Speed takes two at NAPA Grand Prix. (Canby, OR) -- Alex Speed scored a pair of impressive victories in the final races of the 2002 Superkarts USA ProMoto Tour West Championship at the Pats Arches Karting Complex in Canby, OR. Speed overcame a...
Speed takes two at NAPA Grand Prix.
(Canby, OR) -- Alex Speed scored a pair of impressive victories in the final races of the 2002 Superkarts USA ProMoto Tour West Championship at the Pats Arches Karting Complex in Canby, OR.
Speed overcame a major wreck in the Saturday morning warm up that saw his Trulli Kart chassis damaged beyond repair. Speed's team managed to build a new race kart in less than two hours to be ready for the qualifying session.
Speed set the day's fast time in Saturday's SuperPro qualifying setting his time just past the half way point of the 30 minute session. Kyle Martin, driving for the factory Trackmagic team qualified off-pole on the physically demanding circuit.
In the prefinal, Martin got the hole shot and took the leading heading into the first turn. Speed slotted into second followed by Seth Ingham and Benny Moon. Martin ran the entire 13-lap session unchallenged as Speed decided to maintain his front row starting position rather than risking a wreck with Martin.
In the final, Speed got the better start but Martin made a strong move in the fourth turn to grab the early lead. As the racers settled in for the long 34-lap race, Speed made his move. He got a run on Martin going into the first turn and made the pass stick as the two headed to the second turn. Speed never looked and drove to comfortable win, his first in the series' premier SuperPro division. Martin finished second while Phil Carlson took the championship lead with a third place showing.
Sunday proved again to be the Alex Speed show. Speed set the pole time late in the 30-minute session after working on race set-ups early. Carlson posted the second fastest time.
The day's prefinal was a static affair at the front as the drivers conserved their tires and opted not to take any unneeded risks. The front four finished in their starting order, Speed, Carlson, Ron White and Martin.
When the green flag flew over the final, Speed took the early lead but bobbled slightly leaving the door open for a hard charging White. White passed both Carlson and Speed on the outside of turn four. Within four laps, Speed was back at the point and drove a steady pace building to an eight-second margin to take the win.
Behind Speed, White was at the front of a pack for five karts. White was slower than those behind but the tight circuit made [passing treacherous. Carlson ran third, content to get the points and take the West SuperPro championship.
In the support classes, Graham Rahal, son of former Indy 500 champion Bobby Rahal, scored his maiden ProMoto Formula Junior victory Saturday. Rahal was one turn away from winning Sunday when his motor failed, handing the victory to Wade Van Hooser. In the S1 class, Mike Rolison scored a win Saturday while Ben Petter was the winner Sunday in an incident-filled race. Garrett Zine and Chris Mann each scored a win in the K1 class.
Complete results can be found at www.promototour.com. The ProMoto Tour East Championship wraps-up in early August in Norway, IL.