VanDoorn Joins Kaos Motorsports in CRA Super Series
New Combo Eyes 2009 CRA Championship
Johnny VanDoorn, who burst on to the short track-racing scene in 2007, will join forces with a few familiar faces from his past, with his eyes set on the CRA Super Series Championship. VanDoorn will be reunited with long time family friend and Grand Rapids area businessman, Jim TenBrink and his Koas Motorsports racing team.
With the move to TenBrink’s Kaos Motorsports Team, VanDoorn will be back racing a Port City Racecars chassis with horsepower built by Baker Engineering. Also joining the Kaos Motorsports team is Jason Sytsema, who was VanDoorn’s Crew Chief for his first late model win at Berlin, and Dirk Redder, who was a part of VanDoorn’s teams from 2005-2008. Johnny’s younger brother Ben VanDoorn will also play a key roll in the 2009 season, handling the day-to-day maintenance as well taking care of the tires.
The 2008 season was not exactly what VanDoorn was expecting.
“To say 2008 was a disappointment is an understatement. The whole team had thoughts about setting records in CRA and winning the championship after our strong 2007 season. We strayed away from what made that season so special-and that cost us. With this new team, we are looking to start off 2009 where the 2007 season ended. We know what works at many of the tracks we will be racing at and that’s where we’ll start,” VanDoorn said. Adding, “We all have the same philosophy-and that will not change this season.”
Looking forward to the 2009, TenBrink is extremely excited. “In 2007, when Johnny captured his first victory in an outlaw late model at Berlin, I owned part of that car. That was one of my proudest moments in all my years of racing as a driver, crew chief or car owner. My goal for 2009 is to get Johnny and the team back where they belong-victory lane. Port City Racecars and Baker Engineering are two great companies with an excellent winning record and we are looking forward to adding to that history.”
The Kaos Motorsports team is currently busy moving into a larger facility that will house the teams three-car operation. “We still have a lot of work to do for the 2009 season” TenBrink said. “We are moving into a larger shop and we are still lining up marketing partners for Johnny’s CRA car to run the full season as well as two outlaw late models that Johnny and I will run at select shows around the Midwest. We may have a lot of work to do-but I’m confident that we have the team to get everything accomplished.”
The first race for the Kaos Motorsports team will be the 2009 CRA Super Series season opener on April 11th at Anderson Speedway.