WONDERLING READY FOR ROOKIE CAMPAIGN WITH TUNDRA
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PORTAGE, Wis. (May 10, 2018) – When it comes to miles traveled in the 2018 season, Sydney Wonderling and her team may have the rest of the field covered. The 18-year-old high school senior will be traveling to each TUNDRA Super Late Model Series Powered by Wisconsin Potatoes event from Glendale Heights, Ill.
She joins yet another impressive class of first-year drivers in the hunt for the Back 40 Wraps Rookie of the Year title.
Wonderling began her racing career in 2013 in the Super Cup division. She said at a young age she began to learn the ins and outs of the sport.
“It was my foot in the door,” she said of her time in the Super Cups. “I learned how to promote myself, how things go at a race track, different track lines, and a lot about competition.”
She also competed in a 6 cylinder on the dirt at Sycamore (Ill.) Speedway and the Allison Legacy cars – which are three-quarter sized replicas of a Monster Energy Cup car. Wonderling credits the Allison Legacy cars with learning about how and when to lift as well as getting into and out of the corners.
This past season Wonderling made the jump to Super Late Models, competing weekly at Grundy County Speedway. Against veteran racers such as Eddie Hoffman, Larry Schuler, and Rich Bickle, Wonderling was able to gain precious experience.
“There are guys who have been racing there forever,” Wonderling said. “It was definitely intimidating, but I learned a lot from veteran drivers like lines and things I should be doing to my car.”
Her time at Grundy County also led her to an important part of the race program – veteran racer Darrell Phillips, who acts as a Crew Chief and mentor. The coaching doesn’t stop at the track as Phillips and Wonderling have continued to work in the shop. Wonderling knows the importance of being knowledgeable.
“I help Darrell with all the work, so I can learn about the car and I’m not just a driver,” Wonderling said. “Then I can tell him exactly what I think should be done to my car during the race day.”
After the experiences at Grundy last season, Wonderling identified TUNDRA as an opportunity to expand her racing program. Although they made the call to join this year, the series had been on the team’s radar for some time.
“We had talked about it before,” she said. “This year just seemed like a good fit because I get to learn more tracks and travel a little bit; learn how to race with different people.”
As for the schedule, most of it will be completely foreign to Wonderling. However, she has turned some laps in both the Super Cup and Allison Legacy at Dells Raceway Park, which will be the final stop of the 2018 TUNDRA season.
“Definitely the tracks,” Wonderling responded when asked what she was looking forward to the most this season. “The only track I’ve ever been to is Dells. I thought it would be really cool to get out there and learn about the tracks and the different types of setups I’d have to do.”
Wondering’s expectations of the TUNDRA season are to turn some laps and keep racking up that valuable experience. She’s ready to see how she stacks up against some different competitors, as well.
“I’d definitely like to improve my driving skills and get out there a little more,” she said. “I think it will be really cool to race with different people at each event and learn more about how I am as a driver.”
This season Wonderling is sponsored by P1 Racing, Joe Cotton Ford, DuPage Auto and Truck Repair AMSOIL Steven J Whitmer, Rising Phoenix Tattoo, A-One Transmission of Villa Park, Roosters Barn and Grill, Back 40 Wraps, and Muscatel Methods.
Kroll’s West Round One for the TUNDRA Super Late Model Series Powered by Wisconsin Potatoes takes place Saturday, May 12 at Wisconsin International Raceway. The Super Late Models will be joined by the TUNDRA Sportsman and Triple Crown Late Models. Qualifying is at 5:15 p.m. with racing at 6:45 p.m. Adult admission (13 and up) is just $12. Kids 12 and under receive free admission.
Wisconsin International Raceway is located just past the intersection of Hwy 55 and KK outside of Kaukauna, Wis. For more information visit www.wirmotorsports.com