Furfari Motorsports began its 2008 season a week ago as Michael, Anthony, and Joey Furfari Jr. each raced at the opening round of the Florida Winter Tour. All three race for Juncos Racing where Michael returned to JICA, Joey returned to Cadet, and...
Furfari Motorsports began its 2008 season a week ago as Michael, Anthony, and Joey Furfari Jr. each raced at the opening round of the Florida Winter Tour. All three race for Juncos Racing where Michael returned to JICA, Joey returned to Cadet, and Anthony began a rookie season alongside his big brother. Team results were as varied as the weather at Homestead, but all three were excited to be back on track.
After a 2007 campaign that saw him win the WKA Manufacturer's Cup finale at NCMP and finish second in points, Michael looks to be on the JICA radar all season long wherever he competes. At event one he gradually worked himself into a rhythm through Friday practice and when qualifying hit the track Saturday morning he quickly timed eighth in the field of twenty-seven. He then set to working forward in the prefinal, taking seventh at the start and moving up to fifth by the end of the opening lap. Then the plan was scrapped working lap two when contact knocked him out and down to 14th. He recovered to 12th by the end of the lap, and over the rest of the heat race recovered to line up ninth and on the inside line for the start of the main. This time the start went even better - yet the race dissolved even more quickly. Michael was up to fourth by turn four yet wouldn't see the end of the opening lap, contact once again taking him from contention.
Sunday brought soggy qualifying and Michael created some work for himself as he timed 25th in the morning session. Then in a drying prefinal he went on a tear. Already 17th through one lap, Michael was 13th after five and into the top ten through nine laps. Yet another hit from behind dropped him to 17th before he climbed back to 12th at the checker. In the second main he was back into the top ten through one, then diced before settling in 12th for a majority of the race distance. In the closing laps he moved back to 11th to end his weekend.
For much of the Sunday final Anthony was in the same pack and at one point was directly behind big brother before finishing 14th. After qualifying 20th and having trouble lead to 25th in the prefinal, Anthony was 12th after the first lap of the main event! He then put in a solid rookie run to get his Juncos kart to the line feeling much better than it did just a day earlier. On Saturday Anthony qualified 17th and ran a steady prefinal to cross in 16th. He then had a fantastic start to his first JICA main and was tenth after the first lap. Contact then dropped him right to the back of the pack as he looked to move deeper inside the top ten, and the rookie did well to finish the run with a mangled front end. Still, Anthony enjoyed the increased power of the JICA kart and is looking forward to getting back at it in February.
The youngest of the trio, Joey Jr. showed he is out for more this year as he timed in the top ten during the first two practice sessions on Friday. Saturday morning brought a 17th in qualifying and a steady run to 16th in the prefinal. On track for the main event at Homestead, Junior was up to 14th through the final turn before being caught up in big crash at turn one proper. Back at it Sunday morning, he timed 15th in the wet and maintained the spot through a ten lap prefinal. Being careful to stay clean on the second start, Joey fell to 18th on lap one but quickly recovered to 16th and passed into 15th heading to the final stages. Keeping clean through the final lap, Joey then took two more spots to cross 13th.