SKUSA: PKC-N: Sonoma round two preview

PROKART CHALLENGE NORTH READIES FOR ROUND TWO New Superkarts! USA regional program returns to Sonoma SONOMA, CA (May 2, 2008) - The new ProKart Challenge North series made its debut on April 11th-12th at the Jim Russell International ...

PROKART CHALLENGE NORTH READIES FOR ROUND TWO
New Superkarts! USA regional program returns to Sonoma

SONOMA, CA (May 2, 2008) - The new ProKart Challenge North series made its debut on April 11th-12th at the Jim Russell International Karting Center at Infineon Raceway in Sonoma, CA to great feedback from a solid line-up of the area's top drivers. The series returns to the same facility for the second edition of the 2008 season on May 9th-10th -- and more drivers are expected after the huge success of the opening round.

Nearly 20 drivers took the green flag in the TaG Senior class during round one, and numbers are predicted to be even higher for the second installment of the program. Nic LeDuc swept the class during the debut weekend, taking all of the on-track sessions. LeDuc was hounded by Jason Toft and Zach Dericco throughout the race day, and they are primed to re-fire this battle. Behind this trio, a stellar group of NorCal hotshoes will look to improve from the first weekend.

Also putting in a dominating performance in round one was shifter kart veteran Tom Dyer. The defending SKUSA SuperNationals S3 class winner was at the front in all of the on-track sessions, but he is expected to see more of a challenge from the rest of the S3 field in round two. Matt Alcorn swept the S4 division as well, holding off Sergio Machado and George Tavares with the same battle forecasted for Sonoma once again.

Two-time national champion Alex Speed showed why he is considered one of the best shifter kart drivers in the history of the sport with his performance in S1. Warming up for the start of the national schedule, Speed used the opening round of the ProKart Challenge North series to prepare and test, leading the new factory Trackmagic effort. Behind him, Cody Hodgson ran a strong second in his first PKC S1 start, battling Jess Peterson throughout the day. Speed is expected to return for this event, giving the S1 field a mark to chase all weekend long.

'Sweep' was the word of the day in round one, as Craig Corwin continued this trend in G1. He was able to outrun Ethan Wilson and JP Cadoux at the series debut, and the trio is expected to face off again in round two. TaG Masters was split into Light and Heavy, with Herman Ip and Jim Ferguson taking the top honors back in April.

Drivers in all divisions will be racing throughout the year for a piece of the more than $70,000 championship prize package. The unprecedented purse is provided by ProKart Challenge and the Jim Russell Racing Drivers School. PKC is offering up free entries to the 2008 SKUSA SuperNationals, a free GP shifter chassis courtesy of KLS Racing, and a chance to be part of the MG Tires North American Granja 500 team in Sao Paulo, Brazil. JRRDS is posting up more than $50k in prizes, including introductory courses in their esteemed racing car programs, performance tires, helmets and more.

For those competitors and crew members coming out on Friday to practice and prepare for Saturday's race, gates will open at 7am and on-track practice will run from 9am to 5pm. A complimentary BBQ will once again be offered by PKC around 5:30pm. Long time friend and sponsor Scott Jeffrey, owner of Maaco -- Santa Rosa, will be hosting the tri-tip BBQ and cooking for the group.

ProKart Challenge officials would also like to send a 'last call' notice to the TaG Masters Light, 80cc Shifter, and S5 Jr. competitors. Officials were asked to include these divisions to the 2008 lineup with little or none partaking in the opening round in April. PKC North will rule on whether or not these classes will be eliminated from the program based on the participation at round two.

-credit: www.prokartchallenge.com .

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