WKA: IRL SoK: West Division season finale preview

West Division to Wrap-up this Weekend at Infineon Raceway Seattle, WA (August 16, 2006 ): This weekend the Snap-on Stars of Karting presented by the Indy Racing League is heading to Sonoma, CA to race at the top-notch Infineon Raceway...

West Division to Wrap-up this Weekend at Infineon Raceway

Seattle, WA (August 16, 2006 ): This weekend the Snap-on Stars of Karting presented by the Indy Racing League is heading to Sonoma, CA to race at the top-notch Infineon Raceway karting facility. This final West division race will be complete with non-stop action as driver's fight for points in the division before they head to the Series Finals next month in Toronto, Canada. The weather is forecasted be to clear and warm all weekend with no signs of rain. Cytomax, the series official energy and sport drink and sponsor of the ICC class will be setting up a fully stocked Cytomax Lounge area in the paddock to serve as a hangout for racers to take a break throughout the weekend. Cytomax-sponsored Grand-Am driver and karting icon Memo Gidley is scheduled to appear on ekartingnews.com's "Happy Hour with Howden" webcast from the Cytomax Lounge on Friday evening. Hitch Hiker Kart Stands will be present as a vendor at the event and will be awarding free kart stands to Sunday's winners in the Cytomax ICC, ICA, and PCH Motorsports JICA classes. Series title sponsor will as always have a dealer presence at the event.

In the Cytomax ICC (shifter) class Tad Funakoshi (Ital Kart) head into the event with a ten point lead ahead of Jordy Vorrath (Leading Edge/ Champion Intrepid). Vorrath will be racing at his Leading Edge team's home track and will be eager to match the East Division title that his Intrepid teammate Phil Giebler wrapped up in Shawano two weeks ago. Gary Carlton (PCH Motorsports CRG) sits third in points and is looking to follow-up on his debut win for PCH Motorsports in Shawano two weeks ago. This class promises some intense racing action with Funakoshi, Vorrath, and Carlton all having extensive lap time on the Infineon circuit and the end of season points battle so close.

On top of the points in the ICA (direct drive) class is Jess Peterson (Intrepid) after a good showing at Buffalo Bills where he scored two runner-up finishes. In second sits Colby Jenn (Ital Kart) who is only 15 points behind the leader. In third place is Cory Pollock (Birel) who is not far behind in the points chase. Pollock, the defending Easykart National Champion, has been impressive in his rookie season in ICA. East Division Champ and reigning Jim Trueman Memorial Award Winner Joel Miller (Tony Kart USA) will try to follow-up on his sweep of the last West Division round with a good showing at Infineon.

Devon Sandeen (First Kart) is in the driver's seat of the Spec Racer standings in the West Division. However, his First Kart teammate Eric Gerrits (First Kart) hopes to give him a run for his money this weekend. Nicholas Fairney (First Kart) and Justin Miller (Birel) sit in third and fourth place respectfully in points and will be aiming to position themselves well for the series finals in September.

Highly talented Brendan Langlois (Maranello) leads the hard fought PCH Motorsports JICA class heading into the weekend. Only six points behind him is Brett Smrz (First Kart) who wrapped up the East Division in Shawano two weeks ago. Garrison Masters (PCH Motorsports CRG) swept the West Division's Tucson weekend in April and will aim for a similar performance this weekend.

The young racers in the King Taco Cadets class will be battling for an all-expense paid trip for two to a 2007 IRL event courtesy of King Taco. Oscar Tunjo (Nevoso) leads the standings heading into the weekend but defending National Champion Sage Karam (Topkart) and Raquel Martinez (TopKart) are close behind. Top Kart's Mason Marotta will be sure to be a contender this weekend is well. There is never a dull moment in the 10-15 kart drafting packs that are the norm in this class and fans will be holding their breaths at every turn as the young pilots battle it out for the crown.

-credit: www.starsofkarting.com

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Series Kart
Drivers Memo Gidley , Phil Giebler , Joel Miller , Brett Smrz , Oscar Tunjo , Sage Karam