TORONTO, ON. (AUGUST 14, 2003) -- Tony Ventresca and his First Kart North America shop staff have prepped the team race machines and are set to make a run at several Canadian National Championships this weekend at the 1.01 kilometer Mosport Driver...
TORONTO, ON. (AUGUST 14, 2003) -- Tony Ventresca and his First Kart North America shop staff have prepped the team race machines and are set to make a run at several Canadian National Championships this weekend at the 1.01 kilometer Mosport Driver Development Circuit in Bowmanville, ON. The General Motors Racing and Sunoco sponsored Canadian National Championships are an annual event held at different locations throughout the country. Previous races have seen competitors travel across Canada to places like British Columbia and last year in Alberta.
Aspiring racer and Barber Dodge Pro Series (BDPS) star Daniel Di Leo will join his brother and the First Kart race team for his second kart race this season as he will look to steer his 2 Mila race chassis to the front of the extremely competitive pack of drivers. Marco Di Leo, who is coming off double wins at the OKRA Grand Nationals two weeks ago and F2000 pilot and National level shifter ace James Hinchcliffe will also compete in the ICC division. Trevor Daly will also race his First Kart in the ultra competitive ICC class
21-year-old shifterkart star Bobby Wilson will make the trek to the great white north but will trade his driving boots in for a pair of mechanics gloves as he looks to further develop the competitiveness of the junior division First Kart drivers.
Wilson will be the head tuner and driver coach of first year shifter driver Lucas Smith. Joining Smith in the 80cc junior division will be another first year pilot Michael Vincec and front runner and previous National race winner Nelson Mason.
First Karts designer and manufacturer Gianni Bianchi will also make the trip across the pond from Italy and aid in the support of some race winning runs. Bianchi will team up with Shifter Kart Illustrated Tuner of the Year Terry Ventresca, Wilson and Mike Maurini to turn the wrenches and tune the chassis to ensure that they are at the front of the pack.
"This is a great event" stated Ventresca in a recent phone interview. "I feel we have put together a good group of drivers and tuners and we will look to be a dominant force at this prestigious event." Marco Di Leo and Vincec will be pulling double duty by joining several other First Kart competitors in the Honda 4-cycle divisions. First Kart boss Ventresca has also hinted at the possible registration of Hinchcliffe and Daniel Di Leo in either the new World Formula class or another senior 4-cycle division.
Four-time Rotax race winner Hinchcliffe will be unable to compete in the Rotax event due to his age according to CIK rules. "I have raced the class all year and proven that I can win" explained a disappointed Hinchcliffe who has reached the top step of the podium in the Rotax class four times in four races
Spectators are welcome to make the trip to Mosport International Raceway to watch what will be a one of the best Canadian Karting events of the 2003 season. Competitors will hit the track early Wednesday morning for test sessions for the upcoming weekend. Friday afternoon will set the tone for qualifying as all First Kart drivers will look to put their karts on pole position. Saturday morning warm-up sessions will take place before the 1:00pm heat races which will set the final grid for the feature events. The championship races will get underway Sunday at 1:00pm
Fans can go online to www.asncanada.com to get an up-to-date schedule and view race results for the Canadian National Championships.