This past weekend marked the final race of the IAME Bridgestone Winter Series. The forecast heading into the event called for rain, but as the drivers rose Saturday morning the skies were clear providing a beautiful day for dry racing.
After a brief drivers meeting, practice kicked off and by 10:15 racing had commenced. Up for grabs this weekend was the P1 Fitness and Nutrition Program awarded to the top senior drivers in each category. Position 1 Fitness is a cutting edge motorsports fitness company who has emerged as a world leader in motorsports training, nutrition, supplementation and therapy products and services. Whether it be a weekend warrior or a professional, P1 Fitness has a program to fit any racer’s skill level, budget and area of motorsports. Also up for grabs was the Italkart chassis, which would be awarded by pulling a name of all drivers who participated in all three Winter Series events.
By noon, overflowing plates of homemade pasta and fresh salad was served out of SIMA café. After lunch the group of Weekend Warrior Racers (WWR) driving in SIMA’s fleet of rental karts headed straight into their pre-final event. Karting veteran Brian Devries took both the pre-final and final event just holding off Serengeti Designs president Christopher Clark.
Jr. 1’s Sara Brinkac clenched another win with Christian Newland following close in second. The junior 3 class saw brothers Kale and Syzo Kunicki finish one two and in Jr. 4 Cycle Kyle Adams crossed the finish line in first with Kaitlyn Henderson and Anthony Emmott rounding out the top three.
Tag Seniors Todd Jackson arrived late to the scene but still managed to take the win with Steve Bruns and Chris Barker in second and third. This weekend had a good showing in Senior 4 Cycle where Scott Barlee led the race to clench first place. Glen Blankers followed in second with Chris Genge in third.The shifter race ended with long time friends and teammates David Jurca and Michael Valiante on the top of the podium. Young Remo Ruscitti followed close behind in third.
The much anticipated draw for the use of an Italkart Chassis for the complete 2011 Region 6 Gold Cup Series season finally arrived. The first name to be drawn was Glen Blankers, who subsequently had to let go of the prize as he was unable to attend the full GoldCup circuit. The final draw landed Scott O'Farrell with the new Italkart chassis. Scott will be heading south this weekend as the first Gold Cup event kicks off in Tri-Ciites, Washington.
First and foremost, SIMA would like to thank all the participants who came out and supported the first series at the new race facility. A huge thank you to all the sponsors; Bridgestone Tires, VP Fuel, Douglas Wheels, Position 1 Fitness, Italkart and the Seattle Mariners. And lastly, thanks to all the volunteers who came out to lend a hand throughout the series. Collectively the series was a great success and SIMA looks forward to the first SIMA Summer Series race held on April 23rd.
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