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Austin Reed Gears Up To Race In USLCI Legend Car National Event

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A senior and honor role student at Frontier High School, in Bakersfield, California, Austin Reed was introduced to racing whgile watching his father at an early age, and has pursued the sport as a driver.
A senior and honor role student at Frontier High School, in Bakersfield, California, Austin Reed was introduced to racing whgile watching his father at an early age, and has pursued the sport as a driver.
An honor student and senior at Frontier High School, in Bakersfield, California, Austin Reed grew up watching his father race, and in turn acquired a passion for the sport at an early age. In fact, the young driver has been racing in the Legend Car class for the past three years. When asked his thoughts on competing in the Legend Tour, Reed said, "The thing that I enjoy most about the SRL Legends Tour is the ability to travel from track to track, gaining the experience."
Seventeen-year-old, Austin Reed, recently qualified to race in the USLCI Legend Car National event to be held in Las Vegas Motor Speedway.
Seventeen-year-old, Austin Reed, recently qualified to race in the USLCI Legend Car National event to be held in Las Vegas Motor Speedway.


Although the 17-year-old driver has only three years of experience under his belt, he has definitely already begun to make a showing. In fact, during a recent race at the Orange Show Speedway, at San Bernardino, California, Reed finished fifth overall, and earned a win in the Semi-Pro division event, landing a guaranteed starting spot in the USLCI Legend Car National event, to be held at the Bullring at Las Vegas Motor Speedway during the later part of October.

When asked his thoughts on the fifth place finish, the driver said, "I was happy, and disappointed at the same time. We ran the race and had a decent finish, although I know I could have finished better if I hadn't been held up earlier in the race." Reed then continued, "To win the Semi-pro division was good to know, because it gave us the National qualifier win that can be a great help later in the season."

Referring to his National qualifier victory Reed said, "The competition was very stiff! The track record was beaten earlier that day in qualifying. I think the key to winning that race was being patiently aggressive. Going into the race, I felt pretty confident that we could win our division. We had been running fast all day in practice and I was hoping to do it during the race."
Austin Reed (in the middle of the pack) recently managed to remain in control and finish the race when his car came within inches of rolling onto its side.
Austin Reed (in the middle of the pack) recently managed to remain in control and finish the race when his car came within inches of rolling onto its side.


When asked in what lap he took the lead, Austin Reed answered, "I try not to focus on lap count, and who else I'm racing when I'm running the race, but more on focusing on my line and what I need to do to run as fast as possible. After I passed the other Semi-Pro to take the lead, I wasn't really challenged, but I tried to just continue moving forward."

As he prepares for the USLCI Legend Car National event, Austin Reed will obviously focus on what he thinks might be the determining factors that will lead to a victory. "I think the key to success at the Nationals race is going to endurance and survival," shared Reed. "It's going to be a very long and difficult race to win." When asked if he would be happy with anything other than a victory at Las Vegas, he continued, "I really think that a top five would be a victory to me, but a win is always best."

The young driver is aware that his previous and future success also depends a great deal on his team as well. "My team is everything I have accomplished, and I can't thank them enough for what they do for me," he explained.

Referring to the importance of proper maintenance of his race car, Reed continued, "I use K&N products on everything I can, whether it's my race car, or personal car. I've been using their products for almost three years now. I use their air filters and oil filters on everything I drive. I think K&N has the best products on the market, and some of the best customer services. I definitely credit part of my success to K&N. Without the help and support they have given me, it would make it much more difficult to accomplish what I have."

In closing, Austin Reed said, "I would just like to thank all of my sponsors and fans for all of their support they have given me throughout my racing career, and especially my dad!"

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