JACKSONVILLE, FL- National Road Race Champion, Preston Peltier changed gears as he headed south to compete in round one of the SKUSA Pro Moto Tour Flat Out Decals Superpro Series. Peltier kicked off his Superpro debut logging valuable seat...
JACKSONVILLE, FL- National Road Race Champion, Preston Peltier changed gears as he headed south to compete in round one of the SKUSA Pro Moto Tour Flat Out Decals Superpro Series.
Peltier kicked off his Superpro debut logging valuable seat time in his 2003 CKT prepared honda powered CRG Road Rebel. The road racing standout spent most of the day Friday shaking down the new chassis, making adjustments to improve the handling of his kart.
As a new day dawned, the CKT Race Team was hoping to find the elusive speed they lacked in Fridays test sessions. Peltier was optimistic as he rolled from the grid for the 30 minute Qualifying session for Saturdays events. Engine builder and chief tuner for Peltier, Jim Perry, along with the help of driver / tuner Chad Dokken, made several adjustments to the kart during qualifying including a gear change that gained the team 3 tenths of a second. Settling in the 13th position, Peltier quickly shifted his focus to the semi-finals.
Semi finals got under way as the green light flicked on and the field accelerated through turn one with Peltier gaining several positions. Entering the second corner two karts collided sending them skidding up the track leaving Peltier nowhere to go. Locking his brakes, he nosed into the karts as they sat mangled in the middle of the race track. With the karts clear of his path Peltier completed the event in the 10th position.
The finals proved to be no less forgiving for the CKT race team as once again, Peltier was involved in an incident in the second corner of the first lap when a kart drilled Peltier from behind triggering a chain reaction sending him into the kart in front of him, knocking the nose off his kart. Peltier continued the race until side lined due to an ignition failure.
The weather on Sunday kept the teams scrambling to keep up with the dry, wet, dry conditions that plagued the area all day. The track was declared wet for qualifying giving Peltier another opportunity to show that he could keep up with the big boys. Peltier qualified impressively in the 10th position only 2 tenths of a second out of 5th position and 9 tenths off the pole speed.
Switching back to the dry, the team completed the semi finals finishing in the 9th position giving them a good starting spot for the final. Like a carbon copy of Saturdays start, Peltier rocketed off the line picking up several positions while carefully negotiating the tight turns of the .620 mile track. Peltier worked his way into the fifth spot when the ignition cut off and then on again only after losing a couple of positions. The ignition continued to malfunction throughout the rest of the race disallowing Peltier a top five finish.
"We are rookies in a pro class" (Perry) suggested. "This is not just any Pro class, these guys are the best of the best. I'm very pleased with the performance of my team here this weekend." Peltier offered.
" We learned alot about sprint racing and what it takes to get the job done. Also, I'm very happy to annouce that Millennium Technologies elected to join our race team. Millennium manufactures their own cylinders for Harley Davidsons as well as repairs cylinders of all types with a quality that is second to none. They will be our primary sponsor for the 2003 SKUSA Pro Moto Tour. I would also like to thank Azzurro Wheels , CKT Racing Engines and Aim Sports for their support this weekend as well RCE Pipes. I would like to extend a very special thank you to Extreme Karting for the awesome CRG karts that I had the pleasure of racing and SSC South for their outstanding support at the track."
You can visit the whole CKT race team and see them in action at the Mid Ohio Sports Car Course in May.