Fresh off of winning the 2010 Ekartingnews.com Constructor’s Championship, Arrow drivers will be invading Daytona International Speedway this week looking for a strong start to the 2011 season.
Sam Beasley leads the charge for Arrow at Daytona in the Senior divisions. It will be Beasley’s first outing in the Senior ranks in WKA, but Beasley is no stranger to the Senior classes as he currently is rated #2 in the national TAG Senior rankings. Beasley will contest TAG 1 & 2, Leopard Senior, and will split time with KTAR’s Eric Jones in HPV and Yamaha SuperCan. Beasley will be running the heavy classes, and Jones will campaign the lightweight classes.
Also running with KTAR in TAG and Leopard will be current NASCAR Sprint Cup Series star and former karting phenom A.J. Allemendinger. It will be Allmendinger’s debut with the Arrow chassis and Comet Leopard power plant. Allmendinger’s protégé and former west coast karting standout, Benny Moon, will also run the TAG classes with KTAR. Tim Pappas, a top karting tuner, will be turning the wrenches for this duo.
Young Florida pilot Jacob Duvall will be running his first race with KartSport squad in Parilla Leopard and TAG 2. Duvall is looking to improve on last year’s solid performance.
Texan Austin Wayne Self will be looking for victory after nearly grabbing the top step of the podium at this year’s SuperNationals in Las Vegas. Self led during the final in TAG Junior but was moved out of the way near the end of the race to finish third at the stripe. It was Self’s debut with Arrow and KTAR and Self was more than impressive for his first race with the team. Self will be competing in all four Yamaha Junior and HPV Junior classes.
Joining Self in the Junior classes is new Arrow pilot Derek Sobel. The Floridian has been tough in all Junior categories to date and is looking to run up front against the top 100cc Junior pilots in the country this week. Sobel has been testing his new XE28 chassis in December to get acquainted with his new ride.
Former WKA Triple Crown winner Corey Reeves returns to competition with KTAR at Daytona in the Yamaha SuperCan classes and will be a threat. Dakota Pesek, race winner last year, will also be under the KTAR tent and will be tough in the SuperCan classes.
CKS driver Kyle Tilley will be debuting the new Arrow Junior Sportsman chassis in the cadet ranks and his mentor, Mark Dismore, Jr., will running the Can Senior classes.
Kevin Nelson, last year’s Masters Champion, will be in Daytona to defend his title. Beasley Motorsports driver Jacob Donald will be a favorite this season in the Junior categories, and 4 cycle and Can specialist Gary Lawson will pilot his Arrow/Comet/Beasley ride in Yamaha Supercan Heavy and will be one to watch for sure.
-KartSport North America is located in Race City USA, Mooresville, North Carolina, and is the US and Mexico Importer for Arrow Racing Karts and Kartech products. KartSport NA is also the US Specialty Distributor for SKF Bearings and distributes several other major karting lines. KartSport Team Arrow Racing is the Arrow factory supported race team here in the United States and campaigns the WKA Manufacturer’s Cup, Gatorz Challenge of the Americas, Florida Winter Tour, Rotax Grand Nationals, and SKUSA SuperNationals among other races. Please visit www.kartsportna.com for more information.