Christian Conaway claims North American Championship
By Gazette Staff Writer — Wednesday, October 10th, 2012
Christian Conaway pulls off a double by winning both Classic Luge and Street Luge at the IGSA NorAm Race held on Oct 6 & 7 at Bonelli Park in San Dimas. As a result of his series points standings, totalling 2 Gold medal, 2 Silver medal and 1 Bronze medal, he earned the 2012 IGSA North American Series Street luge Championship.
In the final race of the 2012 IGSA North American Championship Series Conaway dominated the competition on Saturday by setting the fastest qualifying times in both Street Luge and Classic Luge. Conaway bested the time of the second fastest rival by more than two seconds. In a sport that is measured in thousandths of a second a 2 second lead is rare. Conaway uncorked a 1:04.272 on his second qualifying run leaving everyone else racing for second fastest qualifying position. Christian was visibly pleased with his results on Saturday but based on his demeanor he knew he had work to do on Race Day. “Qualifying is qualifying, but it isn’t racing” he said.
IGSA President Marcus Rietema wrote, “Christian Conaway continued the dominance he'd shown in qualifying (on Saturday) to win the street luge race and the NorAm points championship. Conaway, who was competing in his final race before heading out on a two-year mission for his church, left all of his rivals racing for second. He built huge leads off the starting line with a monster push and then rode perfect lines through O-Tang corner all day long leaving no chance for his fellow racers to catch him.” Conaway also went on to race and win in the Classic Luge event against a large field of racers.
The North American Series consists of eight races held in Mexico, Canada and the United States. Capping off the 2012 season with the North American Series Championship was a fitting way to go out on top as he takes a two year leave from racing to provide service to others in Bogota Columbia.