CHICAGO RIDGE, Ill. - After more than a month of waiting Go Rotax powered by Max Speed Group announced last week that a protest and appeals process had been resolved and Chicago's David Malukas is officially the winner of Mini MAX at the Rotax Mini Micro Invitational November 13-16 at NOLA Motorsports Park in New Orleans.
The prestigious Invitational event for Mini and Micro MAX competitors was held during the biggest karting event in the world, the Rotax MAX Challenge Grand Finals, which took place on U.S. soil this year at the beautiful NOLA karting complex just outside New Orleans.
Malukas, who crossed the finish line second but was awarded the win after a disqualification, earned the victory over Canada's Samuel Lupien and the United States' Devin Boutot.
The Mini MAX Invitational win - arguably the greatest accomplishment for a kart racer in David's age category - capped a terrific 2013 season for Malukas, one that saw him race to a number of main-event wins in Junior and Junior Sportsman (Mini MAX) classes at national and regional karting series and events around the country.
Before the triumph at NOLA, David recorded wins in the Florida Winter Tour, Sportsman and Junior wins in WKA Manufacturers Cup and a host of regional triumphs at the Route 66 and Great Lakes sprint series.
"We had a great season and winning at NOLA was definitely the highlight," David said. "It took some time to adapt to the Haase chassis because I'd never run one before. We stayed consistent all week and put ourselves in position for a win. We would have liked to have gotten it outright on the track, and then it was a long wait for an announcement. I'm really happy we're the winners and thanks so much to my dad, my tuner Wes Phillips, HMD Trucking and everyone who helped us this season."
David's father and main supporter Henry Malukas added.
"This is an incredible accomplishment for David and we couldn't be happier. A win at the Grand Finals is something we've aimed for. I didn't think it would happen this soon but David has continued to improve and show great skill behind the wheel.
This is certainly the greatest way to end David's career in Mini MAX. Thank you to all who have helped David and myself through this incredible journey," Henry said.
The Malukas team has enjoyed a short bit of time off before the 2014 ramps up this weekend. Shortly after the Christmas holiday, Malukas will head south to Daytona Beach, Florida, to kick off the 2014 WKA Manufacturers Cup Series December 28-30 at the Daytona International Speedway Sprint Track.
At Daytona, David will compete aboard his No. 79 Top Kart USA Top Kart chassis in the Yamaha Junior and the new Parilla (TaG) Junior categories. Malukas will look to open the five-race Man Cup Series strong with hopes for a pair of WKA national championships.
Malukas won't leave the Sunshine State for long after Daytona. David will once again spend much of the winter months in Florida competing in the Florida Winter Tour Formula Kart and Rotax series events at Homestead-Miami Speedway, Ocala Gran Prix and the Orlando Kart Center.
Each track hosts two consecutive weekends of racing - the first for Formula Kart and second for Rotax. Malukas will challenge many of the top 2-cycle sprint racers in the country in the Junior divisions at Bill Wright's famed FWT events.
David Malukas is an 12-year-old national sprint go-kart racer from Chicago, Illinois. Malukas is a multi-time feature winner and top-five finisher in Junior divisions in national World Karting Association Manufacturers Cup competition, WKA Great Lakes and Route 66 sprint regional series and a feature winner in Florida Winter Tour Rotax racing.
Malukas rides No. 79 Top Karts and is proud to be sponsored by HMD Trucking. For more information, visit DavidMalukas.com.
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