CarbonX Rocky Mountain Challenge Series Crowns Cristiani
Teenager Celebrates Second Late Model Touring Series Championship
BOISE, ID (November 6, 2013) Trevor Cristiani was honored this past weekend as the 2013 champion of the CarbonX Rocky Mountain Challenge Series, in the series' tenth year, at the Cactus Pete Resort and Casino in Jackpot, NV. Cristiani relocated to Idaho from Northern California this past year and quickly became a fan favorite of the series scoring three victories en route to the series title.
Cristiani faced a fierce challenge for the championship from Montana "200" winner and former SRL Southwest Series championJonathon Gomez, but in the end it was consistency, determination, and strategy that paid off for Cristiani.
"It was an awesome year and a whole lot of fun," Cristiani said. "I really like this series and all the drivers, crews, and officials. You have to qualify well (invert) and race to the front in order to score the points you need. My dad (Danny) and the team did a fantastic job all season. I can't wait for next year."
Cristiani posted seven top five performances in eight starts this season and was the only driver to complete all 700 laps contested in competition. His lone finish outside the top ten was due to a cut tire when he was running in the third position with four laps to go at Twin Falls earlier this summer. Cristiani was one of three drivers to win theThompson Motorsports Hotshoe Awardthis season (Fast Qualifier and Race Winner) he also secured the Eibach Springs championship award. Cristani also took home the champion's share of the series point fund sponsored by CarbonX, Century Motorsports & Marine, and Hoosier Racing Tire.
With the final race of the season raining out, Jonathon Gomez' hopes of a late season charge to the title were
extinguished. Over the final three races, Gomez closed the gap to within just 41-points. On the season, Gomez scored two victories, five top five and six top ten finishes along with fiveSharp Powder Coating Fast Time Awards. Gomez also claimed twoThompson Motorsports Hotshoe Awards.
2012 series champion Bruce Qualeovercame early season struggles to finish third in the championship on the strength of six top five performances and all eight finishes in the top ten. He also scored three heat race victories along the way.
Hannah Newhouse claimed the A-1 Heating & Air Conditioning Rookie-of-the-Yeartitle over Chris Fenton and DJ Osborne. In eight races this season, Newhouse has scored five top five and eight top ten performances while completing 697 of 700 laps showing great poise behind the wheel finishing fourth in the final standings in her first season in Late
Model touring competition.
The top ten points finishers (Cristiani, Gomez, Quale, Newhouse, Rassmusen, Fenton, Bailey, Wulfenstein, Osborne, and Jones) all received a share of the point's fund provided by CarbonX, Century Motorsports & Marine, Hooiser Racing Tire, Sharp Powder Coating, and A1 Heating & Air Conditioning.Steve Jones (2010 champion) won a new Five Star Racing Body, and DJ Osborne was honored as the Sportsman-of-the-Year finishing finishing ninthin the final rundown in his first year of stock car racing.
Plans are already underway for next season and details will be posted atwww.rmcsracing.com.2013 was the tenth season of competition for the CarbonX Rocky Mountain Challenge Series. Past champions
include: Zan Sharp (2004, 2005, 2011), Dave Minegar (2006, 2008), John Newhouse (2007), John Dillon (2009), Steve Jones (2010), and Bruce Quale (2012).
The RMCS utilizes a racing format not found in ANY other regional touring series around the country. The RMCS inverts up to the top 20 from qualifying putting the fast qualifiers at the back to start each race. This format ensures race fans see what they paid for and that is passing. Each driver is awarded three points per position gained in the event. Points are also awarded for qualifying and heat race finishes. Through the history of the series, the winning driver has averaged a 14th place starting position. To ensure competition, the RMCS pays it purse based on total point accumulation for the event and provides several special performance awards at each race.
The series is supported by a great family of sponsors including: CarbonX, Century Motorsports & Marine, Project Filter, Eibach Springs, A-1 Heating & Air Conditioning, Sharp Powder Coating, Five Star Racing Bodies, Hoosier Racing Tires, Thompson Motorsports, Security Race Products, Mr. Gas, Frank's Radios, Longacre Racing Products, Performance Solutions, Kidd's Performance and Dyno, Joes Racing Products, PPG Paint, Circle Racing Wheels, DJS Sports Marketing, and Mike Minegar's Auto Body.
About The CarbonX Rocky Mountain Challenge Series
The CarbonX Rocky Mountain Challenge Series is a regional touring series that allows all competitors to race and gain experience on different types of racetracks. It is a high-quality professional racing series that offers maximum opportunity at an affordable price serving the intermountain West. The motto of the series is to "Race Hard and Have Fun!" For all the latest news and information regarding the CarbonX Rocky Mountain Challenge Series log on to our website at www.rmcsracing.com