World Figure 8? Racing Tour
February 10, 2009
The Florida Figure 8 Championship, to be held February 12th to the 15th at the Auburndale Speedway in Winter Haven, will host an invading driver from a national level. Michael Cherry is one whose name race fans will hear prominently for years to come. The 19-year-old speedster is on the current roster for NASCAR?s Drive for Diversity. The program is tasked with identifying and cultivating aspiring minority drivers. And in just a short time on this earth, this rising star has amassed a wealth of on track achievements and valuable experience.
His three years of instant success at the East Bay Raceway Park and Henry County Speedway landed him a tryout in a NASCAR Camping World series car. In 2007 Cherry captured the Sportsman division championship with an amazing 17 wins in 19 starts. In his first year in the NASCAR Drive for Diversity program, he won rookie-of-the-year honors by finishing 4th in the final standings at Radford, Virginia?s Motor Mile Speedway. The Florida native has relocated to South Carolina to be near more ?big time? opportunities.
Michael does have some impressive stats in his foray into crossover competition. His four Figure 8 starts last year came at the Auburndale Speedway and included a feature victory on November 1st along with a pair of runner-ups. The unique skill set required for this exciting type of racing just adds to his growing resume. The participation in this class is no surprise as his father Jimmy spent time in the past turning wrenches for Figure 8 veteran and division personality John LaValle.
Practice sessions begin each day 5:30pm
Qualification start at 6:45pm
Racing kicks-off at 7:30pm sharp
The Florida Figure 8 Championship is sanctioned by the World Figure 8? Racing Tour. It has dates set for February 12th to the 15th, 2009 at the Auburndale Speedway. These events evolved from the legendary World Figure 8? Championship held each year at the EDCO Welding Indianapolis Speedrome?. The $20,000 to win, 33rd Annual World Figure 8? Championship is September 10th to 12th, 2009.