Sticker Dude Motorsports Weathers the Storm at Wheatland - O’Donnell on Podium
WAYNE, N.J., June 3, 2008 - Sticker Dude Motorsports teammates Steven Federico, Luke Zoetmulder, and Lee O’Donnell arrived at the “Diamond in the Dirt” Lucas Oil Speedway very optimistic about the upcoming 2008 World Series of Off-Road Racing (WSORR) season, and came away with both a podium finish and pole position for the Hankook Tire team.
The 0.7-mile long off-road course used much of the 3/8 mile dirt oval as well as a high-speed section behind the banking of turns one and two of the oval. The track consisted of several jumps, a rhythm section and a multi-groove banked corner. The layout was a small version of the course at Bark River.
Just before the Saturday evening race program was ready to begin, the skies darkened, lightning and thunder filled the air and a major downpour swept through, causing WSORR officials to cancel and reschedule the races for Sunday morning, before the regular Round Two schedule.
In Super Buggy Class Round One on Sunday, Luke Zoetmulder in his #942 Probst-built Toyota Super Buggy drew the Hankook team’s first pole position of the season as the rest of the 14-buggy field lined up behind him. Zoetmulder ran a great race as he stayed out of trouble, finishing a strong sixth place in the opening round.
The start of Round Two was tough on the Invisible Glass Super Buggy. When the green flag dropped, a competitor’s buggy tangled up Luke’s #942, basically taking them both out of the race?though Luke did manage to climb a few spots earning a few extra points in the standings.
“Once again the Hankook Tire Dynapro MTs worked awesome” said Luke. “Earlier in the day the Hankook tires had to contend with a slight damp track, especially if you got out of the main groove, and they really displaced the mud and got down into the hard tack. What an awesome tire.”
Round One of the Pro Light Pickup Class saw both Hankook drivers face some challenges. Steven Federico and his #24 Invisible Glass Q Racing Oil Lost Dunes Golf Club Hankook Tire Toyota Tacoma grabbed the early hole shot, but after the first lap the #24 PRO-Light truck began to misfire which greatly reducing the pace of the Toyota. Lee O’Donnell and his #23 Hankook Tire Invisible Glass Q Racing Motor Oil Toyota Tacoma took the starting grid in the outside position of Row Two. The start of the race saw Lee fight for position and got pushed out of the dry groove a few times, allowing mud to restrict his line of sight. The #23 Toyota Tacoma crossed the finish line in fifth place, a few spots ahead of Federico in eighth.
A few hours later the drivers were right back out on the course for Round Two. Again O’Donnell started in the second row of the grid. Early in the race, Lee lost a few spots, and then began making his way towards the front of the field. Federico again suffered some issues with his truck, but nonetheless began working his way through the field picking off competitors, managing a very respectable fifth place at the end. Meanwhile on the final lap, Lee O’Donnell came flying through the rhythm section to make a banzai pass on the #31 John Fitzgerald pickup, giving the #23 Hankook Toyota a second place finish.
“The Hankook Tires don’t loose their grip during the race” commented O’Donnell after the race. “In fact the Dynapro tire seems to get better the more laps we run, we’re really looking forward to a great season.”
The next race for Sticker Dude Motorsports is the Forest County Potawotomi Brush Run, June 21-22, in Crandon, Wisconsin.
About Team Sticker Dude Motorsports
Steven Federico, team co-owner and driver of the #24 PF Changs Invisible Glass Hankook Tire Toyota Tacoma is a veteran of short course off-road racing. A championship winning competitor that routinely finds his place on the podium throughout his PRO-Light career. Steven’s outgoing personality has coined him the “John Force” of short-course off-road racing.
Luke Zoetmulder, team co-owner and driver of the team’s Toyota powered Super Buggy, is a veteran Motorsports competitor. Over the years, Luke has competed in various extreme sports including NMRA drag racing, ISJBA watercraft racing, WPSA Sno-Cross, and short course off-road racing. The veteran off-road competitor has finished, the last two seasons, in the Top 10 in the championship. The division typically has two dozen competitors at every event, which makes Luke’s accomplishment even more impressive.
Lee O’Donnell, driver of the #23 PF Changs Invisible Glass Hankook Tire Sticker Dude Designs Toyota Tacoma is also a veteran of short course off ?road racing. The low key New Jersey native can be seen piloting a Monster Truck in the off-season as well. Lee spent several seasons driving a Super Buggy in several racing associations, before moving in to the PRO-Light division six years ago. Lee is a consistent Top 5 competitor, in division that typically has two dozen competitors from all over North America, taking the green flag at every event. - www.stickerdudems.com
About Hankook Tire America Corp.
Headquartered in Wayne, N.J., Hankook Tire America Corp. is a technology-focused, market-driven company that supports motorsports enthusiasts and racers at all levels. Hankook is known and respected around the world for its superior competition tires that outlast the toughest opposition. Hankook remains at the forefront of performance tire development to achieve cutting-edge results. As Hankook expands its motorsports activities, the focus will remain on technology that will keep Hankook-equipped vehicles in the winner’s circle. Hankook is the seventh largest and one of the fastest growing tire manufacturers in the world.
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