TALLADEGA, AL â€“ Texan Gary Glanger scored his first Superkarts! USA North American ProMoto Tour Formula S1 victory this past weekend when he triumphed at the second round of the Atlantic Zone schedule in a rain-soaked 20-lap final at the 1.3...
TALLADEGA, AL – Texan Gary Glanger scored his first Superkarts! USA North American ProMoto Tour Formula S1 victory this past weekend when he triumphed at the second round of the Atlantic Zone schedule in a rain-soaked 20-lap final at the 1.3 mile Talledega Gran Prix Raceway. Glanger took the lead from eventual third-place finisher Joe Janowski (Trackmagic) early in the race and went on to cruise to a 15-second win over Oklahoma driver David Stover (Birel).
Running the #8 national plate this season as a result of his finishing position in last’s year’s inaugural ProMoto Tour points, Glanger is one of two Shift Kart Formula S1 pilots for the Norman, OK-based Champion Kart Shop. The operation imports the Interkart chassis that Glanger took to the SKUSA Victory Zone. They were able to put two of Glanger’s team members on the podium during the weekend as well. The Texan had qualified second fastest in the 20-kart Pro field and although he did not win a heat race, he remained consistent with a 6-4-4 record in the motos to start the feature from the inside of the second row. From there, he would simply drive through to the big win.
It was the first time in SKUSA ProMoto Tour history that a national championship event was run under wet conditions and the downpour actually ended what would have been a high-speed fight to the finish. Top FS1 qualifier Bobby Wilson (Trackmagic) set the outright lap record at the newly repaved and lengthened Talledega facility, turning a 58.285 second lap during qualifying, a time that translates to over 105 mph at the end of the track’s long backshute. Should the final have been run in dry conditions, a ten-kart dice for the win would have been very likely. For all his efforts, Wilson ended up sixth in the final tally and now leads the series points standings.
In the support classes, Eric Jobe (Margay) took home the victory in the JM R acing Formula S2 division in his first-ever shifter race. John Kindheart (Interkart) took second after falling from the outside pole to last place when he bogged at the start line. Fellow Interkart teammate Berek McEwen took third in his SKUSA 125cc debut.
Minnesota’s Racin’ Jason King (CRG) had the hot set-up in the CTS Formula K1 A Main and took the lead on the final lap to score his first Tour win. A group of eight kart battled for the top spot in the only race run in the dry, with the lead being swapped six and seven times a lap. Jeff Schaab (Trackmagic) and Matt Champagne (MBA) took second and third respectively.
Sean McIntosh put his Traxx MBA up front when it counted, leading the last lap completed in the KGB 80 Jr. class before the race was called for the increasing rain. Preston Peebles (KGB) had crossed the line second ahead of Patrick Daily (MBA) on the last official lap.
The next event on the SKUSA ProMoto Tour Atlantic Zone is scheduled for the June 2-4 weekend in Marshalltown, IA at the Iowa International Raceway.