Three wins in Florida provide momentum for a strong season Guelph, ON. -- January 26, 2005 -- With the IRL Indycars on the oval and the karts running in the parking lot of Homestead Miami Speedway, the First Kart North America squad was...
Three wins in Florida provide momentum for a strong season
Guelph, ON. -- January 26, 2005 -- With the IRL Indycars on the oval and the karts running in the parking lot of Homestead Miami Speedway, the First Kart North America squad was looking to start '05 off strong. With a crop of new drivers under the tent and some veterans returning from last season, First Kart traveled back home with three victories and some other strong results.
Markham, ON's Daniel Morad provided the high of the weekend for the First Kart squad as he took home the feature win in the Pro Shifter class in Sunday's competition. Morad was consistently fast all week long and was at the top of the time charts at the end of every session. In his first ICC pro shifter event, Morad overcame some start miscues to show the karting community that he will battle for several championships through out the year.
Five-time Colombian National Champion Gustavo Yacaman, provided the team with their only Junior victory of the weekend as he fought hard with local Florida competitors all weekend long. Yacaman ran a smart feature race on Sunday as he was able to break the draft and pull away to victory.
Australian's Derrick Cunningham traveled home with a smile on his face after taking Saturdays Rotax Senior Heavy feature win. Cunningham ran in the 2nd position all race long putting pressure on his fellow competitor. When lapped traffic came into play, Cunningham made his move and was able to take the victory. It appeared evident that Cunningham was going to do the same Sunday but a huge mid race accident ended the Australian's weekend early
Other strong runs for the FirstKart.com race team include Eric Gerrits who qualified pole and had two top ten finishes in the Rotax Senior division. James Moriarty had some trouble in the Master Shifters event but managed to finish in the top five both finals. Jimmy Moriarty had his strongest run ever as he set fast lap and finished 4th in Sunday's pre-final. Driving hard in the final, Moriarty had some trouble as he destroyed a motor mount on one of the Homestead curbs. Puerto Rico pilot Richard Benetiz carded two top five results in his first race with the talented squad and will be a strong runner this year in Stars of Karting competition. Morad, along with his victory, also added a 5th place result to his resume while Yacaman added two pole positions and a 9th place result.