PSL KARTING DRIVERS ENJOY MIXED RESULTS IN WISCONSIN Podiums and top-10s highlight solid performances and incredible recoveries in Stars competition SHAWANO, WI (July 13, 2008) -- The undulating karting road course at USA International...
PSL KARTING DRIVERS ENJOY MIXED RESULTS IN WISCONSIN
Podiums and top-10s highlight solid performances and incredible recoveries in Stars competition
SHAWANO, WI (July 13, 2008) -- The undulating karting road course at USA International Raceway in Shawano, Wisconsin proved to be a challenging venue for the drivers running for the Trois-Rivieres-based PSL Karting team as they headed back to the United States this past weekend to compete in the Snap-on Stars of Karting Presented by IndyCar Series national championship. The team logged a mixture of results that were highlighted by a number of very impressive performances. A podium in the tough ICC category was delivered by Jacob Neal, while a tremendous recovery from a disappointing ICC qualifying run was put in by Josh Schreiber, who scored a pair of top-10s that were highlighted by a stellar fourth place finish in Race #1.
The ICC category is incredibly competitive in the Stars of Karting series and PSL Karting fielded entries for a quartet of drivers in Shawano. The best results of the weekend were delivered by Neal, the rookie who has been running with PSL in the Stars of Karting Eastern Division and PCH Motorsports in the West. Neal has been getting quicker throughout the year and put his CRG second on the charts in Gatorz Pole Qualifying, turning a 57.287-second lap to time in right behind two-time reigning ICC champion Gary Carlton. Neal proceeded to finish second and third in the first two heat races, following up with a tenth in the final moto to sit fourth on the grid for the two main events, his best starting position of the year. A flat tire in the opening Final put Neal behind the wall after just eight laps, but in the second main, the freshman was very impressive in running to third, his first podium in ICC.
Neal was joined in the top-10 on Sunday by Schreiber, who staged a weekend-long comeback after qualifying a lowly 16th in the 22-kart field. The Pennsylvania veteran powered up to seventh in the opening heat race and following this strong run with consistent improvements to 14th and 12th in the subsequent sprints, advancing him up to tenth on the main event grid. In the opening Final, Schreiber attacked at the right time and avoided several incidents to post a stunning fourth place result, turning some of the fastest times of the race. An eighth in the second main capped what was surely one of the driver's most impressive weekends in some time.
Canadian Tom Cadieux was 13th in qualifying and posted a heat race record of 9-13-15 to sit on the outside of row six (12th) for the mains, remaining consistent in the 18-lap races to finish with a pair of 12th place results. Early-season racewinner Fritz Leesmann fought bad luck all weekend after qualifying eighth, suffering a pair of DNFs in the main events after starting seventh. A broken shifter lever in the opening race put him on the sidelines early and a start-line melee in the second event ended his run before it could event get started.
Sticking with the shifter classes, PSL Karting made its debut in the TaG ICC class with Florida's Corey Rossman, who began the year in ICC. Rossman quickly adapted to the electric-start restricted TM package, qualifying in fourth before three top-fives in the heat races to secure a row three starting position for the mains. In the first final, Rossman was not able to take the green, but he ran the full distance of the second final and came home in sixth.
Making the jump from TaG ICC to the Stars TaG class, Canadian Max Riddle re-joined the PSL Karting camp in Shawano under the guidance of True North Motorsports' Kevin Loster. Riddle was 16th in the qualifying session, improving up to 14th in the first of three heat races. Becoming more comfortable in the CRG as the day went on, Riddle posted a 12th in the second heat race to cap Saturday's schedule and then came back Sunday morning with another 14th to put him 12th on the starting grid for the mains. The Finals saw the young pilot get caught up in a pair of incidents, dropping him to results of 18th and 22nd.
Two drivers flew the PSL colors in the JICA division as Tommy Beshro and Jordan Jadallah were back aboard their CRGs in Wisconsin. Beshro put in a solid qualifying run in 17th while Jadallah struggled to 29th. In the heats, Beshro was on the move, advancing to 11th and tenth in the first two motos before carding an 18th place finish in the third, putting him 13th for the mains. Beshro was collected in an early race incident in the first final, officially classified in 27th, while an amazing run up to seventh in the second main put a positive cap on the weekend. Jadallah's weekend never quite got rolling as he was mired in early race mix-ups in both mains and will now look to bounce back at the final Stars of Karting Western Division event.