Pecorari and Rahal double at Trane Motor Speedway. Norway, IL-Robbie Pecorari and Kyle Rahal were double winners at Trane Motor Speedway in Norway, IL June 6-8 during the George Kugler Manufacturer's Cup Series presented by Bridgestone Bumper to...
Pecorari and Rahal double at Trane Motor Speedway.
Norway, IL-Robbie Pecorari and Kyle Rahal were double winners at Trane Motor Speedway in Norway, IL June 6-8 during the George Kugler Manufacturer's Cup Series presented by Bridgestone Bumper to Bumper Auto Parts Nationals where close to 400 racers from the US and Canada competed on the 5/8-mile 12-turn road course that was dry on Saturday and wet Sunday.
Pecorari, an Anton, PA based Biesse kart pilot, turned a 43.478 seconds lap for the pole in Saturday's Streeter Super Stands ICC-1 from where he ruled the Pre Final and Final with perfection taking the Final's checkered flag with a 3.424 seconds advantage over Jamie Sieracki after leading the14- racer field through a lap three red flag restart.
"The Biesse kart was real hooked up before the red flag and then during the red flag we noticed the kart wasn't working because we didn't have any fluid left in the clutch so we were hoping it wasn't a standing start," Pecorari described. "We got lucky, it was a rolling start and then I had to get by (Brian) Jacobsen. The Biesse kart was handling perfect and the J&J motor was great."
Sunday's Bridgestone/Grand Products ICA was a different story with Pecorari and Tony Loniewski battling side-by-side on the final lap in a steady rain. Pecorari got a nose on Loniewski at the stripe and took the win by 0.710 seconds. A 44.048 seconds lap earned Pecorari the pole and he beat Troy Hintzsche in the Pre Final with a comfortable 4.340 seconds cushion.
"Coming out from the start we had to wait for the kart to come in and it started coming in and I noticed I was catching him (Loniewski). On the last lap we were racing hard and it was a great last lap," Pecorari described. "I just dove under him (Loniewski) going into the straight and he came back. The kart was fabulous in the rain. It was determination and a lot of rain practice. Without any rain practice you're not going to do anything in the rain."
Rahal dominated both 80cc Shifter classes with huge leads at the stripe. Saturday the 16-year-old Glen-Ellyn, IL based Birel factory pilot blistered the track with a 44.035 seconds lap for J&J Racing/Biesse 80cc Shifter 1's pole. He beat Patrick Winninger to the finish in the Pre Final by 3.463 seconds followed by another perfect run in the Final where he was 4.985 seconds ahead of Daniel Morad.
"The kart was working great," Rahal reported after his first win. "I want to thank Tim Lobaugh, I couldn't have done it without him, MRP they're just awesome, the kart was working great, it hooked up everywhere. I just drove hard looked back and I was out there. The motor worked great, we have a great engine program, Ray's done an excellent job and I can't thank him enough."
Sunday Rahal ruled Abbale/Lee Motorsports 80cc Final with a huge 6.927 seconds advantage over Donnie Bussell after having trouble in the Pre Final where he was seventh across the stripe.
"I made a little mistake in the Pre Final and spun out and we make a handling change and it worked a lot better," Rahal explained. "I had a great start, charged to the front and won. It takes practice, practice, practice; we've done a lot of practicing this year. I want to thank MRP, Tim Lobaugh and everybody that helped, I couldn't have done it without all of them."
A total of 20 classes competed that weekend. The full story and additional photos will appear in an upcoming issue of WKA's Karting Scene. To subscribe visit the WKA web site at www.worldkarting.com or call the office at 704.455.1606.
-Bruce Walls, Guest Writer-