Sherwood, WI (7/19/2017)
- Countryside Auto Transport’s Zac Zakowski
scored his first TORC Off Road Championship
podium of the season after finishing third
in the first of two Pro Modified UTV races
at Bark River International Raceway in Michigan.
In the second race, two competitors slammed
into him while he was running third and an
engine issue took him out of contention.
Auto Transport's Zac Zakowski claimed
his first TORC Pro Mod UTV Podium finish
at Bark River on Saturday
The races were held on Bark River’s challenging
1.5-mile off-road course. The eight-lap races
were stopped midway for a competition caution.
In Saturday’s race, Zakowski started 10th
and was climbing through the field from the
start. He took fourth on lap four and quickly
moved to third after the mid-race restart.
It marked his first podium of the season and
he dedicated it to his mother, Linda, who
is recovering from breast cancer.
Zac Zakowski charged his way through
the pack on Saturday to secure the final
spot on the podium
“I felt great today and I could do anything
with the car,” said Zakowski. “A little more
speed and we would have been right there with
Rodney and Kyle. I’m dedicating this race
to my mom, Linda. She’s been through so much,
going through breast cancer. The track was
by far my favorite.”
Zakowski also credits the Greaves Motorsports
crew and especially Johnny Greaves for building
him such a great Yamaha for the TORC series.
“I can’t thank Johnny Greaves enough for building
me such a great car for the TORC series, and
now with the new front end, it handles better
than ever, which has me confident that this
won’t be my only podium finish this season,”
Motorsports' Zac Zakowski still holds
down the 4th spot in points heading
into the second half of the TORC season
In Sunday’s race, Zakowski was again quick.
After taking third, however, two competitors
crashed into his Yamaha and he spun. He recovered
and made it back up to fifth before an issue
took him out of the race.
“Today we had a tough race,” said Zakowski.
“With the highs come the lows. We just had
a bad day today, but now we know we can hang
in the top three and we’ll make the car better.”
Zakowski is living a childhood dream racing
in TORC and Sunday’s setback will not deter
him. He is currently fourth in points and,
with seven races left, he is still very much
in the hunt for the championship.
“Overall, our season has been great,” said
Zakowski. “We’re in the top five in points
and there are a lot of rounds left. We’re
working on a new engine and we’re still aiming
for a championship.”
With his first podium in the books, Zakowski
is now seeking his first victory as TORC next
heads to Redbud MX in Buchanan, MI August
Zac Zakowski Sponsors:
Countryside Auto Transport, Zakowski Motorsports,
Johnny Greaves Motorsports, Amsoil, Kenda
Tires, Straightline Performance, Spider Graphix,
Top The Podium, Powersports 1, Evans Coolant,
K&N, STM Powersports, DP Brakes, TB Performance