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K&N's Brody Roa Wins First Ever Ventura Racing Association Feature

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Roa says he's learned a lot about being patient from racing his rookie season at Ventura Raceway. Photo by: Mallory Roa.
Roa says he's learned a lot about being patient from racing his rookie season at Ventura Raceway.
Photo by: Mallory Roa.
You have to be immediately drawn to a young racer that thanks his Grandma and Grandpa Roa for their support throughout his racing career. Brody Roa, the Buena Park, California driver says, "Without their love and support, none of this would be possible."
In 2010 the K&N sponsored racer was crowned the 2010 VRA Rookie of the Year. Photo by: Mallory Roa.
In 2010 the K&N sponsored racer was crowned the 2010 VRA Rookie of the Year.
Photo by: Mallory Roa.


And for Roa the sky seems to be the limit. Last season the K&N sponsored racer was crowned the 2010 VRA Rookie of the Year, and at a recent Ventura, California Seaside park event hosted by the Ventura Racing Association, Roa validated that title by earning his first ever VRA feature win.

Driving the BR Performance No. 91R car, Roa started fourteenth in the feature. After a few close calls, and with ten laps to remaining, Roa worked himself into third place, and was closing hard on the leaders. Then, with only six laps to go, Roa took the lead after the race leader experienced a mechanical failure.

Despite being challenged by hometown favorite, Cory Kruseman, Roa was able to hold on for the well deserved victory. To date Roa now has two top-10 finishes, led seven main event laps, and is currently fifteenth in the point chase.
The young Sprint Car racer came from a fourteenth starting position to earn his first ever VRA feature victory. Photo by: Mallory Roa.
The young Sprint Car racer came from a fourteenth starting position to earn his first ever VRA feature victory. Photo by: Mallory Roa.


"I just stayed patient and avoided all of the crashes that were happening on the fence. I kept looking forward and got around them. Somehow I got up there," Roa told K&N Race News. "To get my first win at Ventura Raceway was great. And to come from fourteenth, passing a lot of great race cars with many main event winners in front of me, made it even that more special."
If there was a Sprint Car wheelie contest Roa would excel at that as well. Photo by: Mallory Roa.
If there was a Sprint Car wheelie contest Roa would excel at that as well. Photo by: Mallory Roa.


"Running my rookie season the full year at Ventura, I learned a lot about patience, especially at the narrow bullring at Ventura Raceway, and that helped lead to this victory. I picked up a few positions by just being patient, and avoiding contact in front of me and just trying to put myself in the right position at all times."

The BR Performance Racing team is family owned and operated by, Brett, his dad who turns the wrenches at the track. Grandpa Roa is at every race too, with his bucket, keeping the car spotless. "My sister, Mallory, takes the great photos for my website," adds Road.

"The year had a rough start for the first few races with us trying to work on the setup," adds Roa. "Then, on the night we won, everything came together perfectly for us. Ever since, we have been running up front and bringing in good results."

Roa explains that one of his goals for the 2011 season was to travel to every track possible, and to accumulate as much varied track experience he could, regarding how to adapt to all conditions and driving styles imaginable.

"So far we have been to Ventura Raceway, Victorville Raceway, Perris Auto Speedway and Kings Speedway," said Roa. "Another goal was to run with the 410 Sprint Cars, and even running with our 360 we have had some great races, finishing as high as sixth, which we are very pleased about."

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