"Three Duffies and six Screaming Eagles"
Article By: Race Tech Development
Back in action in the state of California, P1 Engines would look to score race wins and podium results at the 2011 edition of the International Kart Federation 2-Cycle Sprint Grand Nationals. Taking place at CalSpeed Karting on the grounds of California Speedway in Fontana, California, P1 Engines powered drivers went on to score three Duffies, six Screaming Eagles and seven-second place results in the five-day event.
"It was another great event for P1 Engines," expressed Jesus Vasquez. "Out of the thirteen classes offered, P1 Engines powered drivers led in eleven of them and either won the class or came home in the runner-up position. We managed to dominate all the KPV classes with either a win, pole position or second place result in each and every KPV category."
In the KPV 1 Heavy class, it was national front-runner Zane Smith who took control of the days action. Picking up the Screaming Eagle award for his pole position earlier that day, Smith went on to claim the heat race win and main event victory as he was the dominant driver in the category. Looking to do the same in KPV 1, Smith was second best on the day as he finished in the runner-up position in each on track session.
In the KPV 2 class it was Canadian Parker Thompson who was back out front to continue his winning ways. After qualifying in the second position and making no improvement through the heat race, Thompson was on a tear in the final taking the victory and his first International Kart Federation (IKF) Duffy Award.
In the KPV 4 class, a heated battle would ensue between P1 Engines powered driver Camden Geise and a fellow competitor. After scoring the Screaming Eagle and heat race win earlier in the day, Geise would lead the main event until the final complex of corners where he would be relegated to the second position only yards from the checkered flag. Front-runner Matt Johnson would also compete in the KPV 4 category as he joined Geise on the front row after qualifying but would eventually finish the main event in the fourth position.
In the KPV 4 Heavy class, it was another Screaming Eagle pole position award for a P1 Engines powered driver, as Luis Martinez Jr. would take the top spot. Looking to transition the quick time in the morning session to a main event victory, Martinez fell just short after leading a majority of the final and would claim the second step on the podium.
Senior pilot Matt Johnson would score a big win in the PRD Senior class after claiming the pole position earlier that day. After falling to the third position in the heat race, Johns rebounded in the main event and walked away from the field to score a huge win for P1 Engines.
Young-gun Hunter Corbit would claim a pair of podium results as well as a Screaming Eagle award on the weekend but would fall just short of the elusive main event victory. After coming from mid-pack in the PRD 1 category to claim the runner-up position, Corbit would claim another second place result in the Cadet Yamaha class after leading the main event.
John Wallace III would see action in the Yamaha Senior Heavy class and would run near the front of the field all day long. After missing the pole position by a scant .03 seconds, Wallace managed to lead the main event at one point but would come home P2 at the end of the day.
In 2008, P1 Engines owner Jesus Vasquez claimed the Lake Speed Excellence Award, an award that is given away annually at every IKF 2-Cycle Sprint Grand Nationals. In 2011, Zane Smith stepped up to the plate and was a recipient of this award for his off track presence as well as on track results throughout the weeklong event.
Next on the docket for P1 Engines will be the final round in the World Karting Association (WKA) Manufacturers Cup. Taking place at New Castle Motorsports Park in New Castle, Indiana, P1 Engines powered drivers will look to continue their success and stand atop the podium.
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 . Also, to follow up-to-date results and information on P1 Engines, become a fan of the "P1 Engines Fan Page" on Facebook.
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