It was a busy year for the team at Tony Kart West, as they maintained a winning presence in multiple karting series throughout 2010 and relocated their shop’s headquarters to Southern California. With only a short break for the Holidays, the team is ready to hit the track in the New Year.
Tony Kart West will begin 2011 by competing in the Gatorz Challenge of the Americas, with direct qualifying positions to the Rotax Grand Finals and Rotax Grand Nationals on the line. Representing the team will be Larry Hayashigawa in Rotax Masters; Parker Thompson will make his debut in Rotax Junior, joining John May; and John Wallace and Devin Lindsey will contest Rotax Senior. New additions to the team will be Matt Johnson in Rotax Senior, as well as Royal McKee in Mini Max.
It will be a strong start for the team which enjoyed much success in the 2010 season. Thompson dominated the Cadet karting ranks on the west coast as he won three IKF Region 7 championships (KPV-1 Saturday, Junior 1 Saturday, KPV-1 Sunday) and finished third in Rookie Sportsman. Thompson also took home an Eagle at the IKF Grand Nationals in Junior-1 Heavy, and finished as the runner-up in the Gatorz Challenge of the Americas Minimax championship.
John Wallace took the IKF Region 7 championship in KPV-4, while Gustavo Menezes won the Saturday race at the Gatorz Challenge of the Americas in Phoenix as well as the Pro Kart Challenge race at the CalSpeed Karting Center in TaG Senior. Wally Clark won the Rotax Grand Masters championship at Tri-C / EP1K, while Devin Lindsey was the Los Angeles Kart Club’s Spec PRD champion.
The Rotax Pan-Am weekend at CalSpeed was another high-water mark for the team, as Tony Kart West nearly swept the Sunday races with three wins (Thompson in Mini Max, Mestre in Junior Rotax, and Hayashigawa in Rotax Masters) and a second for Victor Pedrosa in Rotax Senior.
Parker Thompson had a successful 2010 season with Tony Kart West
(Photo: Sean Buur - Go Racing Magazine)
In the SKUSA Pro Tour, Thompson finished second in the TaG Cadet championship while Enzo Mestre also finished second in the TaG Junior championship with teammate Emily Maddison in third. Thompson then finished second at the SKUSA SuperNationals in TaG Cadet.
At what is quickly becoming the biggest karting event in Southern California, the Streets of Lancaster Grand Prix, Thompson took two wins while John Zatarian took the win in TaG Senior. Several of Tony Kart West’s drivers were also featured on the Los Angeles ABC affiliate (Channel 7) news that weekend during a segment about the Streets of Lancaster Grand Prix.
Tony Kart West owners Buddy and Michelle Rice, as well as General Manager Marc Miller would like to thank all of Tony Kart West’s drivers and their families, as well as their dealers and supporters for a great 2010 season:
Haley Jenni, Carter Williams, Larry Hayashigawa, John May, Dallas Hollins, Devin Lindsay, Harin and Timmy de Silva, Chase McQueen, Parker Thompson, John Wallace, Victor Pedrosa, Emily Maddison, Enzo Mestre, Steve Donald, Wally Clark, John Lonaro, Larry Harden, Frank Baldozier, Noel Dowler, Adam Dowler, Christiaan Bouhuys, Jason Campbell, Joe Divito, Chad Brassfield, Eathan Barret, James Rooke, Jeff Osbourn, John Zartarian, Brent Wright, Chris Hatfield, Joel Miller, Tyler Brooks, Cliff Kujala, Ryan Perry, Brody Roa, and Mike Bouyers.
Special thanks go to Seth Nash and Chris Freckleton for all their hard work with the team in 2010 and to Jesus Vasquez of P1 Engines for all his hard work and support.
About Tony Kart West
Owned by Indy 500 winner Buddy Rice, Tony Kart West, LLC is an official importer of Tony Karts and OTK Kart Parts. Tony Kart West services 13 dealers across the western United States, in addition to competing in several series including Gatorz, IKF, Championship Karting International, and SKUSA. To learn how you can race for Tony Kart West call 1.877.TONYKART, or e-mail Seth Nash at email@example.com , or Marc Miller at firstname.lastname@example.org . The team’s website is at www.tonykartwest.com