Photo Credit Tom Francisco Speedpics.net – Atlanta, Ga.-
Talented Georgia racer Zach Leonhardi continued his rapid improvement in his first year of INEX Legends Car racing by capturing two top five finishes at the Atlanta Motor Speedway in Winter Flurry Series action.
Track officials combined the Young Lions class, which Zach competes in, with the older and more experienced racers in Semi Pro for the day’s two racing programs.
The 12-year-old qualified fast enough to start second in both feature races. In the first feature, Zach got trapped in the outside lane and fell back to mid-pack.
With the race running relatively caution-free, he methodically worked his way back to fourth and held that spot to the checkered flag.
He was the second Young Lions division car across the line so he was scored fourth overall and second in his division.
“That race was tough because without cautions we all get running close to the same speed and it’s tough to make clean passes,” Zach said afterward. “I was happy that we could get back to fourth and finishing second in class is really cool considering I’m still learning as a driver.I think we can do better in the second race.”
Zach did indeed perform better in race two.Starting again from the outside of the front row, he was able to get his car down in fourth place after the start.
With several yellow flags slowing the field this time, Zach had plenty of practice with restart technique and held his ground in fourth until the race’s halfway mark.
Finally getting a run on the third place car going into turn three, Zach dove underneath and made the pass stick to claim third spot where he would survive a couple of more restarts and carry his sharp looking No. 24 across the finish line.
He again scored second in the Young Lions division.
“That was a fun race,” Zach smiled after his day was over.”I can feel my restarts getting better each time and I’m excited about that. I still have so much to learn about racing Legends cars so we’re just trying to improve a little bit every time. We laid down some fast qualifying laps so that’s getting better as well. I cannot thank my team and my sponsors enough for making it possible for me to be in a Legends car. We’re all really excited to see what each race has in store. We’ll come back in a couple of weeks to Atlanta Motor Speedway for two more races and then it will be off to Florida for the Winternationals at Auburndale Speedway!”
About Zach Leonhardi
His motorsports partners include New Beginning Signs and Graphics, Pinky Toes Nail Salon, Team Full Throttle, RacerBoost.Com, LLC., NAPA of Kennesaw and Castrol
Zach is a part of the Charlotte, N.C. based Team Full Throttle Driver Development program for public relations and media, marketing and communications training.
For more information on Zach you an visit his website at www.leonhardimotorsports.com or search Leonhardi Motorsports on Facebook.