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CKI Florida Cup - Round 2 Preview

2/25/2010

Article by: championshipkartracing.com

After a short month-long break, Championship Karting International continues its popular CKI Florida Cup presented by Supertune USA and DeFrancesco this weekend at the Homestead Karting Complex. Racers from around the globe will descend on the Southern Florida facility for the inaugural series that will award more than $130,000 in cash and prizes including a brand new Mazda 3 to the Rotax Senior Series Champion, and transfers to the 2010 US Rotax Max Challenge Grand Nationals.

With big awards for all class champions as well as unique team and individual awards throughout the series, the CKI Florida Cup presented by Supertune USA and DeFrancesco Racing has proven to be one of the most hotly contested series in North America. In a format that awards drivers points for both their prefinal and main event finishes, overall winners of the weekend will be classified after the completion of competition on Sunday and both days’ events are calculated together. With championship battles shaping up, from an exciting first round of competition last month, drivers and teams alike are ready for weekend cash awards.

Attendees of the event will be treated to a complimentary Steak Dinner BBQ on Friday evening, compliments of Franklin Motorsports Merlin while viewers at home can catch all the action Saturday and Sunday, viewing live timing and listening to live audio from CKI’s LIVE page of www.ChampionshipKartRacing.com

“We are glad that we were able to put a deal together with Speedcast TV for Round two of the CKI Florida Cup event,” stated CKI Director of Operations Kevin Williams. “Speedcast TV is well known through the karting industry, and we look forward to working with them and developing a growing relationship for future events.”

Providing live coverage for all forms of motorsports mediums, Speedcast TV will be onsite Friday to begin preparation for the weekend’s festivities. Live coverage will be available through the www.ChampionshipKartRacing.com website beginning with Saturday morning’s qualifying sessions, and continue through Sunday’s activities.

After an exciting Round 1, the stage was set for first-of-its-kind incentive. For the $2,500 “Most Podiums” bonus during the CKI Florida Cup, a four way tie sets up the weekend with Junior Drivers RC Enerson and Alessandra Madrigal going up against Seniors Alex Speed and Arie Ouimet, each with four podiums from their results at Round 1. For the team with the most Podium Finishes, J3 Competition Kosmic leads the way for the unheard of cash prize of $7,500. Finally, the incentive that awards a team with the most entries, Homestead Karting/Playthings Racing CRG heads up the rankings for this $2,500 cash incentive.

Moving to the racing on track, the ultra competitive KF2 presents a field of stacked competition. Round 1 Race Winners Philip Orcic, (J3 Competition Kosmic), and Alex Speed, (Tony Kart USA), make their return to Homestead with a slight points advantage, but will have to contend with a strong field of Drivers. 2009 National Champion Arie Ouimet, (SSC East CRG), Phil DeLaO, (Grand Products Top Kart), and Brett Felkins, (G-Phactory Sodi Kart) will all be looking to make their stand atop the podium, and their shot at the $3,000 Cash Purse, while the Category’s only female driver, Madeline Komar, (SSC East Maranello) will be vying to make her stand. Just added this week, in a partnership between CKI and the Bondurant School of High Performance Driving, the Champion of KF2 will also take home a complimentary race weekend in a Bondurant Formula Mazda series in 2010, adding extra incentive for the KF2 Drivers Championship Chase!

In KF3, presented by Grand Products, returning National Drivers Alessandra Madrigal, (J3 Competition Kosmic), Broc Yocom, (Leading Edge Intrepid), and Evan Komar, (SSC East Maranello), will all look to improve upon their championship points and their share of the $1,200 cash purse. However, they will have to contend with the Canadian Jesse Lazare, (PSL Karting CRG), along with the Checkered Motorsports PCR entry of Andrew Bujdoso.

A stout entry list in the Rotax Senior field, all vying for their shot at the Championship and the 2010 Mazda3 which is on display at the Event. Points Leader Arie Ouimet, (SSC East CRG) has returned, looking to make a stamp on his points lead, as Tony Kart’s Alex Speed and Top Kart’s Phil De La O will also contest the Rotax Senior division aside their KF2 duties while Joey Wimsett, (SSC East CRG), will look to improve upon his fifth place title chase. Look for Californian Taylor Miinch, (Grand Products Top Kart), currently third in the Championship, and Richard Benitez, (J3 Competition Kosmic), second in points are sure to be contenders to take over the top spot from Ouimet.

Rotax Junior, presented by RDD Motorsports, will see some of the nation’s best junior drivers fight to continue their chase at the points title. Current points leader and pulling double duty this weekend, Alessandra Madrigal will be fighting to maintain her top position in the Category. RDD Motorsports Kart Mini driver Sebastian Ordonez, currently second in the points chase will look to overtake Madrigal. Other strong drivers such as SCS Racing/Merlin frontrunner Shawn Sharkey, Texan Mason Chelootz, (Grand Products Top Kart), and the Homestead Karting CRG of Jesus Rios will all be fighting for their share of the $1,200 cash purse. Alonso Kart’s Dore Chaponick will look to take the win as he works with Bobby Wilson’s DFR crew in 2010.

The SSC East Rotax Mini Max class, one of the biggest classes of the weekend, fielding many of North American’s top drivers have a tight points chase, as RDD Motorsports Kart Mini Drivers Dalton and Logan Sargeant look to maintain their second and third place Championship positions respectively. DFR Supertune Alonso driver Devlin DeFrancesco, and the CRG’s of Jonathan Law and William Myers will look to make a mark in the always competitive Mini class. With a paid entry to the US Grand Nationals, the wheel-to-wheel action will be fierce from the drop of the green flag.

The TaG Senior class looks to be the smallest class on the weekend but nothing short of sheer talent will be displayed as second in points Taylor Miinch, (Grand Products Top Kart), will look to maintain his position against the Kosmics of Hunter Short and Alexandria Gianni. The Merlin of Michael Politis made the trek from New York for his first appearance, looking to upset the points chase.

Fans at home can tune in to CKI LIVE Saturday and Sunday to listen to live audio of the race calls, with live timing running at the same time to catch the action from the Championship Karting international Florida Cup presented by Supertune USA and DeFrancesco on CKI Florida Cup LIVE button on www.ChampionshipKartRacing.com .

Along with the awards package listed below, several companies within the karting industry have provided contingency awards throughout the series. Drivers and teams carrying these companies’ decals on their karts or utilizing the equipment outlined may qualify to claim contingency awards after the completion of the racing activities each and every day. Prizes from cash, to gift certificates to product are offered for Drivers in all classes.

The following is a breakdown of the Prize Packages to be awarded for the 2010 CKI Florida Cup.

Prizes for the Championship of the 2010 CKI Florida Cup
Rotax Mini Max Champion – US Rotax Grand Nationals Entry for US Residents
(non-US Residents will receive $1,000 Cash)
Rotax Junior Champion - US Rotax Grand Nationals Entry for US Residents
(non-US Residents will receive $1,000 Cash)
Rotax Senior Champion – 2010 Mazda 3 as well as US Rotax Grand Nationals Entry for US Residents
Rotax Master Champion - US Rotax Grand Nationals Entry
(non-US Residents will receive $1,000 Cash)
KF3 Champion – Entry into the WSK World Series Round 2 at Millville, NJ
KF2 Champion – Entry into the WSK World Series Round 2 at Millville, NJ
TaG Senior Champion – FREE Entry into the 2010 WSK North American Series by CKI

2010 CKI Florida Cup Series Incentive Awards
Incentive Award to the Driver with the most Top-10 Finishes, $2,500 Cash
Incentive Award to the Team with the most Podium Finishes, $7,500 Cash
Incentive Award to the Team with the most Entrants, $2,500 Cash

Cash Prizes for each Event of the 2010 CKI Florida Cup
KF3 Event Winner - $700
KF3 Event 2nd Place - $300
KF3 Event 3rd Place - $200

KF2 Event Winner - $1,500
KF2 Event 2nd Place - $1,000
KF2 Event 3rd Place - $500

Leopard Senior Winner - $1,000
Leopard Senior 2nd Place - $500
Leopard Senior 3rd Place - $250

Rotax Mini Max Winner - $300
Rotax Mini Max 2nd Place - $150
Rotax Mini Max 3rd Place - $75

Rotax Junior Winner - $700
Rotax Junior 2nd Place - $300
Rotax Junior 3rd Place - $200

Rotax Senior Winner - $700
Rotax Senior 2nd Place - $300
Rotax Senior 3rd Place - $200

Rotax Master Winner - $700
Rotax Master 2nd Place - $300
Rotax Master 3rd Place - $200

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