Former New Smyrna Pro Truck Racer Bobby Kennedy get first Pro win in Grand Am

Eighteen year old Bobby Kennedy a veteran of NSS quarter midgets and Pro trucks got his first professional racing win this weekend at Watkins Glen in the Grand Am Total Performance Class. The cars are sub compacts types with suspension mods but for the most part are stock. Kennedy in his first year in road racing at 16 years old won the Central Florida Region Showroom Stock C championship in a Ford Focus. Last year Kennedy won the Super Production Over 5 liter SCCA Regional champion ship in a Howe ASA type Monte Carlo. The car was built, prepped and crewed by Woody Wood of Bemco Fabrication. Along the way, Kennedy also picked up a win in the competitive Crane Cams V8 StockCar Series and set a new SCCA track record at Daytona in the stock car.

Kennedy’s dad is long time Grand Am Rolex GT and Continental Tire Series competitor Squeak Kennedy, who himself has 19 Rolex 24 hour appearances.

Dad Squeak, has insisted that Bobby be exposed to as many racing disciplines as possible and has had Woody build Bobby a dirt sportsman car for Ocala and other tracks. Bobby will also contest a GT1 Camaro in Crane Cams V8 StockCar this year and may do double duty at the American Road Race of Champions in November at Road Atlanta. Kennedy will make an attempt to run the V8 StockCar race in the Camaro and then drive a Trans Am 2 class Ford Fusion in the SCCA Trans Am race the same weekend.

From the Grand Am Website:
WATKINS GLEN, N.Y. (July 1, 2012) – Bobby Kennedy proved to be a quick learner Sunday at Watkins Glen International. The 18-year-old Floridian passed Irish Mike’s Racing teammate and coach Todd Buras on the final lap and held on to win to give the Ford Fiesta its first victory in the GRAND-AM TOTAL Performance Showcase.

Kennedy scored his first victory in the new series for “B-Spec” sub-compact cars by .070 seconds, becoming the fourth different winner in as many races.

“I was drafting Todd all the way and finally got him on the last lap going into the Inner Loop,” Kennedy said. “We were door-to-door from there the rest of the way, and he was right inside my door at the checkered flag.”

Robbie Davis, winner at New Jersey Motorsports Park earlier this season, finished third in the No. 37 Mini of Charleston Mini Cooper.

The next Total Performance Showcase race will be at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca in Monterey, Calif., on Sunday, Sept. 9.

That is awesome! Great job, Bobby! We may need you in the future for the Rolex 24!

this young man can flat drive congrats bobby uncle james is extremly happy