Event: Bushwacker Off Road Nationals presented by Lucas Oil- Round 11
Location: Wildhorse Pass- Chandler, Arizona
Date: Saturday, October 20, 2018
Weather: Sunny and dry, temps in the mid 90’s
After a long day of medical appointments and physical therapy in Irvine, California Trevor and crew made the drive Friday evening through the Mohave Desert to participate in the final round of the Lucas Offroad Racing Series. Arriving at Wildhorse Pass in Chandler, Arizona just after 9:30 - they parked the rig and turned in for the night.
Due to the late arrival on Friday, Saturday morning began a bit earlier than usual. The team was positioned in an ideal location for fans, right next to the entrance- and the booth was prepped in anticipation for heavy traffic, welcoming fans to learn more about Trevor and JDRF.
Still recovering from his knee surgery and on crutches, Trevor had to put a lot more effort into his regular routine. With the injury and his leg in a brace, the plan for the weekend was simply to complete the starting lap of Round 11- in order to maintain 4th place points for the season.
Trevor went to the driver's meeting at 7:45 AM- and moved right into helping Bronson and Holden prep for qualifying. Holden Heitritter in the #412 Justice Brothers/Dynamic Fitness kart started at 11:30 in Junior 2’s -qualifying 6th and finishing 4th just off the box—and ended up with a 3rd overall for the season. Bronsen Chiaramonte in the #574 RTL Traffic Control & Equipment Rentals/Kar Tek kart qualified 4th, in Modified Kart, finished 2nd in the final and wrapped the season championship in 2nd place.
The Briska family joined Trevor in the stands at 2PM to watch the opening ceremonies and Pro 2. Trevor made his way back immediately following that to get into the car. At the start, Trevor lined up at back of the field- as he was only intended to start the race to maintain his points. He completed one full lap and pulled off at turn three - retaining the points he needed to take fourth overall on the year.
It was certainly not how Trevor wanted to end the year- after such a strong start and his three podiums early in the season, but Trevor was very glad to see his buddy Darren Hardesty, Jr, take his third championship. After pulling off the track Trevor rejoined the crowd to a watch the reminder of the race with Pro Lite and Pro 4 Trucks still to come. It was a crowded house, with the loyal fans of the Lucas Oil Offroad Series riveted to the action.
At close of the day fans young and old lined up to meet Trevor - and we left that weekend having handed out every poster, sticker and flyer we had. Many fans had their own racing stories and several others shared that they knew somebody with Type 1 Diabetes, many recently diagnosed. Trevor provided them with contacts at the Arizona Chapter of JDRF- reminding them to connect with community resources - and that you can live a full and rich life after a type 1 diagnosis.
Trevor is looking forward to the 2019 Pro Buggy season and he remains committed to using his platform in racing to help educate and encourage children struggling with type 1 diabetes and other illnesses.
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We would like to thank the corporate partners who provide their resources and expertise to the team: JDRF, The Fab School, Mickey Thompson Tires, Lucas Oil, FOX Shocks, Funco Motorsports, Fortin Transmission, G & J Craft, Ebbco Motorsports, CBR Radiators, OMF Wheels, Eibach Springs, Action Gas & Welding Supply
If you or somebody you know is fighting type 1 diabetes, please reach out to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation www.jdrf.org 800-533-CURE firstname.lastname@example.org
About Team Briska
Trevor Briska was campaigning his first trucks at the age of 11 and by 15 he’d won the California series for Modified Kart in the prestigious Lucas Oil Off-Road Racing Series. If there were ever an indicator of ‘up and coming’ status for off-road racing - it is that class. That is the division that has the other drivers watching. In 2017, while his classmates were out getting their learner's permits, Trevor was winning Rookie of the Year, in the highly competitive Pro Buggy class in the Lucas Off Road Series. For more information please contact Clint Briska at email@example.com