Las Vegas, NV (10/18/2016)
- Amanda Sorensen made a huge statement by
taking the 2016 Lucas Oil Regional GMZ Unlimited
UTV Championship in her rookie season as the
youngest competitor at just 13 years old.
Sorensen competed against some of the fastest
UTV racers in the country.
Vernola grabbed the holeshot in her
Bikeman Performance Powered Polaris
Sorensen’s passion for racing runs deep and
it shows each time she gets behind the wheel.
Sorensen has seven years of racing experience
under her belt from BMX, three years in kart
racing where she also won the Rotax class
championship in Las Vegas, three years racing
in the Lucas Oil mod kart, and UTV racing
in the WORCS series and motorcycle racing
when she has time.
Out of the eight total rounds of racing this
season, Sorensen took five total podiums,
including two first place finishes. “It is
pretty exciting. It is a good way to start
off my career,” stated Sorensen. As Sorensen
progressed through the season she continued
improving each round. At the end, Sorensen
took three consecutive podiums including two
first place finishes to finish out the season
strong, and clinched the championship.
Sorensen finished five times on the
podium in 2016 along with two wins
For Sorensen, racing is a family affair.
Her brother, Branden, also races and competes
against Amanda. “My brother is my biggest
competitor on the track, and it makes me drive
a lot harder. Branden always tries giving
me tips and helps me a lot.” Sorensen’s father,
Randy, is also a huge part of her program.
“He does so much for me to get me where I
am at now. Honestly, the amount of things
he does for me is amazing,” said Sorensen.
Randy Sorensen and crew chief, Kyle Nuskin,
and lead mechanic Aaron Baker have been heavily
involved and invested in Amanda Sorensen’s
racing, and keep everything running behind
the scenes. “We started in the UTV this season,
which we haven’t done before. It is a little
bit of a learning curve but it is still all
racing. Going out and winning this championship
in our first year was big,” said Randy Sorensen.
Looking ahead to next season, Randy reported
they plan to race three different series,
the Lucas Oil national series, the Lucas Oil
regional series, and the WORCS series. “Right
now we are racing every two weeks. I think
that is what has really helped her out and
brought her to the top. It is all about seat
time with racing,” said Randy Sorensen.
The future is bright for young Amanda Sorensen,
and she will truly be one to watch for as
she continues rising to the top in the racing