ALUMINOS ON TOP AS SOARES RETURNS WITH DOMINANT PROKART NORTH VICTORY Broken hand no issue for team owner as NorCal-based team among front runners at round four SONOMA, CA (July 12, 2008) -- Another successful weekend of regional karting was...
ALUMINOS ON TOP AS SOARES RETURNS WITH DOMINANT PROKART NORTH VICTORY
Broken hand no issue for team owner as NorCal-based team among front runners at round four
SONOMA, CA (July 12, 2008) -- Another successful weekend of regional karting was delivered by Team Aluminos at the fourth round of the ProKart Challenge North series, which was held this past weekend at the Jim Russell International Karting Center at Infineon Raceway in Sonoma, California. As the team continues to grow and gain more experience, the results keep improving. The highlight of the weekend came by way of Aluminos owner Rob Soares, who visited victory lane while the rest of his team battled hard at the front of the field all day. The addition of veteran superstar Ron White to the Aluminos engineering and coaching squad this past weekend was also a big plus that paid dividends.
Soares returned to his TaG Masters ride after breaking his hand in the second round of the PKC North program. With the arm now back together in one piece, Soares drove like he hadn't missed a session. Aboard an Aluminos-prepped GP Kart, Soares put his entry on the pole in the TaG Masters category, nearly taking the overall top honors against the TaG Masters Light competitors as well. During racing action, however, Soares would have the advantage, taking both overall heat race wins and the feature event victory.
"It was great getting back on track, suiting up with all my guys again," offered Soares. "I've very proud of how our drivers performed this past weekend and I'm extremely pleased with their commitment to the program we have in place. We've been enjoying a fun and successful year and I love watching our young drivers develop. With our long-term focus on the SuperNationals in November at the Rio, I love where our team is heading!"
Things looked promising for the Aluminos contingent in S3 with Marc Elliott, Brad Dunford, and Harley Owen flying the Aluminos colors, Owen making his PKC North debut. Elliott scored his first pole of the year with a killer lap to edge out his championship rival in the timed session. The two drivers battled on during the two heat races with Elliott placing second in both runs. Set to attack in the feature, his charge would end too soon as electrical problems put him on the sidelines. Dunford was primed for a podium run, qualifying third until mechanical issues in heat two put him at the tail of the starting grid for the main event. Dunford was able to work his way back up through to fourth in the 20-lap feature, an impressive performance to be certain. Owen gained more experience in his first year running shifters, placing sixth in the final.
Team driver coach and engineer Tom Dyer piloted the lone TaG Senior entry for Aluminos, testing new equipment for the squad. Battling the tough competition and some initial bugs, Dyer was sixth in qualifying and held that spot through both heat races. In the feature, Dyer advanced two positions to finish fourth overall.
The team is now looking forward to the fifth round of the ProKart Challenge South series, which is set to take place at Qualcomm Stadium in San Diego, CA on the July 25-26 weekend.