WKA: Norway Motorsports Complex race report

SCCA Pro Racing/WKA Constructors Championship breaks record at Norway Motorsports Complex. SHERIDAN, Ill (September 16, 2002) - The SCCA Pro Racing/WKA Constructors Championship completed a record-breaking weekend, at Norway Motorsports Complex,...

SCCA Pro Racing/WKA Constructors Championship breaks record at Norway Motorsports Complex.

SHERIDAN, Ill (September 16, 2002) - The SCCA Pro Racing/WKA Constructors Championship completed a record-breaking weekend, at Norway Motorsports Complex, that saw the existing track record for 125 cc shifters broken by ICC driver Kyle Wiegand, of Bargerville, Ind., with a qualifying lap of 43.218 [49.979 mph].

The winners in all six classes included Wiegand in ICC; Adam Pecorari, of Aston, Pa., in ICA; Donald Chrzan, of Franklin, Wis., in ICC Senior; Jordan Johnson, of New Bedford, Ill., in Cadet; Joe King, of Silvis, Ill., in World Formula; and Robbie Pecorari, of Aston, Pa., in Formula Yamaha Jr.

Driving a GP5 chassis, with a CRS engine on Bridgestone tires, Wiegand was able to get a great jump on the standing start and lead the ICC field through the first turn. The early laps saw Wiegand battle with ICC point leader Craig Baltzer, of Bettendorf, Iowa, and Michael Bailliez, of Bartonville, Ill., before Wiegand opened a gap on the field and cruised to a 1.591-second win, with Baltzer claiming second.

"We were battling at the beginning," said Wiegand. "After the first few laps, I was able to pull ahead and cruise to the finish. The track started to get slick toward the end, so I slowed down a bit to cool the tires and bring it home."

Adam Pecorari, driving a Biesse chassis, with an ATK engine on Vega tires, set a blistering pace for 100 cc karts in qualifying with a fast lap of 43.854 [49.254 mph] and started from the ICA pole position. He led the field through the first turn, but lost the lead early in the event to Brian Jacobsen, of Lombard, Ill. The middle stages of the event saw Jacobsen, Pecorari and Steve Welk, of Franklin, Wis., trade the top three positions back and forth, with Pecorari finally able to retake the lead near the halfway point and go on to a 0.738-second victory. Jacobsen and Welk spent the remainder of the 20-lap race battling each other, with Welk eventually coming home second.

"I got a good start but was really shaky on the first few laps," said Pecorari. "I battled with Steve [Welk] and Brian [Jacobsen] but was able to pull away from the field after about six laps."

The most exciting event of the day may have been in World Formula where King, Doug Boyer, of Munster, Ind., and Evan Keresi, of Dallas, N.C., each took a turn leading the 15-lap event, while running nose-to-tail around the 12-turn, 0.6-mile track. On the last lap, King moved inside Keresi as they exited the final turn and edged past him by six inches at the line, to take a 0.024-second victory, the closest finish ever in SCCA Pro Racing/WKA Constructors Championship history.

In ICC Senior, Chrzan topped Jeff Brady, of Adel, Iowa, and point leader Brian Robben, of Des Moines, Iowa. In Cadet, Johnson took the victory with Jesse Fischbach, of Westlake, Ohio, and Crispin Beaver, of Joplin, Mo., also on the podium. In Formula Yamaha Jr., Robbie Pecorari brought home the second victory of the day for the Pecorari family while King, running in two classes this weekend, and Darin Marcus, of Northbrook, Ill completed the top three.

The series next travels to Marshalltown, Iowa on October 13 for Round Three of the SCCA Pro Racing/WKA Constructors Championship.

Class winners from Sunday's SCCA Pro Racing/WKA Constructors Championship karting Round Two event at the Norway Motorsports Complex, with class, starting position in parenthesis, driver's name, hometown and chassis/engine/tire combination.

ICC, (1), Kyle Wiegand, Bargerville, Ind., GP5/CRS/Bridgestone
ICA, (1), Adam Pecorari, Aston, Pa., Biesse/ATK/Vega
ICC Senior, (1), Donald Chrzan, Franklin, Wis., PCR/TM/Bridgestone
Cadet, (1), Jordan Johnson, New Bedford, Ill., Tony

Kart/Comer/Bridgestone
World Formula, (1), Joe King, Silvis, Ill., Margay/Briggs & Stratton/MG
Formula Yamaha Jr., (1), Robbie Pecorari, Aston, Pa., Biesse/Yamaha/Dunlop

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Series Kart , SCCA
Drivers Brian Jacobsen , Evan Keresi , Adam Pecorari , Steve Welk , Robbie Pecorari , Darin Marcus , Kyle Wiegand