In his briefcase, Tom Kendall carries a slip of paper he found in a fortune cookie. It reads, "The great pleasure in life is doing what others say you cannot."
Never was Kendall's fortune more apropos than after last Sunday's GTU-class win in the Columbus 500, held in Columbus, Ohio. The victory assured Kendall, 21, of his third straight International Motor Sports Assn. GTU title.
"We weren't given much of a shot at the beginning of the year," said Kendall, a La Canada resident who missed an early race and did not finish another because of car problems. "We had a brand new car and a brand new team--it takes a while to put things together.
"So to win the championship against those kinds of odds really makes me feel good."
Chevrolet, however, won't feel good until it captures a manufacturers' crown. Kendall switched from Mazda to Chevrolet this year. Chevrolet has only 2 entries in the circuit while Mazda, which has won the past 8 titles, runs a minimum of 7 cars per race.