Sherwood, WI (9/27/2017)
- Zac Zakowski finished off his first season
in the TORC Off Road Championship and ended
up fourth in the Pro Turbo UTV class. Zakowski
drove a new Yamaha YXZ 1000 in what has become
the premiere short course off road racing
The final three races were held at ERX Motor
Park in Elk River, MN. The purpose-built track
featured a racing surface comprising dirt,
sand and clay and featured a wide rhythm section,
a unique split lane, and both wide and tight
Amsoil's Zac Zakowski finished out the
2017 TORC season 4th in the Pro Mod
UTV Points Championship
Zakowski finished sixth in Friday’s race
and a earned a pair of eighth-place finishes
Saturday and Sunday. Though he had an off
weekend, his consistency this season paid
off with a fourth-place in points.
“The weekend didn’t go the way we wanted,
but we locked in fourth in points which is
great,” said Zakowski. “We did pretty well
in a brand new car with the Yamaha and a new
series. We were up there fighting for third
for a while, but we had some mechanical issues
and a couple of bad races. We’re happy with
fourth. I’m new to a stick shift and this
was a learning curve for me. We learned a
lot and got the car faster and faster.”
Zakowski debuted a new set of Kenda Tires
during the weekend. He used the races as a
test session and came away with a good impression
of the new rubber.
Kenda's Zac Zakowski tested out a new
proto-type tire at the TORC season finale,
which worked great at ERX
“These Kenda tires are so new they don’t
even have a name yet,” said Zakowski. “We
were trying this new tire and they worked
great. We got to test these ,and it’s something
we’re going to run next year.”
Racing is a team sport. For Zakowski, his
team is his family. In addition, two key people
helped him achieve the top five in points.
“We get some help from sponsors, but it’s
just us coming out, having fun,” said Zakowski.
“Without them, I wouldn’t even want to come.
Todd Blum from TB Performance did all of our
engine building and he’s also my crew chief.
He does all of the mechanic works and makes
sure the car is ready to go. Jason at Straightline
Performance has been great. He’s doing all
of our tuning and making sure our electronics
are dialed in. Without him and Todd, we wouldn’t
have done as well as we did.”
So what are Zakowski’s plans for the off-season?
He’ll be making a stop at the Ironman GNCC
where he may be racing.
“We’re going to the Ironman GNCC and do our
breast cancer T-shirt sales,” said Zakowski.
“We’ll be there, but I don’t know if I’m going
to race. We’ll see.”
The Ironman GNCC is scheduled for October
28-29 at Ironman Raceway in Crawfordsville,
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