Southwest Wisconsin Racer Completes successful 2005 Season! Looks Forward To A More Successful 2006
19-Year-Old David Byrne of Shullsburg, Wisconsin recently completed a successful 2005 Midget Auto Racing campaign in his family owned number 20 midget car. Highlights from his 4th season in a midget car include a tenth place finish in the USAC National midget feature at the legendary Milwaukee Mile, an 11th place finish at the Orlando Speedworld in Florida, on December 2nd, a second place in the 2005 UMARA finale, the 50-lap Illinois State Midget Auto Racing Championship at the Grundy County Speedway in Morris IL.
All told, Dave finished with three top 15’s and one top 10 in the USAC series along with 7 top 10’s and 4 top 5’s in the UMARA National Midget Car Series. Who knows, some of those top 5’s and top 10’s could have even been a win had his team not been battling a brake problem the last few events of the season.
David showcased his talents, successfully competing against larger funded, more experienced race teams from all over the United States in 2005. Car owner and dad, Steve, and Dave’s younger brother Peter, provide their driver with both mechanical and moral support throughout the season. Sponsors include the family business, Bytec Resource Management Inc. of Monroe WI, as well as Truck Country, a Freightliner Truck Dealership with 9 locations through out the Midwest, and Ticor Insurance and Financial Services of Lancaster WI with locations through out southern Wisconsin and Dubuque Ia.
Who Is David Byrne?
David is currently a student at Northeast Iowa Community College where his major is in BAA and he plans to continue at a 4-year college when he finishes at NICC. He began racing at the age of 8 years old, as a Championship Go-Kart racer before advancing into the Open Wheel Midget Car division in 2001. David is a first generation driver and has shown a remarkable maturity and competitiveness behind the wheel of anything he has raced, and has shown great improvement each season.
Dave looks to build on his 2005 successes in 2006, including plans to run two of the three televised USAC midget car racing events. These events at the 5/8-mile Indianapolis Raceway Park and the legendary Milwaukee Mile will be televised on The Outdoor Channel. Dave also has the possibility of driving a New Generation USAC Silver Crown car at The Milwaukee Mile, Chicagoland Speedway, Kentucky Speedway and Kansas Speedway. These four races will also be televised on The Outdoor Channel and will be run in conjunction with NASCAR weekend at each track with the exception of Milwaukee, which will be run in conjunction with the IRL Series. David will also develop a Legends Car for his brother Peter to pilot for testing in 2006 with intentions of Peter racing in 2007. David’s other plans for 2006 include racing several UMARA, USAC and WOWMS co-sanctioned midget car events as well as 3 X2RA midget club events. In addition to the above mentioned tracks, David will also travel to Anderson Speedway (IN), where he got his first USAC heat race win in 2004, Salem Speedway (IN), Grundy County Speedway (Morris, IL), Mansfield Motorsports Speedway (OH), Berlin Raceway (Marne, MI) and South Bend Motor Speedway (IN). The tracks are all pavement tracks and range from ¼ mile to one mile.
David’s goal is to make a career in auto racing, preferably in any of NASCAR’s three pro series. His career path parallels that of drivers like Ryan Newman, Kenny Irwin and Aaron Fike who ran their first seasons in a midget car with the UMARA series and gradually made the transition to the USAC series and on up to be regulars on the NASCAR circuit.
Given the right team and equipment, Dave has shown an endless potential and an uncanny zeal to improve every time out on the track. Look for great things from Dave and his team not only in 2006 but also in the years ahead!