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Sarah Cornett-Ching Tests at Famed Hickory Motor Speedway; Attends Performance Racing Industry Trade Show in Orlando with RACE 101

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Date Of Birth - May 8th 1991
Place Of Birth - Penticton
Residence - Kelowna
Hobbies - Longboarding, snowboarding, dirt biking, camping.

Sarah Cornett-Ching began racing at the age of 12 at Penticton Speedway, she was first introduced to the sport while crewing for her dad's sportsman car at 10 years old. She got her first race car an '89 Cavalier which she raced for 3 years at Penticton Speedway winning two championships. Sarah was then offered sponsorship by Aarons to run in the Nascar Whelen All American Streetstock Series in Vernon, B.C. After running her first year Sarah was given an opportunity to drive the Finishline Race Products house car for the 2009 West Coast Sportsman Series season, she finished 6th overall in the series and won Rookie of the Year. By 2010 Sarah had been running a Streetstock and Sportsman car every race night for two years. In 2011 Sarah is planning to run the Arca West regional traveling series in B.C. along with trying to campaign a car for the 2011 Canadian Tire Series races in Vernon, B.C. and Saskatoon, S.K.

2005 ~ Most Aspiring Driver Award
2005 ~ Hornet Series Championship
2007 ~ Claimer Series Championship
2008 ~ First Nascar Whelen All American Series Top 5
2009 ~ Third overall in the Nascar Whelen All American Series
2009 ~ Most Improved Driver Award
2009 ~ Most Dedicated to the Sport
2009 ~ West Coast Sportsman Series Rookie of the Year
2010 ~ Fifth overall in the Okanagan Streetstock Series
2010 ~ Most Dedicated to the Sport
2010 ~ Fifth overall in the West Coast Sportsman Series
2010 ~ Most Improved Driver West Coast Sportsman Series

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Sarah Cornett-Ching Tests at Famed Hickory Motor Speedway; Attends Performance Racing Industry Trade Show in Orlando with RACE 101


The 2011 racing season may have ended long ago, but Sarah Cornett-Ching has remained very active within the racing community, attending the final classes of the RACE 101 program in North Carolina, which also included a test session at the famous Hickory Motor Speedway in Hickory, North Carolina. Sarah’s most recent racing adventure extended past the usual trip to North Carolina, as several Race 101 classmates attended the annual P.R.I. (Performance Racing Industry) Trade Show in Orlando, Florida last weekend.

Sarah and her father left Kelowna, British Columbia to embark on their journey to Charlotte, North Carolina a couple weeks ago. On Tuesday November 29th Sarah took to the track despite a gloomy forecast, and the rain held off long enough for Sarah to complete her test session.

“I had a blast driving the Race 101 test car”, says Cornett-Ching. “Hickory Motor Speedway is such a historic place, and it was just a great experience to get on the track here”.

November Race 101 Trip a Huge Success


My trip to North Carolina began on a cold Thursday morning at the Kelowna Airport. A full day of travel and 3 flights later I was safe on the ground in Charlotte, NC. The first stop was the World of Outlaws Dirt Finals at Charlotte Motor Speedway in Concord.

The World of Outlaws race was insane, crazy like nothing I’ve seen before. There was dirt flying into your race as you squinted to watch them drive into the corners full speed completely sideways! I had to leave early to get checked into my hotel and get a good nights rest for classes Friday morning.

Class on Friday was fun as we did some mock interviews and spoke in front of our class about our seasons. Friday night we headed back to the World Finals to watch dirt racing. I had to leave early because the racing was still going at 1am and I had to be up for class at 8.

Saturday’s class was a whirlwind of information courtesy of Tony Blanchard. We went over every component of the car and how changes would effect each different setup. After taking some Advil to help my headache from class we headed out for dinner then back to the dirt track again.

Sunday’s class was the most difficult for most of us as we had to do a filmed interview in front of the Race 101 Open House full of people. The interviews can be found online here:

http://youtu.be/S2NT_ylgaOg

Sunday night we went to the go kart track for some fun, and I flew out Monday morning to go home. The whole trip just about went off without a hitch until my flight in Toronto got cancelled on the way home. I had to wait in the airport for hours and reschedule all my connecting flights.

When I finally got home at 2am it was such a sigh of relief, although I am jetting off to North Carolina again in two weeks to test the Late Model at Hickory Motor Speedway and then leave from there to PRI in Florida.

Seems like I haven’t spent more then 2 days at home in the last little while, but not regretting any of it!!!

Sarah Cornett-Ching Honored for 2011 Achievements at Annual Awards Banquets; Travels to North Carolina for Race 101 Program


With the 2011 racing season now over, Sarah Cornett-Ching and her fellow racers were honored for their achievements in Awards ceremonies for both the OK Tire ARCA West Series, as well as the West Coast Sportsman Series last month.

The OK Tire ARCA West series awards banquet took place on October 15th in Prince George, British Columbia. Sarah was presented her award for finishing in eighth in series point standings, and also took home hardware as the series Rookie of the Year, and Most Improved Driver. Sarah’s father Joe took home a prestigious award from the banquet, winning the Most Dedicated Crew Member for 2011.

Just two weeks later, Cornett-Ching attended the West Coast Sportsman Series Awards Banquet in Vernon, British Columbia. Sarah was honored for her fourth place finish in the West Coast Sportsman Series for 2011, and again picked up the award for Most Improved Driver.

Sarah Cornett-Ching Ends 2011 Season With Another Podium Finish in West Coast Sportsman Series Finale at Motoplex Speedway


The 2011 racing season has been one filled with exciting opportunities and challenges for 20-year-old Sarah Cornett-Ching, of Summerland, BC. It all began with the Race 101 program in North Carolina back in January and has taken her through the full season in the OK Tire ARCA West Series, and her first career win in the West Coast Sportsman Series. The productive season produced 4 top five finishes and 9 top ten finishes in just 12 races, including two podium finishes and a victory at Motoplex Speedway on August 13th. Cornett-Ching competed at five new race tracks this season, and adapted quickly at each of them.

The final race of the season took place at Motoplex Speedway last weekend in the OK Tire ARCA Series, and Cornett-Ching had the dominant car early in the race. At one point in the race, she had built up a full straightaway lead, but a series of restarts with Cornett-Ching on the outside lane caused her to burn up her right rear tire and she settled for a third place finish.

Sarah Cornett-Ching Earns Top Five Finish in Final ARCA West Series Race of the Season; One More Event Remaining in 2011


The 2011 racing season has been very exciting for Sarah Cornett-Ching and her Summerland, BC racing team. Starting with the Race 101 program in North Carolina early this year, Sarah has learned a tremendous amount about all aspects of the sport, and applied that knowledge through several exciting events this season, including her NASCAR Canadian Tire Series debut at Motoplex Speedway in Vernon, BC on July 23rd where she had a 14th place finish. Cornett-Ching was back at Motoplex Speedway this past weekend for the final ARCA West Series event of the season.

Sarah entered Saturday night’s ARCA West finale in 11th place in the point standings and was hoping to have a solid finish to vault her into the top ten and end the season on a high note. Cornett-Ching began the day with a practice session, and she was third fastest. She started at the back of her qualifying heat, and again proved that she had a fast car as she moved through the field up to fifth place at the checkered flag.

Sarah Cornett-Ching’s Dominating Performance at Motoplex Ends With Mechanical Failure; Looking Ahead to Final ARCA Event of the Season


With her victory in the Hot August Nights Mini Series just two weeks ago at Motoplex Speedway, Sarah Cornett-Ching was eager to get back behind the wheel once again after a week off.

The night started out well for Cornett-Ching as she posted the fastest time in the first practice session, and had the fourth fastest speed in qualifying.

“The team has worked hard all night getting the car dialed in”, says Cornett Ching. “We struggled a bit in our heat race, but we are confident that we made the right changes for the main event”.

Sarah Cornett-Ching Wins With Last Lap Pass; Penticton Racer Scores Impressive Career-First at Motoplex Speedway


Sarah Cornett-Ching earned her first career late model victory in dramatic fashion on Saturday at Motoplex Speedway near Vernon, British Columbia. The 20-year-old Penticton racer edged her #99 Snap-On Tools-sponsored car past race leader Mark Berrieau on the final turn of the final lap to steal the win.

“I don’t think I could have imagined a finish much more exciting than that,” said an exuberant Cornett-Ching after the race. “The crew worked hard all day long to get the car faster, and it felt great for the feature. This is awesome.”

Cornett-Ching was among the fastest throughout the day’s practice and qualifying, but the team spent plenty of time chasing mechanical issues.

Sarah Cornett-Ching Learns as Fast as She Drives; Adapts Well at First Visit to Agassiz Speedway


This past weekend, Sarah Cornett-Ching and her team made the three-hour trek from her Summerland home to Agassiz Speedway, located in Agassiz, British Columbia. Agassiz Speedway is a fast quarter-mile bullring located east of Vancouver. This was the first ever appearance at the track for Cornett Ching, and she spent the first part of the morning getting acclimated with her surroundings and preparing for the day’s events.

At the beginning of the day, there were two 30-minute practice sessions and Sarah spent the first session feeling the car out, and getting comfortable with the track. Sarah spent most of the final session observing the faster cars and watching what lines they are utilizing on the track.

“I felt that I could learn more in that second session by watching the other cars on the track, and seeing what they are doing”, commented Cornett-Ching as she began to prepare for qualifying. “Hopefully we can get a great finish here today”.

Sarah Cornett-Ching to Participate in Charity Events Leading Up Gordie Mannes Memorial Weekend in Penticton, BC


Fresh off her NASCAR Canadian Tire Series debut just one week ago, Sarah Cornett-Ching is ready to get back behind the wheel of her Late Model this weekend in the Gordie Mannes Memorial Weekend at Penticton Speedway in Penticton, British Columbia. While Sarah has never raced here Late Model at this track, she has raced in the Street Stock division several times with multiple podium finishes.

“I am very optimistic going into this weekend for both our racing efforts and our charity work”, says Cornett-Ching. “If we can keep the car clean we should be able to bring it home with an awesome finish”.

Cornett-Ching will kick of the weekend with a fundraiser for the BC Children’s Hospital and will have her Late Model on display as well as her NASCAR Canadian Tire Series car that she raced last weekend promoting A&W “Cruisin for a Cause”. Both cars will be on display at Walmart in Penticton, BC on Friday. Sarah will be collecting donations for the BC Children’s Hospital, and people can sign the hood of the car that she will be racing this weekend...

Cornett-Ching to make NASCAR debut Saturday in Vernon, British Columbia; Penticton racer to realize her dream behind the wheel


Sarah Cornett-Ching will realize a dream Saturday when she straps into the Cruisin’ for a Cause-sponsored #25 Chevrolet to compete in the NASCAR Canadian Tire Series in Vernon, BC.

The Penticton 20-year-old couldn’t believe her ears when NASCAR driver and team owner Jason White called her just a couple of weeks ago.

“I wasn’t really sure why Jason White would be calling me,” said Cornett-Ching. “When he said he might have an opportunity to drive one of his cars at Motoplex Speedway I was blown away. The short time since then has been surreal.”. http://hometracks.nascar.com/team_release/Cornett_Ching_Set_For_Debut

Sarah Cornett-Ching to Visit British Columbia Children’s Hospital This Saturday; Donations Accepted for Hospital Charity


The BC Children’s hospital is close to the heart for Sarah Cornett-Ching and her family. With her brother spending some time at the hospital several years ago as a patient, the Cornett-Ching family has a lot of gratitude for the hospital and what they do. She has supported the hospital with donations that were accumulated the past two seasons, and is excited to step up and do even more to help out. With her past experience with the hospital, she knows their capabilities, and what they are in need of, and hopes that she can help out even more..

Great Weekend of Racing For Sarah Cornett-Ching With Double Duty Saturday at Motoplex Speedway in Vernon, BC


Saturday was a busy day for Sarah Cornett-Ching and the SCC Racing team. With both the West Coast Sportsman Series and the ARCA Super Late Model Series racing at Motoplex Speedway in Vernon, BC, Cornett-Ching and the team decided they were going to use the same car to compete in both events. This would mean that once the West Coast Sportsman race was over, the team would have to make several changes to the car to meet the rules for the ARCA Series. The team would have to change tires, battery, carburetor, and make chassis adjustments before competing in the ARCA event.

First though, Sarah had to make it through the West Coast Sportsman Series event unscathed. Any damage from this race could prevent her from making the ARCA race later in the day. Despite several issues during the event, including a problem with a faulty new fuel pump Cornett-Ching was able to get a solid finish crossing the finish line is sixth place.

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