"P1 Engines powered drivers run at the front of the field in a variety of different platforms"
Article By: Race Tech Development
Photo courtesy of: Sean Buur - Go Racing Magazine
May 3, 2011 - In one of the busiest karting weekends of the season, P1 Engines powered customers could be seen across the country. With major events taking place in California, Arizona and Indiana, the chance for podiums and race wins in multiple different series and with several different engine platforms was abundant and coming out on top yet again was P1 Engines.
At the World Karting Association (WKA) Manufacturer's Cup program in South Bend, Indiana, P1 Engines would shine in several categories but none more important than the competitive Parilla Leopard Only class with Texan Mason Chelootz. The talented pilot started the heat race in the thirteenth position but by the time the final checkered flag had flown, Chellotz would be on the point and take the race win. Fellow P1 Engines pilot Chris Wehrheim would take the heat race win but be Chelootz's bridesmaid as the pair of drivers sit first and second in the overall series point standings with their strong results.
Chelootz and Wehrheim would not be done there as both would enter multiple divisions. Wehrheim would have a spirited drive in the TaG 2 class as an outside row six qualifying effort would see him start the heat race in the twelfth position, but when the dust had settled he managed a third place podium result and took over the series point lead. Chelootz claimed another podium finish in the Komet Heavy class claiming the second position and is the overall point leader in that division as well showing P1 Engines' true strength.
In the junior divisions it was Raquel Martinez and Alex Keyes who would provide the strong results for the California-based engine builder. With both drivers having some bad luck in separate divisions, both would also come home with top five results over the weekend. In the Komet Junior Lite class, Martinez would claim a fourth place result while Michigan's Alex Keyes would come home in fifth. On the strength of another top five, Martinez continues to lead the Komet Junior Lite point standings.
In the Yamaha Junior Heavy class, Keyes would shine in qualifying claiming the second position and missing the pole by a scant .002. Looking to stay out of trouble, Keyes battled for the lead in the main event but would eventually finish in the fourth position matching his best result in WKA action this season.
In the ultra-competitive Komet Junior Sportsman division, Californian Zane Smith would turn his fourth place qualifying effort into a solid second place result and gain ground on the current championship point leader.
Across the country at the opening round of the Superkarts! USA (SKUSA) Pro Tour, P1 Engines showed their speed with the Rok TT package claiming the pole position in TaG Senior both days with front running driver Mason Marotta. While gremlins took both Marrotta and P1 Engines powered driver Matt Johnson out of competition, the duo would be back on Sunday to fight for the race win. After qualifying on the pole, Marotta would claim a fourth place result when the day was completed with fellow P1 driver Matt Johnson driving to the victory.
In the talent laded TaG Junior class, Canadian Parker Thompson would have a trying day on Saturday but would make up for it in Sunday's action. After struggling through the heat races, Thompson would start the main from the tail of the field and, looking like a seasoned veteran, he would drive to the front to give P1 Engines their second victory of the event and third of the weekend.
Due north from the SKUSA event in Tucson, Arizona, the third round of the Cal State Championship Series was held in Fresno, California with P1 Engines securing five top five results including another victory. Taking home top honors in the Comer 80 class was Noah Garza and Carter Herrera as the duo was the class of the field and provided P1 with a one-two finish.
Skylar Estrada would take over the KPV 1 point lead with a solid third place result while Thomas Mejia and Oliver Calvo would finish fourth and fifth in the C51 class.
"It is hard when you have drivers and teams utilizing your equipment at different events across the country," expressed P1 Engines Jesus Vasquez. "A special thanks must go out to Marc Miller Jr. for servicing all the P1 Engines and helping my customers in Tucson as well as Glenn Araki for his help and support in Fresno."
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 .