Article By: New Concept Race Media
Jacksonville, Fla. – Rochester, N.Y.-based Coyote Motorsports made the long trek south to Jacksonville, Fla. two weeks ago, where the World Karting Association’s Russell Karting Gold Cup Series opened its 2011 season with the Michigan Kart Supply Nationals at the 103rd Street Sports Complex.
The 1,100-mile trip was filed with some adversity as not one, but two tires blew out on the team hauler, meaning that without a third spare, the team had to drive the last 150-plus miles at a crawl with only three of the four tires intact on the trailer.
Once at Jacksonville, several Coyote racers drove their XP mounts to strong finishes, which included nine top-five results on the weekend.
Jake Lutz, of Hamburg, N.Y., raced to a pair of top fives in his two starts. Lutz finished fifth in Saturday’s Sportsman 2 Lite main before earning a solid second-place result in Sunday’s Sportsman 2 Heavy. The 12-year-old racer, who moved up to the Sportsman 2 ranks after winning a national championship in 2010 in Sportsman 1, also recorded finishes of second and third in his two heat races.
Coyote’s shining moment of the weekend came in Friday night’s Year Around Tax Service Animal Heavy Money Race. Three Coyote chassis captured top-five finishes – Scott Kleman was second, Sean Meier ran third and Steven Kilsdonk rounded out the top five. Coyote racer Dylan Zobkiw nearly snuck into the top five, as well, but had to settle for sixth in the 20-kart field.
Kleman’s strong weekend didn’t stop with his runner-up result in the Money Race. The Michigan racer returned Saturday and nearly won Stock Lite. Kleman and eventual winner Zachary Deshaies waged a spirited battle to the finish when contact on the final lap forced Kleman to spin his No. 92. Kleman continued but fell to fourth in the final rundown, which was disappointing for the veteran karter but clearly showed his speed on Jacksonville’s tight sprint course.
Other top-five results for Coyote racers included a fourth-place run for Kleman in the 23-kart Stock Medium feature, Bradley Farmer’s second in Masters Medium, Tim Stiefel’s pair of thirds in Masters Medium and Heavy and Coyote owner Jim Lipari’s fifth-place effort in Stock Lite.
While let down the Gold Cup opener did not feature a Coyote victory, Lipari took time to comment on the positives that resulted from weekend.
“We had such a great season in 2010 that maybe going to Jacksonville and not winning a race is just what we need,” Lipari said. “We absolutely have the drive to succeed at the next national and the good thing is we have three months to prepare. We won’t give up and we won’t lie down. We can’t wait for the next national; we’ll be ready to go out to Camden and win some races.”
Lipari offered no excuses for not finding victory lane at Jacksonville, and cited the stiff competition from other competitors on the Gold Cup circuit.
“I think this competition with the kart manufacturers is great. We’ve had to battle for years to get back on top, and we accomplished our goal last year (in winning the Manufacturers Championship). Some other groups have stepped up and really looked good at Jacksonville. Now, it’s time to work hard, focus and prepare for the rest of the season.
“We also want to thank our racers who went to Jacksonville. Some of our team couldn’t make it, but Coyote racers who were there carried the banner proudly and we’re very thankful they came to support us and WKA.”
Team Coyote will return to national competition when the second round of the 2011 Gold Cup Series goes off with the Baker Racing Engines Nationals July 1-3 at Camden, Ohio’s G&J Kartway.
About Coyote Motorsports
Coyote Motorsports has restructured the way it conducts business. Coyote is no longer a production go-kart company, but now a custom kart manufacturer with an interest in defined details.
Coyote is proud to do nearly everything at its Spencerport, N.Y., shop, including bending tubing with a new, computer-operated Pines 1000 tubing bender, TIG and MIG welding and painting with a new, state-of-the-art Nordson powder-coating system.
The restructuring has led Coyote to become a full-service machine shop capable of in-house manufacturing nearly all of the components on the company’s popular line of karts.
For more information, visit www.coyotekarts.com or call 585-352-0806.