WKA: IRL SoK: Gustavo Menezes National Finals preview

MENEZES TO CONTEND FOR STARS OF KARTING NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP IN VEGAS Californian in search of magic hand at Las Vegas Motor Speedway LAS VEGAS, NV (October 10, 2008) -- The 2008 season has been a successful learning curve for Gustavo...

MENEZES TO CONTEND FOR STARS OF KARTING NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP IN VEGAS
Californian in search of magic hand at Las Vegas Motor Speedway

LAS VEGAS, NV (October 10, 2008) -- The 2008 season has been a successful learning curve for Gustavo Menezes as he continues to develop both on and off the track at the young age of 13. Traveling thousands of miles over the last ten months to compete in both the United States and in multiple events throughout Europe and the Americas, Menezes is maturing as a person and as a competitor.

This weekend, Menezes will contend for the Snap-on Stars of Karting Junior Intercontinental A (JICA) national championship at the National Finals event, which is being held inside the Las Vegas Motor Speedway in Nevada. Entering the weekend sitting in third place in the championship standings, Menezes is gunning for his best weekend of the year in hopes of moving up in the standings and taking home the national title. Last year, he was the vice-champion in the ultra-competitive JICA category.

Since competing at the series' Western Division finale in Seattle, where he pulled out two top-five finishes, Menezes has earned thousands of frequent flyer miles. First was a trip to Sao Paulo, Brazil to compete at a local event at the famous Brazilian karting circuit. From there it was to the Gotheborg Cup in Gotheborg, Sweden with his European team - Ward Racing. Winning one of the heat races, Menezes would eventually finish sixth in the feature.

Just last weekend, he made the journey to Zuera, Spain for the final round of the WSK International Series. The last event of the program saw Menezes record his best performances of the year in qualifying and the heat races to earn a direct bid to the Prefinal. A finish of 23rd put him on the grid for the main event, however, heavy contact in the feature cost him any chance of moving up in the finishing order.

Heading into the National Finals, Menezes trails by 75 points. As they say in racing, nothing is finished until the final checkered flag, as Menezes experienced at last year's event, just missing the national title by a few points. Looking for his best performance of the year, a perfect weekend could give Menezes his first national championship.

Following the Stars of Karting finale, Menezes will board a plane set for Monaco to compete in the CIK-FIA Monaco Kart Cup for KF3, racing against the best young drivers in the world.

-credit: www.gustavomenezes.com

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