TYLER THOMAS PREPARES FOR STARS OF KARTING WEST OPENER "Oklahoma resident looks to repeat success from Ocala" April 20, 2009 -- Team Top Kart USA pilot Tyler Thomas will travel to the West coast this weekend for the Snap-on Stars of Karting...
TYLER THOMAS PREPARES FOR STARS OF KARTING WEST OPENER
"Oklahoma resident looks to repeat success from Ocala"
April 20, 2009 -- Team Top Kart USA pilot Tyler Thomas will travel to the West coast this weekend for the Snap-on Stars of Karting Series West division opener in Sonoma, California. Taking place at the Jim Russell Infineon Raceway Karting Center, Thomas will compete in the Snap-on Stars of Karting Grand Prix of Sonoma in the ultra-competitive Junior National division. After a solid top five finish in the East division opener at the Ocala Gran Prix facility in Ocala, Florida, Thomas will look to improve in Sonoma as he looks for a podium result.
"I am looking forward to this weekend," stated Thomas from his home in Tulsa, Oklahoma. "I have been out of a kart for a while but have been doing some sprint car racing. I am learning a lot in that form of racing and hope that I can bring some of that experience back to the Junior National division."
Racing in the 600cc Modified Midget class throughout Oklahoma, Thomas has competed in events for the past three weekends. Though he is one of the youngest drivers in the class, the talented 13-year-old continues to impress with his speed and results at each and every facility he travels too.
On the April 10th -- 12th weekend competing at the I-44 Speedway in, Oklahoma City Oklahoma in ASCS2, Tyler finished 10th in Friday nights show in only his tenth career start. Racing against much more experienced competitors in the class, Tyler focused on Saturday evening's festivities and won his heat race transferring directly to the 'A' main. With the inclusion of passing points for your main event starting spot, Tyler locked himself into the top six after starting last in his heat race and finishing second.
With a solid fourth place starting position in the main event, Thomas would run in the top five as he paced the leaders speed throughout the race. Unfortunately, a bad fuel pump would cause issues just past the half way point forcing Thomas to retire from the fifth position.
The following weekend, Thomas would see action at Port City Raceway's Spring Fling where he would once again turn heads. After convincingly winning his qualifying heat, Thomas was awarded a front row starting position for the main event where he would once again look for victory. Racing against some of the toughest competition in the country, Thomas would finish fourth Friday nights 'A' main, a solid result for the rookie. Friday's results guaranteed a direct transfer to Saturday night's main event where Tyler would garner another top five result.
Having never been to Infineon Raceway, Thomas will be back behind the wheel of his Top Kart and will take advantage of both Thursday and Friday practice sessions to get accustomed to the tricky 16 turn, .76 mile facility. Notorious for great wheel-to-wheel racing action, Thomas will once again look to be in the thick of it as he battles for the win.
Working with his father and mechanic Brian Thomas, Tyler will utilize a Woltjer Race Engines prepared Parilla Leopard in his national championship chase.