Daniel Di Leo uses off weekend to compete in ICC and wows the field. TORONTO, ON. (July 21, 2003) 21 year-old multi-time karting champion and current Barber Dodge Pro Series (BDPS) driver Daniel Di Leo (Select Auto Collision / First Kart North...
Daniel Di Leo uses off weekend to compete in ICC and wows the field.
TORONTO, ON. (July 21, 2003) 21 year-old multi-time karting champion and current Barber Dodge Pro Series (BDPS) driver Daniel Di Leo (Select Auto Collision / First Kart North America / Autosports Media) used an off weekend to compete in his second kart race of 2003. After turning several test laps for Kart Mini of Brazil at the opening round of the SKUSA East Pro Moto Tour back in March, Di Leo switched rides and joined the First Kart team for rounds 9 and 10 of the Sunoco Ron Fellows Karting Championship (SRFKC) this past weekend in Hamilton, ON.
Di Leo, who currently sits 3rd in the BDPS standings took to the track Friday and found himself to be about 1 second off the pace. "After Friday I was disappointed and wanted to come back and show this competitive field that I can compete." With no on-track activity on Saturday for the ICC class, Di Leo and First Kart Tuner Terry Ventresca went to work setting up his 2 mila chassis for what was going to be a very challenging race on Sunday.
Sunday morning saw rain, and plenty of it. Di Leo hit the track for qualifying and turned some fast laps but wasn't quick enough to take the pole position. He qualified 3rd behind long time rival Frankie Launi and brother Marco Di Leo. "I thought I would have been a little quicker in the rain" stated Di Leo "I have done well in the rain in all forms of motorsports and will have to make some moves from the beginning to have a chance at the win." From the flick of the green light, Di Leo immediately went on the charge jumping into second position after slight contact with his brother on the entry to turn 1. Di Leo then set his sights on the leader and reeled him in at an unbelievable pace. Di Leo made the pass entering turn 3 on the 3rd lap and never looked back. "It feels good to come back to the roots and win." Di Leo went on to take the win by a 5 second margin over Mike Roth and Frankie Launi. "Last week in Toronto didn't go as I planned. Maybe this will be the start of my winning streak that I can continue next weekend in Vancouver."
Di Leo's recently competed in the Molson Indy Toronto that saw him lead more then half the race before innocent contact with the wall while running in P3 ended his chances at a home town win. Di Leo's next on-track activity will take place this coming weekend at the Molson Indy Vancouver and can be seen online at www.barberdodge.com. Di Leo will be looking for his 2nd career BDPS victory and a chance to slide into 2nd in the series point standings.