“P1 Engines will now shift focus to West coast action”
Article By: Race Tech Development
August 11, 2010 – It was another typical weekend for P1 Engines as the California based company traveled east to the fourth round of the World Karting Association (WKA) Manufacturers Cup program and walked away with six podium results. With the event taking place at the ultra fast New Castle Motorsports Park facility just east of Indianapolis, P1 Engines powered drivers could be seen at the front of the pack.
“It wasn’t our best weekend in Indiana but you can’t win them all,” explained P1 Engines Owner Jesus Vasquez. “We managed to salvage several podium results this weekend and will work hard at the final round to get back to our winning ways.”
With the majority of the P1 Engines drivers being in the junior ranks, it was Floridian Nick Neri who claimed the best of the results. After bolting on a P1 KPP late during Friday’s practice sessions, Neri proved to be quick with it right out of the box and drove to the pole position in KPP Junior Heavy on Saturday morning. After taking the heat race win, Neri would claim the second podium position on Saturday and back that up with a solid third place result on Sunday in the KPP Junior Lite class.
New Jersey resident Shawn Sharkey started off Saturday behind the eight ball as a missed setup in qualifying forced him to start from mid-pack in KPP Junior Heavy. Sharkey would rebound on Sunday in the KPP Junior Lite class as a solid fourth place qualifying and a third place finish in his heat race. Looking to score the win, Sharkey took the lead early in the final but would fall back and finish a very respectable fourth place.
Sharkey would also utilize P1 Engines in the Yamaha divisions and after qualifying outside the top ten, would improve to finish with a solid fifth place result in Yamaha Junior Heavy.
Female pilot Raquel Martinez was fast all weekend long but race contact would take her out of contention for the win. After turning some of the quickest junior times of the weekend, Martinez would come home with a fifth place finish in Saturday’s KPP division while improving from a top ten qualifying result to finish sixth in Sunday’s Yamaha final.
Sportsman competitor Zane Smith was strong all weekend. After qualifying third in Komet Junior Sportsman, Smith went on to finish second in the heat and lead the majority of the main event. When the checkered flag flew, Smith would come home in the second position.
P1 Engines will enjoy little time off as they will have several competitors competing at the Pro Kart Challenge North/South shootout and Gold Rush Series this coming weekend. With the action taking place at the Santa Maria Kart Track and Atwater respectively, 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 .
Photos courtesy of: Sean Buur – Go Racing Magazine