Fresh off a major point-scoring weekend at the Circuit of the Americas (COTA), Canadian and Racing with Autism driver Austin Riley is heading to the famed Sonoma Raceway with the Pro 1340 class Blue Marble Radical Cup point lead. With a long drive from his home in Ontario, Canada to Napa Valley, California, and with the final event weekend on the horizon, Riley will make the cross-continent trek with a scant 15 markers advantage over his nearest rival as it is a two-driver race for the title.
“We have worked all year long to be in the position that we are in right now,” explained Riley, who enters the finale with the most pressure of all. “It is easier to be the hunter than the hunted, but the extra 15 points that I have allow me to possibly take fewer chances than others. At the end of the day, we are looking to leave Sonoma Raceway with the designation of the 2022 Pro 1340 Champion.”
On the strength of consistency this season, Riley, who is the reigning Canadian champion, has shown the speed to stand atop the podium but also capitalized on other drivers’ mistakes and misfortunes. Racing on a budget and working hard not to put a wheel wrong, Riley has been able to solidify himself as one of the favorites to take the title.
Riley added, “I am not sure what the future holds for me but right now, I am fully focused on next weekend and doing the best job I can, that’s all I can really do.”
Not only does Austin Riley lead the Pro 1340 title chase, the young man from Canada also holds a slim advantage in the Overall Series and is the driver who has earned more points than any other competitor across all three of the Radical Cup classes offered in North America.
Set to hit the track Friday for a pair of test sessions prior to two official practice sessions, Saturday will see two on-track sessions including qualifying and the first wheel-to-wheel race of the weekend. Sunday will be dubbed Championship Sunday with races two and three, the final two races of the season.
Racing With Autism and Austin Riley would like to thank their partners and supporters for the 2022 season. A huge thank you to Spark Power Corp., Lincoln Electric, Hagerty, Ady’s Army, The Hawthorne Foundation, Hammond Manufacturing, Cal Chip Connected, 6 Sigma Sim Racing, Forest Contractors, Utech Electronics, Braidan Motorsport, ACL Bearing, ATC Coral, OPMT Racing, Nesco Appliances, FEL Motorsports as well as all family, friends, and supporters.
Austin Riley is a multi-time champion, the first race car driver with autism to win a major championship, and above all, an inspiration for all who’ve met him. His motto, “Just because you have autism, it doesn’t mean you can’t do great things,” is backed by his success both on and off the track.
For more information on Austin Riley, please contact RTD Media & Management at 317.270.8723 or via email to Mike@RTD-Media.com.
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