Sears Point Karting Center test day recap

Huge crowd for first day of open testing at Sears Point Karting Center SONOMA, Calif. (IMMEDIATE RELEASE) - The Sears Point Karting Center opened its doors on Monday for its first-ever test day, and the Center was given a big thumbs up by all in...

Huge crowd for first day of open testing at Sears Point Karting Center

SONOMA, Calif. (IMMEDIATE RELEASE) - The Sears Point Karting Center opened its doors on Monday for its first-ever test day, and the Center was given a big thumbs up by all in attendance.

More than 100 people made the trip to Sears Point Raceway for the much-anticipated first laps around the 16-turn, three-quarter mile circuit. Racers came from as close as San Anselmo in the North Bay, and as far as Shingle Springs above Sacramento.

"This is just a great overall track," said Andrew Alfonso, a 19-year-old Danville resident who is also a past national karting champion. "I've been to about 40 tracks across the country and this place ranks No. 1 in terms of the layout. This place exceeded my expectations."

Jimmy Moon, a 9-year-old from Shingle Springs, has been racing karts for four years and has not seen a place like Sears Point.

"This place has long straightaways and it's pretty technical, too," he said. "There are also places to pass at every turn. It's a pretty cool track."

The track is 28-feet wide and can be divided into six different configurations. Some of the track highlights include an 850-foot sweeping straightaway, and another 450-foot sweeping straightaway that leads into a challenging combination of turns. The Center will also feature a scoreboard, two transponder-timing systems and bleachers, as well as a kart maintenance and storage center. The track, which was designed in part by Jim Russell International Karting, was built to CIK/FIA standards. The Jim Russell School is the track operator.

"Today's turnout was beyond anything we could have imagined," said Ken Ude, president of the Jim Russell School. "We thought maybe 30 people would come out today but I bet there's more than 100, and they've had nothing but good things to say."

Jon Fennell, 48, sold his Ducati motorcycle and Saleen street car to purchase a kart and tow truck. He was running laps on Monday at Sears Point.

"I've been on a couple of different tracks and this is the premier circuit," said Fennell, from San Anselmo. "It's fast, challenging and fun. It's a blast watching karting kind of take over the Bay Area."

The Sears Point Karting Center will feature its first weekend of open testing April 6-7 from 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Cost is $45 per day for open testing, or $450 per year. For more information, visit www.russellracing.com.

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