“Nine Screaming Eagles and more than twenty five top five results”
June 29, 2010 – Heading to the International Karting Federation (IKF) Two-Cycle Sprint Grand Nationals at Willow Springs International Raceway in Rosamond, California, P1 Engines hopes were high on claiming national championships and podium results in their home state of California. When the weeklong event was finally complete, P1 Engines and their competitors had walked away with eight national championships, nine screaming eagle awards and more than twenty five top five results.
“It was another great event for P1 Engines and our customers,” stated P1 Engines Owner Jesus Vasquez. “We put a lot of effort into everything we do but this event is special for us. Being so close to home and one of the hardest races to win, it is an awesome feeling to head home knowing that our drivers won eight different classes.”
Zane Smith controlled the KPP 1 and KPP 1 Heavy class as the talented Sportsman driver claimed both pole positions and accompanied Screaming Eagles along with a pair of heat race wins and main event victories. Dominating both divisions, Smith was untouchable all week long.
P1 Engines scored a sweep of the top three positions in PRD Senior as Koby Araki, Dylan Nobile and Nick Johnston went on to take the checkers. Araki followed in Smith’s footsteps by taking the pole position, heat race win and main event victory while Nobile and Johnston worked hard to move forward from the rear of the field to score solid podium results.
All three of these fierce competitors were not done there as they all competed in multiple classes. Johnston was the man in PRD Heavy as he swept the day’s action to take home another Duffy and while he missed out on the pole in KPP 3, the talented senior pilot progressed forward throughout the heat race and main event to stand atop the podium. Looking to claim another win, Johnston also entered the KPP 4 class where he garnered a Screaming Eagle on his way to a pole position run in qualifying but came up just short in the final claiming a third place result.
Fellow P1 Engines competitor Nobile would be the man to beat in the Leopard only IAME Cup class as he also swept the day’s action. Utilizing a 2009 P1 Engines prepared Parilla Leopard, Nobile went on to take the pole position and main event win in fine form.
After winning a Duffy in the PRD Senior division, Californian Kolby Araki was back in action in KPP 4 class. After missing out on the pole position to fellow P1 Engines driver Nick Johnston, Araki got the better of the pair as he stormed forward to take the main event win. Following Araki across the line were P1 Engines powered Robby Harryman and Johnston providing the engine builder with their second sweep of the top three this week.
With P1 Engines dominating in several divisions, it was the same sort of result in the TaG class as Bobby Kelly was fast all week long. Taking the pole position, Kelly utilized his P1 power Motori 7 to take the heat race win and stand atop the podium in the final.
Several junior competitors were also in action at Willow Springs as Jason Hannegan competed in the PRD Junior class. After claiming the elusive pole position, Hannegan came up just short in the main event as he finished in the second position. Scoring three podium results was Austin Elliot as he competed in KPP 2, KPP 2 Heavy and Junior Super Sportsman. Taking home two second and a third place results respectively, Elliot showed his speed to run at the front of the pack.
One of the busier drivers during the Grand Nationals week was Canadian pilot Parker Thompson. Scoring a fourth place finish in Rookie Sportsman after leading through the last turn, Thompson went on to claim a Screaming Eagle in Comer Heavy as well as three second place results in KPP 1, Junior 1 Comer and Junior 1 Comer Heavy.
P1 Engines will enjoy little time off as they will have several competitors competing at the World Karting Association Manufacturer’s Cup event. With the event taking place July 9 – 11 at the famed Road America in Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin, P1 Engines will look to continue their winning way at the challenging circuit.
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 951.662.3464 or via e-mail at Champions@P1Engines.com .