FELKINS PACES TEAM INTREPID AT SONOMA Intrepid brand wins scores win in TaG ICC Stars of Karting competition NORMAN, OKLAHOMA (April 30, 2009) -- Intrepid USA showed again that it can run up front anytime and anywhere with solid results at ...
FELKINS PACES TEAM INTREPID AT SONOMA
Intrepid brand wins scores win in TaG ICC Stars of Karting competition
NORMAN, OKLAHOMA (April 30, 2009) -- Intrepid USA showed again that it can run up front anytime and anywhere with solid results at last weekend's Stars of Karting Western Division season opener at the Jim Russell International Karting Center at Infineon Raceway. The multi-team squad put a total of eight drivers on-track and walked away with one win and five top-five finishes in the national event. Leading Edge Motorsports' Brett Felkins was driving a new Intrepid Cruiser 125 and showed the way for the marquee, coming off a double-win weekend at the ProKart Challenge North event the weekend prior, this time dominating the TaG ICC category at the Stars opener to score a big payday.
Felkins earned the pole position in both the TaG ICC and Senior National classes, setting the paddock on its ear, and racked up four heat wins, and the victories in the TaG ICC Prefinal and Final. The TaG ICC win put $5000 into Felkins' pocket thanks to a stimulus package to promote the class that was offered up with Italian Motors, the importer and distributor of the TaG ICC engine package. Felkins was also awarded a three-day Skip Barber Racing School course and prizes from Bridgestone and Oakley. Contact in the first turn during the Senior National Final while running second took the NorCal pilot of contention for what could easily have been another double victory weekend.
"Coming off his ProKart Challenge wins, Felkins showed just how strong he is," said Leading Motorsports chief Greg Bell. "We've just scratched the surface with what he is capable of doing."
Other Intrepid drivers showed solid speed as well, but they were all the victims of on-track incidents. Joey Wimsett showed well in the Sr. National class aboard his Intrepid Sirius, as the lead driver for Champion Racing showed that he could run up front with a pair of top-three finishes in the heat races. However, he was unfortunately caught up in opening lap contact in the main event that dropped him from serious contention. A solid run from 14th to fourth in the Final was impressive and will keep Wimsett in the title hunt for the season. Wimsett was followed closely by Leading Edge's Mason Marotta (Intrepid Cruiser), who came home fifth.
Other Team Intrepid drivers showed good speed all weekend. In the KZ2 class, Brandon Frank and Gregory Liefooghe finished third and fourth as Liefooghe set the fastest lap of the main event. Both drivers were piloting the Intrepid Cruiser 125. Rounding out the Intrepid contingent in Senior National was Blake Teeter in 14th. Kathryn Cornell saw her Junior National Final end after just six laps as she recorded a 13th place finish.
"It was an up-and-down weekend for Intrepid USA," said Team Manager Rodney Berryhill. "Felkins did a great job in Tag ICC and Senior National. It looked like he could double up on wins until he got caught up in the trouble in turn one. Overall, I'm happy with how things went as I believe that our drivers really showed the speed of our product. The Intrepids were lightning quick this past weekend."
The Intrepid USA team now looks forward to hitting the assorted regional series around the country before racing with Stars of Karting once again at New Castle Motorsports Park at the end of May.