April 10, 2001 Team Fury Takes on Gainesville Long Track (Gainesville, FL) -- Development of the Team Fury GP Chassis continued with the team's first trip to a long track during round four of the SKUSA Florida Winter Tour at the all-new ...
April 10, 2001
Team Fury Takes on Gainesville Long Track
(Gainesville, FL) -- Development of the Team Fury GP Chassis continued with the team's first trip to a long track during round four of the SKUSA Florida Winter Tour at the all-new Gainesville raceway. Team Fury had a full contingent of drivers with Factory Fury pilots Joe Janowski and AJ Noud, along with Team Fury drivers Misheal Abbott and Sean Macintosh making his second drive for the team.
Saturday's qualifying rounds showed the team's speed as Janowski led the way qualifying in the 5th position. McIntosh, Noud and Abbott qualified 12th, 17th and 18th respectively.
Saturday's high humidity gave way to Sunday's sun and strong winds. In the first heat, Janowski got collected in a first turn accident as 2000 ProMoto Champion Bobby Wilson went air borne, landing on top of Janowski. The first heat would prove to be a challenge for the entire team with Noud cutting a tire and Macintosh getting collected in another accident and bending an axle. Mishael Abbott was the long bright spot for the team, bringing her kart home for a hard-fought fourth place finish.
In the second round of heats, Janowski and Noud lined up at the back of the pack. At the drop of the green flag, Janowski moved up advancing from 11th to 7th at the end of the first lap. Meanwhile, Noud was battling a loose condition the entire heat. When the checkers flew, Janowski had scored a 5th in the second heat.
The finals saw Team Fury mid-pack at the start. When the green dropped, Janowski and Macintosh lost ground to two karts. Meanwhile, Misheal Abbott got a solid start, picking up two positions only to be spun out in the first turn. Abbott was able to re-fire her motor and drove a strong race.
After the start, Janowski and Macintosh ran nose to tail with a group of five karts. It was difficult going for Team Fury as the kart leading the pack was clearly slower, yet fast enough leading into the passing areas to hold up the entire group. With five laps remaining, Janowski cleared the slower karts and quickly established very impressive laps times on the circuit.
"It was a tough weekend," said Janowski. "We had motor problems in practice and qualifying, then the accident in the first heat. Given the way the weekend started, we're very happy with the 5th place. We came here to learn about the chassis and get some data for the Long Track Nationals, and we were able to accomplish all our goals for the weekend."
AJ Noud had a tough battle all weekend doing development work on the GP chassis. "We wanted to try a few new things with set-up and since Joe is in the battle for the points championship, I got to do the development," said Noud. "We learned quite a bit about what the kart likes so when we get to the ProMoto races, we'll be in good shape."
While it was a tough weekend for the team, Fury Team Manager Sean Mossgrove was happy. "We certainly didn't do as well as we had hoped, but when you consider the problems we had early in the weekend then Joe's crash and AJ's cut tire in the first heat, we came together very well. We are always reminding ourselves this is a new program, and we are still learning the karts. The important thing is to gather data and be ready for the ProMoto."
Team Fury heads back to Indianapolis for a few weeks of testing before returning to Florida for the fifth and final round of the Winter Tour followed by the first round of the ProMoto Tour at the Jacksonville motorsports complex.
Team Fury is the exclusive importer of the GP Chassis.