TALLADEGA, AL -- The Superkarts! USA North American ProMoto Tour will make its first visit to the revamped Talladega Grand Prix road race facility this coming weekend (Apr. 21-23) for the second round of its East Coast Atlantic Zone schedule.
TALLADEGA, AL -- The Superkarts! USA North American ProMoto Tour will make its first visit to the revamped Talladega Grand Prix road race facility this coming weekend (Apr. 21-23) for the second round of its East Coast Atlantic Zone schedule. The shifterkart national championship visit also marks the first occasion that a long track as been used for a ProMoto Tour event, thanks to Talladega's extended 1.3 mile layout. The Tour normally runs on shorter sprint tracks (under one mile) although this new challenge has added an interesting and exciting wrinkle to the program. The track has been lengthened and completely repaved for the upcoming season and its higher speeds will make horsepower and drafting crucial in the quest for success in Alabama.
Baroda, MI's Chris Lobaugh currently sits tied for the ProMoto Tour points leads heading into the Talladega round thanks to a dominant victory in the opening event of the Atlantic Zone series held in Jacksonville, FL in early March. Lobaugh is deadlocked with Phoenix, AZ's Alan Rudolph atop the charts after the veteran driver won the first stop of the West Coast SKUSA Pacific Zone program. Lobaugh and Rudolph had identical weekends, both qualifying third before sweeping the remainder of their events. With four races in the east and four in the west enroute to the head-to-head Millennium World Finals shootout in Norman, OK in September, these two drivers have definitely jumped out to a championship contending start to the new season.
Wisconsin's Bobby Wilson (Trackmagic) and Florida's Andrew Lewis (Birel) finished second and third in the Zone opener and should also be major factors this weekend. The field for the pro Shift Kart Formula S1 class should be extremely strong thanks to the expected participation by several of the West Coast declared drivers. A handful of top Texans are planning to attend the event, namely top ranked pilots Trevor McAlister and Kyle Martin. Although their entry into the event will not affect the points situation, their success on the track will surely begin a rivalry between the two separate Zones.
Qualifying begins on Saturday morning and the feature events are scheduled for Victory Sunday afternoon. News and results live from the track will be available throughout the weekend at www.skusaonline.com.