JACKSONVILLE, FL -- The opening round of the nine-race Superkarts! USA North American ProMoto Tour 2K was a lucrative one for Baroda, MI's Chris Lobaugh. The lead driver for his family-owned MRP racing operation kicked off the 2000 national ...
JACKSONVILLE, FL -- The opening round of the nine-race Superkarts! USA North American ProMoto Tour 2K was a lucrative one for Baroda, MI's Chris Lobaugh. The lead driver for his family-owned MRP racing operation kicked off the 2000 national championship season with a strong victory in the headline Shift Kart Formula S1 final, edging Wisconsin's Bobby Wilson (Trackmagic) and Florida's Andrew Lewis (Birel) after a hard-fought battle.
The talented driver was the man to beat throughout weekend as he began his successful run in the 10-lap heat races, where he swept all three sprints to secure the pole position in the 20-mile / 28-lap main event that capped off the exciting weekend. Held at the fast 103rd Street Sports Complex in Jacksonville, FL on March 3-5, this event began SKUSA's second season of national championship competition. As a result of his dominating performance, Lobaugh (Birel) has taken the first step towards contending for this season's title, leaving Florida with the outright points lead.
Wilson was tops in qualifying and was the early race leader in the final as well. After Lobaugh took the lead from him at the midway point in the race, Wilson seemed ready to settle in for a fight to the finish when a blown head gasket robbed his Honda CR125 of the top end power he would need to challenge for the win. Undaunted, Wilson stayed on the power to take second, an impressive performance to begin his first season of national level competition. Lobaugh went on to win by less than a second (0.528 secs.) and took home a total of $1,100 for his efforts, winning $600 for the victory and the $500 that accompanied the K&N Clean Sweep Award, a prize offered to any Formula S1 driver who can sweep all three of the weekend's heat races.
Home state driver Ben Moore (Tonykart) captured the checkered flag in the semi-pro JM Racing Formula S2 class (125cc), pulling away from the field consistently to top Canadians J.W. Urlin (First Kart) and Juliana Chiovitti (Birel). In the CTS Formula K1 (80cc Sr.) division, Oklahoma's Matt Farber (MBA) made the most of the mechanical failures that sidelined the two early-race leaders, Matt Champagne (MBA) and Berek McEwen (Interkart). Florida driver Jeff Schaab (Trackmagic) came from the tail of the field to finish second while Minnesota's Jason King (CRG) persevered through a long and troublesome weekend to complete the podium in third. The final class on the SKUSA ProMoto Tour docket is the KGB 80 Jr. division. After a last lap / last corner wreck involving a pair of backmarkers partially blocked the track and collected leader Patrick Daily (MBA) and then-second-place-driver Kyle Wharff (Trackmagic), Texas pilot Preston Peebles guided his KGB 80 through the carnage to score the win. Local driver Andre Des Marais (BRM) took second while Kyle Weigand finished third.
This event was the first stop on the four-race Atlantic Zone schedule and the east coast teams will now head to the 1.3-mile Talladega Grand Prix facility on April 21-23 for Round #2. The west coast Pacific Zone will begin its first of four events at the newly-lengthened and resurfaced Formula K Raceway in Phoenix, AZ on March 31-April 2. When both series have been completed, the separate points standings from the two schedules will be combined and the championship will be decided at the Millennium World Finals held in the September at the Oklahoma Motorsports Complex.