"Ten top fives, pole position and race win for popular engine builder"
Article By: Race Tech Development
March 9, 2011 - With the eastern half of the United States karting program well underway, it was back to the west coast for some karting action for P1 Engines powered drivers. Hosted by the Los Angeles Kart Club and taking place at the CalSpeed Karting Center, the Cal State Karting Championship Series kicked off with a host of top five results for P1 Engines.
"Most of our drivers had a great start to the Cal State program," expressed P1 Engines Owner Jesus Vasquez. "There were a lot of P1 Engines powered drivers at the front of the field and challenging for race wins. Some bad luck got in the way of achieving even more podium results, but it was a great way to start the season."
Raquel Martinez utilizes P1 Engines in her first Senior race - Sean Buur - Go Racing Magazine
Moving up to the senior ranks was junior standout Raquel Martinez. The talented female pilot would see battle in the PRD Senior class and would score a solid second place result. After being forced to start from the rear of the twenty plus kart field after qualifying, Martinez stole the show in the heat race and drove to an impressive fourth place result. With high hopes for the main event, the Top Kart driver took the lead but would eventually finish as the bridesmaid in her first career senior start.
Both Matt Johnson and Ty Matta would join fellow P1 Engines powered driver Martinez in the PRD Senior class scoring top five results. Johnson looked poised to take the race win after qualifying in the second position and leading the main event until the final complex of corners where he was shuffled out and eventually finished in the third position. Fellow P1 driver Matta would be classified in P5.
Parker Thompson scores win in Cal Speed - Sean Buur - Go Racing Magazine
Canadian driver Parker Thompson was back in action south of the border and
would see battle in the KPV2 and PRD Junior divisions. With a fourth place qualifying effort in the KPV2 category, Thompson steadily moved forward throughout the day. After claiming a third place result in the heat, the young talent stole the show in the main event to provide P1 Engines with yet another victory to add to their already impressive resume. Tough luck would hinder Thompson in the PRD Junior class after his pole position run. In the heat race, Thompson was involved in a first corner incident and would be forced to start the main event from the tail of the field. After quickly moving forward in the final, Thompson took the lead and looked as if he was home free to the checkers until a broken chain forced him to retire from the event.
Fellow P1 Engines drivers stepped up to the plate in the PRD Junior class as a trio of them would claim the second to fourth place positions. While Jason Hannegan and Wyatt May qualified ninth and fourth respectively, both would improve throughout the day to claim podium results. Jess Huaman in KPV 2 would qualify on the front row but when the dust had finally settled, he would be classified in the fourth position.
A pair of pilots would enter the Sportsman ranks as Skylar Estrada and Noah Garza would see action in KPV1 and Junior 1 Comer respectively. Estrada managed to score a third place effort in qualifying and ran well inside the top five in both the heat race and main event. Like Estrada, Garza claimed a third place effort in the morning time trials and drove a great race to finish fourth in the main event.
P1 Engines will now shift their focus to the east coast for the second round of the World Karting
Association Manufacturer's Cup. Taking place this weekend at the Carolina Motorsports Park in Kershaw, South Carolina, P1 Engines will make the cross country trek to support current customers and ensure they run at the front of the field.
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 .