really sells itself,” stated Vernola.
It was a big weekend for Vernola, as it officially
began her move to a Pro class career from
the Women’s class. “I am still fairly new
to this compared to my competitors, but my
sponsors want me to run with the best of the
best. I might not be at the top like I was
in Women’s, but I will be working my butt
off chasing the top, and that will make me
a better driver in the end.”
Katie Vernola's finished in 9th place
finish both days of the WORCS SxS World
Friday’s practice session and qualifying
was cancelled due to the muddy conditions.
Therefore racers drew a number to determine
their starting position. Despite drawing last
place, Vernola’s positivity did not falter.
“I knew all I could do was work my way up
so that is exactly what I did. Once the start
went off mud and tear offs went flying. I
knew I had to try to keep it clean and smooth.
I went from the very back to the middle. I
know I moved up some so all I can do is be
happy,” explained Vernola.
Vernola plans to continue racing as much
as she can. “The rest of the WORCS season
is up in the air. I am just going to attend
all the races that I can, and try to get some
seat time to become a better driver.”
Watch for Vernola to continue improving and
turning heads this season as she goes head
to head with the top side by side racers in
2017 Katie Vernola
Polaris Industries, Super ATV, Fuel Off Road,
Got Sand Performance, KING, Addict Racing,
BAJA Designs, K&N, P.C.I, Fuel Safe, Miller
Sign Corp, Cryo Heat, XTC Power Products,
K1 RaceGear, Maverick Powder Coat