WESTHAMPTON, NY August 31, 1998 - Skip Barber Racing Series regulars Gregg Markarian, David Elden and their Driving Impressions team dominated this weekend's 6 hour Dino kart endurance race. Held Saturday at the Westhampton Kart Stadium, the race involved seven 3-4 person teams driving race karts non-stop for six hours around the Westhampton road course.
Despite facing stiff competition from other teams with experienced kart racers, the Driving Impressions team ran fast and consistent, enabling them to pull out an impressive eleven lap lead by the end of the six hour race.
The Driving Impressions team consisted of Gregg Markarian, David Elden, Richard Wayne and George Zygmaniak. Markarian has been involved in racing for six years and is currently fifth in the points for the Skip Barber Eastern Race Series. Elden is enjoying his first year in racing and is currently thirteenth in the Skip Barber Eastern Race Series. Wayne and Zygmaniak are highly experienced autocrossers currently running Mazda Miatas in the SCCA's Solo2 series. But none of the drivers had any real previous kart racing experience.
"We had a perfect race," said Markarian. "Our Skip Barber training allowed us to race head-to-head with the most experienced kart racers, all four of us ran clean and consistent all afternoon, 30 minute stints meant fewer driver changes and every pit stop went off without a hitch." According to Markarian it was all these factors put together that allowed them to have such a huge lead at the end of the race.
The team was sponsored by Driving Impressions Inc., an auto racing safety equipment importer with exclusive rights to OMP racing equipment and Sabelt harnesses from Italy. The company also imports Arai auto racing helmets from Japan.
This was the first race of the North American Dino Kart Endurance Challenge produced by kart importer Dino USA. This is an arrive-and-drive series similar to Skip Barber's formula car series. Dino USA provides a whole fleet of professionally prepared race karts using Dino chassis, rear disc brakes, slick tires and 9 horsepower Honda engines. All the driver needs to do is pay an entry fee and show up with a helmet and proper attire to go racing.