Rookie Victory in New Castle Jarvis Continues Bid for National Championship Wednesday May 23, 2007 - The 2007 Stars of Karting season continued with the second round of the tour commencing in New Castle, IN. A strong performance by Jarvis and...
Rookie Victory in New Castle
Jarvis Continues Bid for National Championship
Wednesday May 23, 2007 - The 2007 Stars of Karting season continued with the second round of the tour commencing in New Castle, IN. A strong performance by Jarvis and the Tony Kart USA team in Norman set the stage for a repeat at the unfamiliar track in central Indiana. Having dominated the JICA class, the Tony Kart EVX chassis was up to the task at hand, but the question of Jarvis' ability was still doubted by many.
The opening day of the event found Jarvis familiarizing himself with the mile-long circuit, which features a 950-foot straightaway. The team quickly realized the potential as he found himself second fastest in the first official session. The team quickly chipped away tenths, ending the day 7th fastest out of the 43 competitors. Of course, the team had some magic saved for the next day as Jarvis stole qualifying with a blistering 1:05.784, edging his Tony Kart teammate by one tenth. Saturday was textbook for Jarvis as he gave Sergio Pena the only chance to lead a lap. He out-hustled the strong field by 1.6 seconds to take home his first Stars first-place trophy. He climbed atop the podium with long-time mentor Andre Martins to pose for a picture.
Sunday's event started just a bit different as Jarvis qualified on the outside of the front row. Jarvis couldn't quite match the flyer Spencer laid down, but qualifying would be the least of the Tony Kart driver's problems on Sunday. The prefinal start brought problems as the field failed to find a pace that made the flagman happy. Two failed starts with Jarvis on the front row sent Jarvis back to 4th to give 3rd and 4th the same opportunity. Two more failed starts by the "new" pole sitters gave Jarvis even more problems as he was sent to sixth. After some dicing to gain position Gennari settled for the same spot he started in, 6th. The final event was a roller coaster of struggle, as a turn one incident gave the lead 7 a chance to break away. Jarvis spent the better part of the race attempting draft-passes, but ultimately settled for the 5th place finish, solidifying a top-3 points standing.