SENOIA, GA : Last week the 2019 Thursday Thunder presented by Papa John’s concluded with Championship Night as six new overall series champions were crowned. The closest and most intense title fight was in the Legends VP Racing Fuels Pro Division between Joshua Hicks and Jensen Jorgensen.
After an accident on the first turn of the first lap, which involved both title contenders, it virtually ended the championship run for Jorgensen as he rejoined the race after he lost a couple of laps for repairs. Hicks was able to make repairs to his damaged car and managed to come back and finish the feature in third place to lock up the Legends Pro championship for 2019.
As with any sporting event, emotions can get the best of any competitor, especially in the heat of the moment. While there has been a fantastic on track rivarly between Hicks and Jorgensen, going back to their Bandolero racing days, sometimes things can be said in these moments.
Joshua Hicks reached out to LegendsNation after the events of last week and his actions in the post-race interview and requested the chance to post a public apology for his action. While we were only there to broadcast the event, we are not in the industry of promoting any negativity towards INEX, Legends of Georgia and Atlanta Motor Speedway. We did talk with Hicks about his decision and ultimately left it up to him. The close competition on the race track is what makes U.S. Legend Cars racing a great sport and develops, not only racers, but professionalism. We believe Joshua will take this as a learning experience and grow from it as he is a big part of the growth of the Legends of Georgia program.
I want to issue an apology to the Jorgensen family, their teams, their friends, and their sponsors regarding my comments on Thursday, July 18th, at AMS following the Pro-Legend Race. My references to cheating were not based on facts or any official tech findings, it was just my opinion. This race was an emotionally charged event as many saw from the stands and on video. After the race was over, I let my emotions get the best of me and I am truly sorry for what I said. It was not the time nor place to express my frustrations. Again, my apologies to the Jorgensen’s and anyone who felt my comments were inappropriate.
Also, my apologies to the AMS staff, officials, and technical inspectors. My comments were never intended to be a negative reflection of anyone at AMS who provide a great racing program to race at. The track officials did a great job handling the events of the Pro race. Atlanta Motor Speedway is an awesome facility and all the competitors are thankful that they provide us a great place to race. I really love racing there and I look forward to getting back on track soon.
Thank you for your understanding,