Austin, TX – November 30, 2010 – When the Formula 1 United States Grand Prix™ roars into Central Texas in 2012, it won’t be the first time Austin rocks the global racing community. Another “Austin,” Vandergrift High School’s Austin Wayne Self, set the international Karting world abuzz after a fantastic week in Las Vegas where he earned a podium finish for the USA behind Brazil and Norway during the annual Las Vegas Super Nationals.
“It was really cool to watch Austin keep pace with these guys session after session,” said Tim Self, Austin’s dad. “In fact, he had just as much chance of winning the Championship finale as any of the top 3 competitors. Only three-tenths of a second separated the top three karts at the finish line. Not only did Austin turn the fastest lap of the race, but he did it on the last lap. Had the race gone one more lap we may have seen a different outcome.”
But the real story is that unlike his competitors in Las Vegas, Austin is not focused on Karting or Open Wheel racing. The youngster made his Late Model Stock Car debut last season at Thunderhill Raceway, an ASA-sanctioned, 3/8-mile paved oval right here in central Texas, and impressed many by winning three races against some of the toughest stock car drivers in Texas – and took home Rookie of the Year honors as well.
Austin is under contract to run a full slate of National Kart Racing events for the 2011 season, but he also plans to campaign his AM Technical Solutions Late Model Chevy in the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series at Thunderhill Raceway.
“We look forward to racing NASCAR at Thunderhill Raceway in Kyle this 2011 season,“ Austin said. “We have a lot of fans here in Central Texas and the energy at that track is fantastic.”
Racing at Thunderhill Raceway takes the green flag on March 5, 2011.
For more information about Austin Wayne Self and his 2011 race schedule visit www.austinwayneself.com.
AM Technical Solutions gratefully acknowledges Nick Holt, the author of this article. You can read Holt’s full article at Lone Star Speed Zone, www.lonestarspeedzone.com