MENEZES READIES FOR MAZDA RACE OF THE AMERICAS Stars of Karting JICA championship leader heads to Indy following European stint NEW CASTLE, IN (May 28, 2008) -- Snap-on Stars of Karting Junior Intercontinental A (JICA) championship...
MENEZES READIES FOR MAZDA RACE OF THE AMERICAS
Stars of Karting JICA championship leader heads to Indy following European stint
NEW CASTLE, IN (May 28, 2008) -- Snap-on Stars of Karting Junior Intercontinental A (JICA) championship leader Gustavo Menezes will head to the second event of the series - the Mazda Race of the Americas -- at New Castle Motorsports Park in New Castle, Indiana this coming weekend (May 31 -- June 1) vying for his second race win of the year. Tied for the championship following the first Western Division event of the season, Menezes will look to add two more victories at the circuit located just 45 minutes from the world famous Indianapolis Motor Speedway in his bid to become the JICA national champion.
The American returned to Europe to compete in the third round of the WSK International Series following his victory at the Snap-on Stars of Karting Western Division opener at the Miller Motorsports Park in Tooele, Utah. Competing at the South Garda Karting in Lonato, Italy - a course that Menezes is familiar with - the 13-year old looked to improve on his first two WSK outings. The stars did not align, however, for the Ward Racing pilot over the May 9-11 weekend.
Saturday afternoon began official timing for qualifying following two full days of practice. During the second qualifying group, Menezes would set a fast lap of 45.263 and place 24th in his group, just four-tenths off the fast lap. At the completion of the three groups, Menezes was placed in qualifying heat Group A, starting from the 14th row with plenty of work to do in order to move up the classifications.
Four 15-lap heat races would give Menezes the chance to gain as many positions as possible. During each qualifying race, Menezes would advance his position, unfortunately with the field as close in speed as it was, passing was very difficult around the South Garda course and he would not be able to get inside the top-20. Finishes of 22nd and 23rd (three times) would classify the Tony Kart pilot 69th out of 78 drivers. Menezes was not able to transfer into the next round of on-track action and re-set his sights on his national program here in the United States.
Following the 'East vs. West' battle in Indy, Menezes will have ample time to prepare for the European Championships KF3 Qualifier at the Gotenborg Karting Ring in Goteborg, Sweden, where Menezes will battle for a transfer spot to the European Championships in September.