WKA: Mike Vincec Daytona season opener summary

Vincec Scores Two Top Fives in WKA Daytona A great weekend for Mike Vincec and the BIG Racing Team Guelph, Ontario -- January 5, 2005. -- 13-year-old Mike Vincec stepped onto the podium twice during the World Karting Association ...

Vincec Scores Two Top Fives in WKA Daytona
A great weekend for Mike Vincec and the BIG Racing Team

Guelph, Ontario -- January 5, 2005. -- 13-year-old Mike Vincec stepped onto the podium twice during the World Karting Association (WKA) Manufactures cup event this past weekend in the infield of Daytona International Speedway in Daytona Beach, FL. Vincec was fast all week and mastered the 12 turn course in fine form as he went on to score 2nd and 5th place results.

WEDNESDAY

This year's calendar allowed the first race day of the traditional post-Christmas pre-New Year's event to fall on a Wednesday and Vincec was fast right out of the box. The talented Canadian qualified his Hi-Tech powered First Kart outside row two in the fourth position.

Looking to improve in the pre-final, Vincec, the BIG Race Team and members of First Kart North America went to work on the chassis to get the extra speed needed to be at the front. The Stouffville, ON resident got a great start and ran consistently with the leaders. Pressuring the duo who was out front the entire event, Vincec slid his kart into and came home in 3rd position.

Vincec progressively moved forward throughout the day and really turned it on in the 20 lap feature event. Chasing hard and really focusing on hitting all his marks, Vincec turned several quick and consistent laps. The 13-year-old impressed everyone in attendance as he secured the second step on the podium and was off to a great start in the '05 season.

THURSDAY

Thursday was a little tougher for Vincec as he and his squad had to overcome some race time adversity. Once again qualifying near the front of the grid, Vincec secured the 5th place starting position and would be on the inside for the run to the tight and challenging turn one.

Vincec was forced to endure some tough luck in the pre-final as he had to take evasive action and head towards the grass to avoid a start line incident between two fellow competitors. Falling quickly down the order, Vincec found himself at the tail of the field and a gear change after qualifying would not help the Canadian. A ratio change that was suppose to provide Vincec with more corner speed actually hurt him as he was unable to make the passes he needed down the Daytona straight-a-way. Vincec finished and would start the final in the 8th position.

With hopes of a top five heading into the 12 lap shortened final, Vincec sliced and diced his way through the field and towards the front. Some bold passes and hard driving gave Vincec the 5th place position in the final running order but results are currently unofficial do to a post race protest.

"It was great to start the season off this way" explained Vincec from a phone interview from the track. "We are going to run several national series this year and this is a great way to gather the momentum needed heading into the season."

Mike Vincec would like to thank BIG Racing, the FirstKart.com race team, Pilot Race Gear, Hi-tech Race Engines, GoDecalZone.com and his family for all their continued support.

With schedules not yet finalized, Mike Vincec and his race squad are unsure where their next event may be. Though plans include participating in the Snap-on Stars of Karting Championship, Sunoco Ron Fellows Karting Championship and the WKA, Vincec may enter the final rounds of the Florida Winter Tour to complete some pre-season testing.

-www.mikev.ca.

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