IB CORP Loses Rider and Martinez Breaks Top 10 in Main Event
PRESS INFORMATION 1/29/2017
Feeling at home Cole Martinez, born and bred in Arizona had a calm energy to start the event. Feeling comfortable with the dirt, environment, and support from his local friends he made good work in the qualifiers posting a 1.04.43 and advancing to the Night Show. Due to his top placing lap time he started off in good position and finishing the Heat with a 5th place allowing him to advance to the Main Event with his best starting position of the year.
With the void in the team, mechanic “Puffer” seemed to be feeling uneasy without much to do and the passion behind why the team started seemed to be astray. As the team focused on Cole Martinez and keeping the crew busy they couldn’t help but take note of the progress Martin Castelo was making. Cole Martinez seemed to carry a new confidence during the Main Event, perhaps it was due to a personal drive to better himself at his home court or to prove himself worthy of being on the IB Corp Racing team. Either way, he was determined to race his best.
With a 8th starting position the gate would drop and a noticeable punch off the line would land him a 6th and eventually settled his first lap in 10th place by getting forced wide during most of the first 5 turns. Martinez would hold that position for the majority of the 17 minute event battling with #37 Nicolletti for 9th place. Martinez and IB Corp Racing would have their best result of the year breaking the top 10. With a happy team, they contemplate who will replace the missing rider for Oakland the week to come.