Chandler, Ariz. (April 14, 2018) —Thursday we arrived, got parked, and unloaded the buggy. We loaded it on a flat trailer to get to the Phoenix Ronald McDonald house to visit with families currently staying at the Ronald McDonald House. Trevor was there along with multi-time winner and Pro-2/4 driver Bradley Morris, Pro-Lite driver Mason Cullen, several junior kart drivers, along with Greg Cozzo from Lucas Oil Racing TV. We arrived at 2:30 and spent a couple of hours with the children and their families. The kids enjoyed it - and a few even got the chance to sit in the car. Trevor signed hero cards, and all the children got some goodies.
Ronald McDonald house helps families in need who can't afford to pay for lodging while their children are receiving treatment. We really appreciated the workers who were so passionate about helping these children. Ayden Ford Racing generously fed all the participants with hamburgers, hot foods, chips and drinks.
We came back to the track and Trevor helped the Chiaramonte family with pit set-up. Bronson and Brayden both race mod karts, and Trevor pitched in to get their vehicles ready to go. Phoenix was inundated with the first dust storm of the season so we ended up spending a lot of time in the RV that night.
Friday we started the day at 9:15 to go to the Phoenix Children's hospital. Trevor joined other series drivers to visit with children currently receiving care. He was joined by Pro-2/4 driver Bradley Morris, Pro-4 Greg Adler, Pro-Lite driver Mason Cullen, and Greg Cozzo from Lucas Oil Racing TV. Trevor spent time with children inside the Child Life Zone; a state-of-the-art, therapeutic play area where pediatric patients and their families can play, learn, laugh, and relax with video games, movies, and a recreation area. A place where a kid can be a kid. The sanctuary was made possible by an endowment from Garth Brooks' Teammates for Kids Organization back in 2012.
We spent some time with one young patient then five of the crew went to a private room, where they all had to suit up to visit another very sick young boy. We also joined in celebrating Tristen's 20th birthday, who is a also a patient. He was really excited to meet all the driversand had a great time.
We returned to the track in time for the driver's meeting at 12:30. Trevor started practice at 2PM, which was 3 sessions, 30 minutes apart. Trevor later spotted for Bronson in his mod cart qualifier which went well— as he qualified 2nd.
On Saturday Pro Buggy was up third on the schedule. Trevor had qualified 4th; an inversion of 6 put him on the inside of the second row for the start. When the green flag flew Trevor immediately exited turn one in second place. He maintained his pace for the first few laps—with the leader a few car lengths ahead. By lap 4 Trevor caught his groove and was reeling the leader in hard when officials threw the comp yellow at lap 7. From the restart Trevor immediately attacked the leader and advanced into first place by turn two — which he maintained throughout the remainder of the race — taking win with a commanding lead!
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We would like to thank the corporate partners who provide their resources and expertise to the team: JDRF, The Fab School, Mickey Thompson Tires, Lucas Oil, FOX Shocks, Funco Motorsports, Fortin Transmission, G & J Craft, Ebbco Motorsports, CBR Radiators, OMF Wheels, Eibach Springs, Action Gas & Welding Supply
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About Team Briska
Trevor Briska was campaigning his first trucks at the age of 11and by 15 he'd won the California series for Modified Kart in the prestigious Lucas Oil Off-Road Racing Series. If there were ever an indicator of 'up and coming' status for off-road racing - it is that class. That is the division that has the other drivers watching. In 2017, while his classmates were out getting their learner's permits, Trevor was winning Rookie of the Year, in the highly competitive Pro Buggy class in the Lucas Off Road Series. For more information please contact Clint Briska at email@example.com.