Preston Peltier wins two of three. Braselton GA - 25 year old Preston Peltier caps off spectacular weekend winning two of three events, and the pole for Sundays SKUSA feature. There were 95 karts on the grid for the start of Saturdays Big South...
Preston Peltier wins two of three.
Braselton GA - 25 year old Preston Peltier caps off spectacular weekend winning two of three events, and the pole for Sundays SKUSA feature. There were 95 karts on the grid for the start of Saturdays Big South / SKUSA race 1, with 15 unlimited, followed by 5 B limited and 69 CIK / SKUSA 125cc shifter karts. Peltier started 20th in the 69 kart field scurrying down the pit lane at the drop of the green, where the asphalt narrows down to barely the width of two shifter karts as it merges into turn one of the 2.5 mile Road Atlanta race course. Peltier charged right to the front with his CKT Honda powered Allkart with nearly an eight-second lead on the fist lap. Unchallenged, he continued to pull away to a 43 second lead. Peltier entered a fuel conservation mode the last five laps of the race due to the fact that they used the biggest jet that they have ever used and had no data to assure them that they had the fuel to complete the race. Peltier lead flag to flag, with official timing and scoring placing Eric Penz 33.107 seconds back in the second position, Ray Spiers, Jack Beasley, and Joe Komyati rounding out the top five 49.189 seconds back.
Starting from the pole on Sundays SKUSA feature, Peltier sprinted off the line taking an early lead and had a short lived challenge from Clayton Prater Jr as they circuited the course. Peltier climbed the hill approaching turn 11 leading a pack of very aggressive drivers when his motor seized forcing the rest of the field to dodge his kart as he coasted slowly toward pit road. "They didn't give us enough time to warm-up our karts." Peltier offered. " I think I hurt the motor in the warm-up lap with a half throttle lean condition." Peltier made only one lap.
The CKT race team continued their winning form in the Big South race two. Once again Peltier launched his kart from mid pack right to the lead beating even the unlimiteds to turn one. Peltier continued to embarrass the field running the fastest laps that any 125cc kart turned all weekend. Like a carbon copy of Saturdays race Peltier led flag to flag finishing third over all, and first in class by an incredible margin of 1:24.538 over second place Firouz Haghighi, Nathan Weber, Scott Hall, and Mike Masters rounding out the top five.
Peltier is backed by Azzurro Wheels who will become a primary sponsor for Peltier CKT Racing in 2003. The team is looking forward the World Championships at the world center of speed Daytona International Speedway in late December. You can expect to see this team, that over the last few months has been violently thrusted into the karting lime light at the front of the pack.
Peltier CKT Racing sponsors: CKT Racing Engines, Azzurro Wheels, MG Tires, AIM Sports MyChron, K&N Air Filters, Leaf Racing Suits, and Allkart.