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3-23-08 Norcal Rotax Challenge Kicks off for 2008
|The start of the Rotax season
is just around the corner with the first race of the 2008
Northern California Rotax Challenge slatted for Dixon on
March 30. This will be the first of the 10 race Northern
California Rotax Challenge.
Four Rotax race groups will be on the schedule: Junior
Rotax, Rotax International, DD2 and Rotax Masters/Masters
Light. These Rotax classes will run along with the normal
Dixon club classes in this round of the Dixon Club series.
Here are some of the details for the race at Dixon:
1. Track direction is suppose to be the reverse track
direction. A great challenge to begin the 2008 season.
2. Entry fee will be $75 for all Rotax entries.
Registration starts at 7:00 on Sunday. You must register by
9:00, so don't be late.
3. Practice is available on Saturday, $25 for non-Dixon
members, free if you are a Dixon club member.
4. All Rotax drivers will have to be National Rotax
members. If you are not a Rotax member, you can sign up at
5. Fuel will be ERC 98 and oil will be Motul 800 2T. Fuel
and oil will be available at the track.
6. Tires will be the new for 2008 Mojo D2 tire, available at
9. Several sponsors for this year's series have been lined
Any questions, please email
Race Director for the Norcal Rotax Championship Series
3-18-08 IKF Region 11
Opener day #2
|After the Weather played
tricks on the racers and track alike on Saturday switching
from cloud cover to sunshine, Sunday the Sky would remain
clear. However there were wind gusts throughout the day
which led to dust and sand occasionally getting blown onto
First up on the day was HPV-1 Jr and Kartel's
Luis Tyrell grabbed the pole with a 39.122. Tyrell was
determined after Day 1 as he proved to be the man to beat.
Luis won the heat race uncontested by 6.6 seconds over
Kartworlds Cole Davis. Tyrell did the same winning the Main
Event. Bordogna's Kyle Kaiser was second and Davis third.
Iame Cup masters took to the track and Mat Kattanek got
fast time with a 36.168. Mat won the club race opener the
weekend before, and continued his quickness on Sunday. Mat
won the Heat race but MMI's Kevin Knight looked like he
would bring the battle to Mat in the Final. The start of the
Final had Emmick's Lance Grimm pushing Kattanek to the front
and himself to second. Grimm would keep Knight behind him
for most of the race allowing Kattanek to roll to the
victory. Two laps to go Knight made the pass on Grimm to
come home second leaving Grimm for third.
Sr. Superbox Light was on the track with a dismal 4
karts. Bixler went wire to wire for the win. Jr TAG saw a
first time IKF Winner. Cody Kay got fast time with 35.701.
In the Heat Cody Kay led early. MMI's Kelsey Nilsson ran
down Kay and made short work as she grabbed the lead to
victory. Starting pole in the main, Nilsson got the lead by
the first turn and drove away for an uncontested victory.
This was Kelsey's first IKF Win. Kay was second and Ryan
Formula 80 Masters was up next and Rick Gutzke made his
IKF return by grabbing the pole with a 36.844. Gutzke got
the Heat race win, but Emmick's Tony Rodriguez was charging
from the back as Tony never got a lap in qualify and started
from the back. The main looked to be a good race, but Gutzke
ran to an easy victory as Rodriguez went out on lap 6. MMS
Racing Engines Cody McKinney was second and Emmick's Chuck
IAME Cup Sr. was on track and Daniel Moffet got pole with
35.266. In the heat Moffet faded fast into the clutches of
Ram Mechanical's Cody Hodgson and Kartel's Neil Alberico. On
the start of the Main Kartel's Chris Scribner got the lead
from Hodgson and looked as if he would walk away similar to
day 1. Scribner faded fast and by midway Hodgson took
control of the race. Cody Hodgson cruised to victory.
Scribner was second and Alberico third.
Last up was HPV-2 Jr. Kartel's Brendan Phinny got pole
with a 36.495. Phinny was tough all weekend and rolled to
both the heat and Main event victories. The battle was for
second. Kartworlds Marvin Gardner held the spot early but
teamate Kiel Spaulding battled to take it over. Gardner
brought the fight back but MMI's Kelsey Nilsson snuck by to
take over third. The battle for third began and Spaulding
ran off. Nilsson and Gardner traded the position a few times
before Nilsson got it for good with a few laps remaining.
Phinny, Spaulding, and Nilsson were the top three.
Next race for the IKF Region 11 Series is at Shasta Kart
Club in Redding CA April 12-13. NorcalKarters.com will be
there for news updates, pictures, podcast and swag.
3-17-08 IKF Region 11
opener Day #1
|The Norcal IKF Region 11
Series made their first stop this weekend at Blue Max Kart
Club in Davis CA. Originally scheduled for Infineon Raceway
in Sonoma, the Norcal Board opted to move the race to Blue
Max. The forecast called for rain throughout Thursday,
Friday, and Saturday. There was a light sprinkle Friday with
some Saturday night rain, but as for racing goes, this
weekend went down with some of the best racing an IKF opener
has seen in years. Adding to that the entries were up over
last years opener by twenty. New classes for 2008 and a new
Norcal Board, the 2008 Region 11 season kicked off with an
The first class up for 2008 were the Kid Karts.
Jerett Tachovsky got pole with 49.450. In the Heat race
Michael Brauer brought a hard charge late to get the win
from the 5th starting position. In the main however the
driver to beat was Chloe St. George. Leading most of the
laps, St. George looked to be the winner but with a few laps to
go, Brauer again made a hard charge to pass St. George and get
the victory. Brauer wouldn't make it past tech, bumping
St. George up for the winner. Vincent Duggan was second, and
Jeremy Kay third.
Next up was Jr Comer. 20 Karts to the class and
Bordogna's Kyle Kaiser got fast time with a 39.694. Kartel's
Luis Tyrell put the heat on Kaiser in the Heat race but
Kaiser prevailed for the pole sitter in the main. Kartworlds
Cole Davis gave Kaiser a good push on the start of the main
hanging Tyrell out for third. Tyrell would struggle to pass
Davis and this would allow Kaiser to open up a big lead.
Hard Charging Austin Dement from the MMS pit had to come
from the back because of not completing a lap in qualifying.
DeMent would pass both Davis and Tyrell for second. Kyle
Kaiser was the winner, Austin DeMent and Luis Tyrell third.
IKF TAG took to the track and Kartel's Chris Scribner put
it on pole with a 35.192. Scribner got a good push on the
start of the heat from MMS Racing Engines Mike Botelho.
Scribner got the easy win in the Heat for the pole position
for the Main. Scribner again got the push in the main and
cruised to victory. MMI's Cody Hodgson was second and Mike
Shifter 80 Sr was up next and Two Time Champion Robert
Towne from Fastech Racing got the pole with 36.513. With an
all Fastech Racing Front row, Towne got the hole shot over
teamate Sean Forbes in the heat for an easy victory. In the
main, Towne Looked to cruise once again but Emmick's Colton
Filkill stayed close, but Towne got the victory. Filkill was
second, and Kartel's Adam Booker came home third.
14 karts in the HPV-4 class and Kartel's Brendan Phinny
got pole with a 36.264. Phinny was tough all day, winning
the heat to start pole in the Main. On the start of the
Final Phinny again got the hole shot. This time Leading
Edge's Brett Felkins stayed close enough to take advantage
of any mistakes, but Phinny was flawless and got the
victory. Felkins was second and Cody Kay third.
Jr. Superbox only had 4 karts. Kay was the pole sitter
with a 37.906. Kay went wire to wire for the win. Ryan
Garcia was second. 12 4-cycles came to play at Blue Max, and
Brady Halbasch got the pole with a 40.070. Brady was
the man to beat as he got both the Heat and Main event wins.
Tyler Agan got fast time in the main with a 39.991 and
finished a close second. Trevor Agan was the winner in the
Jr 2 Animal and Jason Gentry won World Formula with
Brent Redmond second.
Last on the day was another new class for 2008 and that
was HPV-3 Sr. Kartel's Neil Alberico got pole with 36.915.
Alberico won the Heat race but Fastech's Bryan Stephenson
found some speed late and turned a faster lap time setting
up a battle in the Final. Alberico got the holeshot on the
start of the main but Stephenson stayed close. Stephenson
mounted several challenges on Alberico, but the rookie held
tough for his first Senior win. Stephenson held second, and
Anthony Snow third.
3-12-08 NorcalKarters.com adds News Podcast
|As the times of Karting and
the Industry progress, those within the Industry progress as
well. Whether it be Manufactures issuing all the parts on a
Kart made of Magnesium, Electronics on a race kart telling
the mechanic about every lift and brake point, and dealers
showing up to the track with a fully stocked parts trailer
with Glass casings full of gadgets. Norcal's premier Karting
Website NorcalKarters.com is also progressing.
Podcast. Podcasting is part of the new age to deliver voice
and picture data through the internet. Now NorcalKarters.com
will be featuring weekly podcasts every Tuesday and
Thursday. Weekly podcasts will contain information about the
previous weekends action or the events of the upcoming
All viewers are invited to let their voice be "heard".
Viewers can simply send an email to
Info@norcalkarters.com of their opinions, thoughts, and
beliefs about the growing industry and its future. To listen
to the podcasts see the front page below the Upcoming
Events. Next Podcast will be Thursday March 13 preparing for
this weekends first IKF race of 2008. Friday March 14th will
be the third podcast featuring private interviews with those
within the industry.
Viewers can also visit the Wide Open Forum in the Podcast
After a great 2007 season
Cody Hodgson is eager to get the 2008 season underway. It’s
going to be Cody’s second year racing in the senior ranks
and he is ready for any challenges that lie ahead. Cody will
be racing for Gary Richter owner of Panavise Racing
alongside teammate Brady Halbasch in IKF Region 11 TAG,
Prokart series in S1 and occasional western stars of karting
events. During the off season Cody put his full focus
towards starting his jump into car racing. He attended the
Skip Barber Racing School and a lapping day in a Skip Barber
R/T2000. After doing so he was selected to be one of the 50
drivers to run in the Skip Barber Karting shootout. For four
days Cody was involved in a variety of driving exercises and
interviews with instructors. With not much experience in the
car Cody showed strong improvement and the ability to keep
working forward even after doing a BIG 360 in the famous
turn 17 at 120 MPH. “words cant describe the feeling you get
going into turn 17 at 120 MPH, it’s the true definition of
driving on the edge.”
Along with Cody’s
extensive karting schedule he is going to try to fit in a
few Skip Barber Regional races and a few test days along
with a few races in a late model stock car. For more info on
Cody’s racing schedule and his new on track driver
development program checkout CodyHodgsonRacing.com
3-13-08 California Kartworld Preps for IKF Race #1
California Kartworld is getting set for the IKF Opener
this weekend. Blue Max considered Kartworlds home track
of sorts. Kartworld putting together a great line up for
the IKF Race.
In Kid Karts Zach Corbitt will be Kartworlds driver of
choice. Zach has plenty of seat time at Davis. In the
Jr. 1 Ranks Kartworld will have quite the line-up. Cole
Davis has started the season on fire with two wins
already under his belt. Davis will be joined by Hunter
Corbitt and Jay Dennis.
In the Jr. 2 classes, Kartworld will be represented by
Marvin Gardner, Jared Wolff, and Ashley Gilmore. All
three are relatively new to karting, but making big
strides in a hurry and are hoping for success for
Kartworld in 2008.
In Kartworlds Sr. division, Chris Hill and Justin Wolff
will be representing them. Both had strong runs in Blue
Max Kart Clubs opener, and look to be contenders in
Look for the California Kartworld Parts Trailer at Blue
Max Kart Club for the IKF Region 11 Series opener this
3-13-08 MMS Services for I.K.F. 2008
For the 2008 season MMS will be
offering their services for the I.K.F. Region 11 events,
starting this weekend at the Blue Max Kart track in Davis,
Team Parilla/Leopard engines for both
TaG and Iame Cup classes are for rent for these events. Also
on hand will be Tilletson “Big Mouth Carburetor’s” for Jr.
and Sr. Tag Classes and Iame Cup. These products will be
available to purchase or rent on a race-by-race basis.
So far, Cadet hot-shoes Logan Bearden,
Austin Self and Satino Ferrucci have been using the MMS
products for both the WKA Manufacturer’s Cup and the Florida
Winter Tour. Additionally, senior drivers Edward Fortier and
Pat Iannucci use MMS power in the Tag category.
The items for sale or rent are
available by phone and are a first come, first serve basis.
If interested, please call Mike Botehlo at 775.322.4549. Any
additional products, and services, will be available
track-side at each event.
For information on MMS “The Biggest Little Kart Shop in the
World”, please contact Mike Botehlo at 775.322.4549.
Results Early in 2008
Bordogna spent much of the offseason preparing for
2008. Much of that preperation is paying off early
for the Rancho Cordova Engine Builder.
Race #1 at Prairie City Bordogna Racing Engines
started tallying the wins early. Bringing home a
total of 5 wins. Cole Davis Won both Jr. Comer and
HPV-1, while Jacob Koeberlein, Cole Trickel, and
Nitro Sommers all filled up the podium with Cole.
Bordogna had the same results in HPV-2 with Justin
Cole taking the win, with both Troy Buckman and
Ashley Gilmore joining Justin on the Podium with
another Bordogna Podium sweep. Troy Buckman got the
win in HPV-4 jr and Shelby Sander third. Jaimie
Sander won the HPV-4 class for Bordogna as well.
Bordogna is proving his success on the track with
his loyal drivers running up front and showing
glimpses of mere domination. Bordogna is running in
the Norcal Club tracks, and both IKF Region 7 & 11
series in 2008.
This past weekend, IKF Region 7 Round 2 raced at
Buffallo Bills (Las Vegas). The Bordogna Drivers
showed speed all weekend, making the second
consecutive Pole position in the Comer class with
last years I.K.F. champion Jonny Norris. Jonny
however, had bad luck in the main event with a
collision with another driver in turn 4, the other
new Bordogna Driver Kyle Kaiser, brought home the
fastest lap in the heat race and 2nd place in his
1st race at Region 7.
Bordogna's drivers will be at Davis the this
weekend for the Round#1 IKF Region 11 if your
interested in joining the Bordogna Racing Engines
Team, you can find more info at
3-10-08 Blue Max Kart
|This past weekend
Blue Max Kart Club in Davis Ca opened up their 2008 series
with a bang with 88 Karters filling up the pits. The day was
perfect with blue sky, Sunshine, and a slight breeze coming
from the West. Blue Max has got a new Image this year. One
dedicated to the happiness of the Racers. Tom Halbasch from
the IKF Region 11 series as Race director, and Buck Sorenson
from Swedetech doing tech, the Blue Max Kart Club is
creating a Professional look for the Club series in 2008.
First up on the day were the Kid Karts. Jarett Gilmer got
the pole but Vincent Duggan got the PreFinal win due to some
great lapped traffic driving. On the start of the Main, both
Gilmer and Duggan ran side by side through turns 1-2-3 and
down the hill until Gilmer got it to lead the first lap.
Duggan would stay close until they reached lapped traffic.
This time it was Gilmer that showed he could work the
lappers also extending the lead to victory. Duggan was
second and Zach Corbitt third.
Jr 1-2 Cycle was next and Cole Davis got the pole.
Kartworld's Hunter Corbitt gave Davis a good push on the
start, and Davis would feel the pressure from Corbitt
throughout the the race but would stand tough for the win.
Davis started pole in the Final and this time Corbitt was
along side him sharing the front row. The two drag raced to
the first turn and thats where the race was won. Corbitt
hung tough all race with Davis but Davis was the winner.
Corbitt was second and JR Razcko third.
Sr Superbox Light had 8 karts and David Bixler was the
man to beat all day. Bixler got the pole and the heat race
win. Bixler got the lead early in the Main and ran with it.
Chris McGarry was second with Zach Clemens third.
The most impressive class of the day was the 4-cycle
crew. Mixed with Briggs Animals and Yamaha YF200's there
were 11 karts in the class. Billy Bowerman was the guy to
beat in this one. Bowerman got the pole with a 38.975.
Bowerman pulled to an early lead allowing the guys behind
them to battle it out. Bowerman was the winner, Tim Johnson
won the battle for second over third place Cory Medovich.
The mixed class of Shifter 80 Masters and Shifter 80 Sr.
was on the track next. Tony Mangini was fast in Sr. 80
Shifter. The lights were over 5 seconds til green all day.
Watching Mangini work his feet on the start was phenominal.
Mangini got the pressure from Jeremy Abshire in the Final
but held off for the victory. In Masters Scott Deselms was
in a class of his own nearly keeping up with the Sr.'s and
getting the win.
National Cup Sr. looked to be a great race. Kartel's
Tyler Espinosa got the pole by a few tenths but in the
PreFinal, the top three were pushing each other around the
track. They finished how they started but this setup a close
one for the Final. In the Main Espinosa hit setup and gapped
the field in a hurry claiming the victory. Chris Hill broke
and Justin Wolff was second, Jody Kelting third.
HPV-1 Cadet was filled with Karts and JR Razcko got fast
time. In the heat the top four stayed close with Razcko
getting the pole for the Final. In the Main Jacob Koeberlein
was the man to beat. Koeberlein was the winner. JR Razcko
was second with Kartworlds Hunter Corbitt third.
HPV-2 was loaded with a stellar field. Cambrian's David
Vasquez was fast all day getting the pole. In the PreFinal
David got the early lead and held it. The main was set for
an epic battle of Norcal's best with Leading Edge's Brett
Felkins alongside Vasquez. On the start Vasquez's row railed
the outside of Felkins with Felkins catching a tire and
spinning off in turn one. The Big winner from the start was
Kelsey Nilsson going from 8th on the grid to third after
turn one. Vasquez ran uncontested to the victory with
Nilsson second. Kartel's Andrew Peeler came home third.
In Sr Superbox Heavy Jim Waltz looked to be the man to
beat, Waltz got the pole and the Heat race win, but in the
Final, Phil Shelton got the lead early, and held it to
The most entertaining race of the day was National Cup
Masters. Ben Schrener got fast time but Tim Denham got the
heat race win. In the early going of the Final, Denham led
but Mat Kattanek stuffed it on the inside of the Corkscrew
getting the lead and feeding Denham to the vultures behind
him. The line was Denham, MMI's Kevin Knight, Schrener, and
Crazy Ray Zarick. Zarick attempted a move on the inside into
turn putting Schrener into the barriers, Knight off the
track and Zarick in the pits from a black Flag. Kattanek was
the winner with Tim Denham second, and Kevin Knight third.
Next weekend Blue Max will be hosting IKF Region 11 Race
#1. Pictures from MarkRobinsonPhotography.com
3-10-08 Speed and
Martindale Headline Trackmagic Race Team
(March 6, 2008) – Trackmagic is excited to announce Mike
Speed as the 2008 Trackmagic factory race team manager.
Drivers Alex Speed and Will Martindale will be competing in
the Snap-On Stars of Karting national schedule in its ICC
and Spec classes with support from Wunder Bar. Trackmagic
will be teaming up with Swedetech Maxter engines, and Mike
is confident, “power will not be an issue”.
guide the R & D as well as testing for all Trackmagic
chassis. His longstanding reputation for excellence is sure
to be a winning combination with Andrew Alfonso’s desire to
offer the best possible racing product. “Andrew’s enthusiasm
and vision for Trackmagic is something I knew I could get
behind,” says Speed.
“This is an
exciting opportunity for Trackmagic,” says Alfonso. “One of
my goals since taking over Trackmagic has been to work with
the Speed’s. Scott and I grew up racing together, and I am
no stranger to Mike’s work ethic and dedication. Alex’s
winning record speaks for itself. He’s incredibly talented
and I will enjoy watching him in black and yellow.” Andrew
continues, “I have been following Will Martindale and have
seen his skills develop over the years. He’s a nationally
ranked TAG class driver and has a great shot at bringing
Trackmagic a number of wins this season”.
Mike, the Speed’s return to Trackmagic seems like a
homecoming. “Trackmagic was Scott and Alex’s first sponsor,”
explains Mike. “They both won their first national
championships with Trackmagic; Scott in Jr. 1 and Alex in
Jr. 60 shifters. We’re all so happy to be able to return to
our karting roots”.
Trackmagic to a list of experiences he is grateful for. “I
would especially like to thank the Lobaugh family at MRP,
Ronni Sala at Birel and TM for their support and for
allowing me to pursue this great opportunity with Trackmagic,”
confident that the Trackmagic / Speed partnership is a
perfect fit,” says Alfonso. “It continues our efforts for
American ingenuity and further insures our commitment of
offering the highest quality, American designed kart
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3-3-08 Stockton Club Season Opener
|This past weekend Stockton
Motorplex held the first club race of 2008. Originally
scheduled for last weekend, Stockton got the rain from
Mother Nature, and rescheduled the race for this last
Saturday. Butterflies were in the stomachs of every person
in the pits, whether it be Racer, Parent, crew Member, and
even the Announcer, as the first Race for 2008 at Stockton
First up were the Kid karts. Stockton
one of the few tracks that allow blueprinted kid Karts. The
Racing that was put on display by the young 5-8 year olds is
amazing. Jarrett Gilmer led early. Michael Brauer and
Vincent Duggan stayed close until the leaders hit lapped
traffic, and the Experience of Gilmer paid off as he
checked out. The battle was for second. Vincent Duggan was
very aware of Brauer as twice a lap he checked his mirror to
see where Brauer was. They switched positions a few times,
but Duggan showed his power and held off Brauer for the
position. Brauer came home third.
Jr 1 Comer took to the track with a full field of 13
karts. Curt Paul sat on pole. Paul got the lead from the
start but had the top six in tow. Joseph LaRosa and Alexis
Lewis began to battle for fourth allowing the top three to
break away. Lapped traffic allowed Curt Paul to open a gap
for the lead and Blake Murdock and ex Kid Karter Justin
Yanez took the gloves off for the battle for second. When the
checkered flew MMI's Curt Paul got the victory Leading
Edge's Blake Murdock second, and Cambrian's Justin Yanez
Jr. Puma Sportsman provided a great show with Norcal's Jr
2 ace Brett Felkins under the Leading Edge Banner. Felkins
dominated most of the day but got trained on the start
falling to fourth. As Felkins attempted a pass on second and
third, Felkins looped in turn one and fell to sixth 8 seconds
behind the leader. Felkins looked out of contention for the
win as MMI's Taylor Acamo had checked out on the field.
Felkins caught the pack racing for second, and passed them
one at a time. Five laps to go Felkins made his run towards
Acamo. He made the pass for the lead with two to go and got
the win. Acamo finished second, and Andrew Colombini was
third. Jr. Sportsman's Matt Chase and Eric Turner raced with
the Puma's and were very even on speed. Matt Chase was the
Jr. Sportsman winner.
The 60 cc Gazelle provided a great race as the top three
all stayed in draft for the race. Stockton Hot Shoe Curt
Paul however has been putting in quite the track time at
Stockton as of late and showed his strengths. MMI's Curt Paul
got the win. Austin Keller and Willy Defresne were the top
New class for this year was the 125 National Cup Sumo.
Brad Clark dominated the first heat, But spun in the second
heat and Tim Weaver got the pole for the Final. Weaver got
the early lead in the main and Brad Clark followed. Clark
Had problems and Weaver got the win. Carlos Cano won the 80
shifter division over Wayne "Mr. Ski Body" Bundy after he
suffered a broken gear box.
125 National Cup Light carried some of the big boys in
Norcal. Cody Hodgson got fast time and was the man to beat
all day. Bryan Eady and the Diede brothers, Cody and Troy,
tried to stay close to Hodgson, but Cody ran away with an
easy one. The Diede's and Eady had a battle of their own for
second. The 125 Stock Honda Shifter driver Bryan Eady from
Leading Edge won the battle. Cody Diede and Troy Diede
followed for the top four.
125 National Cup Masters had a full field with nine
karts. Darren Leipelt got the pole, but from the start Kevin
Knight got the lead and the pole position for the Final.
From the green of the Main, MMI's Kevin Knight had the lead.
Leipelt put the pressure on Knight, but that fueled his
fire. Knight ran the protective line as Leipelt pushed him
around the track. Knight got his first win in a 125 cc TAG.
Leo Montero got bumped to second and Todd Jundt was third.
John Modderman looked to be the man to beat in National
Cup Grand Masters, started pole for the final after heat
race wins. But Modderman spun on the start and collected
another kart. Randy Medley got the lead on the start and
never looked back, beating a stellar nine kart field. David
Leipelt was second, Perry Cole third.
HPV-2 Jr was last on the day, and Felkins again was
looking tough. Wyatt Nilsson spun on the start ending his
day. Kathryn Cornell from Leading Edge took her fight to
teammate Brett Felkins. Felkins had none of it however,
pulling out to a big lead with a few laps to go. Felkins got
the win with Cornell second.
Next race at Stockton Motorplex is March 22nd. Testing is
open at Stockton Motorplex every wednesday night for Weenie
Wednesday. Pictures provided by Extreme pictures.
3-3-08 Norcal Drivers do well at
Gatorz Infineon Race
The Gatorz Challenge Cup of the Americas Series came to
Infineon Raceway on Feb 24-26 to hold their second winter
race event. 89 drivers raced with 17 being from Norcal.
Like the first Gatorz race in late January, the weather had
a lot to do with the outcome of the races. Unfortunately,
the weather on the Sunday race schedule was so bad with high
winds and rain, the second race day of the weekend had to be
cancelled. But Norcal drivers still showed strong
performances on Saturday.
In the Rotax Masters class, 3 Norcal drivers battled the
best from Socal. There were a total of 18 entries with
Reno's David Harwin taking pole. Harvin had trouble in the
Prefinal as the rain came in and finished 10th. David
Carlisle did well in the Prefinal and finished 6th. In the
Main, Harwin recovered some to take 6th overall with Jay
Brosius in 12th and Carlisle having troubles and had to
settle for 17th.
In the Rotax DD2 class, there were 4 entries. Last months
double winner, Curtis Cooksey from Las Vegas took pole ahead
of Norcal's Gregory Liefooghe, David Arnstein and David
Palic. In the Prefinal Liefooghe took the win ahead of
Arnstein and Cooksey. In the Main, Gregory repeated his
Prefinal performance and won over Cooksey followed by Palic
In Junior Rotax, 5 Norcal drivers took on 22 Socal drivers.
In his first Junior Rotax event, Sacramento's Kiel Spaulding
took the pole over a talented field with Jordan Jadallah in
4th. In the Prefinal, Spaulding had trouble in the rain and
fell back to 26th, but Jadallah went on and used put his
home track knowledge to take the Prefinal win. Bobby Tift
was 14th, Brody Zink 17th and Mikee Mejia had a DNS. In the
Main, Jordan had to still for a third place finish, his
second podium in a row for the series. Brody Zink continued
his improving ways and took a very good 11th with Mejia
coming from 27th to 13th by race end. Tift was 16th and
Spaulding to settle for a DNF.
In the Senior International class, 8 Norcal drivers were in
the 28 kart field. In Qualifying, Nikola Radosaljevjich
took 2nd, Ray Bustamante Jr 5th, Troy Castaneda 9th, Wes
Phillips 10th. In the Prefinal, Castaneda and Phillips put
on quiet a show as the race went from dry to wet early in
the race. Troy took 1st ahead of Phillips with Nikola 7th
and Nic LeDuc 11th after starting 25th. In the Main, Wes
continued his rain mastery by taking the win with LeDuc
working his way up to 3rd, Nikola improved to 6th, Jake
Mottaz 16th, Carlos Calderon 20th, Bustamante 21st and
Castendaneda took a DNF. This was Wes's second rain win out
of 3 races and puts him in a good position in the series for
the class championship.
The next Gatorz Challenge of the Americas race will be March
28-30 at the X-Plex track in Las Vegas.