FIRSTKART.COM: LAS VEGAS REVIEW "Another victory for the FirstKart.com squad" Brownsburg, Indiana -- October 31, 2007 -- After a very successful divisional championship that saw the FirstKart.com Race Team claim their third consecutive East...
FIRSTKART.COM: LAS VEGAS REVIEW
"Another victory for the FirstKart.com squad"
Brownsburg, Indiana -- October 31, 2007 -- After a very successful divisional championship that saw the FirstKart.com Race Team claim their third consecutive East coast Junior Intercontinental A (JICA) championship, the squad headed to Las Vegas Motor Speedway for the series finale. With intense on track action all weekend long, FirstKart.com claimed a feature victory on Sunday with Canadian driver Brendan Langlois.
Langlois headed to 'Sin City' as the East division champion and after a tough qualifying session progressed through the heat races to start both feature events in P11. Moving forward in final one, the British Columbia resident was battling with other championship contenders was a clutch clip failure occurred ruining his championship hopes. Langlois shook off the frustration and came back in final two to take a dominating victory and claim third overall in the series title chase.
Rookie pilots Spencer Pigot and Phil De La O also competed in the JICA class and faired extremely well throughout the season. Pigot scored a victory at USA International Raceway (USAIR) in Wisconsin and garnered another podium result at Moran raceway. De La O scored several fast lap awards was also on the podium at USAIR. Both drivers battled hard through the heat races to set up quality starting positions for both finals. Pigot managed to work forward from his P18 starting spot to score a top five result in final one and 13th in final two setting him up for a fifth place finish in the overall series title. De La O, the Arizona pilot had a tough battle in both finals as contact took him out of contention for two top ten results.
'07 King of the Street Champion and Stars of Karting front runner Alan Rudolph came home with two top fifteen results from the challenging temp circuit. Rudolph was involved in an incident in one of the heat races that setup a tough starting spot for both finals. The veteran pilot used his experience to overcome this setback and progressed forward to score 11th and eighth place results in the series final races.
Spec Racer pilot Zach Beard battled through the Vegas weekend but managed to secure a top five result in the series championship. After damaging a frame in the heat races. Beard was forced to rebuild his machine before Sunday's on track action. Working with a different chassis, Beard garnered ninth and tenth place results to end the '07 Snap-on Stars of Karting season.
Intercontinental A (ICA) pilot Derek Wagner had a good weekend going until Sunday afternoon's feature events. Wagner was forced to retire from both finals early but will be back to get revenge on the TaG class at the in two weeks time at the SKUSA SuperNationals.
Colorado pilot James Michael Sullivan had a very promising weekend. Sullivan was fast in Friday's action and was able to secure the second quickest time of the day. Sullivan progressed through the heat races nicely and was setting himself up for a solid run in both finals before early race contact ruined any chances. On lap four in final two, Sullivan was involved in a scary incident that saw him go over at the end of the long back straight but was fortunate to walk away from the incident.
The FirstKart.com Race team enjoys very little time off as the team will travel back to Las Vegas to compete at the SuperKarts! USA (SKUSA) SuperNationals.