SANTINO SCORES VICTORY IN STARS OPENER "Santino starts season off victorious" Ocala, Florida -- April 10, 2008 -- San Yves Motorsports driver Santino Ferrucci garnered another two podium results including a victory at this past weekend's ...
SANTINO SCORES VICTORY IN STARS OPENER
"Santino starts season off victorious"
Ocala, Florida -- April 10, 2008 -- San Yves Motorsports driver Santino Ferrucci garnered another two podium results including a victory at this past weekend's opening round of the Snap-on Stars of Karting presented by IndyCar Series East division opener in Ocala, Florida. With the event taking place at the Ocala Gran Prix facility and the rain falling for the main events, Ferrucci did exactly what was needed to claim two podium results and the current point lead after the opening round.
After qualifying third in the tight Cadet class, Ferrucci was hoping to advance his position through the heat races. Claiming a victory in the first heat along with a sixth and second in the final two heat races gave Santino the second lowest accumulated points total and a front row starting position for both feature events.
As the skies opened and the Cadet drivers took the green flag, the talented young pilot was at ease with the current conditions. Rain began to fall harder throughout the event as Ferrucci continued to stretch his lead to more than five seconds. Always in control and without putting a wheel wrong, Ferrucci cruised to his first Stars of Karting victory in 2008 as he led 15 of the 16 total laps.
Looking to repeat his success in the first final, Santino would once again start from the outside pole position. Exiting the first turn in P3, Ferrucci battled hard with the lead drivers and eventually took the point on the fourth circuit. Showing his rain dominance, the San Yves Motorsports pilot stretched his lead to nearly six seconds before running through a massive puddle on the back stretch. With the motor struggling to run, Santino relinquished the lead and fell several kart lengths behind the race leader. Showing his race prowess, Ferrucci was able to close the gap quickly but ran out of time finishing a kart length behind the eventual winner.
"I think I went through the puddle and the Fleming Engine almost turned off," commented the nine-year-old after the event. "I am not happy about finishing second but the rain races were a lot of fun. I love the rain!"
"Santino was on it all weekend as he has been all year with five wins and a podium every time he has hit the pavement" stated Jon Nevoso. "The competition is fierce and again he showed his maturity against the top kids who are 3-4 years older than him".