TEAM ALUMINOS CONTINUES SUCCESS AT PROKART CHALLENGE NORTH ROUND THREE Dyer, Smith and Fraser put Aluminos on top of the podium in Sonoma SONOMA, CA (May 1, 2010) - The 2010 season continues to be a successful journey for Team Aluminos. The...
TEAM ALUMINOS CONTINUES SUCCESS AT PROKART CHALLENGE NORTH ROUND THREE
Dyer, Smith and Fraser put Aluminos on top of the podium in Sonoma
SONOMA, CA (May 1, 2010) - The 2010 season continues to be a successful journey for Team Aluminos. The hard work put in by the staff and drivers have equated to strong results on-track. On May 1, Team Aluminos shined once again at the Jim Russell International Karting Center for the third round of the Superkarts! USA ProKart Challenge North program. Team driver coach Tom Dyer made his 2010 S1 debut with a victory, while S4 pilot Jeff Smith extended his win streak to three. TaG Senior pilot Larry Fraser scored his second win of the season to give Aluminos three wins on the event.
Dyer entered the event piloting the new Mirage KZ chassis (miragekart.com), helping to develop a baseline setup for Aluminos operation. The two time SKUSA SuperNationals Stock Moto champion opened up the event with a third place performance in the morning qualifying session, just two-tenths off the pole-sitter. Wasting no time and signaling his intentions, Dyer got a great launch from inside of row two taking the lead at the start and going unchallenged for the win in heat one. Dyer again grabbed the holeshot to begin heat two. On this 8-lap run, he would find pressure and by lap six, Dyer had relinquished the lead and finishing second. Starting the main event from the off-pole position, Dyer launched off the line quickly to take the lead. With a series of quick opening laps, Dyer established a sizable lead. Hitting his marks and putting down consistent lap times over the 20-lap event, Dyer took the victory by over 4-seconds.
"The Mirage KZ chassis worked really well at the event," stated Dyer following the weekend. "It's now two for two in the win department with this one and Jeff Smith's win in the S4 class in the second round of the series. I think this chassis likes racing here in North America."
Virtually untouchable in the prior two rounds, Smith returned for round three looking for to repeat the performances. In qualifying, Smith was able to edge out his competition for the pole position by a slim 0.048-second to earn the spot. Working with Dyer and the other coaches on the Aluminos staff, Smith has been improving his standing starts over the last few months. This weekend, Smith would be able to get away cleanly from the line in both heat races and the feature. After leading wire-to-wire in the two 8-lap heat races, Smith capped off a perfect day by pacing the field all 20 laps and taking the main event win by 7.5 seconds for win number three on the year.
Much like Smith, Fraser put in a perfect performance to score maximum points on the day and secure the point lead in the TaG Senior division. Fraser's fast lap in qualifying held up by a scant 0.075-seconds to start the opening heat from the P1 grid spot. Though the competition - full of young up-and-coming drivers from the region - was close in qualifying, Fraser made it look easy as he led all eight laps of the heat races. Keeping the same torrid pace, Fraser went unchallenged in the 20-lap feature to score his second victory of the season by 4 seconds.
Aluminos Arrive and Drive pilot Peter Workum continues to develop his skills working with the Danville, California-based operation. Building his proficiency in the shifter karts, the Arizona driver is developing in the TaG category as well. Running the TaG Masters class in the PKC North region, Workum has established himself as a championship contender. Workum qualified his Aluminos entry second to start outside row one for the opening heat. Running second, Workum would retire with two laps to go thanks to a broken chain. Coming from the tail of field, Workum put his overtaking maneuvers learned from the Aluminos staff to work, climbing up to second in the 8-lap run. Workum held strong to the second position throughout the 20-lap contest to match his best result of the season, keeping himself in the hunt for the point title.
Joining Dyer in the competitive S1 category was fellow driver coach Fritz Leesmann and Aluminos Arrive and Drive pilot Brad Dunford. Leesmann, the SKUSA SpringNationals event winner, was just off in the qualifying session to sit fifth at the end of the run. The NorCal driver held his ground in heat one to finish fifth, making his move forward in heat two to place third. With Dyer checked out in the feature, Leesmann battled for the second spot. During an exchange for position, Leesmann was hit by his challenger and spun sideways. Leesmann regained his composure and finished the run in third until officials penalized the other competitor, moving the Aluminos driver to the second step of the podium to continue to hold the top spot in the point standings. Dunford looked solid early on in the day and the main event, challenging inside the top-five until falling back to end up seventh in the final tally.
Team Aluminos is set to journey down the California coastline to contest the fourth round of the ProKart Challenge South program at the 1.8-mile Streets of Willow facility in Rosamond, CA on May 14-15. The Northern California based-operation is already gearing up for 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.