National Switchgear’s Shane Sewell 12th at Daytona SX
SMS Racing-prepped KTM 250SX-F powers through the mud with Sewell at the controls
DAYTONA, Fla. – During the morning proceeding the oldest AMA Supercross venue, the course on the infield of the famed DAYTONA® International Speedway was in optimal condition. The track designed by the Greatest of All Time Ricky Carmichael was ready for battle until the rains started to come down after practice. This did not deter the athletes, including Team Violation1.com/Shea Racing/PassportWorld/National Switchgear powered by SMS Racing’s Shane Sewell who earned his second top fifteen this season with a 12th in the East Region Lites main event on Saturday, March 10.
The DAYTONA Supercross by Honda kicks off the long-running Daytona Bike Week. The live broadcasted AMA Supercross race on SPEED TV became a mud fest with deep suction mud and large standing water throughout the entire course. However, the track crew kept the course in the best condition possible.
Sewell on his #68 KTM 250SX-F, with a Guts Factory Seat to hold grip and filtration by DT-1 Filters, was not about to have a repeat of the last race in St. Louis, Missouri when he missed the Lites 250cc main event by one position. Sewell ran a determined race in heat number two. He put his head down and went from 19th place to ninth at the finish. Sewell transferred directly to the main event after that impressive performance in the mud.
Sewell’s Violation1.com/Shea Racing/PassportWorld/National Switchgear teammates Jeremy Hudleston and Sean Lipanovich were ready for action at Daytona after recovering from injuries. However their day ran shorter than anticipated and than either ever wanted. Lipanovich pulled off the course in pain during practice as the rough track was too much for his recovering injury. Meanwhile, Hudleston came up short during timed practice to get into the AMA Supercross program.
Under the Daytona lights, Sewell was ready for the AMA Supercross Lites main event on his Brian Storrie prepared KTM 250SX-F in his FLY Racing gear. He rode smart, calculated, patient and determined to move up positions and avoid crashing on the mud-infested course. With his Violation1.com/Shea Racing/PassportWorld/National Switchgear SMS Racing KTM well prepared for the demands of the course, Sewell crossed the line in 12th place.
Daytona was Sewell’s second top fifteen finish this season. He finished a career-best tenth at the Atlanta round. Sewell is in 16th place in the AMA Supercross East Region Lites points standings. Team Violation1.com/Shea Racing/PassportWorld/National Switchgear is hopeful that all three team athletes, Hudleston, Lipanovich and Sewell, will be competing in the heat races in Houston, the team’s hometown.
Team Violation1.com/Shea Racing/PassportWorld/National Switchgear powered by SMS Racing will appear at round 12 of the Monster Energy AMA Supercross series, which is also East Region Lites round six, on Saturday, March 31 at Reliant Stadium in Houston, Texas. You may buy tickets at www.supercrossonline.com. During the pit party scope for the team’s purple and yellow rig to come over to meet the athletes and check out the fully-prepared SMS Racing KTM 125SX two-stroke project bike showcasing the team’s sponsors’ products. It may be the only two-stroke motorcycle in the AMA Supercross pits. Also stop by to watch 1980’s AMA Supercross videos.
About Team Violation1.com/Shea Racing/PassportWorld/National Switchgear powered by SMS Racing
Shea Racing, led by Tim Shea, places energy on introducing new fans to action sports through corporate partnerships and involving action sports fans in the team through pit parties and charity events. During the past four years, Shea Racing has competed in the Monster Energy AMA Supercross series with its best season in 2011 when its athletes raced in 12 main events thanks largely to support from National Switchgear and Travisa Passport & Visa Service. Shane Sewell #68, Sean Lipanovich #505 and Jeremy Hudleston #564 campaign the team’s orange and blue colors during the 2012 AMA Monster Energy Supercross 250cc Lites East Region rounds. The team is made possible by Violation Goggles, SMS Racing, PassportWorld.com passport & visa service, National Switchgear, FLY Racing, Fly Formula Helmets, PowerBar, DeCal Works, Get Dirty MX, DT-1 Filters, Supersprox, Maxima, Engine Ice, Dunlop, Matrix Concepts, DR.D, ActionSportsTV.com, ODI, Outlaw Products, Slick Off Road Wash, Warp 9 Wheels, Guts Factory Grip Seats, Renegade Fuels, and River Valley MX. Visit www.sheamoto.com to connect and learn more.