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Newly crowned POWRi Champion Andrew Felker and Alex Bright landing soon!

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    Newly crowned POWRi Champion Andrew Felker and Alex Bright landing soon!

    The flights are booked and the teams are ready as American hard chargers Andrew Felker and Alex Bright prepare to rumble down under with the POWRi Australian Speedcar Super Series!

    Both Andrew and Alex are competing for Australian car owners at Round 1: Brisbane International Speedway (October 20) and Round 2: Charlton Raceway, Toowoomba (October 27)!

    The newly crowned POWRi USA Champion Andrew Felker secured his championship victory earlier this month by finishing ninth at USA’s Belle-Clair Speedway. With a generous lead heading into his final feature, the 19-year-old from Carl Junction, Missouri had to finish 17th or higher to clinch his first POWRi title. Winning by 100 points overall, an arrangement was then made for Andrew to compete for CJR Motorsport; an Australian team owned by Colin and his sons Jason and Rusty Bell.

    “This all came together pretty much in the last second, but I’m really pumped to have this opportunity to take on the competition down under.” said Andrew recently.

    With the championship credited to his name, Felker is looking forward to making a big impact on his first racing trip to Australia competing at two rounds of the 2012-2013 POWRi SSS!

    21 year old Alex Bright of Pennsylvania has racing in his blood! Having competed in Quarter Midgets, 600 Micros and currently running second overall in the ARDC Midget championship!

    Racing for Polar Ice and Jack Berry Racing, Alex Bright secured his Australian ride after being introduced to Jack at Midget week.

    To be based in Australia and flying home for the Chili Bowl, Alex will compete in the POWRi SSS and all rounds of the BIS Polar Ice Midget Series in the Spike/Hawk Q92.

    Speaking from his Collegeville home, Alex told POWRi SSS “I can't wait to get down there and be able to race all year long. Jack Berry has great cars and I look forward to working with Jack and the crew as a team, to start off the season strong.”

    With plans underway to develop this series and division further, get on board and support the racing both on and off the track!

    RACE DATES:
    20 October 2012 - Brisbane International Speedway, QLD
    27 October 2012 - Charlton Raceway, QLD
    19 January 2012 - Avalon Raceway, VIC
    30 March 2012 - Sydney Speedway, NSW
     
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    POWRi USA release:

    POWRi National Midget Champion Felker Heads To Australia
    Author: POWRi
    http://www.speedcarworld.com.au/release_include.asp?NewsId=44695#.UH4D82_Mirg

    BRISBANE, Australia (Oct. 16, 2012)—Reigning POWRi Lucas Oil National Midget Series champion Andrew Felker will make his debut in the POWRi Australian Speedcar Super Series Saturday at quarter-mile Supercheap Auto Archerfield Speedway.

    The 19-year-old from Carl Junction, Mo., will be a teammate with CJR Motorsport regular driver Jason Bell in the opening round at Archerfield and second round on Oct. 27 at Charlton Raceway in Toowoomba, also located in the state of Queensland in eastern Australia. Felker will drive a Mopar-powered Brekka prepared by CJR, headed by team principal Colin Bell.

    It will be the first time Felker has traveled out of the United States.

    “I’m excited,” he said. “It will be a cool experience. I definitely want to go and represent POWRi well. It will be fun getting the series known in Australia.”

    Danny Felker, Andrew’s father and crew chief in POWRi National Midgets, will also make the trip Down Under.

    “I’m sure he’ll work on the car with the Bell team,” Andrew said.

    Felker had a breakthrough season in winning his first POWRi National Midget title. He won his first feature at Peoria (Ill.) Speedway on May 19 and his second at Wilmot (Wis.) Raceway on July 14. Felker had a total of six top-fives and 15 top-10s and started the feature in all 29 events in 2012.

    The event at Archerfield will also be the first under POWRi sanction for the Australian Speedcar Super Series.

    Alex Bright, a 21-year-old from Collegeville, Pa., is also going to race at Archerfield and Charlton. He’s the only other American in the field which includes defending series champion Mark Brown and former champion Nathan Smee.
     
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    Missouri Missile Lands in Australia.

    Twenty-year-old American Speedcar sensation Andrew Felker has touched down on Australian soil. Andrew and his father Danny have arrived this morning with some excess luggage and bags of experience, and enthusiasm that they’re ready to unleash in Australia.

    When asked of the recently crowned POWRi Lucas Oils Midget Champion, what does he think of racing in Australia for the first time? It was obvious. Andrew and his Dad are very excited and keen to ‘get racing’ in Queensland over the next two weeks.

    “Yeah we have had a lot of success here in the US on the quarter miles and smaller circuits with the POWRI series, so the bull rings are one of my strengths,” stated Andrew upon boarding the plane bound for Australia.

    Andrew showed great form in winning his first championship on the tighter quarter mile circuits throughout the American 2012 Series and is confident of a good show at both the Brisbane and Toowoomba circuits.

    There will be no cuddling Koalas though as Andrew and his Dad have hit the ground running. The Carl Junction High student , will drive the #USA82 CJR Motorsport BREKA/MOPAR whilst in Australia and team up with CJR regular Jason Bell who will be driving the brand new #82 BREKA/TOYOTA. Both cars are still in the final stages of preparation so time is critical for the Aussie/USA combination.

    “Andrew’s car is in Brisbane with no motor in it yet. The Stanton Mopar for that car is also in a box in Brisbane. When we get there on Friday morning we have to fit the motor into Andrew’s car,” said team principal Colin Bell. “Garry Stanton has rebuilt the Mopar and will be ready to race. Garry does a great job and I’m confident we should be able to drop it in and go racing. We’ve completely rebuilt the car, it’s at Dryden Signs now looking schmick; it’ll be right to go,” exclaimed Colin.

    As if that wasn’t enough to worry about, the new Breka with the Toyota motor in it hasn’t even been started yet. “We will probably start the car at the same time Andrew lands in Australia. It’s been a huge job trying to put these two cars on the track for the SSS. The progress of Jason’s car has been slow but thorough. We’ve done every thing twice if not three times as we would like to get it right from the get-go. I’m looking forward to working with Andrew and Danny,” smiled Belly.

    Colin went on to say “All of this would not have come together without the support of some great people - Eric Mullholland at Stanton Engines, Mark Cooper from American Tyres and Racing, Steven and Barry Graham from Graham Racing Developments, Bill Buckley and Micheal Pickens at BSL, Tony and Gavin Eales down at Serco, Rick Dryden of Dryden Signs, Paul Murphy at Rocket Industries and everyone else that has helped get this far, especially the NSW and QLD Speedcar Associations for their help in getting Andrew here.”

    You can catch CJR Motorsport at the Super Cheap Auto Brisbane International Speedway this Saturday night. Keep track of their 2012/2013 season on Facebook.
    https://www.facebook.com/CjrMotorsport
     

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