TEAM ALUMINOS AND SMITH CONTINUE WIN STREAK AT PROKART CHALLENGE NORTH Squad adds two victories to season total with Smith and Wilson standing on top of podium in Sonoma SONOMA, CA (June 12, 2010) - As the 2010 season wears on, Team ...
TEAM ALUMINOS AND SMITH CONTINUE WIN STREAK AT PROKART CHALLENGE NORTH
Squad adds two victories to season total with Smith and Wilson standing on top of podium in Sonoma
SONOMA, CA (June 12, 2010) - As the 2010 season wears on, Team Aluminos continues to step up to the plate, knocking out home runs event after event. The fourth round of the Superkarts! USA ProKart Challenge North program was no different with two Team Aluminos drivers scoring victories at the June 12 event while two others recorded top-five results to keep their championship hopes alive. S4 driver Jeff Smith was on-point all event to score his fourth straight feature win in the series as he swept the day while shifterkart rookie Todd Wilson took his first checkered flags of his career in S3.
Smith has been nearly unstoppable in this Aluminos-prepared CRG Stock Honda package. After winning the championship last season in the PKC South region, Smith decided to run closer to home in 2010. Entering the fourth round, Smith was only 10 points shy of a perfect score minus the bonus points for top qualifier in round two. Running the same course Smith claimed two victories during the SKUSA SpringNationals in April, he would lead the way in the qualifying session with a 49.811-lap time to secure the pole position by a slim 25-thousandth of a second. Making some changes to the kart before the first heat, Smith was able to post faster times than his qualifying run to lead all eight laps of the race for the win. Still running times comparable to his qualifying mark, Smith cruised to another heat race win, this time by two-seconds. The Aluminos crew and Smith kept his machine running consistent throughout the day, still posting fast laps of the race en route to victory number four in the series and extending his championship lead.
Scoring the second win of the weekend was S3 driver Todd Wilson. Working with the Team Aluminos squad in his rookie shifterkart season, Wilson continues to improve each time he hits the racing surface. While he ran uncontested to the victory in his first visit to the PKC North program after running most of the season down south, it was a solid day of track time for Wilson who ran with the S4 group. Each time out, the driver coaches of Tom Dyer and Fritz Leesmann would study Wilson's run and work with him between sessions as he steadily improved each time out while engine specialist George Tavares kept his Stock Moto package running crisp and clean.
Aside from working with the other drivers under the Aluminos tent, Leesmann was on-track himself as he was looking to extend his championship lead in the headline S1 category. In qualifying, Leesmann nearly secured his third pole position of the season before he was edged out by just 50-thousandths of a second. The first eight-lap heat race was a battle with Leesmann coming away with the win by four-tenths and the fast lap of the race. It was another challenging eight-lap battle for heat two with a total of five drivers scrapping for the win. After running second early on, Leesmann was shuffled back to fifth but managed to gain one more spot before the checkered flag waved. After the field sorted itself out to begin the 20-lap feature, Leesmann was running second and trying to chase down the leader. The two ran similar laps times as Leesmann had to settle for the runner-up spot to score his third podium finish of the year and retain the point lead.
In TaG competition, Larry Fraser carried the Aluminos colors in the TaG Senior division, coming into the event as the championship leader. After sitting fourth following qualifying, Fraser battled all day trying to improve his position but in the end recorded a fourth place finish in the feature. Aluminos owner Rob Soares put the helmet back on for the first time in PKC North competition to do battle in the TaG Masters class. After scoring the pole position, Soares ran to finishes of second and first in the heat races before an opening corner incident in the feature took away his hopes of a feature victory.
Team Aluminos will travel down the California coast to Buttonwillow Raceway for the fifth round of the ProKart Challenge South program on June 25-26. The Northern California based-operation is continuing to build up for solid attack at the second round of the Superkarts! USA North American Pro Tour, the SKUSA SummerNationals, set for July 16-18 at the challenging USA International Raceway in Shawano, WI.