Concord, NC - Craig Baltzer wrapped up the 2002 WKA/SCCA Constructors Cup ICC National Championship today with his win in the final round at the North American Karting Championships at Lowes Motor Speedway. Also, by winning both of the internationally recognized events on the calendar (Road America was the first) the Skip Barber Karting Scholarship driver also earned the 2002 CIK North American ICC crown.
Weekend conditions were clear and cool leaving competitors searching for grip on a green racing surface. By qualifying, Baltzer had found enough traction to secure his 3rd pole of the series with a time of 42.661. Alan Adams led the field into the first corner of Saturdays pre-final with Jamie Sieracki rocketing in behind to demote Baltzer back to 3rd. The MRP/Birel driver was not to be denied however, as he battled his way back to the front to secure the pole for Sunday's Final. The start of the 20-lap feature race saw the Biesse of Alan Adams again grab the lead heading into the turn 1, but this time the #12 Bridgestone/Pavesi/Birel was hot on his trail. Adams made a slight bobble on lap 2 coming out of turn 13, which allowed Baltzer a window of opportunity heading into the tight turn 14 hairpin. Baltzer made the move stick and was never challenged, pulling away to a 7.799 second lead and setting the weekends fastest lap at 42.475.
Throughout this seasons 4 round Constructors Cup Series, Baltzer managed 3 wins, 3 poles, 3 fastest laps, 2 track records and accrued 95 points out of a possible 100. Baltzer also secured his spot along with 5 other drivers for a one-day Primus Racing test, where two drivers from the test will be awarded fully funded Formula Ford rides for 2003 in SCCA National competition.
"Ending out the season with this win is exactly what I wanted to do" admitted Baltzer. "We were fastest all throughout the weekend and it went as smooth as possible for me. I can't thank my Family and all my sponsors enough for all their support throughout the season. My plan now is to keep my head down and hopefully carry this momentum into the SCCA Primus Run-offs as well as the Barber Dodge Big Scholarship Run-offs. I want to thank WKA/SCCA and the contingency sponsors especially Bridgestone and Grand Products for making the Constructors Cup one of the most well organized series' I have ever participated in. Also a huge thanks to my friends that make it all possible; Chuck Tate (Lakefront Technologies), Ron Joynt (Decal Works), Chris, Tim and Josh at MRP/Birel, and Skip Barber Racing. See you in 2003, hopefully from a podium."