For the start of his 2015 racing season, Austin got some great races in at his home tracks of Whiteland Raceway Park and New Castle Motorsports Park. April 4, 2015, he got second place at WRP. He won both heats but had to switch a motor before the final, forcing him to start in dead last. He worked his way up from 7thplace to second place in the final.
His first big Route 66 regional race of the year was at Mid-State Kart Club in Springfield, IL on April 11 and 12th, 2015. During this weekend series, Austin finished 8th in the final and prefinal on day 1 and he and his pit crew learned A LOT!!!! On day 2, he qualified and finished 4th in the prefinal and ended up with 8th in the final. We also had an AOR fan club member there that day!!! Thank you so much Bob Johns for hanging out with us!!! Mona and Shay Miller also joined us this weekend!!!!
Next up was the World Karting Association Race Series #2 in Mooresville, NC from April 17 – 19, 2015. Austin’s grandparents and “adoptive” grandpa Scott Nally took him to Mooresville to get all ready!!!! His driving coach, Chris Wheeler was there too!!! It was tough weather to drive it and difficult conditions. On April 17, 2015, Austin slowed down for a caution and the kid karter behind him didn’t see Austin slow down because of the blind turn and he ran over the top of Austin. This had Austin pretty shaken up but he was determined to go back out. On April 18, 2015, Austin was involved in another wreck that damaged his kart to the point of being unsalvageable. Austin continued to be determined to drive and conquer the GoPro Motorplex and finished 13th, in the rain no less!!!!
April 26, 2015 was a Kart Racers of America race at one of Austin’s home tracks. He raced hard at New Castle Motorsports Park and qualified second. His buddy, Vincent Carfiro took the pole in both qualifying and the final! The boys were excited to be on the podium together again!!!
The first part of May was devoted solely to club races at both Whiteland Raceway Park and New Castle Motorsport Park. Austin won first at WRP on May 2, 2015 and at NMP on May 3, May 16, and May 17, 2015 at NCMP. He had a blast racing with all of his local buddies and collecting some trophies and medals along the way.
The month of May closed out with the World Karting Series #3 at Briggs and Stratton Raceway Park in Dousman, WI. Once again, Austin was not going to let mechanical problems or weather impact how he drove and raced. He qualified 7th out of 14 karts. He indirectly got involved in a pileup during the prefinal and had to start 13th in the final. He worked hard and drove from 13th place to finish 5th in the final, bringing home another World Karting Association podium finish!!!!