Mia Chapman Shows Speed and Promise in Wild West
Florence, AZ (8/26/2018) – Red Bull’s Mia Chapman finished third in the first of two rounds of Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series Mod Kart competition at Utah Motorsports Campus. It marked the 15-year-old Red Bull Athlete’s first podium of the season in the national series.
The event was held at the .8-mile, five turn off-road course in Tooele, UT. The track is known to be extremely technical with a long whoops section.
Chapman qualified eighth for Friday’s race, but was quickly climbing through the field, taking second on lap three and then finishing third. Having proven to herself that she can finish on the podium, Chapman is now eying a victory.
“The car was just hooked up and we’re looking forward to doing it again, and maybe getting a win,” said Chapman. “It’s nice to know I can run up there.”
In Saturday’s race, Chapman again qualified eighth, but got caught up in a first-lap pileup in the first turn. Not wanting to give up, she limped her car into the hot pits and her team set to work, fixing a broken tie rod and getting her back into the race. She finished 11th.
“Today didn’t really go as planned,” explained Chapman. “I came out of the pits two laps down to finish the race. A big thank you to everyone on my team for getting the car fixed.”
Chapman is one of Red Bull Racing’s youngest athletes. Along with Red Bull, she has also amassed several other sponsors, including Xtreme Machine Fabrication, which built the car, and the VanBeekum family’s R&R Steel. To say this young racer is going places is an understatement.
“Xtreme Machine & Fabrication built my car from scratch, and the owner Jimmy Owen is a huge help,” said Chapman. “He spots for me and helps out a bunch in the pits. R&R Steel has been a longtime sponsor. They are really good people and they help us out a lot. I’m definitely one of the youngest Red Bull athletes out here. That’s pretty cool, too.”
With her first podium recorded, Chapman will be looking for her first victory as LOORRS heads to Glen Helen Raceway in Devore, CA September 21-22.
Mia Chapman Shows Speed and Promise in Wild West
Florence, AZ (7/22/2018) – Red Bull’s Mia Chapman led nearly the entire Modified Kart race during the Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series events at Wild West Motorsports Park in Sparks, NV. Chapman is in her third year in the class and has been competitive all season.
Chapman qualified fourth for the race and started on the pole. After getting a great jump at the wave of the green flag, she began pulling away from the field on the fast and racy circuit. She had upwards of a four-car lead before a mechanical issue took her out of contention. Though the results weren’t what they were after, Chapman was happy with how she ran.
“I think we definitely proved something this weekend,” said Chapman. “The car is fast and I’m definitely there. We’ll go home, fix it, and get ready for Utah. It was a great race and we had a big gap on the field. I’m really happy I was able to run up there and not make any mistakes.”
Chapman is one of Red Bull’s young drivers and she is showing her stuff this season. She receives additional support from DWT Wheels. She also welcomed a new sponsor this weekend: AiM Racing Data Power.
“DWT Wheels has been with us for the last few years,” said Chapman. “They are super strong and durable. The AiM system came in to help us look over our data. They have helped us out a bunch. Red Bull has helped out a bunch, as well. We didn’t get the result we wanted, but we were fast and we’ll go get them next race.”
Chapman enjoyed the track. Unlike any other circuit on the Lucas calendar, the circuit features huge elevation changes and extreme high speed.
“The track was so fun,” said Chapman. “There are so many elevation changes and it’s tighter. I had a blast and it was really good to us today. I’m excited for Utah. We know the track and that will definitely be our place to get on the podium.”
Chapman will be aiming square at the podium as LOORRS next heads to Utah Motorsports Campus in Tooele, UT August 24-25.
Race Report Round 1 Lucas Oil Arizona Regional Racing Series
Chandler Az, it’s been a few months since Mia Chapman has strapped into her Xtreme Machine and Fabrication Mod Kart, but you would not be able to tell by the way she opened up her 2018 campaign. After a solid qualifying effort, Mia started round 1 of the Lucas Oil Arizona Regional Series with one goal in mind, just finish and get some good laps in while preparing for the National Series. Well Mia did just that, and along the way got her first win of the early 2018 season.
Mia sat comfortably in second place for most of the race, with a crash at the beginning happening behind her she took advantage of the break in action to re-focus. When the Green flag dropped Mia wasted no time to remind the Race leader Luke Knupp that she was right behind him. Working on her lines she quickly realized coming out of turn 2 she was much faster than Knupp.
At the halfway point of the race Mia was now determined to force Knupp into making a mistake. With 4 laps left in the race, Mia dove her #537 Mod Kart to the inside of Knupp exiting turn 2 and made the pass. Mia put 3 car lengths on the second-place car before even making back to the starting line.
Mia crossed the finish line in the first-place spot and gained the momentum going into round 2. “The car was awesome” The young driver said after the race. “I’m super excited for tomorrow” she added. “It’s been a long time out of the car and I’m glad to be finally be racing again” the Phenom added. Mia will be back in the seat for round 2 in Arizona looking to duplicate her efforts from round one.
“I would like to thank my dad, and Jimmy for giving me an amazing car and spotting for me” Mia said after the race. “I would like to thank all my sponsors that continue to support me, without them none of this would be possible!” Mia added.