Laura Poorter came to the United States from Holland to compete in the Ford
Focus Midget Series for K&N Engineering. The 17-year-old had a good first
season, finishing 6th overall.
The ½ mile oval at Irwindale features banked paved tracks. “There was no margin for error,” said Maier. “She was coming from the back and had to chase her way to the front. Laura pushed too hard and went into the wall. She was not hurt. The competition was very tight all season.”
From the last race of the 2006 Ford Focus Midgets California (paved) Series to the 65th Turkey Night Grand Prix at Irwindale Speedway it was a short turnaround for Poorter.
Poorter then faced another problem on Turkey Night. “We had the tires mounted by a tire manufacturer and they put two left rear tires on the car,” said Maier. “It was a mistake we didn’t catch, nor the manufacturer, nor USAC officials. Laura still went out there and qualified 10th out of the best 32 cars coming out of the gate.”
By the main event, the tires were corrected. “The rules forced Laura to start at the back of the pack,” Maier said. “She drove all the way up to 9th place and on the last lap coming up to the finish line someone pulled directly in front of her. In order to avoid an accident she ended up spinning the car just before the finish. Laura took 14th.”
This season we learned a lot as a team, said Maier. During the 2006 season, more than 150 Ford Focus Midgets competed nationwide in 100 USAC-sanctioned events. In 2007 USAC plans to expand.
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