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Intrepid USA Shines at Superkarts! USA Pro Tour Opener

5/5/2011

Felkins, Freytag, and Tartaglia score victories at SKUSA SpringNationals

Article By: Leading Edge Motorsports

NORMAN, OKLAHOMA (May 6, 2011) – The Intrepid brand left the opening round of the Superkarts! USA Pro Tour with a total of three victories in hand and a number of trips to the podium. The Honda Racing/HPD SpringNationals kicked off the 2011 SKUSA Pro Tour at the Musselman Honda Circuit in Tucson, Arizona this past weekend. A host of Intrepid squads - including importer Champion Racing - made the journey to the 8/10-mile circuit with all finding a piece of success.

The big winner of the weekend aboard an Intrepid was TaG Senior driver Brett Felkins. The Leading Edge Motorsports driver scored the overall event win to earn $1,000 pay day for his efforts. Felkins ran consistent and near the front all weekend long, staying out of trouble in the 33-kart field. On Saturday, Felkins slowly moved himself up the order through the heat races before securing the top spot halfway through the main event. From there, he never relinquished the lead to score the feature win - his first on the Pro Tour. Felkins continued to run up front on Sunday, battling within the lead group all day. In the main event, Felkins crossed the line in third, recording the fast lap of the race, and putting the Northern California driver on top in the championship standings.

Over the course of the last few years, the Intrepid shifter chassis has gained numerous victories and championships all across the world. This time, Intrepid rose to the top in the S2 Semi-Pro Stock Moto. Leading the way was Arizona driver Nicky Freytag. Driving for Innovative Karting out his home-state, Freytag overcame a mistake in heat one to score the main event victory. After earning the pole position in qualifying, Freytag made the mistake of stalling on the grid as the lights went out to begin opening heat. Able to get restarted, Freytag drove from 30th to 19th. In heat two, Freytag improved his position even more as he crossed the line sixth. Once the main event began, Freytag found himself challenging for the lead. After a heated battle for 20-laps, Freytag emerged as the victor. On Sunday, Freytag overcame a mediocre qualifying result to start near the top-five for the main event. Once again, Freytag was near the front in the main event, going on to finish third and position himself among the contenders in the title chase.

Champion Racing drivers Evan Walters and Ryan Kinnear put in impressive drives in the S2 category as well, each earning a podium finish on the weekend. Walters battled his way into the top-five on Saturday and came away with a solid third place performance to end the day. Back in the hunt once again on Sunday, contact took him out of podium contention early in the main event but not before he recorded the fast lap of the race. Kinnear finished fifth on Saturday and continued to run near the front on Sunday. Breaking into the top-five after the second heat race, Kinnear drove a smart 20-lap main event and won the battle for the runner-up position on the podium in his first S2 start. Also making his first start in the S2 category was Evan’s brother - Shane Walters. In only his second weekend aboard an Intrepid shifterkart, Walters recorded a tenth place finish in Sunday’s main event.

The third victory on the weekend by an Intrepid driver was Champion Racing Alex Tartaglia in the S5 Junior Stock Moto class. The Texan came into the event carrying the #3 SKUSA plate for finishing third in the class championship one year ago with four straight runner-up finishes. Looking for his first Pro Tour victory, Tartaglia fought strong all of Saturday, eventually earning a nearly three-second victory in the main event. On Sunday, Alex continued to run at the front and scored a runner-up finish in the feature race, putting him on solid ground to contend for the title once again.

“This weekend was a great start to the 2011 Pro Tour for Intrepid,” commented Rodney Berryhill of Champion Racing - importer of the Intrepid chassis. “The Intrepid brand continues to be one of the best brands in the sport and our drivers proved that this weekend. Felkins drove near perfect in the TaG class and having two spots on the S2 podium both days was amazing. We are happy to be part of the SKUSA Pro Tour and looking at scoring more victories and adding more championships to our trophy case.”

If you are interesting in learning more about the Intrepid chassis or to find out options about arrive and drive information for the next SKUSA Pro Tour event, contact the Champion Racing at 405.579.5278 or e-mail via info@championkart.com . For further information and the other products and services Champion Racing provides, visit www.championkart.com and also www.oklahomamotorsportscomplex.com .

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About Champion Racing:

Champion Racing, located in Norman, Oklahoma alongside the Oklahoma Motorsports Complex, has a long history as one of the most respected shops and teams in the sport. The North American importer of the Intrepid kart line, and now the Praga chassis, runs a national-level arrive-and-drive racing team. Champion Racing is also well-known for their engine building performance. In both 2006 and 2007, the team won the prestigious eKartingNews.com Team of the Year Award.

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