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KOHILO RACING SCORES PODIUM IN FIRST STARS OF KARTING EVENT WITH PSL KARTING California-based team bags podium with support from Canadian shop TOOELE, UT (April 27, 2008) -- The PSL Karting-supported Kohilo Racing team made its debut this...

KOHILO RACING SCORES PODIUM IN FIRST STARS OF KARTING EVENT WITH PSL KARTING
California-based team bags podium with support from Canadian shop

TOOELE, UT (April 27, 2008) -- The PSL Karting-supported Kohilo Racing team made its debut this past weekend at the Snap-on Stars of Karting Presented by IndyCar Series Western Division opener at the Miller Motorsports Park in Tooele, Utah. Drivers Fritz Leesmann, Josh Schreiber and Jordan Jadallah competed under the Kohilo banner with the support of PSL Karting's engine and chassis specialists, who were on hand to provide assistance. The team was quick all weekend, but ended the event with mixed results, the high note being Leesmann's drive to the ICC Final 1 podium aboard his PSL CRG.

The Florida Winter Tour Pro Shifter champion began the weekend with a fourth place performance in qualifying. Running a solid third in the first heat, the PSL pilot mistakenly came onto pit lane one lap early, dropping him to the tail of the finishing order. His third place and runner-up finishes in the other two qualifying heats matched with what could have been a third would have landed Leesmann on the pole for the main events, but rather, the error put him sixth on the grid for the finals. The Californian shined in Final 1, working himself up to the third position and a well-deserved spot on the podium. The beginning of the second race, however, saw a pile-up in opening corner, collecting Leesmann in the process. After continuing on, he managed to advance back up to seventh, keeping himself in the West Coast championship hunt.

Fellow PSL Karting ICC driver Josh Schreiber also had an up-and-down event. The weekend started out slow as he continued to struggle with engine and chassis issues in both qualifying and the heat races. Starting 12th for the main events, the Pennsylvania native had everything come together in the first final, advancing to sixth by the checkered flag. Just as Leesmann did, Schreiber was collected in the opening lap melee to start the second final, but was unable to recover, finishing 13th.

Kohilo Racing JICA pilot Jordan Jadallah made his Stars debut at the Miller Motorsports Park event. Quick out of the gates, Jadallah was fourth in the qualifying session to start outside row two for all three heat races, which did not go as planned. A couple of bad starts and one DNF put Jadallah into 16th on the grid for the two finals. In the first main event, running near the top-10, contact put the Californian to the tail of the field and 22nd at the checkered flag. The second main event ended early as a massive pile-up in the opening corner collected Jadallah, putting an end to his weekend early with a 28th classification. Despite not recording the results he was looking for, it is very apparent that Jadallah has the speed to run with the lead group in the Stars series, and great results are sure to come.

The full PSL Karting squad, including the Kohilo Racing contingent, will be back in action at the 'East vs. West' Race of the Americas event, which takes place at New Castle Motorsports Park on May 30-June 1.

-credit: www.pslkarting.com

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