SKUSA: Desert Kart Challenge Tucson summary

SKUSA DESERT KART CHALLENGE '08 COMPLETES THIRD ROUND Grossenbacher doubles up in Tucson with TaG Senior and S1 victories TUCSON, AZ (March 15, 2008) - The SKUSA Desert Kart Challenge completed its third round last weekend, racing at the P1...

SKUSA DESERT KART CHALLENGE '08 COMPLETES THIRD ROUND
Grossenbacher doubles up in Tucson with TaG Senior and S1 victories

TUCSON, AZ (March 15, 2008) - The SKUSA Desert Kart Challenge completed its third round last weekend, racing at the P1 Kart Circuit in Tucson, Arizona on March 17. Six classes - three shifter and three TaG categories - battled at the 8/10-mile circuit that is a replica of the famous Suzuka Kart Circuit in Japan. The event, hosted by the Southern Arizona Kart Club, saw Bud Grossenbacher earn two main event wins in the tough TaG Senior and S1 categories.

The largest class of the weekend was the TaG Senior category. Grossenbacher earned top qualifier status but would lose the first heat race to James Rooke by just three-tenths. In the second heat, Rooke received the meatball flag for dragging a metal object and needed to leave the racing surface, thereby allowing Grossenbacher to take the win unchallenged. In the main, Rooke started from the tail of the field, but was up to fourth in just one lap. By the halfway mark, he had moved into the second spot and set his sights on the leader but Grossenbacher had pulled out enough gap to cruise to the victory. Rooke settled for second while Matt Bejarano took the final podium spot with his third place finish.

Grossenbacher earned his second victory in the S1 shifter category, sweeping the on-track sessions ahead of Indy Pro Series driver Mike Potekhen and series rookie Andreas Flodstrsm.

In the Stock Honda divisions, the flagship category in SKUSA competition, Tam Aluminos driver Harley Owen took the S3 main event win over Paul Flori and Russell Errigo after a difficult couple of heat races. Dave Van Gordon put a lap on the entire S4 field to take the class win with Tommy Baker and Pete Pittman completing the podium.

The TaG Masters group was a two-man battle between Sean Kingston and Michael Zuieback. Kingston took the checkered flag, just one second a head of Zuibeck, but was removed from the results after going through the tech barn. This gave Zuibeck the win with Tim Haskins and Roger Culver completing the podium.

TaG Jr. had a very small turnout due to spring break vacations, but the two drivers that competed made it very interesting. Chance Stephens blew his motor during the first practice. After fighting for time, they rebuilt the engine and made it to qualifying, where he then broke his chain. In the Final, Tyler Cerbo spun on the first lap, giving the lead to Stephens. Cerbo fought back to take the lead but broke with five laps to go, handing Chance his first win of the season.

-credit: dkc

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