(Ocala, FL) -- The early-season promise of Team Fury and it's all new GP chassis continued at round three of the SKUSA Florida Winter Tour. Lead driver Joe Janowski stood on the podium for the second time in two races with a solid third place ...
(Ocala, FL) -- The early-season promise of Team Fury and it's all new GP chassis continued at round three of the SKUSA Florida Winter Tour. Lead driver Joe Janowski stood on the podium for the second time in two races with a solid third place finish after qualifying eighth. Kyle Wiegand, the team's 80cc Jr. driver, had a very impressive weekend taking his second consecutive pole, winning the heat and winning the feature.
With the Winter Tour making its first appearance at the Ocala track, all the Team Fury drivers agreed it was an excellent facility. "The track layout was excellent. I think everyone at the race spent a lot of time searching for grip due to how green the track was," said Fury S1 pilot AJ Noud.
Team Fury made its presence known from the start of qualifying with Janowski recording the eighth fastest time. Fury drivers Noud, Mishael Abbott, and making a one-off appearance Brian Lay, lined-up in positions 11, 18, and 19 respectively. At the conclusion of heat one, Janowski was in the lead. Teammate Brian Lay drove from mid-pack to second in the second S1 heat. AJ Noud and Mishael Abbott experienced equipment problems and did not finish.
For the start of the feature, Janowski sat on pole with Lay in 4th. Due to his DNF, Noud started in the final grid position. With the drop of the green flag, Noud was making a dash to the front having improved 8 positions by the half-way point of the race. With about 7 laps remaining, Noud was hit from behind and retired from the race.
At the front of the pack, Janowski lost a couple positions at the start and was battling for position the entire race. Meanwhile, Brian Lay got a hole shot at the start and vaulted from 4th to 2nd place. Janowski and Lay ran the majority of the event nose to tail. When the checkered flag flew, Janowski finished in third with Lay in 6th after coming into contact with another kart and spinning. Mishael Abbott finished 12th after a weekend fighting mechanical gremlins.
Team Fury finds itself in the title hunt for the SKUSA Florida Tour in the S1 division on the backs of Janowski's solid performances. "We really hadn't planned on being in this position in the points," said Team Manager Sean Mossgrove. "Having the new GP chassis, we had planned on using the Winter Tour as a data gathering program in preparation for the ProMoto Tour this summer. This is such a solid race package; we're really happy.
"We had a very tough weekend with the grip issues early, but in the wider-view, it was good for the team. We were able to try a bunch of different set-ups between AJ, Brian, Mishael and Joe. We also discovered just how good this package is in the rain."
Team Fury returned to its home base on the famous Gasoline Alley in Indianapolis where they plan to take in some early season testing as soon as winter releases its grip on the Midwest.