Updated: Nov 21
MADISON, Illinois, October 31, 2020 --- At the end of the 10-race Gateway Kartplex Ignite Series, the Bobby Krug Racing Team won the Senior Class Championship over Trevor Eggemeyer by 200 points.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the season opener was pushed backed to June 6. Krug had a rocky start to the day on the regular direction and rolled off P5 in the final but was able to fight his way back and finished second behind 2018 Ignite Series Senior Class Champion, Evan Stamer. The second and third races of the season would be ran back-to-back for the first of three doubleheader events of the season. Fresh off his first Ignite win at Whiteland in the Ignite Challenge Series, Krug qualified on the front row in the backwards configuration and won both of the races. The podium celebrating was one to remember, featuring champagne and confetti.
Race #4 and #5 were also ran in a double-header format, this time using the track extension layout. Krug would unfortunately miss out on a win in the first race due to on-track incidents with Hunter Richardson but still managed to grab the second place spot just behind Trevor Eggemeyer. The 51 team rallied back in the second race, holding off Eggemeyer and Eric Loddeke for the win. In the sixth race of the season, Krug finished in the second place on the challenging, new backward track configuration after struggling with kart setup. Krug would once again surge back in race #7 on the fast no-chicane layout, overtaking Loddeke in the closing laps of the race.
The final double-header race of the year was the Gateway Kartplex edition of the Ignite Challenge Series which was ran in the never-before-seen backwards track extension layout. With the additional competition and challenging new track layout, Krug struggled in the first race of the day, leading to his worst finish of the season in P8 but once again came back in the second race by qualifying on the pole and finishing second to Stamer.
The second place finish in race #9 secured his championship and due to the great finishes throughout the year, anything besides a first place would be dropped from the final points standings. Even with the assurance of clinching the championship, Krug was still determined to go out and win the final race of the season and he did just that. On the fastest layout of the season, track extension with no chicanes, Krug would fall back early on in the race to fifth but fight he way back up to the front and pick up his fifth win of the season.
After the 3 drops, Krug was left with five wins and 3 second-place finishes on the 2020 Gateway Kartplex Ignite Series Season. Next up for the Bobby Krug Racing Team is a 3-Day Skip Barber Racing School at Circuit of the Americas in Austin, Texas. Bobby Krug Racing Team would like to thank their sponsors and partners: Margay Racing, Skip Barber Racing School, Gateway Kartplex, What's That Like? Podcast, Mark Schwigen Photography, Three Two Designs and Global Force Kartsport.