“Tony Kart pilot proves that he is the one to beat as 2010 nears a close”
Article By: Race Tech Development
October 7, 2010 – Competing with both the Canadian-based Apollo Motorsports squad and Los Angeles stationed Tony Kart West crew, Alberta driver Parker Thompson has scored two victories in the past two weekends both north and south of the border. Competing with a Rotax powered Tony Kart chassis, Thompson proved that he is one of the best up and coming junior drivers that North America has to offer.
“The past two weeks have gone very well for me,” expressed Thompson in cold Red Deer, Alberta. “The races have been very tough but I have managed to work my way to the front. With the snow just around the corner, it is important that we close out the 2010 racing season strong and build momentum for our 2011 program.”
First on the docket was Edmonton Kart Racing Association’s (EDKRA) Fall Classic, Canada’s richest event in karting in Edmonton, Alberta. Competing with the Apollo Motorsports crew, Thompson was on a tear throughout the weekend as he was hungry to add to the win column on his resume. Racing in the Rotax Mini Max division, Thompson went on to dominate the race weekend taking home the win and a $1000.00 winning check for all his hard work.
Looking to carry the momentum to the next event, Thompson travelled to the Rotax Pan-American Challenge race at CalSpeed Karting in Fontana, California. Competing against some of the best Rotax drivers in the United States, Thompson teamed with the Tony Kart West crew in the hopes of more podium results. With a stacked field of drivers and teams from across the country, Thompson was up for the challenge and scored a solid victory in Sunday’s action.
After pacing in the top five in Friday’s official practice sessions, Thompson ran into some slight trouble in Saturday morning’s qualifying run. Knowing that he had the speed to take the pole position, Thompson’s powerplant lacked the necessary drive to put together a solid lap and he was mired back in the ninth spot. As his crew went to work, Thompson knew he would be able to work his way forward and with a little luck, might be able to take the win.
After finishing fourth in the prefinal, that talented Canadian moved into the second position before the close of the first lap in the main event. While he ran with the leader, Thompson’s motor gremlins arose yet again and he began to fall down the running order. Driving hard and trying to hold his competitors at bay, the Tony Kart pilot fell back to outside the top five by the time the checkered flag had flown.
With Sunday bringing a another complete day of racing action, a renewed sense of energy was brought to the track by Thompson and his Tony Kart West squad as they looked to overcome Saturday’s disappointing results. It all started well for Thompson as he was the quickest driver in morning warm-up as well as the qualifying run where he scored the pole position. Dominating the prefinal to take the win, Thompson would line up for the main event on the inside of the front row, by far a better day than Saturday’s proceedings. Looking to sweep the action, Thompson broke out to the lead early but would then fall back to the third position. Working hard to get back up to the front, Thompson moved into the second position where he settled in for the second half of the race. Setting up his fellow competitor with each passing lap, Thompson made a bold last corner last lap move and made it stick to take the win.
Thompson added, “That was an exciting race. I am looking forward to my next event where I will look to continue my winning ways.”
Thompson will enjoy very little time off as he will travel back to California this coming weekend for the Streets of Lancaster Grand Prix. Located in Lancaster, California, the event is one of the most prestigious events on the west coast and Thompson will look to stand atop the podium in two separate racing divisions.
Parker would like to thank his current supporters and sponsors: Tony Kart West, Apollo Motorsports, BGR Graphics and Sylvan Lake RV for all their hard work and continued support.
For more information on Parker Thompson including press release and media information, please contact Mike Maurini and Race Tech Development at 317.270.8723 or via e-mail at Mike@RaceTechDevelopment.com .
Press release prepared by: Race Tech Development
Photo courtesy of: Sean Buur – Go Racing Magazine