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|eKartingNews.com Driver of the Month - Scott Holmboe - July 2008
| Scott Holmboe - EKN Driver of the Month - July 2008|
In a continued effort to highlight the many outstanding performances by drivers around the country, eKartingNews.com is proud to introduce the ‘Driver of the Month’ program. Each month, the staff at EKN will determine the one driver who stood out above the rest and give the viewers a chance to know exactly what they accomplished and who they are.
Some may say that earning multiple wins in road racing is not that difficult, but when you win in the toughest and largest classes at one event, that’s something not everyone can do. When traveling to the Pacific Northwest, Scott Holmboe is a familiar one at the front of the field. At the International Kart Federation Road Race Grand Nationals at Portland International Raceway in mid July, Holmboe lived up to that status to take home five wins in the four day event.
Following a long day of non-stop practice in three different karts, the racing began with the money classes at the end of the day. Holmboe competed in the Super Stock CR125 division and took the win to start his weekend off right, earning $250. Racing for the prestigious IKF Duffy began on day two with Holmboe coming up just short, about 12 inches, in the TaG Light class, to Phillip Arscott. However, he would outlast his competition in the Formula 125 class for his first Duffy of the event.
Day three was a busy day for Holmboe with three classes, two in his Rotax machine and one in his stock shifter. TaG Heavy was the largest class of the event with 17 entries, led by Holmboe who won in a photo finish over Arscott. Race two of the day put him out in another heated battle in the West Coast Super Stock CR125 class. At the line, Holmboe took his second Duffy of the day by just 0.070-seconds over Arscott again. Back in his Rotax for Rotax Senior, Holmboe was able to outlast Arscott for a third time and cruise to his fourth Duffy of the event.
At just 32, Holmboe is considered a veteran in karting with his family being in the sport all his life. Some of Scott’s early memories of karting come from his early years of riding in the car to races up and down the West Coast, both road racing and sprint. Scott remembers running up to Washington events and he used to sleep on the passenger side floor board with four others in a Ranchero. Scott began racing at age 14 in the junior divisions while his father, “The Don” Holmboe raced in the masters classes in the Northwest Gold Cup sprint events, which would draw in a large number of entries each weekend.
Over the past 18 years, Holmboe has racked up numerous victories and championships. The Oregon pilot has competed both on the road racing and sprint levels, from the Superkarts! USA Pro Moto Tour to IKF and WKA road racing and many other popular one-off events. In 2003, Holmboe was a Shifter Kart Illustrated Excellence Awards Road Racer of the Year nominee. Along with the many Duffy’s he has earned, Holmboe is also the owner of WKA Grand National Eagle, most recently in 2005 at VIR. He’s found success at that facility the past two years also during the United States Kart Grand Prix with a win in ’06 and ’07.
| Scott Holmboe earned three Duffy's in one day for a total of four at the IKF RR Grand Nationals|
July 2008 EKN Driver of the Month - Scott Holmboe
Date of Birth: February 2, 1976
Hometown: Albany, OR
Marital Status: Married (Adi)
Height/Weight: 5'11" / 165lb
Education: B.S. Mecahnical Engineering, Oregon State University
Occupation: Design Engineer, Korvis Automation, Inc.
Team Name: CMC
Chassis: Swiss Hutless Toledo, Swiss Hutless Toxic
Engine and Engine Builder: Rotax, CR125 mod, CR125 stock - Don Holmboe @ CMC
Sponsors: CMC, Swiss Hutless, Domonde Tech Racing Oils, RLV, Champion Spark Plugs
Series you compete in: None really, we just kind of pick and choose a few regional and national races where the competition is supposed to be stiff. Road racing nationally and regionally while we sprint racing regionally.
Years Karting: 18
- Multiple WKA and IKF national wins
- USKGP wins
- Lots of top five national finishes in IKF
- A few SKUSA pro-moto tour top fives
How did you get started in karting? Family is involved in the sport for many years
What has been the high point in your racing career? Probably right now. I seem to be at a point where I am competitive and fighting for wins in all the places I race. Just wish I didn't have a real job.
What are your goals in racing? To be one of the fastest 'old guys' around
In a few words, how would you describe your driving style? Relaxed
Funniest moment at the race track? Watching Joey and David Odenthal race each other in the mid 90's. It was a close race, there may have been some contact. I think Joey just nipped David at the line. Joey slows down and extends his hand for the post finish line 'good race' hand shake. David reaches over as if he is reciprocating the gesture but instead grabs the fingers of Joey's glove, yanks the glove off, flings it out into the weeds and races off to the scales.
Favorite Track: Road Race is Thunder Hill (CA) or VIR Grand Course. Sprint racing is Norway (IL) or the old Wenatchee (WA) track.
Favorite form of professional motorsports: Probably F1 and then German or Australian Supercars
Favorite karting driver (other than yourself): Tough one. Anyone whom I am close to personally and can trust on the track.
Favorite professional driver: No one specific. Anyone who can compete in seemingly lesser equipment.
If you could have anyone, who do you want holding your helmet in victory lane? The mom of the person I just beat. (laughing) No, really I have no idea.
Favorite web sites: Most racing sites, Mountain Biking sites, eKartingNews.com forums
Favorite movie: Always changing, right now….The Dark Knight
Favorite actor: Former karter Alfonso Ribero
Favorite music/group: Too many to list. Currently: The Helio Sequence, Wenatchee, Beck, The Raconteurs, Kanye West, Death Cab for Cutie
Favorite vacation/activity spot: Whistler Mt. bike park in the summer, hands down
Favorite food: Darn near anything from taco del mar or Adi's thai ground chicken
The Real Deal
What do you do when not at the track? Mt. biking, road biking, indoor soccer (I suck, but it’s fun), hanging out with friends
What are your goals outside of karting? Nothing specific. Just to have the means to live comfortably and have fun.
What type of street car do you driver? Subaru Impreza 2.5RS, no, it's not a turbo, but it has a few surprises underneath
What type of car would you like to drive? Right now I wish I drove a 3-cyl Geo Metro.
What are your pet peeves or things that irritate you? Slow drivers, of course. Know-it-alls and fear mongers. 'The Media' during election coverage.
What do you think could be done to improve the sport of karting? I've always wished there was a common set of rules and classes nationwide. Simplification.
What are your favorite aspects about the sport of karting? All the technical aspects and the tuning of the chassis. I think I actually enjoy practice days more than race days. I like a day full of driving, making a change, feeling that change and making the kart go faster and faster.
The Holmboe and Hegar family has had a long but freindly rivarly, but which Hegar do you hate the least? (laughing) (laughing) They are all %$@
July Driver of the Month - Honorable Mention:
- Phillip Arscott: IKF Road Race Grand Nationals - 2 Duffy’s, 3 runner-up finishes
- Zack Busch: WKA Man. Cup Series Norway - 3 wins
- Victor Cabrera: Stars of Karting Eastern Division Finale - TaG weekend sweep, including two wins and division champion
- Chris Hegar: IKF Road Race Grand Nationals - 3 Duffy’s, 1 runner-up finish
- Gresham Wagner: Stars of Karting Eastern Division Finale - Cadet Final #1 winner (first of career), WKA Man. Cup Series Norway - Cadet Jr. Sportsman Final #1 winner