Local Racer Reed Sorenson Primed for Double Duty at Atlanta
Wednesday, October 6, 2004
Last weekend, 18-year-old Reed Sorenson finished second at Talladega ARCA race, his third top-5 finishes in three ARCA races this season.
There wasn¿t much time to celebrate, though, since Sorenson was due back in class Monday morning.
Sorenson, a former Thursday Thunder champion at Atlanta Motor Speedway, has moved onto the national stage this year as a development driver for Ganassi Racing. At the same time, he¿s undertaken a load of classes at the University of North Carolina-Charlotte.
And already, this young driver has turned quite a few heads.
Driving a blended schedule of ASA, ARCA and Busch races for Ganassi Racing, Sorenson hasn¿t finished outside the top 5 since August. He has led laps at all four superspeedways he¿s raced on ¿ Kentucky, Michigan, Talladega and Lowe¿s Motor Speedway ¿ and managed a win at the Michigan ARCA race, just his second start with the series.
In his Busch Series debut at Indianapolis, Sorenson qualified third and finished a solid 13th. During a recent test session at Lowe's Motor Speedway, Sorenson led the unofficial speed chart, topping even NASCAR veteran Mark Martin, who was practicing for his stint in the ASA 150 at Atlanta.
With those stats under his belt, Sorenson will return to his home track, Atlanta Motor Speedway, later this month to do double duty, running both the ASA 150 on Friday, Oct. 29, and the Aaron¿s 312 Busch race on Saturday, Oct. 30.
¿Atlanta will always be really special to me, because that¿s where I grew up; I¿ve probably turned a thousand miles on that quarter-mile track,¿ Sorenson said. ¿I have pictures of myself in Victory Lane there when I was 12. It would be really cool if I could get a matching Victory Lane photo from the fall race weekend.¿
For those who have watched Sorenson turn from a young hopeful to a mature, hard-nosed racer, that goal doesn¿t seem too lofty.
¿I don¿t think it would be an overstatement to say that Reed¿s a legitimate favorite to win a race here in Atlanta,¿ said Atlanta Motor Speedway President Ed Clark. ¿He¿s been racing here since he wasn¿t waist-high. He knows every bump of this track, every nuance. And he is a smart driver. I don¿t doubt that soon he¿ll come away with another Victory Lane photo from Atlanta.¿
He¿ll have a hometown crowd cheering him on during the fall race weekend for both the ASA and Busch races, hoping Sorenson can add another Victory Lane photo to his collection.
Don¿t miss local sensation Reed Sorenson as he runs for the checkers in the ASA 150 and Aaron¿s 312 Busch race during the Oct. 29-31 Bass Pro Shops MBNA 500 weekend. Great seats are still available starting at just $69 for the entire weekend by calling the Atlanta Motor Speedway ticket office at (770) 946-4211, or Tickemaster.