October 10, 2012 - Grant Quinlan closed his rookie season in the WKA Manufacturers Cup Junior ranks on a strong note last month at the McLaughlin Motorsports Grand Nationals at Indiana's New Castle Motorsports Park.
Quinlan, who won a 2011 WKA Triple Crown championship with three titles in the Sportsman classes, recorded his second runner-up finish of the 2012 season at New Castle. The second-place finish came at the hands of fellow 2011 Triple Crown champion Joel Jens in the Komet Jr Lite main event.
Grant's runner-up finish at New Castle came on the heels of another second-place result at the Man Cup's round five in August at Concept Haulers (Ill.) Motor Speedway.
The MRP Motorsport Birel racer had an honest approach when recapping his 2012 WKA national season.
"It was a tough year," he admitted. "Finish-wise, we had a lot of DNF's and it was tough to take sometimes. We had good speed throughout the year, and we were in contention at all the tracks, but the good finishes, sometimes, were hard to come by. The Junior classes were an entirely different game than the Sportsman classes. But I think we proved we could run up front, even if the wins weren't there, and I'm proud of that."
While Quinlan seems hard on himself, he did race his Birel to several top-five results - good enough for a fifth-place finish in the Komet Jr Lite final point standings. He also finished eighth in the Yamaha Jr Lite final standings.
"I want to thank everyone who helped this year," Grant said. "Thanks to Tim, Chris and Garry Lobaugh, Dalton Richards, my dad, mom, Daniel Woltjer and the entire staff at MRP."
Quinlan's name is already well known in the karting world, and he's worked throughout the year to build a name for himself in legends car racing. If you ask around the legends car community in Michigan, the 12-year-old racer is doing of good job of it.
Quinlan has raced his Advanced Technologies No. 28 legends car to four feature wins at three different tracks on the Michigan Legends Cars trail in 2012. Most recently, Quinlan won back-to-back features at the three-eighths-mile Springport Motor Speedway and quarter-mile Spartan Speedway.
He also made a trip south to run the Thursday Thunder Legends Car Series at Atlanta Motor Speedway. Grant recorded a solid fourth-place finish in the Young Lions division on June 7.
Next up, Quinlan will return to Atlanta for the INEX Asphalt Nationals Oct. 24-27, and he's looking forward to trying his hand against some of the best legends car competition in the country.
"We've done well with the legends car in Michigan and I'm looking forward to racing at Atlanta again. Hopefully we can turn some heads and build on what we've accomplished in Michigan. I'm sure the competition will be tough, but I think we'll have a shot to do really well. Doug Stevens and Dan Joyce give me a good car to race and I'm always thankful for that," Grant commented about his legends car endeavors.
Grant Quinlan is a 12-year-old national 2-cycle sprint kart and U.S. Legends Car racer from Maidstone, Ontario. Quinlan is a 2011 WKA Triple Crown champion and multi-time race winner on the Michigan Legends Car circuit. Quinlan races MRP Motorsport Birel karts and Advanced Technology Motorsports-prepared U.S. Legends Cars.
For more information on Grant Quinlan, visit QuinlanMotorsports.com.