GRIESBACH HOPING TO TAKE NEXT STEP WITH TUNDRA
PORTAGE, Wis. (May 11, 2017) – Not many high school Freshman can say they’ve raced side-by-side with some of the elite racers in the Midwest. Not many high school Freshman are Grant Griesbach. The 15 year old from Pewaukee will join the TUNDRA Super Late Model Series Powered by Wisconsin Potatoes in 2017 in hopes of capturing the rookie title.
“We decided to run [TUNDRA] because we wanted to make the next step and travel with the Super Late Model,” Griesbach said. “We wanted to run other places to get more experience. TUNDRA is very affordable to run, and it really fit our schedule well.”
Aside from chasing the six races of the TUNDRA season, Griesbach will also be racing his Super Late Model at Slinger Speedway for the second consecutive season. Griesbach is off to a decent start at the high-banked quarter-mile in 2017. He recorded a Seventh Place finish in the season opener without the aid of power steering late in the race.
Before making the move up to the Super Late Models, Griesbach began at the ripe age of 5 in go-karts at the track in Dousman, Wis. He began traveling with the go-kart up until the age of 10 when he started full-time in the Slinger Bees (4 cylinders). Two years later at the age of 12 Griesbach was behind the wheel of a Late Model. Then last year at the age of 14 he made the move up to Super Late Models. Griesbach proved his meddle with a 12th Place finish in the season standings.
“I always went to Slinger as a younger child,” Griesbach recalled. “My dad bought me a go-kart and we went racing at Dousman. I liked it from there. I always went to Slinger when I could and that was a lot of fun. I saw that as something I would like to do.”
While his youth may have some in awe, there is plenty of experience in his corner. Griesbach has found a mentor of sorts in multiple-time Slinger Champion Conrad Morgan. He was introduced to Morgan through a mutual crew member, and has had Morgan’s eye ever since.
“We ended up running the Slinger Nationals in Conrad’s secondary car in 2015,” Griesbach said. “After we wrecked our Late Model at Kaukauna and didn’t have anything to race the rest of the year, he offered up his secondary car for four races in the 2015 season. He offered to help us last year in our newer Pathfinder too. This year he’s still continuing to help us at the shop and at the track.”
TUNDRA will not be the first venture from Slinger Speedway for Griesbach and his team as they toured with the Big 8 Series last season. Touring with the series helped him get a taste of some of the tracks on the TUNDRA schedule, including the home of Krolls West Round One – Wisconsin International Raceway.
“I look forward to all of the races. There isn’t really a specific track that I look forward to,” Griesbach said. “We’ve had somewhat decent success at Kaukauna. Being from Slinger, I like the short tracks, but it’s always a lot of fun no matter where you’re racing.”
With some experience and a chance to garner attention from the followers of TUNDRA, Griesbach hopes to make a splash this season. He feels he and his team are fully capable of being a contender for the Dean’s Satellite and Security Rookie of the Year title.
“Our goals are to be in the Top Ten and maybe the Top Five while competing for Rookie of the Year,” Griesbach said. “There is a lot of good competition for Rookie of the Year in TUNDRA, and I consider it as a goal for us to win that title.”
In 2017 Griesbach is sponsored by Cobblestone Hotels, Wissota Chophouse, Schaefer Power Systems, Farcom, Kierzek Truck Service, Broadway Auto Sales, AC&R Enterprises, and Mom and Dad.