Jessica Zalusky Anchors VIR Kart Enduro Winning Team DANVILLE, VA. - Jessica Zalusky, the female rider competing in AMA's Superbike class, drove anchor for her kart team and pushed them into the lead in VIRginia International Raceway's third ...
Jessica Zalusky Anchors VIR Kart Enduro Winning Team
DANVILLE, VA. - Jessica Zalusky, the female rider competing in AMA's Superbike class, drove anchor for her kart team and pushed them into the lead in VIRginia International Raceway's third annual Big Kahuna Kart Challenge Enduro.
Run at VIR's Plantation Valley Kart Track on Thursday afternoon prior to the track's annual visit from AMA Pro Racing's Superbike stars, the Kart Enduro is always a fan and participant favorite, pitting teams made up of a fan, a media representative, a team member from AMA, VIR or the promoter, and a professional rider. Each team member's best time is recorded and the total of the four times is taken. The quickest total time is the winning team.
Zalusky took part of her Thursday afternoon to drive in the last round of heats, setting a best personal lap time of 47.57 seconds. When added to the rest of her team's times, a 47.80 set by VIR's Mark Langford, Bryan Gibbs' media time of 47.97 and fan Eric Person's 49.01, the team had a cumulative total of 3:12.35, over two and a half seconds ahead of the second-placing team of Chaz Davies, Berry Gillsen, Racing2SaveLives' Stan Foxworthy and fan Dean Mizdal. The second-place team's total was 3:14.94.
Third place went to Aaron Yates, Jack Carbone, Dave Sadowski of SPEED and fan Jim Lorimer, just under another three seconds back.
The fans selected at random from those who registered their ticket purchases prior to the deadline all recorded respectable times. The quickest time overall was the 46.37, set by Mike Moshenek, an employee of VIR's kart track. Some were quick to point out his advantage of experience, even accusing him of being a "ringer" but those voices were silenced by his team's fifth-place finish.
"The Kart Enduro is a real high point of the weekend," said promoter Cameron Gray of M1 Entertainment, promoters of the race weekend. "We feel that this is just another way we can return something extra to the fans for their support of our events."
Members of the winning team are assured of a spot in next year's Kart Enduro, and the winning fan will receive a three-day pass for the event.
Plenty of tickets are available at the gate, for all three days' action, capped by the Superbike races Saturday and Sunday afternoons. For more information on the Big Kahuna Nationals, link your browser to: www.moto1usa.com