First Kart Wins Championships Across North America GUELPH, ON. -- (SEPTEMBER 20, 2004) First Kart drivers Mike Roth and Howie Idelson went into series finales this past weekend with one thing on their mind. Though winning the race is good...
First Kart Wins Championships Across North America
GUELPH, ON. -- (SEPTEMBER 20, 2004) First Kart drivers Mike Roth and Howie Idelson went into series finales this past weekend with one thing on their mind. Though winning the race is good both drivers understood that the overall series championship was the main goal and both drivers knew exactly what they had to do.
Idelson, in Norman, OK entered the SKUSA World Finals as the favorite and immediately went on the attack qualifying his Hi-Tech powered First Kart on the pole. Looking to relinquish nothing in the pre-final, the veteran pilot won the event to put himself up on the pole for the main event and the chance to claim the series championship. With the lights on for the first ever National level night race, Idelson could only manage to claim the second step on the podium but with this result was crowned the 2004 Super G National Champion.
On the other side of the continent and North of the border was Newmarket, ON resident Mike Roth who was looking to take the Formula Senior championship in the Sunoco Ron Fellows Karting Championship. Roth put his crew to work early as he had big off in the first practice session destroying his ICC powered machine. The First Kart North American squad immediately went to work building a new chassis as Roth was able to get some testing in that afternoon. With the smallest amount of laps compared to all his competitors, Roth still turned the quickest lap to claim the pole for the pre-final.
The 23-year-old Roth went onto win the pre-final giving him the preferred line entering corner one for the main event. In the final a slight miscue on the start cost Roth the lead as he completed lap one in the second position. A carburetor problem began to develop and worsened as the race went on as Roth began to lose sight of the leader and his championship contender. Trying his very hardest, Roth fell back to 3rd but knew that all he needed to do was finish in the top five to claim the title. Roth crossed the stripe in 3rd to secure the championship.
"We had some problems with carburetion" explained Roth after the final. "I was trying everything but nothing would help. I would have liked the race win but am extremely happy about the championship. I'd like to thank the First Kart squad for all their help and support throughout the season."
Mike Vincec of Stouffville, ON took the Formula Junior win after a race long battle with pole sitter Curtis Fox. Vincec ran second for the first half of the event before making a bold move down the inside under braking to take the lead and the eventual win. Vincec also scored the Rotax Junior victory but with a bad call by series officals was penalized two positions for jumping the start. The Vincec family was not happy with the outcome and immediately protested the ruling which was rejected.
"The call was wrong" stated a frustrated Tony Ventresca after the event. "With the quality of the series and officials that we have here this should have been dealt with better. With the five classes that ran today there were considered to be three jumped starts, all which received different forms of penalties. I feel bad for the Vincec family and am extremely upset. In my mind we won that race and would like to congratulate Mike Vincec on the victory."
Kevin Montieth took the World Formula Junior victory as several other First Kart competitors had strong runs only to be frustrated with bad luck.
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