Las Vegas Karting Center presents Championship Auto Racing Teams Stars of Tomorrow Stars of Tomorrow Championship Heats Up in Oklahoma Scott Speed and Colin Fleming Headline Round Two NORMAN, Okla. (July 8, 2001) -- Teenage talents Scott Speed...
Las Vegas Karting Center presents Championship Auto Racing Teams Stars of Tomorrow
Stars of Tomorrow Championship Heats Up in Oklahoma Scott Speed and Colin Fleming Headline Round Two
NORMAN, Okla. (July 8, 2001) -- Teenage talents Scott Speed and Colin Fleming were the class of the field in Round Two of the Championship Auto Racing Teams Stars of Tomorrow Championship held today at the Oklahoma Motorsports Complex in Norman, Okla., a suburb of Oklahoma City, in conjunction with the U.S. Shifter Nationals.
Stars of Tomorrow, a premier karting challenge founded last season by veteran Champ Car driver Bryan Herta and partner Hollis Brown to identify and showcase future stars of CART, features top young drivers from across the country aged 16 and up competing in two classes -- Pro 125 Shifter and Rotax-Max 125 (non-shifter).
In the Pro 125 Shifter class, Scott Speed, of Manteca, Calif., repeated his dominant performance from the opening round of Stars competition in Las Vegas, Nev. The 18-year-old JM Racing/Swedetech driver claimed his second consecutive pole position and went on to score his second back-to-back win with a flag-to-flag victory on the 11-turn, 7/10-mile road course.
Local favorite David Stover, 21, of Tulsa, who started alongside Speed, finished second, and 21-year-old Ron White, of San Jose, Calif., battled from a 12th-place starting position to claim third. Paul Tracy Kart Racing protege Matt Jaskol, 17, fell back from his third-place starting position to finish fifth.
The racing action was fast and furious in the Rotax-Max 125 class with polesitter Chris Carmody and front-row starter Colin Fleming, both out of the Pitts/SSC Racing stable, fighting for the lead throughout most of the race. With three laps remaining, throttle problems brought a hard-fought battle to an end for 17-year-old Carmody, of Valencia, Calif. Fleming, also 17, of North Hills, Calif., went on to claim his first win in the Stars of Tomorrow Championship.
Rounding out the podium were Curtis Cooksey, who started from the back of the field to claim second, and Las Vegas native Matt Jaskol.
"The second round of the Stars of Tomorrow championship featured great competition," said event co-founder Hollis Brown. "Everybody is excited about the program and the awards. The ladder system is definitely going to work, and we're the first step of the ladder. The next round back here in Norman should be even better."
Both Speed and Fleming currently lead the point standings in their respective classes. Through the support of CART, Skip Barber, Inc., Team Rahal, Firestone, Honda, Bosch and SSC Racing, drivers in the Stars of Tomorrow program are once again competing for an unprecedented prize package.
In addition to $40,000 in cash prizes, the first and second-place drivers in the Pro 125 Shifter and Rotax-Max classes at the conclusion of the championship will once again receive a Skip Barber Three Day Racing School and a test in the Team Rahal Champ Car. The winner of the Pro 125 Shifter class also will receive a full season of competition in the Skip Barber Formula Dodge National Championship Series presented by Racer in 2002 -- the Official National Amateur Championship of CART.
The final two rounds of the four-race Stars of Tomorrow Championship will be held as part of the SKUSA World Finals in Norman, Okla., on September 21-23; and the SKUSA Super Nationals in Las Vegas, Nev., on November 9-11.