GALLONI ON PODIUM IN SECOND PROKART OUTING WITH ALUMINOS New team member scores third place finish at ProKart Challenge South CalSpeed event FONTANA, CA (July 2, 2008) -- It was yet another successful weekend for the Team Aluminos squad at...
GALLONI ON PODIUM IN SECOND PROKART OUTING WITH ALUMINOS
New team member scores third place finish at ProKart Challenge South CalSpeed event
FONTANA, CA (July 2, 2008) -- It was yet another successful weekend for the Team Aluminos squad at the recent Superkarts! USA ProKart Challenge South event, which was held at the CalSpeed Karting facility in Fontana, CA this past weekend. With the series bringing in some of the best drivers that the West Coast has to offer in shifter and TaG racing, the six Aluminos drivers on hand were up to the challenge, hanging with the finest pilots in their respective classes, highlighted by an outstanding drive by Nicola Galloni in TaG Senior.
In his second event with Team Aluminos, Galloni utilized an Aluminos-prepped GP Kart to run in TaG Senior, putting his entry third in the qualifying session behind two nationally-ranked American pilots. At the start of Heat #1, the Italian fell one spot and remained in fourth for the 12-lap sprint. Trouble would strike in Heat #2 as he would be unable to complete a lap due to contact with another driver. Starting from the rear of both the TaG Senior and TaG Masters field with the DNF, Galloni put on a show by driving to the front of the field. Up to fourth by the halfway mark, Galloni put his efforts on moving into a podium position as third place was in sight. Looking for a way by for a couple of laps, he finally made his move on the final circuit and made it stick to place third.
A trio of Team Aluminos pilots was among the competitive S3 Light grid during a weekend that saw the top eight drivers lay down times within six-tenths in qualifying. Brad Dunford led the Aluminos contingent by placing fifth in the session, with young Harley Owen right behind him in sixth. Kyle Hathcox missed the set-up by a hair, ending up in 10th. Dunford and Owen held station in their starting position for Heat #1 while Hathcox picked up his pace and grabbed one position to sit ninth during the 12-lap race. In the second heat, the trio would take a step back as Dunford was slow off the line, dropping to eighth, while Owen would eventually fall back to ninth before retiring with one lap to go. Hathcox would inherit Owen's position on the final lap.
Starting from the tail of the field, the Aluminos S3 trio put down their best laps of the weekend in the 20-lap main event. Hathcox got the better jump this time around, and was up to eighth on the opening lap, followed closely by Dunford and Owen. Dunford eventually worked his way by and was up to sixth. Owen would get by Hathcox on lap 14 for eighth and shortly after, Hathcox would retire from the race. Dunford would challenge the point leader for the fifth spot but would come up just short at the line, settling for sixth, while Owen made a last lap pass stick for seventh. The three Aluminos drivers continue to build on their experience and impressing the Aluminos staff week-in and week-out with their development.
Another podium looked to be in the cards for Team Aluminos via G2 driver Blair Chang. After qualifying fourth, he picked up the pace in Heat #1 and was the fastest kart on the track, coming up just short of the win, finishing second. Again posting the fastest lap of the race in Heat #2, Chang was closer at the line, but again settled for second. In the final, Chang left everything on the table, putting in 110% into getting to the lead until contact with the tires lining the track forced him into a spin that dropped him to the tail of the field. With apparent damage, Chang fought on to finish the race in ninth. Kurt Brunner continued his development with another good outing, gaining more experience in a shifter kart while enjoying the help and knowledge from the Aluminos staff.
The next event on the docket for Team Aluminos will be at Round #4 of the ProKart Challenge North program at the Jim Russell Karting Center at the Infineon Raceway facility in Sonoma, CA on July 11-12.