First Kart North America Races into Jacksoniville "First Kart North America looks to get the year started at SKUSA PMT" TORONTO, ON. (MARCH 11, 2004) -- First Kart North America (FKNA), based in Ocala, FL is pleased to announce the team's ...
First Kart North America Races into Jacksoniville
"First Kart North America looks to get the year started at SKUSA PMT"
TORONTO, ON. (MARCH 11, 2004) -- First Kart North America (FKNA), based in Ocala, FL is pleased to announce the team's potent driver lineup for the first round of the SuperKarts! USA (SKUSA) East ProMoto Tour that will be held in Jacksonville, FL. The event which takes place over the March 18-21 weekend will provide a new look for the SKUSA organization and the First Kart North America race team.
Team Manager Tony Ventresca has put together a squad that will form the future stars of shifterkart racing throughout the next couple of seasons. "I believe we will be well represented and have strong results at the first event," explained team manager Ventresca. "Three of our five drivers have been competing in the Florida Winter Tour and have gathered some dominating race wins thus far in 2004."
Quarter-backing the event in Jacksonville will be returning First Kart driver Darin Marcus. The Northbrook, IL resident will make a step up to the SuperPro ranks to fulfill the shoes left vacant by Shifter Kart Illustrated's 2003 Driver of the Year Bobby Wilson. Marcus, who was a rookie in 2003, has renewed focus towards this year's championship and will look to get the year started right by climbing to the top of the podium in this elite racing category.
Marcus will work along S1 Texan pilot Jimmy Moriarty and provide the necessary support needed to take him to the front of the pack. Prepped by two of karting's finest tuners in A.J. Whisler and Brian Lay, Moriarty looks to work off his S1 victory at the second round of the Florida Winter Tour. Both of these drivers will act as role models play key roles in the development of the 80cc squad.
First Kart North America brings three 80cc junior drivers to Jacksonville to kick off the season. Returning to the stable for 2004 is second year shifterkart driver Lucas Smith. Smith, who underwent driver coaching at the end of last season by Stars of Tomorrow champion Bobby Wilson, will look for strong podium finishes in his young racing career. Fellow Canadian driver Phillip Wang will also make the trek to Florida to compete in his first ever national event. Wang, who won several championships in the 4-cycle divisions in Ontario, will look to gain the necessary experience to move through the motorsports ranks. The final driver of First Kart quintet is Mark Jensen who resides in the Sunshine State. Jensen has also been on track this season by competing in the Florida Winter Tour where he has won two of the first four rounds in the Rotax Max Junior divisions.
First Kart North America drivers will look to make an immediate impact in the first round of North America's pro tours in 2004. Later on in the season, drivers will benefit from the Ocala Gran Prix grounds that will serve as the teams private test facility 365 days a year. Look for exciting post race coverage and press releases to see where your favorite driver finished. Interested parties can view Superkarts! USA for up-to-date schedules, race results, point standings and press releases online at www.skusaonline.com.