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At its meeting on August 28th, 2015 in Paris (FRA), the International Karting Commission (CIK) took the following decisions. Development of the 2016 sporting calendar The CIK-FIA has met its commitments by fixing the 2016 sporting calendar very early to allow Drivers, Teams and ASN’s to plan more comfortably for next season. The proposal submitted by the promoter WSK Promotion has been accepted by the CIK Commission. Unfortunately it was not possible to reach an agreement with the organisers to hold a Competition in Germany or Great Britain.To be approved definitively, the 2016 CIK-FIA sporting calendar must be validated by the vote of the next FIA World Motor Sport Council, on September 30th, 2015 in Paris (FRA). 2016 Sporting calendar April 24th; Essay (FRA) CIK-FIA European Championship for KZ, 1st Round CIK-FIA European Championship for KZ2, 1st Round CIK-FIA Karting Academy Trophy, 1st Round May 15th; Zuera (ESP) CIK-FIA European Championship for OK, 1st Round CIK-FIA European Championship for OK-Junior, 1st Round CIK-FIA European Championship for KZ, 2nd Round June 7th; Adria (ITA) CIK-FIA European Championship for OK, 2nd Round CIK-FIA European Championship for OK-Junior, 2nd Round CIK-FIA European Championship for KZ2, 2nd Round June 26h; Portimao (POR) CIK-FIA European Championship for OK, 3rd Round CIK-FIA European Championship for OK-Junior, 3rd Round CIK-FIA Karting Academy Trophy, 2nd Round July 31th; Genk (BEL) CIK-FIA European Championship for KZ, 3rd Round CIK-FIA European Championship for KZ2, 3rd Round CIK-FIA European Championship for OK, 4th Round CIK-FIA European Championship for OK-Junior, 4th Round GO Racing Magazine

September 4th; Kristianstad (SWE) CIK-FIA World Championship for KZ CIK-FIA International Super Cup for KZ2 CIK-FIA Karting Academy Trophy, 3rd Round November 20th; Sakhir (BHR) CIK-FIA World Championship for OK CIK-FIA World Championship for OK-Junior After negotiations between the Bahrain organizer and WSK Promotion, a great package has been created which ensures an attractive offer to the Drivers and Teams. The Competition at Sakhir will receive significant financial support from the Bahrain International Circuit to reduce transport and accommodation costs. From Sunday 13th November to Sunday, November 20th, the Bahrain International Circuit will provide each driver with a double room in one of the finest Bahrain’s hotels, including breakfast and buffet lunch and dinner every day at the circuit. A free shuttle service between the airport, hotel and the circuit will be set up for the duration of the stay. All transport costs for shipping and storage of equipment for the teams will be paid between Italy and the circuit, each way return. The delivery of the necessary equipment, up to 100 kg per Driver, will be provided by a specific air service. Complete assistance will also be provided for all customs formalities to and from to the port of Bahrain. These exceptional Competition conditions will ensure that Sakhir will be at least as accessible as a European Competition, if not better. Adjustment of the time penalty concerning front fairings Article 31 of the CIK-FIA Specific Prescriptions has been amended to clarify that the penalties when the front fairing is incorrectly positioned after an impact, are to be reduced from 30 to 10 seconds and automatically imposed without appeal. Any Driver found to have intentionally placed their front fairing out of position on the final lap or after the chequered flag will be excluded from the Competition. This decision takes effect immediately, with the sole exception of the 2015 CIK-FIA Karting Academy Trophy which has already completed two of its three Competitions according to the previous regulation.




Joey Brey ON HIS WAY TO BECOMING A HOUSEHOLD NAME Words | Photo: Eddie Mitchell | Rick Brey Unless you are into Kart racing and live in Pennsylvania, you probably have never heard of Joey Brey. He is not a household name at present, but young Joey is well on his way to becoming one. Only sixteen years of age, Joey is taking the kart world by storm. A driver since he was ten years old Joey is leaving his mark wherever he races. Born with Symbrachydactyly/Amiotic band syndrome, which means his left hand has not formed properly. Joey has four tiny nubs and a hyperplasic thumb, no joints. He only has partial use of his thumb on his left hand. How difficult is it to drive one handed? Joey’s father Rick Brey confirmed to me that he had tried and had failed miserably. Not only does Joey drive one handed, he keeps very quiet about the fact, added his father.

the opposition into the ground comfortably winning. At Pocono International Speedway in Long Pond, PA he grabbed second place much to the surprise of many of the local drivers and fans.

Rick Brey is obviously extremely proud of his son. He tells the story of Joey when he was five or six, asking if he would be allowed to climb a rock wall at the county fair. Rick encourages Joey to do whatever he feels he can do. “I want him to feel as normal as possible,” said Rick. Apart from the disability of his left hand Joey was a normal child who wanted to show that he could compete with other children.

There is not enough room to list all of Joey’s victories. For example he won six straight races at the beginning of 2014. He recently traveled to On Trak Kart at Brookfield, Connecticut a track he had never even seen let alone raced on, he finished second. Joey’s record is not only outstanding it is unbelievable. From age ten to age fifteen he won ten League Championships, drove and won or was placed in several endurance races.

Half-way up the climb Joey looked down at his father and said, “I’m scared Dad.” Rick encouraged Joey to continue if he wanted to. This young man didn’t need any further instruction; he looked to the skies and continued on his ascent, reaching the bell at the very top of the climb, he rang it vigorously, as if to say “I did it Dad.”

At present Joey attends Vocational High School for Automotive Technology, where he was recently awarded “Student of the Month.” Being at a school that allows him to learn and work on cars, is a big plus. His father Rick believes that if you are racing the cars you need to completely understand every facet of them.

This story really sums up Joey Brey and his never-say-die-attitude. It was several years before he took this positive streak on to the kart track but when he did he very soon realized that he was a winner.

This unassuming young man would like to graduate to NASCAR or Formula 1; I for one believe that he will achieve this goal. The biggest challenge for this father and son team is finance, it costs money to travel to events and maintain a kart. Rick and Joey are seeking a sponsor; this would allow them to own their own kart and to travel to events further afield than Pennsylvania.

In late August 2015, Joey competed at Leigh High Valley race track in the Himmer Graphics Ironman series. The Ironman is a series of six races of which Joey has won four of five this season. The Lee High Valley also hosts a 500 Ironman in February, where drivers have to compete in a three-lap qualifying race, this was the easy part for Joey, and he was now in the final. For the big race the drivers have to sprint to their cars, as they do at the famous Le Mans race in France. Joey who maintains his fitness riding mountain bikes and playing airsoft, a form of paintball, drove 8


It takes a special person with the right attitude to reach the heights that Joey Brey is aiming for but Joey has that winning spirit and that never say die attitude. Without a doubt he is a winner, remember he managed to ring that bell on the climbing wall. I know that his father will never forget that moment. I also know that Rick Brey will have many more enjoyable moments watching his son take motor racing by storm. GO Racing Magazine

Announcements SELECTION PROCESS AND JUDGES ANNOUNCED FOR 2015 MAZDA ROAD TO INDY AND MAXSPEED GROUP DRIVER ADVANCEMENT PROGRAM Words: MAXSpeed Entertainment After a successful program in 2014 that saw four Rotax drivers awarded a one-day test in the Cooper Tires USF2000 Championship Powered by Mazda, Mazda Road to Indy (MRTI), Andersen Promotions and MAXSpeed Group are pleased to announce more details for the 2015 edition of the Driver Advancement Program as well as the panel of four judges that will select this year’s test winners. Josef Newgarden, a two-time Verizon IndyCar Series race winner in 2015 for Carpenter Fisher Hartman (CFH) Racing with deep roots in karting, and Simon Pagenaud, a multi-time Verizon IndyCar Series winner who drives this year for Team Penske, along with Andersen Promotions COO Michelle Kish and MAXSpeed Group President Richard Boisclair will comprise the panel of judges to select four qualified and deserving drivers into the 2015 Driver Advancement Program. “We are very pleased to once again offer four rising stars in the karting world the opportunity to sample the next step in their careers,” said Kish. “We are also extremely honored to have Josef and Simon on our judging panel. Our inaugural outing last year was a great success, and we look forward to hosting this year’s winners.” The selection process will begin with interested drivers completing the Driver Advancement Program application available for download at http://gorotax.com/documents/2015/08/2015-mrtidriver-questionnaire.pdf. Applications are due by September 30. Candidates will then be narrowed down to a group of 12 based on the selection criteria. The interview process will begin in early October with videoconference interviews of the finalists with the panel of judges. The four winners will be announced at US Open series finale in Las Vegas, Nevada at the end of October. “We are very excited to continue the Driver Advancement Program in 2015, and we are pleased to open applications to all participants of MAXSpeed events, including international drivers,” explains MAXSpeed Group President Richard Boisclair. “Helping drivers reach their dreams is what the MRTI is all about, and being able to offer these tests to four karting participants truly makes Rotax racing the first rung of the established ladder system.”

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The 2015 program will be open to all participants, from all countries, in MAXSpeed Entertainment promoted events, including the Florida Winter Tour, US Open and the United States Rotax MAX Challenge Grand Nationals. Please note: drivers participating in the Las Vegas US Open finale will need to be registered by September 30 to be eligible. Interested applicants must be at least 14 years of age by December 1, 2015 due to licensing requirements. For more information on MAXSpeed Entertainment, promoted events including the US Open, Cold Stone Florida Winter Tour, and the Cold Stone United States Rotax MAX Challenge Grand Nationals, please visit www.MAXSpeedEntertainment. com. For more information on the MAXSpeed Group, the Rotax MAX Challenge Grand Finals, Team USA and the entire Rotax program, please visit www.GoRotax.com. Be sure to ‘Like’ GoRotax on Facebook (www.Facebook.com/GoRotax) and follow on Twitter (www.Twitter.com/GoRotax) and Instagram (www.Instagram.com/MAXSpeedGroup). About Andersen Promotions Andersen Promotions has a long and successful background in promoting open-wheel championships and has also owned multiple race teams, including an Indy Lights team, in the past. The company relaunched the Cooper Tires USF2000 Championship Powered by Mazda in 2010, which it operated from 1992 through 2001. In December of 2012, Andersen Promotions founded the Pro Mazda Championship Presented by Cooper Tires to replace the void left by the Star Mazda Series which ceased operations after 22 years. On July 12, 2013, it was announced that Andersen Promotions would take over the licensing and operation of the Indy Lights Series from INDYCAR and now operates all three levels of the Mazda Road to Indy. For additional information, please visit www.indylights.com, www. promazdachampionship.com and www.usf2000.com.






Words: ProMedia Motorsports PR The filming of this year’s Fikse Wheels Pro Tour has been incredibly positive in terms of exposure and awareness for both the sport of karting and the Superkarts! USA program. The two shows that were produced from the recent SKUSA SummerNationals at New Castle Motorsports Park are scheduled for airing this month, with the first events being broadcast last Saturday and Sunday on the CBS Sports Network. The Greenlight TV cameras that were rolling all weekend in New Castle have also played a major role in the final official results of the event, as video footage from the TaG Junior race on Sunday has provided accurate visual confirmation of the side-by-side ‘photo’ finish between David Malukas and Brandon Lemke. Using the video provided by the camera crew, it has been confirmed that Lemke beat Malukas to the line, even though the transponders offered a 0.001-second win for Malukas. Upon seeing the footage, Superkarts! USA National Race Director Terry Bybee and President Tom Kutscher discussed the matter, and it was unanimously agreed that the win must be awarded to Lemke based on the new evidence. Using this particular event as a catalyst for improvement, SKUSA will now implement a Finish Line camera for all future Pro Tour events to provide for video confirmation of finishes of a close nature. “Our goal is to provide a fair racing experience for all of our drivers, and the video evidence that we were presented with provided clear-cut proof that Brandon Lemke was indeed the winner of the TaG Junior final during the Sunday event at the SummerNationals,” offered Bybee. “We’ll use this experience to improve our program and we’ll be adding a finish line camera at all future events.” For more info on anything related to Superkarts! USA, please visit the website – www.superkartsusa.com and be sure to follow the Superkarts! USA Facebook page and Twitter account – or call the SKUSA head office at 951-491-0808.

As one of the leading and top TaG engine builders in the karting community, California based P1 Engines is pleased to announce a trade in program for the IAME X30 powerplant. Customers are welcome to trade in any SKUSA or TaG USA legal Parilla Leopard along with wiring harness, airbox and exhaust pipe and receive a $1000.00 credit towards a P1 Engines prepared IAME X30. «I have never offered such a program before, so I am easing into it with only five X30 packages to see how it goes,» explained Jesus Vasquez, Owner of P1 Engines. «Interested parties are asked to contact me by phone or e-mail to get the process started. Please note that this is not a cash offer, but a credit towards a P1 Engines prepared X30 engine and the Leopard being traded in, must be complete and in working condition.»  «P1 Engines has been a strong supporter of the IAME program and one of North America›s top engine builders,» explained Tony Alvis of IAME USA West. «We are thankful that he has put a program in place to help increase the awareness of the X30 engine platform and are really happy in the initiative Jesus has put towards the IAME product.»  P1 Engines has claimed multiple race wins, podium results and championships throughout the United States including the SuperKarts! USA (SKUSA) Fikse Wheels Pro Tour, World karting Association (WKA) Manufacturers Cup, Florida Winter Tour (FWT) and Florida Pro Kart Series (FPKS), SKUSA Pro Kart Challenge as well as claiming the victory at the 2014 TaG Senior victory at the SKUSA SuperNationals in Las Vegas, Nevada. «The Parilla trade-in program is effective immediately and won›t last long» added Vasquez.  For more information on P1 Engines or to book one of their national level engines for testing or event weekend use, please visit them online at www.P1Engines.com or contact P1 owner Jesus Vasquez at 909.948.2718 or via e-mail at Champions@P1Engines. com. Also, to follow up-to-date results and information on P1 Engines, become a fan of the “P1 Engines Fan Page” on Facebook. For information on press releases or other media services offered by Race Tech Development, please contact Mike Maurini via e-mail at Info@RaceTechDevelopment.com or 317.270.8723. Race Tech Development can also be found on Twitter at @RaceTechDvlp as well as Facebook at their Race Tech Development Fan Page.



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Official Supplier K1 RACEGEAR AGAIN CONFIRMED AS OFFICIAL GEAR SUPPLIER FOR TEAM USA Words: MAXSpeed Group For the fifth consecutive year, K1 RaceGear will continue their support of Team USA and the MAXSpeed Group for the Rotax MAX Challenge Grand Finals (RMCGF). Providing the American contingent with custom shoes, gloves and driving suits, Team USA is sure to step out in style, and safety, during the 2015 edition of the RMCGF in Portimão, Portugal later this year. With designs again coming from the innovative Brett King Design (BKD), this dynamic duo of MAXSpeed partners will ensure Team USA puts their best foot forward during the international competition. “K1 RaceGear has been on board as the Team USA supplier since 2011,” explains MAXSpeed Group’s Richard Boisclair. “We are pleased to welcome them back for 2015, and continue our great partnership. With K1 offering the utmost in style, design and safety, Team USA competitors will look to show as well on the track as they will off the track and in the paddock.”

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“K1 RaceGear is very excited to continue our relationship with Team USA and MAXSpeed Group,” adds K1 RaceGear’s Richard Zimmermann. “The relationship has been rewarding for both and is a partnership for two U.S. based companies. With our updated suit homologation, K1 RaceGear is one of the few manufacturers to pass the more stringent testing process required by the CIK and FIA.” Ten Team USA drivers have already earned their tickets to the 2015 Rotax MAX Challenge Grand Finals, which will take place at the Kartodromo Internacional do Algarve in Portimão, Portugal November 8-14. Many opportunities to join Team USA remain, as the US Rotax MAX Challenge United States Grand Nationals and the Can-Am Karting Challenge will award 2015 tickets in the coming months. With K1 RaceGear back on board as official safety and gear supplier, Team USA is certain to look their best while competing on the world stage. K1 RaceGear is a world leader in high-quality custom racing gear and apparel. More information on K1 RaceGear and their entire line of products can be found on their website at www.K1RaceGear.com or by visiting their Facebook page at www.facebook.com/K1RaceGear. For more information on the MAXSpeed Group, Rotax MAX

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TRACK A Mother’s Perspective Words: Kory Zimmermann

They say the only constant in life is change. As summer comes to an end, the kids go back to school, the days start getting shorter, and there is that crispness in the air signaling that fall is just around the corner. Unless you live in Southern California, then summer will be here a bit longer! For us, summer brought many opportunities for change. We had opportunities to race this summer at new tracks, try out new motors, and meet new racing friends. It also brought about one of the biggest changes; a career change. Over the summer, my husband Richard was offered a 5th grade teaching position. It would be a huge change; one that would affect us on a multitude of levels and a lot had to be taken into consideration. We sat down as a family and discussed the pros and cons of this change and of course the topic of karting was brought up. Arie’s biggest concern “Dad, how will this affect my karting?” Richard giving his notice and leaving K1 RaceGear was hard; he has built a lot of great relationships on and off the track. I think there will definitely be parts he will miss, but he is also looking forward to just being a dad with his son at the racetrack. It is also giving us other opportunities for change and to try new things. There seems to be things’ changing in karting as well, a new



series is being introduced on the West Coast. Whether it will be good or bad for the already discombobulated state of karting is yet to be seen. I guess if you are an engine importer; you should also create a club or series to support your engine sales! Karting is starting to become like the cable TV, you have to have a certain provider if you want to watch certain channels and if they can’t come to contract negotiations with certain channels, you don’t get the channel you paid for anymore, they don’t care about the millions of paying customers. Guess what, people are getting tired of cables antics; and on a smaller scale they are going to get tired of karting’s antics too! I think there are a lot of things that still need to change in karting. Will it happen? The problem people need to realize is that the industry will never be able to please everyone. There will always be the complainers. I don’t think anyone’s goal should be to make everyone happy; and that seems to be what everyone is trying so hard to do. Why do we have hundreds of different series with hundreds of different chassis’ and engine configurations and so on? Are we trying so hard to find the trees that we can’t see the forest? I have asked this question before, and I will ask it again; how can karting be fixed? I’d love to hear your ideas! I have some ideas myself, but I am just a Mom at the Track!

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or the first time in its fifteen-year history, the United States Rotax MAX Challenge Grand Nationals presented by Chase/Brash Racing visited Carolina Motorsports Park as it welcomed the best Rotax drivers in the United States. On top of crowning seven new National Champions, five tickets to join Team USA at the Rotax MAX Challenge Grand Finals in Portugal this November would also be delivered. Outside of some minimal showers on Friday, the weather was flawless as 124 of the top Rotax drivers in the country were asked for everything they had on the .7-mile, 16-turn circuit. If the Rotax Summer Shootout just weeks ago were any indication of what was to come for Kyle Kirkwood (OGP / Tony Kart), he would be extremely tough to beat. That precursor was right on point, as Kirkwood cruised through qualifying and heat racing alone at the front in Rolison Performance Group Senior MAX. His first conflict of any kind came in the opening corner of Sunday’s 15-lap prefinal. Kirkwood’s closest competitor, Oliver

Askew (PSL Karting / BirelART), wanted to put the pressure on the OGP driver right away, pinching him down to the inside. Perhaps it was a bit too aggressive from the BirelART Rotax frontman, causing quite the mess into turn one. The entire top four, including two of Kirkwood’s teammates - Ryan Norberg and Austin Garrison went spinning, with Askew paying the ultimate price with a snapped right tie rod and a DNF. The three OGP drivers fell to the back of the field, but continued on. Kirkwood would climb all the way back to seventh, setting fastest lap, followed by Norberg in 12th and Garrison in 16th. Jake Craig (Formula K) took full advantage of the prefinal scuffle, earning the privilege of leading the 29-kart field to the green flag to start the 22-lap feature. With Craig having used his new tires in the prefinal, it was Matt Solarczyk (FA Kart) who had the upper hand early. Solarczyk led for three and a half laps until Kirkwood entered the scene. Lapping three to four tenths of a second faster than everyone, Kirkwood, already a Team USA member, got into the lead and took off into the distance. It then became a race within a race for Solarczyk and Craig, who would now be racing for the Rotax MAX Challenge Grand Finals ticket. Craig could not best Solarczyk’s lap times enough to catch the Northeast driver by lap 22. Solarczyk crossed the line four tenths ahead of Craig, pumping

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his fist with emotion knowing he had just earned the Team USA invite. Craig would finish off the podium in third, followed far behind by Luke Selliken (RPG / Tony Kart) and Ryan Norberg (OGP / Tony Kart). Askew picked up 21 positions to finish eighth. Much like Kirkwood, Anthony Gangi Jr. (GT7 Motorsports / Tony Kart) came in with high expectations in Grand Junction Motor Speedway Junior MAX from his Summer Shootout showing. Besting all 28 drivers in qualifying, Gangi went on to win his three heat races as well. That was until he would be docked ten seconds in heat three for contact with Nick Brueckner (Orsolon Racing / Tony Kart). With that penalty, Gangi would start third for Sunday’s prefinal, behind Mathias Ramirez (OGP / Tony Kart) and David Malukas (COMPKART). In the opening corner of the prefinal, Malukas and Gangi got tangled up, resulting in a spinning Malukas who dropped to the tail of the field, finishing GO Racing Magazine

27th. Ramirez went on to win the prefinal over Gangi and Brueckner. Aiden Keel (Andersen Racing / BirelART) and Sting Ray Robb (OGP / Tony Kart) finalized the top-five. The first half of the 22-lap Junior Max final was a thrill to witness. Ramirez, Gangi, Brueckner, Keel, Robb, Michael d’Orlando (Koene USA / Tony Kart) all had their eye on the prize, overtaking one another each lap. On lap five, Robb, after passing 59 karts in the heat races due to a mishap in qualifying, finally made his way into the lead for the first time on the weekend. Into turn one on lap seven, Gangi dove to the inside, taking the top position. Robb immediately threw it back underneath in turn three to take the lead back, while Gangi being caught off guard fell back to third. The exact same scenario played out again on lap ten, as Gangi took the lead back but was overtaken by Robb two corners later. Except this time, Robb had made contact with Gangi in order to make the

pass. Two laps later, Robb had realized his mistake and moved over for Gangi to avoid any post-race penalties for his contact. After Gangi assumed the lead, there was no catching the young New Yorker, as he cruised to his third Rotax National Championship and first Team USA invite. Robb came home in second after a last lap pass on Ramirez, followed by Darren Keane (Tony Kart) and David Malukas, who started 27th, in fourth and fifth. Ramirez would later be disqualified in post-race tech, bumping Michael McCarthy into the top-five. One of only two drivers to sweep the entire weekend was Nicholas d’Orlando (Koene USA / Tony Kart) in Mojo Tires Mini MAX. This being his final race in the Mini Max category before he moves to Junior’ next year, d’Orlando wanted to go out on top as National Champion like his brother Michael did two years prior. Starting with qualifying on Friday, d’Orlando claimed the pole on his final lap by .096 over Tyler Gonzalez GO


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(OGP / Tony Kart). The young Hartsdale, New York resident was untouchable in the three heats, leading every lap on Saturday. Competition for the three-year Koene USA driver picked up on Sunday when Arias Duekmedjian (Kosmic) stayed right on the heels of d’Orlando in the 12-lap prefinal. On the final lap, the fuel pulse line had come undone on Duekmedjian’s engine, ending his race with only a handful of corners left, sending him back 20 positions. As the only driver who could match d’Orlando’s pace now starting in 22nd position for the final, d’Orlando was all clear in the final, pulling away to a four second win. Duekmedjian had made it all the way into second position in the closing laps to take the runner-up spot, followed by Jak Crawford (Tony Kart), Payton Durrant (Koene USA / Tony Kart), and Dillon Defonce (FA Kart). The major 20


incident of the weekend came in the final corner as Gonzalez and Dylan Gennaro (OGP / Tony Kart) were fighting for third when they made contact and Gennaro went over. Neither driver was able to finish, but they were both checked out and walked away from the incident. Scoring a perfect record on Saturday, Diego LaRoque (Benik Kart) held a familiar position in AM Engines Micro MAX heading into the 12-lap prefinal on Sunday - on pole. With two laps to go in the prefinal, LaRoque and Ugo Ugochukwu (Koene USA / Benik Kart) got together, sending both down the order to finish fourth and fifth. Ashton Torgerson, (Benik Kart), Tyler Maxson (Benik Kart), and Jak Crawford (Energy) each jumped up two positions to the top-three. Early in the 16-lap feature, Crawford,

LaRoque, and Torgerson formed the topthree and they fought between each other throughout. Ugochukwu had run into technical problems in post-race inspection in the prefinal, which slotted him into 19th position at the start. The Koene USA Micro MAX star had climbed 14 positions in ten laps and had his eyes set on a podium with just six to go. LaRoque made his move to the top with two to go, putting the ball in Crawford’s court for the final lap. In the turn five-six complex, Crawford capitalized on the opportunity, getting inside LaRoque and into the spotlight for the final half-lap. LaRoque had lost momentum at this point with his defensive driving, getting bumped back into third and then into fourth when Ugochukwu got by. Crawford picked up the National Championship, followed by Torgerson and Ugochukwu. LaRoque came home in fourth ahead of Branyon Tiner (Tony Kart). GO Racing Magazine

The other driver that swept the weekend was Florida’s Scott Roberts (OGP / Tony Kart) in Crosslink Powder Coating Masters MAX. Never truly contested, Roberts cruised to victory in all three heat races, the prefinal, and final. Previous Team USA member Bobby Greene (FA Kart) came up one position short of joining the squad once again, finishing second. Pete Fritsche finished the podium in third, followed by the Northeast COMPKART duo of John Bonanno and Sal Sparacio. Nathan Adds (DKC / Sodi Kart) got better and better as the weekend progressed in Dallas Karting Complex DD2 MAX. Sabre Cook (PSL Karting / BirelART) had swept the heats, but had more and more pressure by heat three from Adds and her teammate Nathan Mauel (PSL Karting / BirelART). The field finally caught up with Cook on Sunday as she essentially GO Racing Magazine

tested the BirelART chassis ahead of the Grand Finals this November. Adds had taken the lead early in the prefinal and that led a train of karts past Cook. During the shuffle, Harry Gottsacker (Champion Racing / Intrepid) and Cook made contact on lap three and sent both off track with stalled engines. In the final it was all about Adds as he led wire to wire to take an enormous win by five seconds. It’ll be the Texan’s first trip to the Grand Finals. Cook and Mauel finalized the podium. Dallas Karting Complex DD2 MAX Masters was the only class with contrasting results in the heat races. PSL Karting’s Richard Heistand and Luis Zervigon won heats one and three respectively, while Luis Schiavo (Goodwood Kartways / Intrepid) won the middle heat. Schiavo came to play on Sunday, beating his competition

by twenty and seven seconds respectively in the prefinal and final. After coming up short in the Florida Winter Tour and US Open series, Schiavo has finally picked up that Grand Finals ticket he’s had his eye on all year. Zervigon and Heistand came home in second and third. Now that United States’ biggest Rotax competition wraps up, MAXSpeed Entertainment turns their attention to the finale of their new US Open series in Las Vegas, Nevada. Halloween week will turn the Rio All-Suite Hotel and Casino into a karting spectacle when top Rotax and Shifter pilots invade the parking lot of one of Sin City’s nicest establishments. Registration for this cornerstone event opened August 17 at www.MAXSpeedEntertainment.com.



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A rookie in S2 this season, Henry is also the youngest driver in the class, and is currently Top 5 in the Semi Pro Shifter ProKart Challenge


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A reoccurring question has come up, asked by mechanics and coaches, parents and racers watching the Race Monitor app, while standing at the pit wall or sitting in the stands of SKUSA, LAKC or Rotax races this year while watching the premier classes from around the world: “Who is Henry Morse?� We were curious too, seeing him coming from strangely nowhere and then suddenly a front runner in multiple series. But he came from somewhere, just not here. Henry started racing in sanctioned bicycle/tricycle races like the Manhattan 26


Beach Grand Prix, in the 2-4 year old class, shortly before his second birthday. From the age of 5-9, Henry cut his teeth road racing motorcycles at Grange, Buttonwillow, Adams Motorsports Park, and at CalSpeed, in the ultra-competitive SCMini GP Youth Road Racing Series, where he earned a Rookie of the Year award. When his father was seriously injured racing motorcycles, they both stopped racing them, but then started in karting in 2011 at K1 Speed, where Morse won teen then adult titles in multiple locations, before moving on to outdoor karting at CalSpeed Super Series.

From there, he went on to take a KPV Championship in 2014, racing with Jim Hall Racing, before he moved on to LAKC, SKUSA and Rotax Challenge. Like so many young racers in the karting scene, Henry Morse has a dream of being a professional driver, as in, being paid to drive. And at 14, his dream, being a development driver for a Formula E team, coaching many drivers from the age of 7-70, in both karts and cars on tracks like Auto Club Speedway, driving at over 160mph, has already become a reality. How does a 14 year old qualify for GO Racing Magazine

fundraising,” says racer Henry Morse.  “Racing is more money-intensive than ever. There are those who are working to change this, I want to support them too, but right now 99% of a driver’s time, or his management’s time, better be spent focused on budget because only 1% of a driver’s time is spent on track.  Right now we are talking to many people and companies that we can promote, in exchange for some capital investment for 2016.  We want to prove our value to companies.  We always over-deliver on our end, so that the next season it’s easier for them to justify maintaining or increasing their investment.  Getting on track and racing is a passion for me, and I know it unfortunately has to be business with some level of passion for my sponsors, if I want to make it to the next step.  We love exceeding expectations. I’ve made a habit of it and have no intention of breaking that habit any time soon.”

that? Talent, effort, work, and luck. But to see a future and to have a taste of what could be so early on, has as many advantages as it does challenges. “I love racing. Being on track and coaching are my passions. I’m so lucky that my parents have done all they could, and sponsors like Bell Racing, Leatt Protectives, and Skip Barber Racing School have been able to help me get this far. The next step requires so much more to just get started.  I spend time in the simulator and training every day, I’m on track nearly every weekend and some weekdays too, but a large part of my day is spent on GO Racing Magazine

“I love racing because it is such a demanding sport. It keeps you on your toes.  I would define a “successful” racing career as one at high level of racing (i.e. WeatherTech United Sportscar Championship or WEC) that includes some high finishes, but a truly successful racing career, to me, means having a solid relationship with my team, which includes the team owner and sponsors, to gain as secure a seat in top tier racing as possible, and having the sponsors that are willing to keep you there because what I do is good for their business.  To me, a successful life is one where one does what they enjoy at the minimal cost of others. I also like to help those in need, and have been fundraising for www.NotForSaleCampaign. org for a couple years now, helping free tens of millions of slaves around the world and here in the US.” August has been an exciting month for Henry: it started with coaching an experienced driver in a modified BMW E60 M5 at the Auto Club Roval Pro Course, where he had a chance to mix it up with rows of fully caged race cars and drivers of every level, with his client observing the line, braking and acceleration points from the passenger seat and was able to

review via in-car video. After reviewing the video and the track map, Henry’s client was able to learn a great deal and improve not only his lap times but his understanding of why the changes were needed to smoothen out the drive and how to sense the car’s reactions to input. The next weekend was at CalSpeed in Fontana, with the largest karting club in the world; the Los Angeles Karting Club aka: LAKC. At this club, Henry is a rookie and at 14, one of the youngest drivers in the largest and most competitive class, the premier TaG Senior division, with 40 people in the series, with seasoned drivers like Bobby Kelly, Matt Johnson, Carlee Taylor, Christian Brooks, Andrick Zeen, Aaron Aguirre and many more filling the grid. Henry drives a CRG with CRG of Southern California in this series with a P1 Engines Iame X-30, which has proven to be a good combination, giving him several top times, top qualifying, and giving him the ability to pass more people than any other driver in the season, which is pretty unusual! LAKC’s TaG Sr has the best drivers yet is the most brutal class. Watch any TaG Sr race at LAKC and you will notice regularly 1/3 of the field doesn’t finish due to first lap incidents, mid race flips, and last lap do-or-die passing attempts; Henry has been taken out multiple occasions, requiring him to start at the back of the field for main events. In July, he was taken out before the first turn, and that isn’t uncommon in this class, where nearly the entire top 10 drivers can be seen qualifying within 0.1 of a second! After a long three way battle with Taylor and Johnson, for 4th, Morse finished 5th, behind Johnson and just ahead of championship leader, Taylor, with Aguire, Cricca and Vasquez taking the podium spots. The following weekend, Morse could be seen at Adams Motorsport Park in Riverside, California, contesting the Rotax Challenge of the Americas, So Cal Challenge Rotax Senior class. With a smaller field of only nine drivers in the points, the competition has been fierce this year with seasoned champion drivers such as Andrew Weiner, Jake Craig, Tim De Silva and Breanna Miscione and Arie GO


Henry Morse and David Vasquez working though the TaG Sr pack at LAKC. Photo by Joe Stalker

Zimmermann filling the podium spots. In this series, De Silva and Morse have been swapping the lead spot in the points after each race of this season, with De Silva, an experienced Rotax driver, leading with 322 point to Henry’s 318 points! Electronic bugs plagued Henry’s 2002 Rotax motor with the often-mysterious and ever-changing EVO kit, and with only a couple minutes to go in Qualifying, Morse was down half second his first lap, then grabbed the pole position by .004 of a second from De Silva. In the first heat race, Morse’s front wheel broke off, causing a DNF and for the kart to disappear in the dirt of the notorious infield of Adams. In the second heat, Morse finished behind De Silva. With only one more race in the series to go, any hope of a championship title was slipping away. In a dramatic night race, starting at 9:45pm, Henry starting 28


second, chased De Silva, who had the ability to gap him out of turn and down the straights, but Morse would rally back in the tighter sections. About 2/3 of the way through the race, De Silva and Henry caught lap traffic on this narrow course, and in the night, somehow managed to work their way through the TaG Senior and 100cc classes and emerged on the other side, with De Silva still a consistent 3-5 kart gap. With two laps to go, a slight bobble on the part of Di Silva in the complex and darkened S section at the far end of the course, was the only way Morse would be able to get a run on him coming on to the front straight. Henry made his move into the banked T1 (aka Big Monza), and De Silva fought back, but on the exit, there were two karts headed for a space made for one and they collided, both launched into the air, spun, ending with Di Silva off track to the inside and

Morse rolling backwards into pit lane. Both drivers were okay, and continued on without losing positions and Morse won the main, putting him in the lead of the Rotax Senior points, with bonus points for qualifying P1, fastest lap, and the Main win. The last weekend of the month found Morse back at Adams, this time with SuperKarts!USA, (SKUSA) in their California Pro Kart Challenge series, in the S2 SemiPro Shifter Division, where Henry is the youngest S2 driver and also the highest ranked rookie. After missing the Somona race, Morse fell from 3rd to 6th in the points and this was his first time back in a shifter since May. In a class of nearly 20 incredible national drivers like Carter Williams, Jack Freese, Don Whittington, Jesus Rios, Jr., in Friday practice, Henry was the one of the two quickest S2 drivers for most of the day, staying a couple tenths ahead GO Racing Magazine

Henry under the CRG SoCal Team Tent

of Carter Williams and the other S2 on occasion. Saturday was another challenge, where he qualified 4th ahead of his S1 teammates. In the first heat, challenges at the start put him back, he finished 5th. In the second heat, while working his way up, the carburetor popped off. In the Main, Morse starting now from the back, had a good start and was climbing quickly back through the mixed S1/S2 field, when an incident amongst S1 drivers just in front of him, placed a cone on the track, a driver spun, another went off the track, putting up a dust cloud, while Henry was closing in and then driving into the sun and dust cloud just in front of him, forcing him to slow. He battled hard and worked his way back up to a Top 5 finish, putting him 4th or 5th in the points for the series, making him the youngest and highest ranked rookie in S2, with one more race to go in the ProKart Challenge. Carter William won, followed by GO Racing Magazine

Marco Eakins, Kol Bailey and Matt Koerner. This next season is going to be a very interesting one for Henry. Without enough sponsorship, this young talent will be self-funding, based on his work as a driving coach. Henry has set top times in a wide range cars from coast to coast, including open-wheeled cars, cup cars, and street/track cars too. “Coaching drivers from around the world of all age groups, and with a huge range of experience, has really helped me become a better driver. I feel like the more times I have to break down the basics and work my way back up, I solidify my foundation as professional,” said Morse. Right now, Henry is in talks about furthering his commitment with Formula E, testing with a couple

of USF4 teams and Prototype Lites teams for the 2016 season, while also campaigning challenging karting series. ON KARTING: “So much is changing now, it is like a renaissance period in karting where new series are popping up everywhere, while some of the more established organizations are struggling. I don’t know if it will make it better or worse in the end for the sport, but some of the changes are promising. “My ambition in karts for 2016, as in 2015, is to find the most challenging series we can afford contest. I have won karting titles in the past; indoor, outdoor, two stroke and four stroke, open and closed wheel. For me, karting isn’t about winning championships at this point. If it was, I would have raced in Novice or Junior Shifter, S3 or S5 in SKUSA GO


instead of S2 which is Semi-Pro, and TaG Jr and Rotax Jr instead of Senior, which would have yielded a lot more wins and less learning. I am only 14; I’ve been the youngest driver and if not, by far the least experienced driver in every series I ran this season. That wasn’t a coincidence. And the fact that I am either leading or in the Top 5 of all of them says a lot more to me about my potential as a racer than winning Junior or Novice championships. I wanted to struggle, I wanted to be challenged on track, and learning from the best I could afford to race with. The drivers in the premier classes at LAKC, SKUSA and Rotax Challenge are far more experienced than I, many of whom have international success, are factory drivers at the pro level and/ or have many championships under their belts. I have the utmost respect for these drivers and am honored to grid with them. Still I can’t help but wonder, if we had the same level of support and equipment how much higher up the board would I be? Who knows! But for certain, I am working harder every day working hard, to get the budget to a better place next season, really, getting into cars is the focus now.

On CARS: “I doubt I will ever be as good or as comfortable in karts as I am already in cars; there are habits most karters have to get out of for cars, but for me, I end up driving a kart like a car, which is bad for karting! I just seem to do better in cars, everything seems to come more naturally to me in them; H pattern, sequential, or paddle shifting makes no difference. There is something that just meshes. I set top times my first day in the MX5 Cup Car, and did even better in the Porsche Cup Car my first day too. I really enjoyed the FSB2000, the Corvette and the Formula Mazda as well. I am so hopeful we can get the support needed to transition this year. I am confident that I have the skill. I know how to represent brands and would love to help promote companies beyond their expectations to maintain their support because I know I have the potential to succeed in cars. Anyone who has come to the track with me in a car knows that is true.” So what is next?

“High school, driving, coaching, training, fundraising, rinse, repeat. I love racing; it is who I am, it’s in my blood. My father and grandfather are racers too. Where it stops, nobody knows. With the support of my amazing family and fantastic sponsors, there are no limits.

Won his first outdoor open wheel championship by a single point! Photo by Michael Milesi

Competing in the Super Series at CalSpeed

Henry Morse in the CRG of Southern California’s 14x, gridding up at LAKC in TaG Sr field

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Morse, age 5, leading a Blata 2.5 race with SCMiniGP in 2005 at Buttonwillow. Photo by Eric Anderson 30


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event was an epic battle with three drivers fighting. Lemke was shuffled down the order on the opening lap, with Cal Stewart joining Griffin and Koyen at the front of the field in his first series start. All three took turns at the point with the victory coming down to a photo finish. Griffin edged out Koyen by just 21 thousandths at the line for the top step of the podium, as Stewart was just 82 thousandths back in third. Colton Ramsey, also making his first Yamaha start of the season, drove to fourth over Danny Corcoran.

Adam Brickley swept the Kid Kart division for a third time in 2015

The 15th anniversary season of the Route 66 Sprint Series ventured to the New Castle Motorsports Park on the August 14-16 weekend, presented by Verde Speed Resources, for rounds seven and eight of the championship. The New Castle, Indiana facility provided another great challenge for the near 300 entries on the weekend. In addition to the tough 1-mile circuit the weather in the area was changing by the minute with a mix of sunshine and rain. A wet track opened up Saturday’s round of racing and brief rain showers during Sunday’s main events shuffled up the racing orders. Collin Griffin became the third different winner in the RLV Yamaha 100 Senior category on the season, earning his first victory on the year while championship leader TJ Koyen triumphed for the fourth time. Saturday qualifying was led by three-time race winner Brandon Lemke on a wet track. With the surface dry, Griffin was able to demote the top qualifier for the Prefinal win. The main 32


Griffin remained at the top the following day, posting a fast lap in Round Eight qualifying of 1:12.086 to clear Koyen by two tenths. Lemke jumped ahead of both to earn the Prefinal win, starting P1 for the feature. Contact however in the opening lap dropped Lemke down near the tail of the field. The young driver continued charging forward in the 12-lap event, as a handful of drivers, including Griffin, Koyen and Patrick Olsen fought for the lead. Lemke joined them with a few laps remaining, with he, Griffin and Koyen making it a three-wide photo finish. The margin was just 46 thousandths between the three, with Lemke crossing the line first. He would be penalized for the opening lap contact with Cal Stewart, moving him to the tail of the final result, giving Koyen his fourth victory of the season. Griffin was classified second with Olsen third. Adam Crepin and Alec Evers were a close fourth and fifth. Two local drivers stole the show in the Franklin Motorsports Leopard Senior category with Sam Cate and Billy Lewis emerging as the victorious drivers. Michael Geringer emerged as the fast driver in the wet qualifying session Saturday, clearing the field by GO Racing Magazine

James Lynch won both main events in Komet Cadet

two tenths. Contact on the opening lap dropped Geringer down the order, allowing Josh Hotz to score the Prefinal win over Cate and Colton Ramsey. The Final opened up with a hard wreck involving Ramsey, who suffered a broken wrist among other minor injuries. Once the race resumed, Kindra Hurlbert led until Cate took over the second half of the race, pulling out to a 1.1-second advantage. Geringer fought back to second, pushing Hurlbert to third ahead of Abby McLaughlin and Hotz. Cate continued the momentum into Sunday, landing on the pole position in qualifying. After falling back to fourth at the Prefinal start, Cate fought back to edge out Lewis, Hotz and Geringer for the win. Once again, Cate was shuffled down the order when the Final began, leaving Geringer and Lewis to fight for the win. At the line, Lewis scored the victory by 91 thousandths ahead of Geringer. Cate rebounded to third over Hotz and Hurlbert. It was a clean sweep for Alex Bertagnoli in the Junior ranks, earning four victories on the weekend. Bertagnoli earned his fourth and fifth wins on the season in the CKT Racing Engines Leopard Junior division. Nicholas Nufer broke up the perfect score for Bertagnoli, stealing the fast time in the wet qualifying session. Bertagnoli went on to win the Prefinal and Final Saturday, ahead of Porter Weisensel and Sam Paley. Sunday was a clean sweep, outrunning Weisensel and Paley once again. It was similar results in the Woltjer Racing

Engines Yamaha 100 Junior, as Bertagnoli doubled up in the win column. The Saturday qualifying session was the only blemish on his Yamaha scorecard, with Elliot Budzinski setting fast time as Bertagnoli was third in the order of 18 drivers. The Prefinal win was just over one-second ahead of Dillon Schwanbeck, increasing to nearly two seconds in the main. Spike Kohlbecker drove to third ahead of Matthew Northrop and Ryan Weyer. Sunday was all Bertagnoli, from qualifying to the final checkered flag. Schwanbeck landed his fifth runner-up result of the season to move into the championship lead, just four seconds back of Bertagnoli on track. Paley ended up third with Northrop and Michael Paterno making up the top-five. Cadet double point leader Sam Mayer was shut out of the victory column on the weekend, with Aidan Harrington and Tristan Farber splitting honors in the Switch Racing Engines Yamaha Cadet division while James Lynch doubled up in the Haddock LTD/Comet Kart Sales Komet Cadet category. Mayer landed the fast time and Prefinal win both days in Yamaha. He led the opening laps of the Saturday Final, only to be demoted by a group of drivers led by Harrington. The Round Five winner led the remaining laps as Harrington took his second victory of the season. Kaden Wharff drove to second ahead of Kyle Thome as Mayer ended up fourth, just in front of Lynch. Sunday’s feature saw weather roll in just as

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A weekend sweep for Aidan Hinds (#9), beating out the competition

Alex Bertagnoli dominated the Junior ranks, winning in both Leopard

by mere inches in Sunday’s Final

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the field hit the track. Only one driver put rain tires on, and that was Farber. As the conditions got worse, Farber took advantage of his competitors on slick tires. Up to second with two laps remaining, Farber claimed the lead on the final lap, holding on to take his first checkered flags of the season. Mayer held on for second with Kyle West, Garrett Adams and Harrington making up the top-five. Komet Cadet was a battle all weekend long. JJ Hansen emerged with the fast time in Saturday qualifying, but was pushed down the order when the track went to full dry. Mayer took the Prefinal win, and was joined at the front by Lynch. The two pulled away and drag raced to the checkered flag. At the line it was Lynch by 71 thousandths of a second. Kyle Thome won the battle for third over Tristan Farber and Taylor Maas. Lynch set the pace in Sunday qualifying, edging out Mayer by over two tenths of a second. He came under attack in the Prefinal by Thome and Mayer, with Thome scoring the win. Mayer jumped from third to first at the start of the Final, and held it through the 12 laps to cross the line first. Officials however docked him one position for blocking, handing the win to Lynch. Thome drove to third once again over Farber and Parker Abed. The KartLift Yamaha 100 Rookie division welcomed 22 drivers, nearly breaking the mark set at the opening weekend in Springfield. Owen Mahle set the pace in the damp Saturday qualifying session but was challenged heavily in the Prefinal. Mahle

took the win by just 45 thousandths over Aidan Hinds and Keegan Bosch. Four different drivers led in the 12-lap Final, including Mahle, Camrin Cass, Bosch and Bryce Mersberger. On the final lap, Mersberger assumed the point and reached the checkered flag first for his second victory of the season. Conner Churchill slipped up into second with Cass, Hinds and Bosch making up the top-five. Mahle returned to the top of the time sheets for Sunday qualifying, but was beat out for the Prefinal win by Bosch. Mahle took advantage of the wet weather in the Final to pull out to a 27-second advantage in 12 laps for his first victory. Christian Miles drove to second with Ben Chejfec, Zach Collins and Alex Grapsas completing the top-five. Adam Brickley returned to sweep the Hollywood Crane Service Kid Kart division once again. After missing out on the South Bend weekend, Brickley returned to dominate the weekend. Sofia d’Arrigo and Ava Dutton ran second and third on Sunday while Logan Julien drove to second behind Brickley on Sunday, pushing d’Arrigo to third. Stephen Dial was another weekend sweeper, controlling the action in Express Karts & Parts Komet. Dial took a seven-second win over Emanuel Richmond and Delaney Keaveny on Saturday, while Max Peichel and Ryan Weyer finished behind Dial in a wet Final Sunday. Aidan Hinds continued his win streak in the Tony Kart Micro Rok category, adding his fifth and sixth wins on the season. Saturday saw Hinds edge out Keegan Bosch for the victory with Camrin Cass in third. The finish was very similar on Sunday, this time with a photo finish as Bosch came 33 thousandths short of the win, with Cass right there in third. The Route 66 Sprint Series raffled off prizes during the weekend, including Precision Karting Technology (PKT) certificates going to JJ Hansen and Jacob Able while a set of MG Tires went to Josh Hotz and William Diemer. The series finale send the program back to Wisconsin on September 11-13 at the Briggs & Stratton Raceway in Dousman. For more information on the Route 66 Sprint Series, head to route66kartracing.com.

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The California ProKart Challenge returned to action this past weekend (August 28-29) at the historic Adams Motorsports Park in Riverside, California. Many drivers in the southern California area established their racing careers at Adams, with quite a few going on to other forms of motorsports. This past weekend, a select few helped to further their championship ambitions in the Superkarts! USA regional program with victories, while others increased their chances of earning a title following the upcoming finale weekend at the Streets of Lancaster Grand Prix at the end of September. Not only were racers taking on a tough circuit, but the weather also amped things up with 100+ degree temperatures both days. Young guns emerged in the headline categories, helping the championship hopes of Christian Brooks and Jarred Campbell come alive. Phil Giebler Racing TaG Senior championship leader Christian Brooks had two victories in his pocket heading into Adams. The Senior rookie extended that lead thanks to a near sweep over the 16-driver field on Saturday. All three championship rivals were at the top of the order in qualifying, as Brooks set fast time with a 44.720-second lap. Veteran Matt Johnson was just 75 thousandths off in second, with Austin Elliott third. Johnson was able to prevail with the provisional win in Heat #1, only to be penalized two positions for blocking on the last lap. That promoted Brooks to the win. Johnson came back to lead the majority of the Heat #2 laps, with Brooks slipping by to reach the checkered flag first. Brooks, however, was penalized two positions for avoidable contact with Johnson, giving the veteran the win and main event pole position. Brooks came from P3 on the grid, working past former SuperNationals winner Wesley Boswell and Johnson on the opening lap to assume the lead. From there, Brooks drove away



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with fast laps of the race to earn his third victory on the season by a five-second margin. Johnson was able to edge out a hard-charging Elliott for second with Boswell down to fourth, just off the podium. LAKC front-runner Aaron Aguirre drove to fifth in his California PKC season debut. The young counterpart in the Vemme Kart/Extreme Karting S1 Pro Stock Moto category is point leader Jarred Campbell. The S1 rookie jumped back to his winning ways after scoring the victory in the first two rounds, placing second at the last two events, then sweeping the action at Adams. Campbell cleared the field by over a half-second in qualifying, then continued his torrid pace throughout the day. Jarred led all 10 laps of each heat race, going on to pace the field in the 16-lap main event. Two-time defending series champion Billy Musgrave gave a great run and closed up in the feature, finishing a very close second. S1 rookie Kolton Griffin completed the podium, as Ryon Beachner and Matias Podboj rounded out the top-five. The largest class of the event was the Leading Edge Motorsports TaG Cadet division at 22 drivers strong, welcoming first-time winner Daniel Inzunza. Competing outside the top-10 for much of the season, Inzunza improved during the break to challenge and beat the top championship drivers. Title contender Oliver Calvo set the pace during the first half of the day, beating out Ryan Schartau and Inzunza for fast time. Calvo and Inzunza split the laps led in Heat #1, with Calvo leading the second half of the race for the win. Inzunza led all but one lap of Heat #2 to score the win as Calvo was shuffled back to fifth, as point leader Anthony Willis led a group of drivers toward the front. Willis took the point at the start of the main event and led until lap five. Inzunza took back the point and set the pace for the remaining laps for his first series victory. Schartau climbed up to second with Shea Weston completing the podium. Dominic Gorden was fourth with Calvo fifth as Willis dropped to eighth at the checkered. Leading Edge Motorsports TaG Cadet Rookie had 16 of its own drivers in Adams, with Bryce Stevens becoming the fifth

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different winner on the season. The day was all Stevens, finishing the on-track sessions at the top of the result sheets. Stevens edged out Taylor Gibson by 94 thousandths in qualifying for the fast lap. Gibson responded by leading early in Heat #1 before Stevens reassumed the point and took the win. After leading wire-to-wire in Heat #2, Stevens was dropped down to fifth on the opening lap of the main event. Alexander Diakoumopoulos led the way early before Gibson took over the point on lap four. He led the remaining laps to reach the checkered flag first, only to have the victory taken away in Tech for improper clutch. Stevens had worked his way into second by the white flag, and was handed the top step of the podium. Aiden Kempf and Diakoumopoulos joined him on the steps. Alexander’s brother George finished fourth with Kasey Gills in fifth. Nicky Hays helped his championship chances with a solid day in the Nash Motorsportz TaG Junior category to earn his second victory of the season. Hays was on top from the opening session, posting the fast time in qualifying and leading all the laps in Heat #1. Hays led all but the final lap of Heat #2, with Dante Yu slipping past for the lead and the win. Yu held the lead from the pole position to begin the main event, leading the first six circuits. Hays assumed the point and from there pulled out to a 3.6-second advantage for the victory. Yu settled for second, with Colby DuBato completing the podium. Round Four winner Jagger Jones finished fourth as point leader Trey Brown ended up fifth. Brian Phillipsen also gained valuable points heading into the season finale later this month, earning his third straight feature victory in the Mike Manning Karting TaG Master class. Diego Pelosi was the driver to beat early on, posting the fast time in qualifying and leading all nine laps in the opening heat, all with Phillipsen running second. Things shuffled up at the front in Heat #2, with former Pro Tour champion Scott Falcone and Tom Ricketts joining the fight. Falcone led all but the final lap, with Phillipsen sliding by for the win on the last circuit. Ricketts finished second ahead of Falcone as Pelosi went off on the final lap, putting him to the back of the field for the start of the main event. Phillipsen led all 16 laps of the Final for his third straight, beating Falcone by just over 1.5 seconds. Ricketts drove to third with Pelosi climbing to fourth over Tom Nields. The win streak continued for Aaron Schmitt in the Professional Kart Support S3 Novice Stock Moto division. Schmitt added his fourth of the season, third straight after sweeping the action at Adams. He led all day long, never relinquishing the number one position, en route to a five-second victory over Robert Heck Jr. and Andrew Murowatz, who earned his first podium of the season. Callum Smith had his Sanner Racing S5 Junior Stock Moto win streak come to a close at Adams thanks to Anthony Freese securing his first victory of the season. Callum had gone thru all 2015 California PKC and SKUSA Fikse Wheels Pro Tour races without losing a Final. He continued to show the way at Adams in qualifying

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and Heat #1, but was then penalized two positions in the race for a radiator height infraction, giving Freese the win. Callum came back to win Heat #2, and was leading the first three laps of the Main until getting caught up in a wreck involving S3 drivers, putting him out of the race. That allowed Freese to cruise to the victory over Prescott Campbell, as Smith was classified third. Ryan Perry Motorsport S2 Semi-Pro Stock Moto had point leader Carter Williams return to the top step of the podium after just missing out in Sonoma. Williams swept the action at Adams to earn his fourth victory of the season, beating out Kol Bailey and Marco Eakins. Rob Logan has made things interesting heading into the Streets of Lancaster Grand Prix for the series finale in the SwedeTech Racing Engines S4 Master Stock Moto title chase. Logan scored his first victory of the year at Adams to close up the gap on point leader Darren Elliott. The damage is minimal, with Elliott running much of the day at the front, qualifying first and winning both heat races. Elliott led early in the Final until Logan drafted by for the lead. He held on to score the victory as Elliott settled for second and Vivek Tandon earning his best finish of the year in third. Kalvin Chen became the fourth different driver to win in the new 2Wild Karting S4 Super Master Stock Moto class. The day was a complete sweep for Chen, leading from qualifying to final checkered flag. Point leader Ken Schilling finished second and Darrell Tunnell recorded his third podium of the season. During the podium ceremony, Superkarts! USA gave away two FREE sets of MG SK Tires ($240 value each) and four FREE entries to the season finale. The sixth and final round of the California ProKart Challenge is set for the Streets of Lancaster Grand Prix on September 26-27, as the championship chases will be decided with the competitors taking the battle to the streets. For more info on anything related to Superkarts! USA, please visit the website – www.superkartsusa.com – or call the SKUSA head office at 951-491-0808.





Aaron Aguirre earned his third victory on the year in TaG Senior

The Los Angeles Karting Championship program contested the sixth round of the 2015 season on August 16 at the CalSpeed Karting Center. The Fontana, California facility offered another exciting weekend for nearly 170 entries competing for big prizes and championship points as the season closes in on the finish line. During the raceday, a video production crew was onsite, filming footage for a new television show to air sometime this fall. The film crew got plenty of race footage as well as interviews with several LAKC members and Tim ‘Chappy’ Chapman. Racing took place on the ‘Classico’ layout, with a number of repeating winners and drivers earning a sweep in their respective category. Two-time Adams Motorsports Park TaG Senior class winner Aaron Aguirre helped out his championship chase by adding a third victory on the season. Current point leader Carlee Taylor set the pace in qualifying, besting the 20-kart field with a 38.051-second lap. Round Five winner Andrick Zeen emerged as the winner in the Prefinal, pushing ahead of the field and bringing Matt Johnson 38


Pilot Senior point leader Connor Funk added his fourth triumph of the season

with him. The two went back and forth for the lead during the first half of the Final until contact on lap 12 putting Zeen off with a mechanical and Johnson out of the lead group. That allowed Aguirre to assume the lead after waiting in the wings in the third spot the entire time. Aguirre drove to the victory with Shawn Cricca a close second. David Vasquez was third with Johnson recovering to fourth ahead of Henry Morse. Hannah Grisham became the fifth different driver to win in the Mack Motorsports PRD 2 division this season, putting herself further up in the title chase. Nicky Hays made his class debut with a strong qualifying effort, landing the fast lap of 38.874 seconds to beat out Colby DuBato by 48 thousandths. Hays led all 10 laps of the Prefinal, pulling out to a two-second advantage while Grisham worked her way onto the front row of the main event grid. Round Five winner Dante Yu put himself in the mix for the win in the Final. Hays and Yu ran 1-2 when Yu retired on lap 14, and then Hays on lap 15. This gave Grisham the top spot and the victory. Jared Korth GO Racing Magazine

was back by nearly three seconds in the runner-up spot, ahead of Keawn Tandon, Jesse Gutierrez and Justin Hodge. Tomas Meija ran second in his Fleming Racing Engines Jr. 1 Comer category debut last month, improving one position better with a sweep in Round Six. Meija qualified first with a 43.034-second lap to clear the 17-kart field by two tenths. He then went on to lead wire-to-wire in both the Prefinal and Final, winning his first feature by over five seconds. Round One winner Joseph Daniele won the fight for second over Round Five victor Dakota Tate and Aden Dodge with Brayden Perry earning fifth in his LAKC debut. Chance Gibson continued his win streak in the Empire Karts Jr. 1 Comer Pilot class, making it six for six on the year. Gibson was best in qualifying, but dropped out with three laps remaining in the Prefinal. He bounced back in the main event, grabbing the lead halfway through and pulling away to a nine-second advantage. Cole Morgan drove to second with Prefinal winner Cooper Hicks in third. The MMK PRD Senior Pilot division added a second two-time winner on the 2015 LAKC season. Miles Calvin was the first after his win last month, and Drew Zeller became the second with his victory on Sunday. Round Two winner Alyssa Yauncy qualified first against the 13-driver field, edging out Round One victor Ivan Urueta and Zeller by less than eight hundredths of a second. Zeller climbed to the front by the end of the Prefinal for the win before leading all 18 laps in the main event. Urueta ran second, nearly four seconds behind, with Yauney third while Riley Dugan and Calvin completing the top-five. Erik Jackson returned to his winning ways in the CRG of Southern California TaG Master category, sweeping the day against the 13-driver field. Jackson set the pace in qualifying, then led flag-toflag in both the Prefinal and Final. Round Five winner Nick De Graaf kept it close until retiring on lap 11, giving the runner-up spot to Frederic Johais. Rounding out the top-five were Tom Ricketts, Roy Steele and David Perisset. Ryan Schartau extended his point lead in the DR Kart TaG Cadet class with his fourth victory of the season. Schartau completed the sweep on the day, leading after the qualifying session and the seven lap Prefinal. Round Two victor Joseph Daniele challenged for the Final victory, pacing the field the majority of the race before Schartau took back the lead with two laps remaining. Schartau scored the victory over Daniele while Bryce Stevens won the battle for third over Daniel Inzunza and Shea Weston. Billy Musgrave returned in Round Six as a double race winner, jumping back to the top of the podium in TM Racing Open Shifter division and adding a sixth straight uncontested victory in the 2Wild Karting S1 Pro Stock Moto class. Musgrave went wire-towire in the Open class, beating out Alan Michel and Kris Valdez. The Acceleration Kart Racing S4 Super Masters Stock Moto class welcomed its third different winner in the last three events. Sean Bond earned his first of the season, beating out four-time winner Kalvin Chen and top qualifier Ron Rossetti.

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Tomas Meija scored victory in the Junior 1 Comer in only his second start this year

Alan Michel won his second of the season in the PKS S2 Semi-Pro Stock Moto division. Round Four winner swept the day, leading from qualifying to the final checkered flag over Round Five victor Vivek Tandon and Joshua Young. Willy Musgrave made it four straight in the MRC S4 Master Stock Moto class. After losing out on fast time in qualifying to Troy Butts, Musgrave won the Prefinal and Final. Kalvin Chen and Erik Jackson joined him on the podium. Momentum continued for Aaron Schmitt in the Smokin Fast Racing S3 Novice Stock Moto class, earning his second straight feature victory. Point leader Royal McKee scored the fast time in qualifying, with the top-four posting times within 79 thousandths of a second. Schmitt qualified third, but won the three-driver fight for the Prefinal win. Schmitt escaped the 11-driver field in the Final, leading all 18 laps and pulling out to a seven-second advantage. KC Cook finished second as Josh Early drove to third. Cruz Fiore earned a third victory on the season in the Nash Motorsportz S5 Junior Stock Moto, beating out Prescott Campbell and Ricco Shlaimoun. Sheldon Andrews returned to the top of the podium in HMS Honda Kid Kart class after missing out on last month’s round of racing. Jesus Vasquez Jr. began the day as the driver to beat, qualifying first and winning the Prefinal. Andrews was second in both on-track sessions. The two fought for the victory in the Final, with Vasquez crossing the line first. Officials however penalized the provisional winner one position, handing the win to Andrews. Dane Idelson was a close third. Connor Funk and Bob Montgomery swept the iKart West Senior PRD and Phil Giebler Racing PRD Masters classes respectively. Funk earned his fourth on the season, beating Tim Meyers and Joey Paonessa. Montgomery added his third victory of the year, as Bryan Bender and point leader Scott Brown joined him on the podium. The LAKC racing family will gather once again on September 20 for the penultimate round of the season at the CalSpeed facility. For more about the 2015 Los Angeles Karting Championship program, please visit LAKC.org and ‘Like’ them on Facebook. GO



FOUR RACE #4 OF THE SO-CAL ROTAX CHALLENGE TOOK PLACE UNDER THE LIGHTS AT THE WORLD FAMOUS ADAMS MOTORSPORTS PARK IN COOPERATION WITH SO-CAL SPRINTERS | SoCal Rotax Challenge Austin Torgerson, Ashton Torgerson and Ethan Ho made up the field in Mini Max. Both Torgerson’s pace was consistently a few tenths quicker than Ho’s, but Ethan managed a few quick laps. The main event saw a brother on brother battle for the win. Older brother Austin looked to have things in hand, but a late race move by Ashton earned him the lead and eventual victory. Dante Yu and Charlie Jafari were the two drivers in Juniors with Yu running solo in the main for the win. Briggs LO206 saw a bump this weekend in entries thanks to D-Power bringing drivers Airel Jimenez and Aaron Aguirre. The 4 stroke duo ran together all day long through both heat races and into the main event. Aguirre managed to score the win by a scant 3 tenths over the mighty #29. Ashton Torgerson

The shared event went off without a hitch as the two organizations split duties to support the racers and crews. Senior Max had only two entries but all day long Henry Morse and Tim De Silva went toe to toe. They qualified within 4 thousandths of each other and were never separated by much. Morse had a tire fly off in a heat race, but after racing contact in the main event he was able to get going quicker than De Silva and scored the win. 40


Honda Kid Karts saw an exciting race between Austin Manka, Logan Ainsworth, Jesus Vasquez Jr., and Kaytlyn Schwartz. Swartz was a little off the pace of the others but showed improvement lap after lap. Up front Manka led early as challenges from Ainsworth and Vasquez started coming. Vasquez took control a few laps into the 12 lap contest and drove home to the win. It was a nice recovery from a flip he had in practice. Manka almost won it, but came up .032 short at the line and settled for 2nd place. Ainsworth was a few seconds back in 3rd. Carson Mallett and Ethan Ho raced hard in Mini Rok with Mallet getting the better of Ho in the main event. The shifters also GO Racing Magazine

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had a pair of warriors looking to do battle on the legendary Adams circuit, Jar-Jar Cameron Jocelyn and Ryon Beachner. Admittedly Beachner is a pro at the AMP track and Jar-Jar feared he couldn’t keep pace with his longtime friend and rival. He was right. Beachner had Jar-Jar in check through qualifying and the heat races. A mechanical for Jar-Jar in the final cost us any chance at seeing a great battle and Ryon scored an easy win. Micro Max saw 8 drivers from Nor-Cal, So-Cal, Oregon and Arizona take to the track for their 18 lap main event. Carson Morgan and Ashton Torgerson were the class of the field, consistently turning lap times almost a second faster than their nearest competitors. Morgan was the pole sitter and went on to win heat #1, but Togerson bounced back and won heat #2. The final saw them trade the lead several times before seeing Torgerson score his second win of the weekend. Owen McAllister, Tyler Ruth and Tyson Quach rounded out the top five.

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Rotax Masters was once again the “Crow Show”. The largest class of the day with ten drivers saw John Crow turn in a flawless weekend of racing. Billy Cleavelin turned laps just a tick slower than Crow but a mechanical in qualifying set back his efforts. Starting from the back Cleavelin moved forward in heat 1 until he dropped a chain. While Crow ran unchallenged at the front saving his tires Cleavelin was boring through his to get back to the front. Crow and Cleavelin started on the front row of the final, but Crow was able to gain a gap right away and maintain it for the 18 lap final. Texas driver, David Pergande made his long trip worthwhile when he passed Ed Quinn for third place and took a trip to the podium. So-Cal Challenge is back in action at CalSpeed October 25th for the series finale. Congratulations to all the So-Cal Challenge and So-Cal Sprinters class winners: Henry Morse, Mike McGinnis, Norm Douthit, Alex Siragusa, Ashton Torgerson, Dante Yu, Tanner Smith, Aaron Aguirre, Jesus Vasquez Jr., Dominic Gordon, Carson Mallett, Bryce Stevens, Marcus Rodriguez, Ryon Beachner, John Crow, Ashton Torgerson. GO Racing Magazine

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