SKUSA: PKC-S: Team Aluminos Buttonwillow preview

TEAM ALUMINOS SET FOR SECOND ROUND OF PROKART CHALLENGE SOUTH GP Kart team heads to Buttonwillow with eight drivers under Aluminos tent SAN RAMON, CA (April 24, 2008) --The Team Aluminos kart racing team has been building great momentum over...

TEAM ALUMINOS SET FOR SECOND ROUND OF PROKART CHALLENGE SOUTH
GP Kart team heads to Buttonwillow with eight drivers under Aluminos tent

SAN RAMON, CA (April 24, 2008) --The Team Aluminos kart racing team has been building great momentum over the past four months and it will journey south to the Buttonwillow Raceway Park this weekend for the second round of the Superkarts! USA ProKart Challenge South program. Eight drivers will be flying Aluminos GP kart colors during the event, including a driver returning from 'Down Under'. This weekend, they will go hunting for race wins and podium finishes.

New Zealand's Daniel Bray will be returning to the United States for the first time since competing at the '07 SKUSA SuperNationals last fall with Team Aluminos. Bray was among the front runners in the competitive S1 division before retiring early in the main event. The Kiwi will be the lone S1 driver for Aluminos as Canadian Scott Rossi, who ran with the team early this year, will be competing at the Stars of Karting event in Utah in his first national championship ICC race.

A strong contingent of S3 drivers will be under the tent this weekend in Buttonwillow. Kyle Hathcox, Marc Elliott, Brad Dunford and Harley Owen currently sit third, fourth, fifth, and seventh in the S3 Light standings after one round. Elliott ran to another podium at the recent ProKart Challenge North event, while Owen is coming off his first victory at the Desert Kart Challenge event last weekend.

Bryan Benso and Blair Chang will represent Team Aluminos in the G2 category, both focused on standing atop the podium. Benso ran to a fifth place finish in the final at CalSpeed while Chang will be making his PKC debut for 2008.

Working under the tent this weekend will be driver instructor/tuner Tom Dyer. The shifter kart veteran, who won the S3 division at the recent ProKart Challenge North event at Infineon, is a valuable component of the Team Aluminos Arrive-and-Drive program. Making sure that the team's engines are running crisp and fast will be Aluminos in-house engine builder and data analysis George Tavares.

-credit: www.aluminos.com

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Series Kart
Drivers Blair Chang