G-Phactory grabs second SKUSA Winternats victory February 6, 2008 (Huntington Beach, Calif.) -- On a soggy day in San Diego, Calif. where everyone was taking refuge from the rain -- even EKN's Rob Howden, who calls snowy Canada home -- Andrick...
G-Phactory grabs second SKUSA Winternats victory
February 6, 2008 (Huntington Beach, Calif.) -- On a soggy day in San Diego, Calif. where everyone was taking refuge from the rain -- even EKN's Rob Howden, who calls snowy Canada home -- Andrick Zeen splashed his way to his first SKUSA Winternats victory.
Zeen's victory during Sunday's race was the highlight of a strong weekend for the Sodi Racing USA team. Joining brothers Andrick and Adam Zeen in TAG Senior was the newest team member, Michael Self, who nearly put a major exclamation point on his debut weekend when he dueled with Scott Kennedy for the race win during the Saturday event. Kennedy, however, beat Self at the line by inches. Adam -- who had put his Sodi Kart on pole -- was in contention before being crashed out, while Andrick finished in third.J On the rainy Sunday, however, Self was out to get his first win for G-Phactory. After grabbing the pole and winning the pre-main he dueled with Kennedy again in the main before checking out to a 10 second lead. As Self drove into the distance, Andrick caught Kennedy and pulled off a spectacular pass around Kennedy through a large puddle to take over the second position.J However, that would turn out to be the race-winning pass, as Self pulled off the side of the track with a broken clutch shortly after. Thankfully for the team, Andrick was able to build a nice lead and easily took the Sunday win, giving G-Phactory wins in each WinterNats event to date.
"I got lucky with the win," said Andrick. "Michael and I were running similar times but I wouldn't have caught him. I've been practicing in the rain over the winter in an ICA kart, which forces you to be easy with throttle control. It paid off!"J G-Phactory co-manager Phil Giebler was more than happy with the performance of all three of his drivers.
"Michael is definitely going to be an asset for this team," said Giebler. "He's fast, he's intelligent, and he gives good feedback. He has got the right attitude and gelled with everyone in the tent. At the same time, I had a blast watching Andrick go for it in the rain. He is showing a lot of maturity for a driver his age, and I'm very happy with the way all the boys drove.
"Michael was on a different motor package than Adam and Andrick, and all three of them were fast all weekend, in vastly different conditions. This Sodi chassis is adapting well to different engine packages."
G-Phactory will be back in action at the Winternats finale, March 18-19 at the CalSpeed Karting Center in Fontana, Calif.