ALUMINOS -- SKUSA WINTERNATIONAL PREVIEW
Northern California-based kart shop set to begin 2008 season in So-Cal
SAN RAMON, CA (January 10, 2008) -- The Aluminos kart racing team will be heading to the first round of the inaugural Superkarts! USA WinterNational Championship Series this coming weekend - January 11-13 - at the CalSpeed Karting facility located just outside the walls of California Speedway in Fontana, CA. Five drivers will be running out of the Aluminos tent, looking to start the 2008 racing season off on a high note.
Aluminos Inc. is a manufacturing and distribution company specializing in kart racing specific products, based out of San Ramon, CA. The nucleus of the company began as an asset purchase of a portion of Ron White's Mirage Motorsports by Aluminos' Rob Soares. A fixture in the US karting scene for the last five years, the former owner of GP kart importer KLS Racing has returned to the competition side of the sport, creating the Aluminos Trackside Support and Arrive & Drive programs while working with GP Karts and KLS Racing. This quintet of drivers is sure to make a solid impact for the team out of the box to begin 2008.
"The Aluminos staff has been at several different tracks throughout Southern and Northern California with the team members testing and working on driver development," commented Aluminos' Rob Soares. "So far, the results have been impressive. We have a very committed team of drivers and staff alike, both driven to succeed."
The Aluminos hauler made its debut this past November at the SKUSA SuperNationals XI in Las Vegas, where they welcomed six New Zealand drivers participating in their Arrive & Drive program. The outing was extremely impressive as Kiwis Ryan Grant and Daniel Bray raced in the S1 category, Jason Lee and Daniel Eggleton in S3 while Steve Brown and Snow Mooney entered the S4 class.
Grant and Bray were both running in the top-10 all weekend. Bray qualified second for the heat races, winning the first of three with Grant finishing second. Grant however started the main from outside row one with Bray from inside row four, but trouble took both out early in the Final. As was the case for Lee, who also qualified second for the heat races and won the first heat. Lee, who drove the main event with a bent steering shaft, set the fast lap of the race up to third spot from 12th before contact with the wall took him out of competition. Eggleton and Brown were not so lucky as well, retiring early in the S3 final. Mooney was the lone New Zealander to avoid trouble in the main events with a solid outing, moving from 17th to ninth.
This upcoming weekend, five team drivers, all Americans, will compete in four of the six divisions offered at the opening round of the SKUSA WinterNational Championship Series. Kurt Brunner and Blair Chang will compete in the G1 division, while Brad Dunford and Ken Schilling will race in the competitive Stock Honda classes, S3 for Dunford and S4 for Schilling. The TaG Senior division, featuring the popular (Touch and Go), will see Harley Owen representing Aluminos aboard another GP.