Steve Welk has a Tough Outing at Stars of Karting Final in Orlando Orlando, FL - With Disney's Magic Kingdom as the backdrop, Steve Welk and his C-G Racing team came into the Stars of Karting Championship round this past weekend feeling very ...
Steve Welk has a Tough Outing at Stars of Karting Final in Orlando
Orlando, FL - With Disney's Magic Kingdom as the backdrop, Steve Welk and his C-G Racing team came into the Stars of Karting Championship round this past weekend feeling very optimistic. After a two month hiatus from behind the wheel, Welk was anxious to get back to work. With the temporary circuit laid out in the Magic Kingdom parking lot, chassis setup for this event was going to be the key to success.
The twenty-two year old Welk and his crew were able to familiarize themselves with the difficult track conditions as well as the new ATK engine that had been mated to his Merlin Chassis for the event on Friday. After Friday's test sessions the team felt like they had a solid setup to go into Saturday's qualifying. During the qualifying session, a carburetor problem presented itself that had yet been noticed limiting the RPMs on Welk's engine, the problem relegated Welk to a twenty-ninth starting position. At the start of the Pre Final the fourteen year karting veteran showed his race craft moving up several positions at the start and running a solid race to come home in seventeenth giving him a much better starting spot for Sunday's Final.
The C-G Team continued to tweak on the setup and was confident with the setup on the chassis after the Sunday morning's warm-up. Another blistering start at the start of the Final would see Welk bolt up from his seventeenth starting spot to run in eleventh by the end of lap one. Welk was able to hang on to the lead group for the first part of the race. Slowly the handling on Welk's Merlin began to fade as he lost touch with the lead group. Running solidly in the top fifteen with under five laps to go a drive train problem forced Welk to retire just before the finish. The mechanical DNF relegated him to a disappointing eighteenth in the final tally.
"The finish may not been what we had hope for, but I am really proud of this team," commented Welk after the race. "We had some problems early in the weekend but were able to work through them and be on pace at the end. I made the wrong call on the setup for the final and that cost us a lot. I did not anticipate how much more grip the track had from the morning warm-up. I can't thank C-G Racing, Merlin Racing Chassis, my dad (Steve's lead mechanic for the event) and mom and everyone else who supported me this season."
Commenting on the 2005 race season Steve had this to say, "I would love to have a role in the C-G Racing team next season. I am currently trying to put together the proper funding for the Formula Ford 2000 championship, as that is my main focus. Once that is in place I will talk with Jaime (Sieracki, C-G Racing Principle) and see what we can do to race together again next year."