PHOENIX, AZ -- Using his deep knowledge of the track at Phoenix, AZ's Formula K Raceway, veteran shifterkart driver Alan Rudolph scored his first career Superkarts! USA ProMoto Tour victory this past weekend following a dominating performance in...
PHOENIX, AZ -- Using his deep knowledge of the track at Phoenix, AZ's Formula K Raceway, veteran shifterkart driver Alan Rudolph scored his first career Superkarts! USA ProMoto Tour victory this past weekend following a dominating performance in the opening round of the Tour's Pacific Zone schedule. The chief instructor at the Phoenix-based Bondurant Superkart School, Rudolph qualified third and then proceeded to win all three of his heat races, putting his KGB North America entry on the pole for the 27-lap A Main on Victory Sunday. In the feature event, Rudolph got the holeshot and jumped out to a solid lead, fending off all advances from eventual second place finisher Scott Speed and his Traxx MBA. Rudolph took home $600 for the victory and collected the K&N Filters Clean Sweep Bonus as well, scoring an additional $500 for winning his three qualifying motos. This bonus pushed his total winnings to $1,100.
Speed was relentless in his pursuit but was forced to settle for the runner-up position although in a championship race, he realized the importance of the result. He did take home an additional $1000 after winning a very exciting Bondurant Dash for Cash, undoubtedly the best yet. Third in the final tally went to a charging Jonathan Bomarito. The factory Trackmagic driver turned the race's fastest lap during his charge and following a grueling 20 miles on this tough 7/10 mile layout, Bomarito made his first trip to the podium in SKUSA ProMoto Tour competition.
In support class action, A.J. Allmendinger capped off his 80cc career with a big win in the CTS Formula K1 class for KLS Racing. 1999 SKUSA SuperNationals winner Brett Buckwalter battled throughout the weekend to take a solid second behind Allmendinger while Colorado's Dustin Courter (Swiss Hutless) took his first trip to the SKUSA Victory Zone following an impressive third.
The semi-pro JM Racing Formula S2 class provided the platform for Tommy Contino's best ProMoto Tour performance yet. The Californian was the class of the field all weekend and walked away to his first career Tour victory, winning over Paul Tracy protege Matt Jaskol. Contino qualified his Tonykart on the pole and proceeded to win all three of heats in fine fashion. The A Main win was the perfect cap to the weekend. It was not as easy for Jaskol, who after fighting an ignition malfunction in his second heat, calmly pushed him new Paul Tracy Tracer into the runner-up position after advancing through the field steadily. Like Jaskol, Colin Fleming (CRG) was forced to work his way from mid-pack, moving from 16th to third in the final tally after a technical DQ in the final heat race was enforced when his exhaust pipe separated from its silencer.
Top Junior Caleb Sanden (CRG) was part of a wild three-kart dice that broke away from the remainder of the record field in the KGB 80 Jr. division. The personable young pilot topped J.J. Langan (CRG) and Preston Peebles (KGB) to score his first SKUSA triumph.
The next round of the 2000 SKUSA ProMoto Tour will head back to the East Coast for an event on the Atlantic Zone schedule on April 21-23 at the Talladega Grand Prix circuit. The next stop for the Pacific Zone drivers enroute to the season-ending Millennium World Finals will be in Reno, NV on May 12-14.