CSOT: Colorado race notes

Wild wheel-to-wheel action highlights Stars of Tomorrow weekend in Colorado Halen takes Saturday's ICC main, redemption for Bowles Sunday, Glover dominates ICC class COLORADO SPRINGS, CO (June 9, 2002) -- Veteran karting racer Jason Bowles, ...

Wild wheel-to-wheel action highlights Stars of Tomorrow weekend in Colorado
Halen takes Saturday's ICC main, redemption for Bowles Sunday, Glover dominates ICC class

COLORADO SPRINGS, CO (June 9, 2002) -- Veteran karting racer Jason Bowles, suffering heartbreak in Saturday's ICC main event, came strong Sunday to win the ICC shifter class main event in the second Western Division weekend for the Snap-on Champ Car Stars of Tomorrow presented by RACER Magazine at CRE Motorsports Park east of Colorado Springs.

Bowles, the 20-year-old racing star of Ontario, Calif., drove his CRG/TM/MG kart to the front in Saturday's 25-lap feature but pulled off on lap four with a motor problem. Young Nick Halen of Carson City, Nev., went on to record the feature win over another teenager Billy Johnson and John Zartarian on the seven-tenths of a mile circuit.

Canada's Kevin Glover made it a clean sweep of the ICA class by taking another pole and win Sunday over JM Racing Avanti driver Andrew Alfonso. Glover also defeated Alfonso and a strong ICA field on Saturday.

The ICC field produced great stories and surprises all weekend. Chief among them were Bowles' Saturday heartbreak and Sunday victory as well as Orange, California's Alan Sciuto's struggles to get to the front. Sciuto, who is the current hot topic in kart racing after winning and placing second in his first senior shifter races, had a dismal day on Saturday, struggling with setup and finally falling victim to a first lap crash that put him out.

Sunday was a different day for the 15-year-old Sciuto with the pole position over the 21-kart field. Teammate Bowles qualified second with the CRG/TM/MG package, Billy Johnson in the Alex Barron-designed Avanti kart third, Birel drivers Michael Abbate and Halen rounding out the top five.

In Sunday's feature, Sciuto launched from the standing start for the main and took the lead going into the first turn. It appeared Sciuto was going to pull away but his pursuers, led by Bowles, Johnson, and Halen closed up after several laps. The race was nose-to-tail between the first four positions while Johnson, the 16-year-old from San Clemente, Calif., forced the issue on Bowles just past halfway for second and the subsequent scramble bounced the Team Extreme driver back to fourth, behind Saturday winner Halen.

A few laps later, Johnson was pressing Sciuto.  In tight quarters and racing for the lead, Johnson launched over
Sciuto, thumping him hard in the back and head.  Johnson's ride was even more severe, as he barrel-rolled into the
infield, quickly emerging from a cloud of dust from his inverted Barron/Avanti seemingly unscathed.  Sciuto was
forced off course from the contact but quickly got his kart back on track.  A red flag was thrown as a precaution
since Johnson flipped and had heavy impact to the body.  He and Sciuto checked out okay.

Halen, seeking back-to-back main event wins, assumed the lead after the collision but then suffered a seized motor mere yards after the incident.

With four laps remaining Bowles charged by his teammate Sciuto to take the lead. Bowles maintained a slim margin over Sciuto at the checkered flag with Donald Durbin Jr. third. JM Racing's Ryan Yop coolly came from 19th position in the main to fourth place.

Maybe the busiest racer Colorado was Glover also scored two ICA poles, and ICC pole on Saturday, and an ICC fifth place finish Sunday with his two ICA main event wins.

"My mindset was that things don't always go according to plan," said Glover. "I wasn't really too worried about it. My kart was set up to not be too fast in the first laps of the race and maybe the others set theirs up to be faster in the first laps of the race. In the end, it all came together."

Full Throttle Karting's Clark Sanchez-Figueras once again smoked the Rotax class for his fourth victory along with four Gatorz Eyewear pole awards. The female racer from Upland, Calif., Kelsey Nash placed second in both Rotax features. Jay Jacobellis finished third both days.

James Kennedy edged Patrick Barrett for the Jr. Superbox wins and Billy Scyphers III won the 80cc Jr. races.

The Grand Products Cadet class for the eight to twelve year olds was an exciting affair as four karts battled for the lead through most of the race until they nearly all collided and Jacob Neal, Brendan Langlois and Ben Whetstone lost all chance to catch Miles Maroney of Topanga, California as he cruised to the win.

Doug Boyer, 16, of Munster, Ind., who lost the tip of his right ring finger after a freak accident during Saturday qualifying for the ICA class, returned to the track late in the day to the applause of the gathered crowd.

Ben Whetstone redeemed himself for Saturday's wreck in the Grand Products Cadet class to take the victory over Brendan Langlois and Saturday winner Miles Maroney.

The next event for the Champ Car Stars of Tomorrow will be the second Eastern Division race at the Briggs and Stratton Motorplex at Road America in Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin on June 20-22 followed a week later by the Dodge Grand Prix of Windsor in Windsor/Detroit.

For full results, photos, and more information go to www.cartstars.com.

The Champ Car 'Stars of Tomorrow' presented by RACER karting series is the official first level in CART's driver development system and an officially sanctioned series of WKA/SCCA Pro Racing. Founded by racing star Bryan Herta and now owned in conjunction with a group of racing veterans, including three-time CART champion and Indy 500 winner Bobby Rahal, the Stars of Tomorrow serves as the first step for the CART driver development ladder. Stars focuses on recognizing the skills of the drivers rather than the technology development within the machines, using FIA/CIK International standards. More information can be found at www.cartstars.com.

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STARS OF TOMORROW RESULTS (June 7-8, 2003, Calhan, Colo.) <pre> Saturday's Winners Sunday's Winners ICC (125cc Shifter) -- Nick Halen ICC (125cc Shifter) -- Jason Bowles ICA (100cc Direct) -- Kevin Glover ICA (100cc Direct) -- Kevin Glover ROTAX -- Clark Sanchez-Figuera ROTAX -- Clark Sanchez-Figuera SUPERBOX -- Billy Scyphers III SUPERBOX -- Billy Scyphers III 80cc JUNIOR -- James Kennedy 80cc JUNIOR -- James Kennedy GRAND PRODUCTS CADET -- Miles Maroney GRAND PRODUCTS CADET -- Ben Whetstone

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Series Kart
Drivers Bobby Rahal , Alex Barron , James Kennedy , Andrew Alfonso , Billy Johnson , Jason Bowles , Alan Sciuto , John Zartarian , Patrick Barrett , Miles Maroney