SEARCH BY VEHICLE

Todd's Performance Driver Curt Michael Makes History Winning 7th URC Championship

       Printer Image
Team owner Bill Gallagher credits Michael's skilled driving, along with the team's overall synergy and dedication, and sponsors like K&N, for winning this year's championship.
Team owner Bill Gallagher credits Michael's skilled driving, along with the team's overall synergy and dedication, and sponsors like K&N, for winning this year's championship.
"To be the first driver to win five Championships in a row was pretty cool, but to now be the first and only driver to win seven Championships is a very big accomplishment," commented a jubilant Curt Michael.
Driver Curt Michael did precisely what was needed to win the championship Cayuga County Fair Speedway in Weedsport, New York.
Driver Curt Michael did precisely what was needed to win the championship Cayuga County Fair Speedway in Weedsport, New York.


The Bill Gallagher owned sprinter driven by Michaels did exactly what they needed to do at Cayuga County Fair Speedway in Weedsport, New York. Michael started the race in fourth place and finished fourth in the feature, thereby collecting the necessary points to earn the championship.

In winning the 2010 Rislone URC Sprint Series Michael set a new United Racing Company (URC) record, becoming the first driver in the company's 63-year history to win seven championships. Michael shared the previous record of six championships with legendary 360 sprint car driver Earl Halaquist, a member of the Sprint Car Hall of Fame.
Curt Michael joined the number 5G team back in 2008, securing the team's first championship during that season.
Curt Michael joined the number 5G team back in 2008, securing the team's first championship during that season.


"I really respect the drivers that paved the way for us, and to surpass a Hall of Fame driver in Earl Halaquist is just amazing," remarked Michael. "I have to thank team owner Bill Gallagher, my brother Sean (crew chief and mechanic) and all of my past owners, mechanics and crews that helped me over the years."

Michael joined the number 5G team back in 2008, securing the team's first championship during that season. Back then Todd Rittenhouse, owner of Todd's Performance, was still the crew chief. He was crew chief in fact until 2009 before passing the baton to Curt's brother Sean.

"As the owner of Todd's Performance I still extend the sponsorship from K&N to Curt and Bill, as well as my son Todd Jr. from the same program," said Rittenhouse, who has been slipping into his retirement incrementally. "I still do all the write ups and have the show car available during the summer months if needed when everybody is racing."

This year the team's record included two wins, 16 top-fives, and 20 top-tens, during the 22 URC race season.

"I am happy, ecstatic, and proud that the 5G won the URC points Championship this year," remarked team owner Gallagher. "Curt, Sean, and the crew did a fantastic job. Curt is, by far, the best driver I have had in my 20 years as an owner. He not only races a great offensive race, but also a good defensive race, keeping out of trouble and not having any crashes, which makes for a happy owner. A true team player and leader."

Gallagher says the team's remarkable year is due not only to the driving talent of Michael, but also team members' synergy and dedication, and, of course, the sponsors.

"We could not have accomplished this without the great support and products from the people at K&N," adds Rittenhouse.

Find K&N products for your vehicle using the K&N application search then use the K&N dealer search to find a K&N dealer in your part of the world.

Horizontal Advertisement


Did you like this story? Select 1 to 5 stars to rate it.

K&N Engineering in Riverside California is the world's leading manufacturer of washable performance air filters and air intake systems. K&N invented the reusable high flow cotton air filter in 1969 and has been perfecting the technology ever since. K&N is a world class filtration company selling air filters, oil filters, and intakes in over 30 countries. K&N sells over 5,000 products designed for cars, trucks, motorcycles, engines, and industrial applications. From their Million Mile Warranty to their Consumer Protection Pledge, K&N stands behind their products and their consumers 100%. The distinctive K&N logo represents performance from one of the original performance companies. For more information, visit knfilters.com.