With the 2011 360 Sprint Car season wrapped up in the northeast, Curt Michael and his team finally have time to sit down and breathe. That's because for the seventh time in eight years, Michael clinched to United Racing Company's Sprint Car championship. Michael and his team, the only team to ever win five championships in a row (2004-2008), dealt with their most difficult season yet, overcoming mechanical gremlins to rally late in the season and capture his unprecedented eighth URC championship.
Curt Michael clinched to United Racing Company's Sprint Car championship for the seventh time in eight years.
Curt Michael and his team won five championships in a row from 2004 to 2008.
"As a team we did a great job rallying through those (mechanical) problems and still won the championship," Michael told K&N News. "Overall we had a good season, not as good as some of my other championships, but in the end it worked out."
Michael credited his brother Sean and Bill Gallagher for providing him with top-quality equipment. But the team had a scare at a race in Bridgeport, New Jersey when while running in second place, the motor broke. From that point on the team had to play catch-up, but a strong end to the season sealed the deal.
2011 will go down in the record books as the final URC season for Michael and his team. After over a decade of URC competition, they will look to run a wider variety of races, including a jump into the bigger 410 c.i. powered sprints.
"We are setting some new goals for next season and aren't going to run for a points title. We as a team just want to do something different."
The team is already hard at work preparing for 2012. Michael said that with the holiday's taking time away from the shop, there really is no offseason anymore. Racing begins in February at Lincoln Speedway, and the team is also planning on more races at the famed Williams Grove Speedway.
Curt and the team thanked K&N for their years of support.
"K&N has great products that have helped us win so many championships. When we take our motors in to be rebuilt at Riders Racing Engines, they always say we have the cleanest motors thanks to our great K&N Carbon Fiber Air Box and the K&N Air Filter Oil we use."
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