Kyle O’Gara is starting to think his senior year of high school may be just what his racing career needed.
After completing his first week as a senior at Roncalli High School in Indianapolis, the Sarah Fisher Hartman Racing development driver collected his second victory in a row on Saturday, August 18 at Kalamazoo (Mich.) Speedway.
O’Gara topped the speed charts for the first two USAC/STARS D1 Midget practice sessions and won his qualifying heat race from the eighth position. The fastest six cars from the heat races were inverted for the feature race, so O’Gara started the 30-lap feature from fifth.
“My team just gave me a great car, and it was the fastest car on the track,” O’Gara said. “It was a new track for me, so I was still learning on each lap after I got the lead.”
He took the lead from Patrick Wilda, Jr. on lap 15 and never looked back. The No. 17-B RW Motorsports midget led until the checkered flag on lap 30.
“I’m really happy to get another win for the RW Motorsports team and for my sponsor Service Central,” O’Gara said.
Three races remain on the USAC/STARS D1 Midget schedule, two of which are at Grundy County Speedway in Morris, Ill., the site of O’Gara’s first win in the series.
After the win at Kalamazoo Speedway, O’Gara returned to the halls of Roncalli High School to receive pats on the back from his fellow students.
“Roncalli gives updates of my racing results over the announcement system, so most of my friends know about my racing,” O’Gara said. “A lot of them don’t really know what it’s all about, but they’re learning about racing and are very supportive.”