Mid-States Conference, F Production
Eric Prill, of Topeka, Kan., set some big goals for the 2013 season. But, it wasn’t just the drivers that stood in his way of those goals. Like every race season, there were some unexpected bumps along the way.
“My goal at the beginning of the season was to win every race, the Majors Championship, the National Points Championship and the National Championship Runoffs—the whole Super Sweep shebang,” Prill said. “However, as often is the case, a wrench was thrown into that plan (more specifically a broken connecting rod) and just getting back on the racetrack, mid-season, was an accomplishment.
“Despite the mechanical troubles and the financial burdens those created, I was able to salvage the regular season by winning the Majors Conference Championship, and that was very satisfying.”
What made the championship most memorable for the driver of the No. 7 Jesse Prather Motorsports/Hoosier/Hawk Performance Mazda Miata was the competition, instead of the accomplishment of winning the title itself.
“Oddly enough, the most memorable moments were not the races I won but, rather, the races in which I was beaten, straight up, on the track,” Prill said. “I had a dream season in 2012, where I won 11 of the 13 races I ran and the only times I didn’t win, I had a mechanical failure while in the lead.
“This year, Sam Henry beat me in [Circuit of The Americas] race one and Bill Hingston at High Plains [Raceway] race one. Both were learning experiences and I came out of these with a better tuned car and a more focused driver, because of them. It was cool to win the Super Sweep qualifier on Sunday at COTA, too. I need to find a way to finagle that Checkered Flag away from my 2-year-old son!”
Prill wrapped up his championship running six of 10 conference races scheduled for 2013. He recorded three wins, one each at COTA, High Plains and Gateway Motorsports Park. Prill also came in second at those same tracks, and was also the polesitter five times during the season.
Prill had some very important people to thank for their support throughout the season.
“I have a wonderfully supportive wife, Robin, for putting up with my frequent absence to work on the car and go to races,” Prill said. “Jesse Prather Motorsports provides a ton of technical support and expertise that has made my transition out of little British cars a successful one. I also have wonderful support from a number of companies, including Hoosier Tire, MAZDASPEED, Hawk Performance, Motul, OS Giken and Electromotive. I don’t really have a crew, but I have a lot of friends that help out when they can and offer a lot of advice. That’s what makes this all fun.”