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|eKartingNews.com Driver of the Month - Brandon Jarsocrak - March 2012
| Jarsocrak drove to victory in both Yamaha divisions at the WKA Manufacturers Cup Series event in Kershaw|
(Photo: Sean Buur - Go Racing Magazine)
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.
The Junior categories in the World Karting Association Manufacturers Cup Series has helped to groom some of the top karters in recent years. Sam Beasley and Nick Neri come to mind, as both battled for wins and championships a few years ago. Beasley is now a two-time runner-up at the Rotax Grand Nationals and ranked as the top TaG driver by eKartingNews.com. Neri is the defending Rotax Grand Nationals champion and SKUSA SuperNationals S2 Semi-Pro Stock Moto winner. There are now a solid handful of drivers from last year and stepping up this year that could carry on the torch as karting’s next rising stars. Joining the list after his performance at round two of the series is Brandon Jarsocrak - the March 2012 eKartingNews.com Driver of the Month.
Jarsocrak won both main events in the Yamaha Junior categories at the WKA Manufacturers Cup Series Zoom Zoom Nationals at Carolina Motorsports Park in Kershaw, SC on the March 23-25 weekend. Piloting his Mike Doty Karting Haase, powered by a Woltjer Racing Engines Yamaha, Jarsocrak bagged his first two wins of the season as he starts his second season in the Junior ranks.
The first win came in the Yamaha Jr. Lite division. Qualifying third, Brandon was in a heated battle for the Prefinal win, coming across the line in the second spot to start the Final in the off-pole position. Starting outside Triple Crown winner from 2011 - Joel Jens - Jarsocrak held his own through the opening lap. Skylar Robinson joined the fight, sliding through for the second spot and pressuring Jens for the top spot. Jarsocrak waited for the right opportunity, first getting around Jens for second and then Robinson for the lead on lap nine. From there, he drove away from both to score the victory by four-tenths.
Victory number two was in Yamaha Jr. Heavy on Sunday. Jarsocrak qualified fourth in the class to sit row to for the Prefinal start. Jumping up to second in the opening lap, it was another hard-fought eight laps where he placed fourth. Dropping to sixth on the first lap of the 13-lap Final, Brandon moved his way forward from the tail of the lead group. The last lap was a scramble for the victory. Jarsocrak started the circuit in fourth and came to the checkered flag first by a half-second. He completed the weekend with an eighth in Komet Jr. Heavy and a fourth in Komet Jr. Lite.
Heading into the series third round of six - scheduled for May 4-6 at the renamed Pittsburgh International Race Complex (formerly known as BeaveRun) in Wampum, PA. - Brandon is leading the Yamaha Jr. Lite championship by 45 points and sits second in Yamaha Jr. Heavy by just 10 points. His plans for 2012 will take him through the Manufacturers Cup Series, fighting it out for championships with some possible Rotax races on tab to make the Rotax Grand Nationals and possibly compete at the SKUSA SuperNationals XVI.
| Brandon Jarsocrak - EKN Driver of the Month - March 2012|
(Photo: Sean Buur - Go Racing Magazine)
March 2012 EKN Driver of the Month - Brandon Jarsocrak
Born: February 14, 1997
Hometown: Shillington PA
Parents: Eddie and Roxann Jarsocrak
Siblings: Taylor Jarsocrak (sister)
Height/Weight: 5’9” / 120 lbs
Education: Governor Mifflin High School - Freshman
Engine/Engine Builder: Yamaha / KPV Woltjer Racing Engines
Sponsors: Mike Doty Racing, Woltjer Racing Engines, Haase
Series You Compete In: WKA Manufacturers Cup Series, New Jersey Sprint Series
Years Karting: 8
How did you get started in karting? When I was six years old my dad listed the sports I might want to do and I picked racing.
What has been the high point in your racing career? Winning both Yamaha Junior Can races at Carolina Motorsports Park in Kershaw, SC
What are your goals in racing? I would like to someday to become a professional racecar driver
In a few words, how would you describe your driving style? Smooth and consistent
Funniest moment at the race track? Every night after the race in the Mike Doty Racing tent
Favorite Track: Daytona Kart Track
Favorite form of professional motorsports: NASCAR
Favorite karting driver: Mike Doty
Favorite professional driver: Dale Earnhardt Jr.
Favorite website: eKartingNews.com
Favorite movie: Fast Five
Favorite actor/actress: Adam Sandler
Favorite music/group: Pop
Favorite vacation/activity spot: Anywhere in the Caribbean
Favorite food: Steak
The Real Deal
What do you do when not at the track? Hang out with my friends, go to school, and run track
What are your goals outside of karting? Attend college for a degree in engineering
What type of street car do you drive? N/A
What type of street car would you like to drive? BMW M3
What are your pet peeves or things that irritate you? When someone has to hit you off the track to pass you
What do you think could be done to improve the sport of karting? More live video coverage of races
What are your favorite aspects about the sport of karting? The high level of competition and all the new friends I have made from all over the country
March 2012 Driver of the Month - Honorable Mention:
- Fritz Leesmann: Gatorz Challenge of the Americas - DD2 Champion (six for six in features)
- Kyle Kirkwood: Florida Winter Tour - TaG Junior Champion (six for six in features), WKA Komet Jr. Heavy winner
- Zach Holden: WKA Manufacturers Cup Series - Cadet Triple Winner (Cadet Sportsman 1, Yamaha Sportsman 1, Yamaha Sportsman 2)
- Matt Johnson: California ProKart Challenge - TaG Senior sweep
- Matias Podboj: California ProKart Challenge - S2 Semi-Pro Stock Moto sweep