Stars of Karting Championship Finale Preview With the Snap-on Stars of Karting Presented by Indycar Series National Finals just around the corner, divisional points are now set with national championships soon to be decided.
Stars of Karting Championship Finale Preview
With the Snap-on Stars of Karting Presented by Indycar Series National Finals just around the corner, divisional points are now set with national championships soon to be decided. Scheduled for the October 10th - 12th weekend on the grounds of the Las Vegas Motor Speedway, the temporary track layout will provide a challenging design that should allow for some great racing action. East and West championship winners and current national championship point leaders (listed below) will all look to secure their respective titles and add the prestigious championship to their CV.
Heading to the National Finals, Cameron Motorsports standout Michael Vincec will lead the point standings in the ultra competitive Intercontinental C (ICC) class. The talented Canadian pilot has been on a tear this year as he was a model of consistency claiming both the East and West division championships. Scoring a total of five podium results and six top fives in six final events on route to his East division championship, Vincec will look to continue his '08 success and claim the overall series title. Vincec will head to the National Finals with 450 points, only a mere 20 ahead of fellow Canadian pilot Jordy Vorrath. The talented CRG pilot has been at the pointy end of the field all season long and with some strong runs in Las Vegas, will look to secure another race victory and the elusive national championship.
Trailing Vincec in the championship chase are a group of drivers who rarely have a result outside the top five led by Champion Racing Intrepid pilot Vorrath. With 419 points, two-time defending champion Gary Carlton trails Vincec by 31 markers but the Californian has had several wins this season. Claiming a victory in Ocala, Carlton then went on to garner two victories in Utah, Seattle and Shawano, Wisconsin to follow his disappointing DNF's at the Race of the Americas. Carlton still remains a favorite in the chase for the championship and will be tough to beat in Vegas.
CRG driver Fritz Leesman and Intrepid pilot Cody Jolly round out the top five in points but will need a pair of strong finishes and racing luck if they look to claim the title.
The Tag ICC class has been a three horse race all season long and that is unlikely to change heading to the National Finals. East championship winner Michael Hogg and West title holder Brian Eady will go head to head for the title with Tony Kart's Jose Zanella providing some serious competition.
Hogg, who competes with the Italian Motors squad, and Leading Edge Motorsports Eady head to Sin City tied in points. Both drivers had tremendous seasons and in their title winning runs, both scored three victories as well as third and fourth place finishes. Eady took the edge before the necessary drop race with his fifth place result while Hogg had an eighth place run.
Tony Kart pilot Jose Zanella is thrown into the chase as he trails the two front runners by a slim nine points. Always a threat for victory, Zanella has stepped up his TaG ICC program and will look to walk away from Vegas victorious.
Two names that have been at the front of the Stars TaG division head to the National Finals leading the points with the man in charge being J3 Competition's Victor Cabrera. The talented Puerto Rican driver turned his early top ten results into victories by the time the end of the season rolled around. The Kosmic pilot claimed the final three victories of his East division title to springboard himself of Intrepid's Joey Wimsett in the point lead heading to the National Finals. Cabrera heads to Vegas with a stout 460 points as he looks to wrap up the championship.
Chris Scribner, the Western division championship winner currently sits third in the overall title chase as the Top Kart pilot made a brilliant move on the final circuit of the final west coast race to garner the title. Scribner is 85 points behind Cabrera and will need the help of the racing gods to have a shot at the championship.
Sandwiched between the divisional championship winners is Oregon's Joey Wimsett. The Intrepid front runner has had a stellar season and trails Cabrera by only 40 points as the Stars of Karting title will be decided on the temporary course.
The top three pilots in the Junior Intercontinental A (JICA) title chase all come from the West division championship, lead by Tony Kart's Phil De La O. The junior pilot has come into his own this season winning several events and multiple championships along the way and will also represent the United States at the Rotax World Finals later in the year. Before heading overseas, De La O will look to secure the prestigious Stars of Karting National Championship.
Trailing De La O by 50 markers is Top Kart pilot Brendan Phinny and a mere 25 points behind him is Gustavo Menezes. Fourth in the current championship standings is East division title holder Tatiana Calderon. The ever quick female from Colombia showed speed throughout the season but used consistency to claim the championship. With the title, Calderon became the first ever female pilot to win a Stars of Karting championship.
Merlin driver Trent Hindman has had a career season to date and nothing would be better to cap it off with than the Cadet National Championship. Hindman scored seven Stars of Karting victories in the '08 season, matching that of ICC pilot Gary Carlton. Hindman was a picture of consistency scoring two other podium positions with the only flaw in his results a disappointing 15th. Hindman heads to Vegas with the overall point lead as he paces Andrew Murray by 50 points. Greshem Wagner, Mason Cheelotz, Santino Ferrucci and Luis Tyrell round at the top six as the third and sixth place drivers are separated by only 30 points.
Hindman currently sits in the driver's seat and if he continues his recent success the title should be his. Any miscues and any driver in the top six will be there to try and take advantage.