ZELLMER ZIPS INTO ROOKIE OF THE YEAR CONTENTION
PORTAGE, Wis. (May 9, 2018) – Experience has been a key for Burlington, Wis., racer Jake Zellmer. With plenty of laps in a Late Model, and a breakout season behind him, Zellmer has decided its time to contend with the TUNDRA Super Late Model Series Powered by Wisconsin Potatoes.
“We just thought that the timing now is good to make the jump,” Zellmer said. “We’ve been thinking about it the past couple of years. We just decided to just go for it.”
Zellmer is one of a handful of drivers looking to become the Back 40 Wraps Rookie of the Year this season in TUNDRA. While he knows it will be no easy task making the move up from the weekly Late Model to Super Late Models, Zellmer is confident he will adjust. However, he knows that there are many racers out there just as hungry for success as he is.
“In the Super Lates the competition is next to none. It’s ridiculously good,” Zellmer said. “Everyone steps their game up.”
The game raised up for Zellmer and his team last season in the competitive fields at Dells Raceway Park and in the Big 8 Late Model Series. They answered the bell with a top-notch season and some career firsts for Zellmer – including his first two feature wins at DRP.
When all was said and done Zellmer finished Third in the standings at Dells with his feature wins and three fast times. With Big 8 he was able to secure multiple Top Tens and a best finish of Fourth at State Park Speedway in Wasuau, Wis. He finished Fifth in the final series standings.
A solid year built plenty of momentum for Zellmer. He had the opportunity to get plenty of seat time, run up front, and learn some new tracks. Many of the tracks on the 2018 TUNDRA schedule are ones that now will not be completely foreign to him.
“I’m looking forward to Wausau the most. We were good there last year. I like the track a lot, Zellmer said. “Marshfield is a little different. I’ve been up there to watch but haven’t raced there.”
Saturday’s Round One won’t be the first time Zellmer enters the fray as a Super Late Model competitor. He competed in the Icebreaker 100 at Dells Raceway Park in April and held his own against some strong competition recording a Seventh Place finish.
“I feel pretty comfortable now,” Zellmer said of DRP. “I’ve turned a ton of laps. We’re missing a little on the setup and the driver, but I feel good.”
When all is said and done in 2018 Zellmer is hoping to make even more strides in his racing career. Similar success to what he had in the Big 8 Series and at Dells last season is the goal. Apart from that, he is looking to get his feet wet in the series.
“We want to be Rookie of the Year, make every show and bring the car home in one piece.”
The quest to become the Back 40 Wraps Rookie of the Year begins this Saturday for Zellmer at Wisconsin International Raceway. Although he has no Super Late Model experience aside from some practice laps, he does have a 7th Place finish in last year’s Big 8 race to work with as a baseline.
This season Zellmer is sponsored by Wisconsin Oven, David Michael Productions, Bina Angel, Lake Lawn Resort, Ray’s Handy Wipes, and The Depot – Caledonia.