Phil De La O Wins in New Jersey and Will Look to do the Same at WSK World Series Event
“Arizona pilot back on home soil and looks to add to point total”
Article By: Race Tech Development
Phoenix, Arizona – July 29, 2010 – Karting sensation and soon to be formula car star Phil De La O will be back in his Team Top Kart USA ride this weekend at the New Jersey Motorsports Park facility in Millville, New Jersey. Competing in the WSK World Series event in the ultra competitive KF2 division, De La O will look to improve on his solid top ten result in Portugal and advance forward in the WSK World Series point standings.
This past weekend, De La O participated in the WSK North American Series event at the same New Jersey Motorsports Park location and showed his true speed. After topping all of Friday’s official practice sessions, the Top Kart driver would look forward to Saturday and Sunday’s wheel-to-wheel combat.
Saturday morning would see De La O qualify in the second position and start the prefinal on the outside of the front row. With a difficult entry into the first corner from the even number grid positions, De La O instantly fell back to the fourth position but battled hard to move forward to the lead, eventually finishing in the second spot.
The final would see the same sort of result for De La O on the start as he again fell back, this time to the fifth position. With one of the fastest karts on the track and determined to be back up front, the Arizona resident looked like a seasoned veteran as he worked his way forward. With two laps to go, De La O had a massive lead of nearly seven seconds before the clutch on his powerplant would shed all its teeth forcing him to retire from the event.
“It was a disappointing end to such a dominant Saturday,” expressed De La O. “In the final, the kart was flawless and I was really on my game. We will be back again on Sunday, and I have no doubt we’ll be in contention for the win.
Sunday morning’s qualifying session looked like a carbon copy of Saturday’s event as De La O would turn the second quickest time in the KF2 division and start the prefinal from P2 on the grid. Looking to improve on his outside row starting spot, De La O rocketed forward when the green flag flew and took the lead on the exit of the first corner. Never looking back, De La O stretched his lead and took the prefinal win and main event pole position.
De La O looked poised as he prepared for the final but some bad weather with fierce winds and heavy rain moved into the area, literally flooding the track and destroying the pit area. After careful consideration and taking safety into mind, series officials decided to cancel the remainder of the event and use the heat race results to determine the final outcome, giving De La O the win.
“That wasn’t the way I wanted to win as I was really looking forward to the final,” expressed De La O. “A win is a win and it is tough to be up front in this series so I will take it. Next weekend is the WSK World Series race here and I am really looking forward to that.”
De La O continued as he discussed next weekend’s WSK World Series event, “Coming home from Portugal with a top ten result was a great feeling. I had some trouble in one of the heats and was forced to run the last chance race but still managed to move forward in the main event. The Portugal facility was new to me and very challenging but having now raced in New Jersey, I am confident about competing against the world’s best and running at the front of the field.”
De La O will be back aboard his familiar Team Top Kart USA chassis with GKS prepared TM power. Turning the wrenches will be long-time tuner Ariel Castro as he and De La O look for that prestigious WSK World Series win.
Phil would like to thank his sponsors and supporters for a successful year to date: Grand Products, Team Top Kart USA, Bridgestone Racing Tires, De La O Motorsports, Red Bull, AM Engines, Northwest Floor and Wall as well as his mechanic Ariel Castro.
For sponsorship opportunities and more information on Phil De La O, Jr. and De La O Motorsports, please visit them online at www.DeLaOMotorsports.com or contact Phil De La O at 602.697.1255 or via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org .