GUELPH, ON -- August 26, 2004 -- Former First Kart North America pilot Bobby Wilson went on to win the Cooper Tires Zetec Championship by scoring two podium finishes in last weekend's season finale at the Road America race course in Elkhart Lake, WI. Wilson, who is a Minneapolis, MN resident, scored a second place result in Saturday's contest while he walked away with the win on Sunday to secure the biggest championship in his motorsports career.
Wilson raced with the First Kart squad and scored the 2003 ICC title in the Stars of Karting Championship Series, along with the $25,000 Jim Trueman Scholarship Award. Wilson won several pro karting events that year including the Windsor Grand Prix and his most sought after prize, the Rock Island Grand Prix Championship Rock.
First Kart North America president Tony Ventresca along with his '03 tuner Terry Ventresca and shop staff Mike Maurini and Trevor Daley would like to congratulate Wilson on his championship and wish the talented driver the best of luck in his racing career. Wilson was also excited to receive a congratulatory hug from First Kart Factory President Gianni Bianchi who was on hand to watch the dominating Sunday drive. Bianchi thinks very highly of Bobby and has been following his career since the duo met back in early '02.
Wilson, who is considered to be one of the best karters of all time, has been in constant communication with his old team. "Bobby has been on the phone with us at the shop several times throughout the season. He would call after races and explain results or on testing weekends he would let us know what was happening," explained team boss Tony Ventresca. "At last word he was exploring options for the 2005 racing season and we would like to wish him the best and thank him for the First Kart memories."