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TEAM ALUMINOS VICTORIOUS AT INFINEON Aluminos owner Soares wins with broken hand at round two of ProKart Challenge North SONOMA, CA (May 10, 2008) -- The Team Aluminos kart racing squad continued its support of the ProKart Challenge program...

TEAM ALUMINOS VICTORIOUS AT INFINEON
Aluminos owner Soares wins with broken hand at round two of ProKart Challenge North

SONOMA, CA (May 10, 2008) -- The Team Aluminos kart racing squad continued its support of the ProKart Challenge program this past weekend, competing at the second round of the organization's Northern series at the Infineon Raceway Karting Center. The Sonoma, CA facility is home turf for the Team Aluminos squad and while they remain focused on the continuing development of the GP Kart and their in-house engine work, they were also able to take advantage of zero travel time to relax and enjoy the sport they love. Three drivers flew the Aluminos colors on the weekend, including owner Rob Soares, who went 'head over heals' in an effort to win his main event.

Soares earned the top qualifier honors in the TaG Masters Heavy division, only to be removed from the classification for missing a neck brace. Despite the questionable ruling, Soares focused on the task at hand, moving from the tail of the field to the front. He did just that, advancing to P1 by lap three, reaching on the tail of the lead group from the TaG Masters Light division. Trouble erupted, however, as the driver ahead of Soares got on the binders too early heading into a corner and contact was made. The result sent Soares up and over, with the kart coming down on top of him. After kicking the kart off, Soares walked back to the pits with a sore hand. Unfortunately, the PKC officials removed Soares from the results again with the call of rough driving.

Starting again from the back of the field in heat two, Soares muscled his way through the field and through the pain of his injured hand to take the class win with a last lap pass, placing him fourth overall. In the main event, Soares held the point for his division for the full 15-lap race to earn his first victory on the year, placing third overall, just one-second back from the overall winner.

"It was a wild weekend for sure," offered Soares. "I'm really happy that it all ended with the win and I have to thank Joe White for the power, as I was running one of his Leopards."

In S3 competition, Team Aluminos' Marc Elliott began the event by qualifying third. Jason Berry joined in on the action at the start of the heat races, gridding at the tail of the field. Berry, known for his driver coaching and tuning work off the track, advanced to third after the eight-lap sprint, finishing one spot behind Elliott. Getting the jump at the start of heat two, Berry held the second spot ahead of Elliott until the Colorado native made the pass stick with three laps to go to start the final from grid spots two and three. In a repeat from heat two, Berry was quick off the line, slotting into second with Elliott in tow. Elliott again made his way by Berry, taking the second place finish as Berry fell one more spot to fourth, just outside a podium finish.

Team Aluminos will now gear up for the third round of the ProKart Challenge South program, set for May 31 at the Willow Springs facility in Rosamond, CA with a full squad of drivers set to take on the desert course.

-credit: www.aluminos.com

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