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2009 USRMC National Top 10-Senior Max

2/3/2010

Presentation of the 2009 USRMC National Points Championship Top 10 – Senior Max

Article By: Marshall Martin

The 2009 Senior Max class is a list of who’s who in Karting and competition at the highest level. As we continue to see the growth of the program every year more of the top drivers in the country join the mix to vie for a spot representing the US at the Rotax Grand Finals. All of these drivers want to compete against the best in the country and to win an opportunity to compete on the world stage. As the 2009 USRMC National Points standings evolved over the season we saw several of the top drivers making the 2009 trip to Oklahoma and competing for the win with our number 2 and 3 drivers standing on the podium and making the trip to Sharm El Sheik Egypt.

We can copy and paste the statement from other classes that the Senior Max Top 10 class of 2009 stretches to all 4 corners of the US with one exception, missing from this class we can note is any representation from Florida (where are the Florida Senior Max drivers). Leading our 2010 Senior Class is National Points Champion Californian Erik Jackson, a consistent threat to win any event. Following Erik is Oregon resident Joey Wimsett and another California driver Gregory Liefooghe. Rounding out the top 5 are Palmer Adams from Georgia and the 3rd California driver Dylan Stalker. All the way thru the top 10 you see some of the best the US has to offer.

Looking towards the new season we have a group of graduating Junior drivers with a lot of talent that will compete alongside the veteran Senior Max members next season, this makes 2010 looks very interesting. The new season promises to bring some tough competition for both the USRMC National Points and the USRMC Grand Nationals in July.

Congratulations to all of the 2010 USRMC Top 10 Senior Class drivers.

1
Erik Jackson
Long Beach, CA
Los Angles Kart Club
1268

Erik had a great 2009 season competing in Senior Max with both LAKC and the Gatorz Karting Cup. He had a near perfect year and, with just one exception, won every race he entered in his Arrow X-1 chassis. For the 2010 season, he is running both the DD2 and Senior Max classes with high hopes to make it to the Rotax World Finals. Erik's 15 year-old daughter, Chandler Campbell, a very good driver in her own right, will be moving up and running along side her dad next season in the Senior class. This should make for a lot of fun and the whole Jackson family is looking forward to it.

2
Joey Wimsett
Beaver Creek, OR
Northwest Gold Cup RMax Challenge
1227

Home Track: Pats Acres Rotax/Intrepid
2009 Challenge of the Americas: 2nd place 2009 Northwest Gold Cup: 1st place
Joey accomplishments in 2009 were capped off with a 3rd place finish at the 2009 USRMC Grand Nationals and a trip to the Rotax World Finals. A consistent performance in Egypt earned Joey a 4th place against the best the world has to offer. Joey's finish at Ghibli Raceway was the highest finish in the Senior Max class for an American driver in the 10 year history of the event.

3
Gregory Liefooghe
San Francisco, CA
Jim Russell Northern California Rotax Challenge
1193

2006: - Beginning of Racing Career: Jim Russell Norcal Rotax Championship - 2nd
2007: - Jim Russell Norcal Rotax Champion

-DD2 Norcal Champion

-Rotax Grand Nationals DD2: Started 8th

2008: - Jim Russell Norcal Rotax Champion many lap records along

-Rotax Grand Nationals DD2: Started 5th

-2008 Jim Russel Driver of The Year

-Prokart Challenge North in ICC - 3rd

2009: - Jim Russell Championship Series - 3rd - with 5 podiums and 2 wins

-NASA 25 Hours of Thunderhill - 1st in E1 Class and 8th overall

-Skip Barber Western Series - 2 top 5 finishes and one top 3

-Championship Karting International - 3rd overall ICC

-Rotax Summer Shoot-out - Overall Winner

-Rotax Grand Nationals: Qualified 4th

-Norcal Rotax Championship - 2nd in championship

-Several wins in ICC and Rotax at the regional level

2010: - Full Time Driver for Compass 360 Racing in Grand-Am

4
Palmer Adams
Gainesville, GA
SouthEast Rotax Super Series
1192

Palmer first began his career in kart racing at the ripe age of six on a dirt oval track near his hometown of Flowery Branch Georgia. Palmer and his father Heidt traveled the entire southeast competing in many national events with satisfactory results. Once Palmer was of age, he made the transition to competing in the WKA Road Racing Series on a national level. After many podiums and three national championships, Palmer decided that it was time to take the next step in his karting career and test his skills in the increasingly popular Rotax Challenge. After almost twelve years of kart racing, Palmer and his father both agree that they have found their niche in karting with a program that hosts some of the toughest competition in the nation that instills the importance of proper driving techniques and precise chassis setup. Palmer plans to attend Georgia College and State University in the coming years, which will allow him to keep competing in the vastly expanding South East Road Racing Series.

5
Dylan Stalker
Long Beach, CA
Los Angles Kart Club
1162

FTK Rotax/Sodi Kart Home Track LAKC LAKC Rotax Champion for 3rd year
2009 was not the season Dylan expected, challenges with chassis and minor motor issues he still fought for several wins to earn the LAKC Senior Rotax Title. The lack of sponsorships in a tight economy prevented a trip to the 2009 USRMC Grand Nationals. 2010 is already looking better as a return to the FTK team under the tutelage of Andy Seesemann. Plans for 2010 include competition compete in the Challenge of the Americas, Gatorz Cup, Los Angeles Kart Club, USRMC Grand Nationals, Super Nats. plus with a few additional selected events.

6
Andy Dunne
Westmont, IL
MRP Rmax Challenge
1141

Age:15 Years Racing: 4 (1 mini max, 2 junior, 1 senior)
Home track: MRP. Set track record on all 3 configurations in 2009.
Major events;
Nationals in 2007 (20th in Junior)
2008 ( 7th in Junior)
2009 ( 5th in Senior prefinal, running top 3 in final before flat tire)
Man Cup: 2009-Finished 3rd in first TAG event
Plans for 2010: Florida Winter Tour
MRP club series
Nationals

7
Mason Madej
Vernon Hills, IL
MRP Rmax Challenge
1130

Mason Madej is a 17 year old hard working, talented young man from Vernon Hills, Illinois. Mason is an honor student at Vernon Hills high school carrying a 3.6GPA and is a member of the varsity bowling team. Mason started racing Indoor karts in 2004 winning three Consecutive Indoor Karting Championships before Moving into Rotax Max Racing in 2006. Mason earned the MRP Rotax Challenge Junior Max Championship Title in 2008 and was ranked second in the USA Rotax Challenge National Points Standings. He has competed in two USA Rotax Max Grand Nationals and the Rotax Max Summer Shootout. Moving on to Rotax International in 2009 Mason Claimed the MRP Rotax Challenge Championship Title and was ranked eighth in the USA Rotax Challenge National Points Standings. Competing in the 2009 Mazda Robo-Pong 200, Mason and his team were the highest finishing Rotax engine; finishing third after starting forty seventh due to qualifying issues. This was an immense accomplishment for this young racer, competing against many extremely talented drivers.

8
Harrison Bird
Simsbury, CT
Northeast Rmax Challenge
1109

No bio available

9
Austin Tillery
Hampton Cove, AL
BTK Rmax Challenge
1077

BTK Arrow Team racer Austin Tillery began the 2009 Race Season as one of the youngest drivers in the Senior Max class and raced most of the season as a 14 year old. He celebrated his 15th birthday just a week before the Rotax Grand Nationals. Austin started racing at 9 years old and captured the Bakers Creek Kart Club Mini Max class champion title 2 years in a row. He then claimed the Junior Max class champion title the following 2 years as well as the Senior title for 2009. Racing against big name drivers like Eric and Brandon Jones and Cody Robinson at Bakers Creek this year has been fun for Austin and has provided racing fans a lot of action on the track. Austin has participated in the FWT races for the past 4 years. In addition to karting, Austin is in the Duke TIP Scholars Program, National Junior Honor Society and a member of the Varisty Basketball team at Whitesburg Christian Academy and has enjoyed playing soccer since he could walk.

10
William Hewell
University Park, TX
Southwest Regions Cup
1048

William is a member of North Texas Karters and started racing in the Yamaha Junior I Light class at 10 years of age. William is the 2009 SWRC Champion in the Rotax Senior class. William’s sponsor and chief mechanic is his father, Bill Hewell.

The United States Rotax Max Challenge is organized and managed by SSC Racing, Palm Springs, CA. Over thirty local and regional series throughout the United States organize and manage official USRMC RMax Challenges with top competitors attending the annual USRMC Grand Nationals. At the USRMC Grand Nationals the top finishing drivers in the Junior Max, Senior Max and DD 2 classes will be awarded spots to the Rotax Grand Finals where World Champions will be crowned in these 3 premier classes. For more information about the US Rotax Max Challenge go to www.rotaxmaxchallenge.com. A complete list of Rotax distributors, dealers and series can be found on the appropriate pages. For complete standings of all competitors in the 2009 USRMC National Points Challenge go to: 2009 USRMC National Points Standings

For information how you can become a USRMC member and compete in the 2010 National Points Challenge and qualify to compete at the 2010 USRMC Grand Nationals send your request for information to Marshall Martin, USRMC Program Director, USRMC Member and Series Administration rmaxnrd@gmail.com

Article Credit: rotaxmaxchallenge.com
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