Friday, October 5, 2012

AMA Flat Track: Weirbach Racing & Dominic Collindres #66Y Santo Rosa Mile Pro Singles Report

Team owners Ted and Richard Weirbach of the Weirbach Racing team out of Ottumwa, Iowa flank their star rider, Dominic Collindres during rider intros for the AMA Pro Pro Singles Championship Series main event at round 12 of the 2012 season at the Springfield Short Track on September 15, while AMA Pro Flat Track announcer Barry Boone talks about the upcoming round at the Multipurpose Arena at the Illinois State Fairgrounds.

Collindres has proven to be a great match for the 2011 AMA Pro Singles Championship-winning team and since hooking up with the Hawkeye State residents has taken the #66Y Weirbach Racing/General Engineering/Barnett/Spectro-sponsored Honda CRF450R to one win (the team's first race together at the Peoria TT on August 12), a 2nd-place finish (at the Lucas Oil Indy Mile just six days later), an 11th-place finish (Knoxville), a pair of 9th-place finishes (Springfield ST above and SF Mile II) and last weekend's 5th-place finish at Santa Rosa.

Without a doubt if these guys had hooked-up early in the season they would be on their way to their first championship together and Weirbach's second as an AMA Pro Singles Championship team.  Collindres missed five events this season and other than points leader Stephen Vanderkuur is the only other rider in the top-4 in points to have missed any rounds in the 2012 season, which in itself is quite an accomplishment in the fast-paced and close racing seen in the junior-feeder series.

With two rounds left to battle in the 2012 AMA Pro Pro Singles Championship season, Collindres still has a good chance of moving up into the top-3, sitting 19 points out of 3rd heading into the Tucson Half-Mile round tomorrow.  With the quality of the equipment that the father and son duo of Weirbach Racing puts together coupled with Dominic's obvious riding talent, we could be looking at the future champion of the series should they be able to continue on together for the 2013 season.

Take the time to check out their press release below, and if you are heading to Tucson or to the Pomona season-finale on October 13, be sure to go by and take time to talk with the team as they look to close out the season on a strong note!

Press release courtesy of the Weirbach Racing team, the 2011 AMA Pro Champions:

Ottumwa, Iowa -- October 4, 2011

Dominic Colindres race report from Santa Rosa Mile

Last weekend was the AMA Grand National event held at the Sonoma County Fairgrounds in Santa Rosa, California.  This race was the closest race to my house out of all the races in this season.  I felt a little uncomfortable heading into this event because it was a cushion and I'm still a little off pace on cushions.   It was also a mile with tight corners, which I don't have much experience on.  I would be heading into this event fifth in points and hopefully go into fourth in the overall points.

Dominic Collindres #66Y battles at the front of the pack during the AMA Pro Singles Championship round at the Santa Rosa Mile on September 30.  Photo courtesy of Weirbach Racing by Yve Assad of The Fast and

During the first couple of qualifying sessions the bike was a little off for gearing and we made changes every time I got off the track.  I ended up qualifying ninth the first session and fifth the next.  This would put me in the front row for the heat race.
Dominic Collindres #66Y is shown in action on the Weirbach Racing Honda CRF450R at the Santa Rosa Mile round of the 2012 AMA Pro Pro Singles Championship season.  Photo courtesy of Weirbach Racing by Yve Assad of The Fast and
We made another change right before the heat and felt like we were ready for another heat win. I got a little tangled with some riders off the start and ended up fourth into the first turn. After lap two I moved into first and stayed there for the rest of the heat. I felt very good and felt that I could have a shot at winning the main. We didn't make any more changes after the heat.
The start of the AMA Pro Pro Singles Championship final at the Santa Rosa Mile on September 30.  Photo courtesy of the Weirbach Racing team by Yve Assad of The Fast and

For the main I had second choice on the front row.  I picked the outside next to Vanderkuur.
I got the holeshot but was passed down the back straight.  Vanderkuur was on rails and he quickly pulled away.  I was in a good four rider battle the whole race with Shoemaker, Spencer, and Anderson.  I was having trouble hooking up down low so I moved to the outside and started following Spencer.  I ended up a close fifth.
I feel good with my result because I see that I'm getting way better on cushions and miles.  I'm also learning how to adapt to new tracks a lot faster which is key to doing good at a national.  I am now tied for fourth in points and with some good results at the next two races, third place in points doesn't seem to be impossible to make happen.

I'd really like to thank my sponsors:
Weirbach Racing, KDM Forrest Products, Michael King, Frankie Morris, Mach 1, A&A Racing, Works Connection, General Engineering, Barnett, Spectro, DynoJet, K&N, Saddlemen, Motorcycle-Superstore, White Lightning Retrievers, PMP Sprockets, Motion Pro, Spider Grips, Evans Coolant, Cheney Engineering, G2 Ergonomics, All Balls Racing, Firecoat Custom Powderworks, CP Pistons & Carillo Rods, Web Cams, Foudree's Graphics, Sunoco, Pro Wheel, Durelle Racing, Supertrapp, TNT Honda, Pingel Products, Regina Chain, Factory Backing, Hinson, Motobatt, Pit Posse, Jet-Hot, Bell Helmets, Cosmetic Graphics,, Rekluse, and Chicken Hawk Racing, my Mom and Dad.

Dominic Colindres – 66Y – Weirbach Racing

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