SCCA Pro Racing/WKA Constructors Championship crowns champions at Charlotte.
CONCORD, N.C. (November 3, 2002) -- Champions in the six classes of the SCCA Pro Racing/WKA Constructors Championship were crowned this weekend at Lowe's Motor Speedway, in Concord, N.C., as part of the North American Karting Championship Weekend. Craig Baltzer, of Bettendorf, Iowa, and Steve Welk, of Franklin, Wis., claimed the ICC and ICA Championships.
The race winners in five classes included Baltzer in ICC; Welk in ICA; Sam Bocchino, of Lakewood, N.J., in ICC Senior; Jordan Johnson, of New Bedford, Ill., in Cadet; and Evan Keresi, of Dallas, N.C., in World Formula.
In ICC, Baltzer started from the pole but Alan Adams, of Middleton, N.Y., got the jump on him at the start, leading into turn one. Baltzer quickly recovered and passed Adams for the lead on lap two. Baltzer would slowly pull away from the field for the remainder of the 20-lap feature to claim victory by 7.799 seconds, clinching the 2002 ICC Championship. Adams and Chris Wehrheim, of Norcross, Ga., completed the top three.
"Alan [Adams] got a great jump at the start," said Baltzer. "I saw him getting loose in Turn 13 and was able to dive under him in Turn 14 for the lead."
In the final ICC point standings, Baltzer claimed the title with three wins in his Birel chassis, with a Pavesi engine on Bridgestone tires. He was followed in the championship by Adams and Michael Bailiez, of Bartonville, Ill. The top three in both the ICC and ICA Championship will be invited to a one-day Primus Racing test, with two drivers from the test awarded fully-funded rides in SCCA Club Racing National competition.
In ICA, Adam Pecorari, of Aston, Pa., started from the pole and led the first 18 laps before a deflating tire allowed Welk to dive under him in Turn 14 and take the lead. Welk would go on to claim a 0.622-second victory over Pecorari, who managed to maintain second spot even with the deflating tire. Robbie Pecorari, who had already claimed the 2002 Formula Yamaha Jr. title, brought home third in his first-ever ICA race.
"I was ready to settle for second," said Welk. "When I saw Adam [Pecorari] have a tire problem, I saw the opportunity and went for the pass."
In the final ICA point standings, Welk takes the title in his Birel/Parilla/Bridgestone combination, followed by Adam Pecorari and Brian Jacobsen, of Lomb, Ill., who finished fourth in Sunday's race.
In Cadet, Johnson started from the pole, but fell back to third at the start. Battling back to the lead by lap four, Johnson would pull away from the field to record an 8.166 second victory over A.J. Weick, of Franklin Lakes, N.J., and Evan Kalogiannis, of Sharon, Conn.
"I went over as far as I could at the start without hitting him [Kalogiannis]," said Johnson. "But I was able to work my way back to the front. We had a good day and our engine was a real rocket out there."
With the win, Johnson clinched the Cadet Championship with his Tony Kart/Comer/Bridgestone combination. Crispin Beaver, of Joplin, Mo., and Paulie Harraka, of Fair Lawn, N.J., completed the top three in the final point standings.
In World Formula, Evan Keresi, of Charlotte, N.C., moved into second place in the final point standings with his victory this weekend. Joe King, of Silvis, Ill., had already claimed the 2002 World Formula title at Round Three, in Marshalltown, Iowa, and did not run this weekend.
In ICC Senior, Bocchino, who also finished fifth in the ICC event, recovered from a spin while leading in the Pre-Final to charge to the front in the feature race, and take the win. In the final ICC Senior point standings, Jeff Brady, of Adel, Iowa claimed the championship, with Brian Robben, of Des Moines, Iowa and Bocchino completing the final top three.
In the season-long Constructors Trophy standings, Tony Kart claimed the chassis award, Vortex the engine trophy and Bridgestone the tire trophy.
For more information about the SCCA Pro Racing/WKA Constructors Championship, visit www.sccapro.com/constructors.
Class winners from Sunday's SCCA Pro Racing/WKA Constructors Championship karting Round Four event at Lowe's Motor Speedway, with class, starting position in parenthesis, driver's name, hometown and chassis/engine/tire combination.
ICC, (1), Craig Baltzer, Bettendorf, Iowa, Birel/Pavesi/Bridgestone
ICA, (2), Steve Welk, Franklin, Wis., Birel/Parilla/Bridgestone
ICC Senior , (3), Sam Bocchino, Lakewood, NJ, Top Kart/Comer/Bridgestone
Cadet , (1), Jordan Johnson, New Bedford, Ill., Tony Kart/Comer/Bridgestone
World Formula, (1), Evan Keresi, Dallas, NC, Margay/Briggs & Stratton/MG
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