New Castle, IN- The past 4th of July weekend proved to be more than a celebration of independence for Middletown, Ohio-based driver, Casey Neal. Neal's victory on Sunday in the ICA class at the Snap-On Stars of Karting national go-karting series...
New Castle, IN- The past 4th of July weekend proved to be more than a celebration of independence for Middletown, Ohio-based driver, Casey Neal. Neal's victory on Sunday in the ICA class at the Snap-On Stars of Karting national go-karting series exemplified the talents of the sixteen year old. The Stars series traveled to the New Castle Motorsports Complex, a first-class racing facility founded by Indy 500 veteran, Mark Dismore, which is located fifty miles east of Indianapolis.
Prior to the first green flag on Saturday at Dismore's track, Neal entered the race weekend equipped with numerous hours of practice in his J&J Racing supported Biesse chassis and team. On Saturday, Neal's efforts during Day One of races garnered him with a second place finish in the final, for his first ICA podium. However, keeping in mind the phrase that second place is never remembered, Neal went for the steal on Sunday's Day Two of action. Starting from row two for the final, Neal swapped the top two positions with pole-sitter and teammate, Chris Keller. Unfortunately, Casey's quest as the leader was cut short as Keller and Mike Giessen, another aspiring driver, stole the first two spots from him. After Keller experienced racing's occasional bad luck with engine issues, Casey secured second place behind Giessen for fifteen laps. With three laps remaining, the charging, Chris Giumarra, overcame Casey for second place.
A combination of two fortunate events occurred for Neal on the final lap. First, the lead kart of Giessen also pulled out of the race for engine difficulties. Secondly, Giumarra was unable to maintain the lead in the last turn as he slid off the track with Neal pressuring him under a grey sky of heavy rain. Seeing the checkered spangled banner, Casey Neal won his first Snap-on Stars of Karting ICA race.
Following his great accomplishment, Casey graciously commented, "This was a tough race, but we had a real fast kart and that kept me up front both days. The Biesse/J&J Racing Kart was dialed in really good all weekend and my ATK Engine just pulled on the straights awesome. I would like to thank everyone that supports us: Biesse Racing Karts, Jim and John Giacomelli off J&J Racing, Hubchen Carburetors of Germany, Merlin Atomik (ATK) Engines, Beta Tools for their help, and KE for their new airbox. I would also like to thank the Dismore family for providing us with such an excellent racing facility." The victory for Neal in such a prestigious and popular series gave great insight to the capabilities of the new up-and-coming racing star. Continued racing news and information is provided at www.caseynealracing.com.