FIRSTKART.COM: FLORIDA WINTER TOUR HOMESTEAD RESULTS "FirstKart.com takes three victories and seven podiums in opening round" Guelph, ON. -- January 24, 2005 -- The FirstKart.com race team scored three victories and seven podiums this past...
FIRSTKART.COM: FLORIDA WINTER TOUR HOMESTEAD RESULTS
"FirstKart.com takes three victories and seven podiums in opening round"
Guelph, ON. -- January 24, 2005 -- The FirstKart.com race team scored three victories and seven podiums this past weekend in the first round of the 2006 Florida Winter Tour (FWT) in Homestead, FL. Leading the way with two victories in separate classes was junior driver Brett Smrz as he managed to take the checkers in Rotax Junior and Junior Intercontinental A (JICA).
In the headline Pro Shifter division, Daniel Morad looked to be the driver to beat. The talented Canadian qualified pole and went on to take a 2nd place result in the final. Looking to better his position in Sunday's race, Morad was passing for the lead on the last lap as he and another driver made contact. Morad still managed to limp his kart across the line in 8th position. Rookie Pro Shifter pilot Chris Friel had a strong run coming home in 12th and 17th respectively while Josh Adams finished 18th and 16th. Calgary's Nick Maddison ran strong all weekend long and was looking for two solid top ten results before being caught up in incidents that took him out of the event.
'05 Canadian National Champion Eric Gerrits was in attendance for his third consecutive FWT series and came home victorious in Saturday's competition. Gerrits dominated the field and eventually took the checkers more then three seconds up on his nearest competitor. Gerrits will be a threat for several victories and the overall series championship.
The only FirstKart.com driver pulling double duty this weekend was Idaho's Brett Smrz. Smrz destroyed the JICA field in Saturday's action taking the win but was involved in an incident in Sunday's final that took him out of the race. Smrz redeemed himself in the Rotax Junior race scoring a solid victory to go with his Saturday's 6th place result. Joining Smrz in Rotax Junior was Stouffville's Kevin Montieth who was competing in his first ever event outside of Canada. Montieth managed an 8th place result on Saturday while placing 27th on Sunday.
The FirstKart.com race team had two entries in the TaG Heavy class and both were a threat for victory. George Brewer had two top ten results including a 3rd position in Sunday's action. Super Kart Illustrated's Rob Howden was battling inside the top three both days before incidents took him out of contention.
James Moriarty, Eli Yanko and Jaime Zuleta provided the FirstKart.com entries in the Masters Shifter class as all three drivers had decent runs. Yanko, in his first event with the FirstKart.com race team, managed two top five results while Zuleta came home 10th and 11th after running at the front of the field throughout the weekend. Moriarty used this event to get back into the swing of things scoring 12th and 14th place finishes. With bullet starts that gained him several positions, Moriarty was inside the top ten having the time of his life.
Florida residents Carolina Cardona and Robert Francis both competed in the Expert Shifter classes scoring four top ten finishes. Cardona claimed the 10th and 5th place positions in the two event days while Francis had two 7th pace results.
The FirstKart.com race team will be back in action in two weeks time at the second round of the Formula Kart Florida Winter Tour being held at Moroso Motorsports Park in Jupiter, FL. Any interested parties for arrive and drive opportunities or transportation services are asked to call First Kart North America.