TEAM ALUMINOS SWEEPS PODIUM AT PROKART NORTH EVENT IN SONOMA Dyer takes S3 victory with Bray and Reasoner accompanying him on an all-Aluminos podium SONOMA, CA (July 11, 2009) -- As the year progresses, any driver, mechanic, or team strives to...
TEAM ALUMINOS SWEEPS PODIUM AT PROKART NORTH EVENT IN SONOMA
Dyer takes S3 victory with Bray and Reasoner accompanying him on an all-Aluminos podium
SONOMA, CA (July 11, 2009) -- As the year progresses, any driver, mechanic, or team strives to improve reaching a point where all the pieces of the puzzle link together and positive progression is achieved with each continuing race. Motorsports is an amazingly dynamic environment that challenges it's participants with a multitude of ever changing factors keeping everyone on their toes as they strive for victory or personal bests. It's these results in the heat of competition that are the key indicators of progress as to how well the hard work and dedication that is being put forth is on the right track or not. For Team Aluminos, as they enter the home stretch of the ProKart North and South regional season, its team performance at the recent ProKart Challenge North race was stepped up as the progression of the year builds toward the championships and eventually the SKUSA SuperNationals.
Saturday July 11, race day at the Jim Russell International Karting Center, Team Aluminos was there in full force with team manager Rob Soares at the helm overseeing the operation with help from national hot shoe Fritz Leesmann and team engine specialist George Tavares. Team Aluminos Driver Coach Tom Dyer donned the race helmet and practiced what he preaches to score the S3 triumph, while celebrating a podium sweep with teammates Daniel Bray and Steven Reasoner. To cap off the weekend for Team Aluminos, in S4 Peter Workum finished with his personal best in the North PKC coming home in second place.
Dyer put his Aluminos powered GP Kart on the pole position with a 47.745 lap time around the 'Sprint' track course configuration at the Sonoma, California circuit with Kiwi Bray qualifying second completing the all-Aluminos front row. From there, Dyer would dominate the day by leading every lap of racing, while going flag-to-flag in the two heat races and scoring the fast laps of the race and the day. Unchallenged throughout the day and like a machine, Dyer again took control at the start of the feature event after the starting lights went out and led all 20-laps to cruise to the main event victory by over four seconds.
Bray, would finish second in the first heat race on his Aluminos GP Kart and came home third in the second race. In the feature, he ran second for the majority of the race until losing the spot briefly to the series point leader before regaining the runner-up spot back on the final lap. Reasoner, on another Aluminos GP Kart saved his best for last, as he ran a solid fifth all day until the final. Gaining a position in the first lap of the feature, Reasoner ran fourth and benefitted from a driver retiring on the final lap to move up to the third spot to complete the all-Aluminos podium. Special mention goes out to Brad Dunford as he had a solid performance in the works running in fifth place before a broken carburetor needle clip forced him to retire on lap 12 ending his chance at a top-five finish.
The lone Team Aluminos S4 driver was Peter Workum piloting his Intrepid Kart and keeping himself in the title hunt with another solid outing in the PKC North program. A second place in qualifying put him on the front row of the opening heat race. Workum fell back to third at the start, finishing there and coming home in third again in the second heat. In the main event he got a great start to jump to the second spot. He paced the leader running nearly the same lap times throughout the race, but was unable to commit a pass for the lead and finished up in the second spot cementing his best finish of the year in the PKC North series.
The Team Aluminos squad will return back to the ProKart Challenge North program on August 15 for the sixth round of the program at the Jim Russell International Karting Center. Two weeks later the squad will travel to the ProKart Challenge South to decide the championships on August 29 at the CalSpeed Karting facility in Fontana, California for its seventh and final round.