FRussell: Lorenzo Mandarino round two preview

MANDARINO LOOKS FOR MORE RUSSELL GOLD Canadian karter to wrap up pre-season formula car competition this weekend SONOMA, CA -- Leading kart racer Lorenzo Mandarino will return to the SCCA Formula Russell Championship this weekend for the...

MANDARINO LOOKS FOR MORE RUSSELL GOLD

Canadian karter to wrap up pre-season formula car competition this weekend

SONOMA, CA -- Leading kart racer Lorenzo Mandarino will return to the SCCA Formula Russell Championship this weekend for the second round of the competitive open-wheel series, which is run at the popular Infineon Raceway in Sonoma, Calif. The Canadian will compete in two races through the Saturday-Sunday event and will be looking to match his victorious outing at the opening round of the program. In the debut weekend of the series back in February, Mandarino showed very well, taking a pair of podium finishes that included a Saturday victory. This time around, a sweep of his respective mains will be the ultimate goal.

Although these Formula Russell races have been an excellent tune-up for the new year, Mandarino's primary focus for the 2006 season is a very aggressive national karting program which will see him run for the prestigious Snap-on Stars of Karting championship in both of the headline classes -- Intercontinental C (ICC) and Intercontinental A (ICA). The 19 year-old will be on-track next weekend in Norman, Oklahoma for the 'Race of the Americas', which is the first stop on the pro circuit at which the Eastern and Western Divisions will run head-to-head. Following this shootout, each division will complete separate three-race program before meeting again in September at the National Finals in Toronto.

This upcoming Formula Russell outing will be Mandarino's final open-wheel formula car event of the season, as he was awarded the two weekends as a prize for winning the Superkarts! USA SuperNationals last fall. The event was held in Las Vegas and attracted the finest 125cc shifterkart pilots in the country. Mandarino's current schedule restricts the possibility of running the entire Formula Russell series, but additional one-off events later in the year have not been ruled out.

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