Sacramento's Fensler Jr. Ready to Capture Title at INEX Legends Road Course World Finals, Nov. 11-12
Sacramento's Steve Fensler Jr. has posted nearly a perfect season behind the wheel this year, and he hopes that trend continues at Infineon Raceway during the 9th annual INEX Legends Car Road Course World Finals, Nov. 11-12. Fensler Jr. enters the championship weekend ranked No. 1 nationally in points, with 15 victories in 18 road-course events, and he leads second-place Bobby Pugh of Oklahoma by 15 points in the Pro class. It would be Fensler Jr.'s first world championship. "I'm nervous and it's not even race weekend," said Fensler Jr., a San Ramon native and graduate of San Ramon Valley High School. "This is a pretty prestigious event and I've been looking forward to it all year long. I hold the track record at Infineon Raceway (81 mph) and it's kind of my home track. That might give me an advantage." Among Fensler's many accomplishments this year include the Silver State Championship, a winter series that was contested at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. He also took the win at the Legends event at Infineon Raceway held during the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series weekend in June. He's been piloting Legends cars for four years and placed second overall for road courses in 2004. Milpitas' Martin McKeefery will also be competing for a championship as he enters the race weekend No. 3 in the Semi-Pro class, just nine points behind the leader. Additional local competitors include Phil Joy of Vallejo (Semi-Pro), Steve Wilson of Livermore (Masters) who finished 14th at Infineon Raceway in 2004, Rick Zollman of Pleasanton (Masters), and Stuart Forbes-Robinson of Discovery Bay (Masters and Thunder Roadster). Steve Kurtzer of Livermore, the 2004 Thunder Roadster national champion, will also be a factor. More than 120 drivers from around the country and the world will descend upon Infineon Raceway for the event, which will feature five-eighths scale cars capable of reaching speeds up to 120 mph on the 12-turn, 2.52-mile road course. Competition will be featured in four classes: Pro (drivers with racing experience); Semi-Pro (drivers with limited racing experience); Masters (40 and older); and the Thunder Roadster division. In addition to some of the best Legends racers in the country, the racing roster will also feature a collection of accomplished drivers from around the world, including Finland, Scotland and England. Racing action gets under way on Friday, Nov. 11, with practice and heat races in all four divisions beginning at 8 a.m. Championships will be decided on Saturday, Nov. 12, beginning at noon. Parking and admission for this event are free.