SKUSA: PKC-N: Team Aluminos Sonoma summary

ANOTHER SOLID WEEKEND FOR TEAM ALUMINOS AT PROKART CHALLENGE Aluminos drivers among the quickest at round two of North program SONOMA, CA (April 18, 2009) -- It was another successful weekend for the Team Aluminos Arrive and Drive program at the...

ANOTHER SOLID WEEKEND FOR TEAM ALUMINOS AT PROKART CHALLENGE
Aluminos drivers among the quickest at round two of North program

SONOMA, CA (April 18, 2009) -- It was another successful weekend for the Team Aluminos Arrive and Drive program at the second round of the SKUSA ProKart Challenge North series, contested at the Jim Russell International Karting Center on the grounds of the Infineon Raceway in Sonoma, California. Recent testing by the Aluminos staff proved to be a key factor in the strong performances by the drivers and crew on April 18. Driver coach/tuner Tom Dyer helped the drivers adapt around the 3/4-mile circuit quickly, as he has recorded many laps around the course. Engine specialist George Tavares keeps the packages running strong all weekend, while top shifter kart driver Fritz Leesmann provided superb help throughout the weekend. GP Kart importer AJ Noud of Rocky Mountain Kart Works was also on hand to offer support to the Aluminos squad.

Returning to the driver's seat in his 2009 debut with a victory last month, Team Aluminos manager Rob Soares was back behind the wheel in Sonoma. The defending PKC North TaG Masters champion skipped round one to focus his efforts on the Arrive and Drive program. Soares was back behind the wheel with the Aluminos staffed and equipped to handle round two. Aboard his Aluminos GP Kart machine, Soares repeated the same feat he did during the Grange weekend by sweeping each session. In qualifying, his fast lap was roughly half a second quicker than his closet competitor. The pace laps of the heat races were as close as anyone got to Soares in the heat races, as he took the wins by one-second and six seconds. The feature was all Soares as he piloted his Aluminos entry to a 17-second victory.

The Aluminos Arrive and Drive S3 program was in full force with New Zealander Daniel Bray - moving over from the S1 category - Steven Reasoner, and Brad Dunford. Reasoner and Bray were among the quickest after the qualifying session ended with Reasoner missing pole by .048 hundreds to Grand-Am Rolex star Memo Gidley. Bray was just .190 tenths of a second back in third. Dunford had a bit of a tougher go in the session slotting in the ninth position. The heat races would see Reasoner and Bray finish 2-3 both times. Bray took second in the first outing with Reasoner right behind and setting fast lap of the race, while heat race 2 was reversed with Bray in second and Reasoner third both taking the two quickest laps honor. Dunford improved in the opening heat to finish fifth while falling back two spots to seventh in the second.

The feature would see the Aluminos duo run up front with Reasoner nipping at the leaders heels shadowing him throughout the 20-lap event. Though he kept on the pressure, Reasoner was unable to take over the lead and cross the line just short of victory. Bray's hopes of making it a three horse race evaporated when one of his rear wheels had other ideas and separated itself from the kart while Bray was on his way to a solid 4th place in his S3 debut. Dunford improved in the feature to run on the heels of Gidley for a fifth place finish and improve his point standings position.

First year Team Aluminos Arrive and Drive program pilot Peter Workum was the lone S4 driver. Working with the experienced Aluminos staff and continuing to learn the nuances of the Infineon Karting Center, Workum was a solid top-five contender all weekend long. Workum was able to advance up to fourth in the feature race after running fifth in qualifying and the heat races.

It will be a quick turn-around for the Aluminos crew as they get ready to head south to San Diego for the fourth round of the ProKart Challenge South series. The event will be on a temporary circuit outside the Qualcomm Stadium, home of the San Diego Chargers. Any interested parties wishing to learn more about this professional team are asked to contact Aluminos at 925.786.7865 or visit them online at www.aluminos.com

-credit: ta

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Series Kart
Drivers Memo Gidley , Peter Workum , Tom Dyer