Second-generation driver Skylar Holzhausen is the 2011 American Speed Ass’n Kwik Trip Midwest Tour presented by ECHO Outdoor Power Equipment and GrandStay Hospitality Lane Automotive Rookie of the year presented by Roltek Racing Transmissions and Hypercoils.
He couldn’t have done it without the help of his father longtime late-model racer Steve Holzhausen.
“Winning the rookie of the year title is an added bonus for me. Being able to run all the shows was a miracle in itself,” said Holzhausen.
“The apple doesn’t fall too far from the tree and Skylar proved that this year. Our champion and our ROY are both very low budget teams and they proved to everyone, that with proper support, setups, and talent, they can make things happen. I have a ton of respect for Skylar’s father and I’m quite proud to see Skylar finish out the season on top of the ROY program,” said ASAMT VP, Steve Einhaus
Skylar Holzhausen came into the 2011 season as a rookie contender, but being a low budget team he was not sure if he would be able to finish the entire season. His season was not off to a good start after having mechanical problems in the first two events.
“We had mechanical problems early in the year which took us out of the first two races, but once we started to run consistently we got to learn a lot about our cars and the new tracks I’d never been to,” he added.
He rallied back in the third event at Grundy County Speedway with a fifth place finish, but was unable to follow it up, finishing in 18th for the next two races. Even though he was off to a rocky start, Holzhausen’s luck was about to change.
After an eighth-place finish at Marshfield Motor Speedway, Holzhausen did not realize that he was ready to begin a streak of top-tens that would seal his fate as the Lane Automotive Rookie of the Year.
The biggest race of the season was up next on the schedule. The GrandStay® Summer Clash for $10,000 to win was held at Elko Speedway halfway into the season. This was the race that every driver wanted to win.
When the checkered flag flew it was rookie, Skylar Holzhausen who became the $10,000 kid, taking home his first ASAMT victory and was now on the road to securing the rookie of the year title.
“The biggest moment was obviously the Elko win, which is what made the rookie of the year title possible. It allowed us to finish out the season,” reflected Holzhausen.
Holzhausen followed his win up with five more top 10s to round out his season and clinch the 2011 Lane Automotive Rookie of the Year.
“Our ability to compete right up there with the top drivers in the country week in and week out says a lot about our low budget team,” Holzhausen said.
“But without my father, none of this would be possible. He is the brains behind this deal and I’m so glad to be following in his footsteps. I would like to thank all of the sponsors with the ASAMT, as well as Lane Automotive, Roltek, and Hypercoils for making all of this possible,” he added.