CACCIAVILLANI IMPRESSES IN LAS VEGAS Canadian karting pilot makes strong impression at the 2009 SKUSA SuperNationals XIII Leamington, ON -- Cory Cacciavillani and the CF Racing Team traveled to the Rio All Suites Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas,...
CACCIAVILLANI IMPRESSES IN LAS VEGAS
Canadian karting pilot makes strong impression at the 2009 SKUSA SuperNationals XIII
Leamington, ON -- Cory Cacciavillani and the CF Racing Team traveled to the Rio All Suites Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada over the November 17-22 week to contend in the running of the 2009 SuperKarts USA! (SKUSA) SuperNationals XIII. Entering the ultra-competitive TaG Junior class, Cory battled with 65 other karting pilots from around the globe. Competing under the J3 Competition banner aboard an IAME Leopard powered Kosmic chassis; the crew gelled quickly with the team mechanics and engineers at J3. In the end, the result wasn't quite what the team was looking for, but valuable experience and important chassis knowledge was gained.
After consistently being in the top-ten in his practice group, the team was very confident heading into Friday qualifying. However the team was faced with flurry of engine issues that ultimately held them back from showing their true potential from the qualifying stage on. Placing his kart in 38th in official qualifying, Cory would be forced to start in row 10 in all three-heat races.
"Our outlook for the weekend was very positive based on the speed we showed in practice, " stated team engineer J.P. Frydrychowicz after the disappointing qualifying run. "It was unfortunate that our engine problems waited until qualifying to happen as we were then stuck running that engine the rest of the weekend."
Starting deep in each race had its toll on Cory as on multiple occasions he lost positions avoiding or being involved in opening-lap carnage. Keeping his head down and not letting the engine woes or the on-track congestion get to him; Cory wrapped up his heat races on Saturday morning scoring results of 11th, 13th and 16th respectively and immediately qualified for the "A" main ranked 19th.
"It felt good to directly qualify for the main after all the issues we had in qualifying and the heats," quotes Cacciavillani after his final heat on Saturday. "The heat racing was unlike anything I have ever seen before!"
Returning the track on Sunday morning, the team was focused on scoring a good result. The morning practice showed promise and Cory prepared for his main event scheduled for 2:50 local time following the fence filling SuperPro and TaG Senior classes.
As the green flag dropped for the main event, Cory made it cleanly through corner one and two and rounded the opening lap up two positions in 17th. However contact from behind on lap two resulted in his rear bumper being crushed into his left rear tire. The constant rubbing slowed Cory significantly and held his back from charging forwards. Struggling to keep pace, Cory steered his Kosmic kart to a 23rd place finish at the end of the 20-lap finale.
The team now returns to their Leamington, Ontario based home for the closing months of the year. In 2010, the team plans to start the year off competing in the Florida Winter Tour.