Newbie News: Austin Langenstein Goes Winter Racing After Summer Success

Mary Jo BuchananSenior Writer IOctober 8, 2009

After a successful summer season in the No. 7 FIREFOLD.com KAR Racing Bandolero, Austin Langenstein announced his winter racing schedule for the remainder of the 2009/2010 season. Langenstein will kick off his fall racing with Pole Night at Lowe's Motor Speedway on Oct. 15.

Langenstein will also participated in the 100 lap "Spooktacular" race at Lowe's Motor Speedway in early November.   He will then run all of the Winter Heat Series at Lowe's, including on the oval and road course tracks, through December 2009 and January 2010.

Langenstein also plans to run at least two races at the Rockingham Speedway Road Course in the winter season.

"We are getting our cars and team ready for an all out assault," Langenstein stated confidently.  "This is going to be a take no prisoners approach as I close out my career in the INEX 600 Bandolero Series style race car."

"It's going to be a lot of fun getting back on the race track again."

Langenstein goes into his winter racing after a very successful summer.  In 11 National Points Events, Langenstein scored three wins, two at Lowe's Motor Speedway during the 2009 Summer Shout Out, and one at Atlanta Motor Speedway.

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Langenstein also secured seven top-five finishes and seven top-10 finishes in his summer season.  With that success under his belt, Langenstein is looking forward to his fall and winter challenges.

"We have 12 more races coming up this winter at many different style race tracks," Langenstein noted.  "I love this portion of the schedule and have been looking forward to this for a long time."

"We have one more race on the 1/4 mile at Lowe's," Langenstein said.  "And then we move over to the fast 1/5 mile for a series of events, including a 100 lapper, with a handful of road course races at Lowe's and Rockingham thrown into the mix as well."

With a wicked grin, Langenstein said, "And everyone knows how much I love those."

Langenstein is most excited for the start of his new schedule, with the Pole Night at Lowe's Motor Speedway set for Thursday, Oct. 15.  "This race takes place during the NASCAR Sprint Cup run for the pole," Langenstein said. 

Since the event attracts over 50,000 fans, Langenstein anticipates a great opportunity to showcase his talents.  "The exposure we plan to get is priceless," Langenstein said. 

Not only is this 15 year old busy on the track, but he is also continuing his sponsor promotions and charitable efforts off the track.  "Since we last raced, we have been very busy doing a lot of promotions for our sponsors and raising money and awareness for our different charity groups that we promote," Langenstein said.

One of Langenstein's favorite charity promotions is the Annual Chrstmas-For-Kids Car and Truck Show that benefits the Shriner's Hospital for Children.  Langenstein will take part in their seventh annual event on Nov. 21, 2009.

Langenstein and his no. 7 FIREFOLD.com KAR race car will be at the event, with Austin signing autographs and greeting all who attend.

"I am proud to have been invited to participate in this unique fundraiser," Langenstein said.  "This will benefit all of the children at the Shriner's Hospital and supporting these kids is very important to me, my race team, and my family."

Austin is the son of Charlie Langenstein, a member of the Northeast Modified Hall of Fame and mechanical director at Hendrick Motorsports, overseeing the No. 48 and No. 24 cars driven by Jimmie Johnson and Jeff Gordon respectively.  His mom Beth and all of his other four siblings are also involved in racing, and of course, in nurturing Austin's career.

To learn more about Austin Langenstein or his favorite charity Riley and Friends Awareness, which is devoted to his sister Riley, visit www.austinlangenstein.com or www.karracing.net.