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Granby kart racer moves up to next level

Special to the Sky-Hi News

Zac Munro of Granby

After two years of racing in the Colorado Junior Karting Club, Zac Munro of Granby is moving up to the next level of racing.

Go-kart racing is one of the first steps on the ladder to racing cars. Zac and his father/mechanic Brian Munro have spent the 2010 and 2011 racing seasons learning the tricks of the trade.

The main goal in his first year was to just make it onto the podium. Several of the races were spent fine-tuning his techniques and trying to figure out how the kart engine should be set up for the best performance. Toward the end of the first season Zac had an opportunity to take a 2nd place finish, which put him on the podium for the first time. The first year’s goal had been met.

After a great finish in the first year, the new goal for the second year was to win some races.

Zac spent the off season working on his skills by practicing at Bandimere Action Karting Race Track near Morrison. Often in cold, icy conditions on the track, this ended up being a great learning experience for keeping the kart under control.

The 2011 season was ready to start in April and with new goals and one year of racing behind him, Zac was set to go. Zac picked up where he had left off in the first year, with a 2nd place podium finish in the first race of the season.

His biggest obstacle in getting a 1st place win had been the other highly talented racers in his class. He did finally achieve his goal by taking two 1st place wins in the 2011 season, with all the rest of his races for the season ending with 2nd place finishes.

This ranked him in the 2nd place position for the season, just 45 points out of the 1st place spot. Zac finished the year with a trip to the IKF Grand Nationals in California to race against some of the best in the country. He finished well with a 5th place finish for the event.

Spec Miata

Now that Zac has left the C.J. Karting Club, he has gained the skills and experience to move up to the next level in the race world. Zac’s coaches Logan Kirk and Brian Munro feel he has earned the chance to race in the Mazda Miata Series called Spec Miata. This is an opportunity for him to grow and show his skills in racing on a higher competitive level than go-karting.

Zac will be racing in a road race series on a track about 2 to 3 miles long. These races will take place at High Plains Raceway, Pikes Peak International Raceway and Pueblo Raceway, all located in Colorado and Miller Sports Park in Utah. His goal again will be to try and make it onto the podium in as many races as possible.

Zac would like to thank all his sponsors and his coaches Logan Kirk and Brian Munro for helping make all this possible for him.

His sponsors are Fraser Valley Ace Hardware, Granby Carquest Auto Parts, Steere Equipment Company, Acord Asphalt Inc., Mountain Madness Inc., Kendall Lubricants, Action Karting Race Track, Levit Speed Equipment and the Colorado Junior Karting Club.