JARVIS GENNARI -- VICTORIOUS IN HOMESTEAD "Great start to 2007" Brownsburg, Indiana -- February 4, 2007 - What do you call four pole positions, four pre-final wins and two main event wins? How about a good start for Jarvis Gennari during the...
JARVIS GENNARI -- VICTORIOUS IN HOMESTEAD
"Great start to 2007"
Brownsburg, Indiana -- February 4, 2007 - What do you call four pole positions, four pre-final wins and two main event wins? How about a good start for Jarvis Gennari during the 2007 Florida Winter Tour. Jarvis and crew came prepared for their 2007 seasonal debut, bringing a stellar performance that kept the crowds amazed. He certainly set the stage for the rest of the tour, coming out with a shared points lead in Rotax Junior, and a solid start for the JICA championship.
The Rotax weekend, the first of the two, was the bread-and-butter of the Gennari-JC Karting pairing. After finishing top-30 in the World Finals and Portugal, Jarvis looked to make a strong debut back in the States. The TonyKart EVX 30mm chassis was dialed-in, and the Rotax-SSC East power plant was firing on all, well, its one cylinder. New curbing enhancements to the track couldn't slow Gennari's pace around the track. Posting a 49.22, Jarvis sat comfortably in pole position, besting second place Silva by two tenths of a second. In, arguably, his only miscue of the entire two events, he dropped 5 positions on the first three corners of the first lap of the final. He regained focus and climbed back into 3rd position, earning well-deserved championship points. Sunday's qualifying looked even better, outpacing 2nd place Menezes, a TonyKart USA teammate, by almost four tenths. Sunday's prefinal and final wouldn't see any leader changes as Jarvis ran to first in both events, pulling to a 3.6 second lead in the final.
The win to cap the Rotax weekend was a real morale booster for the JC crew, fully expecting Jarvis to hang up the boots for the next event. Reassured by the performance of the Rotax weekend, TonyKart USA invited Jarvis to join the team for the JICA weekend, offering their expertise in the engine department. JC Karting, with a full tent already, offered to step-up and provide assistance to the team as well. With so much firepower behind Gennari, the team was poised to deliver results. And deliver they did, completing all but one timed-event in first place. The team suffered its only mechanical failure, a clutch drum, during the 17th lap of the Saturday final. Although he wasn't able to complete the race, his ten-second lead on the rest of the field put the exclamation point on the end of that sentence. His performance, and atypical mechanical failure, was the talk of the event. Sunday, Jarvis came back poised and determined. Strapping the boots on one more time in the final, Jarvis cruised to a first place victory with teammate Menezes in tow.
When asked about his continued success, Jarvis said, "First I have a great team and family, plus this year with the addition of Leo and Jorge of JC Karting, we have an excellent team. The TonyKart chassis has been a real plus in my performance; it is just great to drive. And I think I have matured as a driver. Last year's experience, including my trip to Portugal in the Rotax World Finals, has all helped me become a better driver." Team Chief Joey Gennari had this to say, "We really couldn't expect any more of the program from the driver and tuner standpoint. Jarvis was on all weekend, followed up with great performances from Jorge and Leo at JC. TonyKart USA stepped up to support the cause as well. Obviously we plan to improve the engine package on the JICA side. The failure [on Saturday] was very unfortunate, and we're already working on ways to improve reliability. The team is poised to make a statement this year for sure."