G7 MOTORSPORTS IMPRESSES AT SKUSA SUPERNATIONALS XIV
New York State-based team complete a fantastic inaugural trip to the SuperNationals in first outing in TaG Cadet class
Brookville, New York - The G7 Motorsports Team, along with team driver Anthony Gangi Jr., completed their first SKUSA Super Nationals in Las Vegas, and as they have all season, with great speed spending most the race at the sharp end of the field. While the final result my not showcase the speed and race craft of young Gangi Jr., the youngest driver in the field, he ran wheel-to-wheel with the top Cadet and Mini Rok drivers in North America. Held each year at the spectacular Rio Hotel and Casino, the SuperNationals is the biggest event in karting and offers loads of racing action to end the season. The highlight for the reigning US National Rotax Micro Max Champion was taking pole position for the Super Sunday Main event. Tenting with Mike Doty Racing, the G7 Motorsports Team worked through several challenges in the opening two days, showing heart and grit as they took on the tough track in Sin City.
"We are really, really happy with our first trip to the SuperNats in Vegas. Working with Mike (Doty) and MDR was a big help with the Mini Rok engine," comments G7 Motorsports team owner Anthony Gangi Sr. "It was tough going for a couple of days but we gelled as a team and never gave up. I am so proud of Anthony Jr. and how he ran this week. Having just turned nine a few weeks back, he didn't give in to any of the older drivers." Thursday practice was a tough day for the G7 Motorsports Team as they worked through a series of gremlins in their engine and data acquisition packages. Gangi Jr. ran well back in the field as the team went to work to solve each problem. The PSL Karting CRG driver never lost faith in his team and knew, like all season long, they had the speed to win. Come Friday it was qualifying time and Anthony Jr. did not disappoint. The team readied the potent CRG Big Al chassis and knew they could mount a charge. While not getting the clean run he wanted, Gangi Jr. hoisted himself up the charts to log the seventh fastest time and putting the 2010 FWT Micro Max Champion in a great spot for the heat races.
With momentum on their and side and the technical problems solved, Anthony Jr. went to work. In heat one Gangi Jr. moved up two spots to take fifth at the line and nice top five to start. In heat two Anthony Jr. showed his real speed taking the win and logging a valuable zero in the points tally. The talented driver then backed that performance up with a nice second place finish in heat three, playing smart and settling for the low points. After the heat race tally with was Gangi Jr. on pole for the Sunday Main event at the biggest race of the year, in his first rip to the SuperNats in his first event in Mini Rok.
"Getting pole was amazing. This is my first time racing the Mini Rok," smiles Anthony Jr. "There is 42 karts in the field and I got to lead the start with some of the best Cadets in karting."
For the Super Sunday Main event it was the PSL Karting CRG on the front to the lead the field to green. Gangi Jr. had the perfect start to lead out of corner one with the hole shot as the field looked to chase him down. Anthony Jr. led the first five laps and then was moved back into third place for the next two circuits. On lap eight Anthony Jr. went back to the point for two more circuits of the temporary track. On lap ten things got nasty as Gangi Jr. went back to second place and then got punted by the kart in third spot sending him off course and all the way back to sixteenth place. Anthony Jr. gathered up his kart and headed forward to get back to thirteenth on lap 13 and then cross in the eleventh spot on the 15th and final lap. Just missing the top ten the result was disappointing but the experience was invaluable.
"We are bummed that we got taken out in the main, but Anthony Jr. did a great job to fight back to eleventh," continues Gangi Sr. as the team vacationed in Las Vegas following the event, "That's racing and the official will and drivers know how good he was. It's awesome experience and we can't wait for next season."
G7 Motorsports team driver Anthony Gangi Jr. wraps up a stellar championship season that includes four major titles. The year began with the 2010 Florida Winter Tour Micro Max Championship and was followed by the United States Rotax Grand Nationals title in Micro Max. Back in the New England area, the year wrapped up with the Rotax Northeast Regional RMax Series Micro Max Championship and the 2010 New York State Rotax Micro Max Championship.
The SuperNats will be followed by the start of the 2011 kart season beginning with WKA Daytona Kart Week, where Anthony Jr. will be running in the Yamaha and Comer classes with the help of Mike Doty Racing.
-source: g7 motorsports