Second event of 2011 season for Colorado’s Superkarts! USA regional program into the books from Pikes Peak International Raceway
Article By: Superkarts! USA
TEMECULA, CA (September 1, 2011) – The Superkarts! USA Mountain Region completed round three of the season on August 27-28 at the Pikes Peak International Raceway in Fountain, Colorado. Co-hosted with the Pikes Peak Kart Racing Club, the dual event took place on the facility’s Autocross section. A combined five race groups practiced Saturday with a full day of racing on Sunday - including 15-lap Prefinals and 25-lap Finals with the SKUSA shifter classes electing to run 30 laps for their main event. The headline winners from the second stop of the SKUSA Mountain Region were S2 Semi-Pro Stock Moto winner Christian Schureman and TaG Senior winner Ben Schermerhorn.
With a solid field of nine S2 drivers, Schureman set the bar for the class in qualifying. Posting a 46.614-lap, Schureman earned the pole position in the session. Jeff Field and Sabre Cook kept Schureman honest as they clocked in times within a tenth of his fast lap to end qualifying second and third. Schureman grabbed the holeshot to begin the Prefinal, going on to lead all 15 laps for the win. Behind him, Jack Bradley was on the charge. After putting Cook behind him, Bradley eventually worked around Field for the second position. Schureman continued out front early on in the 31-lap main event. This time, it was Cory Milne making the move toward the front. Up to second by lap seven, Milne challenged for the lead and secured the spot on lap 12. The top two pulled away from the field and put on a show for the remaining laps. On the final circuit, Schureman made his move, retaking the lead and taking the checkered flag first. Milne finished three-tenths behind, with Bradley completing the podium.
TaG Senior welcomed six drivers on the weekend, with Connor Thomas quickest early on. A 49.021-lap in qualifying earned him the pole position over Schermerhorn and Will Owen. Thomas was shuffled back early in the Prefinal, allowing Schermerhorn to take control and on to the win. Thomas recovered to finish second with Owen third. The same situation occurred at the start of the Final, with Thomas falling even further down the order on lap two, behind the other groups running on the track at the same time. This gave Schermerhorn the run alone out front as he drove off to a 20-second victory in 25 laps. Owen placed second, with Thomas able to advance up to the third position.
Similar to S2, the S5 Junior Stock Moto category was a close fight until the end. Austin Schimmel led the way in qualifying, posting a 47.770-lap to edge out Ryan Rudolph by just 0.051 seconds. Schimmel drove away to a solid victory in the Prefinal, and was on course to do the same in the main event. After a slow start, Rudolph picked up the pace and ran down the leader. On the final lap, Rudolph executed a pass for the lead and went on to take the victory with Schimmel trailing. Jet Davis ran uncontested in the S4 Master Stock Moto division, fifth overall with S2 and S5 on track at the same time.
The TaG Master category welcomed five drivers for the event with Scott Falcone taking the event victory. Falcone began in qualifying, posting a 49.846-lap to secure the pole position over Robert Valentino and Jean-Paul Tandurella. After leading all 16 laps in the Prefinal, Falcone was penalized one position for measuring wide at the rear width in tech, giving the win to Valentino with JPT in third. Falcone responded with a stellar drive for the main event win. Finishing third overall, competing on track at the same time as TaG Senior, Falcone took the class victory by just under seven-seconds ahead of Valentino and Tandurella.
Jacob Eidson completed the event sweep in the TaG Junior class, leading the field through qualifying, the Prefinal and Final. In the feature, Eidson drove to a seven-second victory over Mianna Wick, who ironically posted the fast lap of the race. Third was Lindsay Brewer. David Rafilor was the top of the TaG Cadet class after qualifying with a 42.776-lap. Hannah Greenemeier got the jump at the start of the Prefinal, leading all 13 laps for the win over Rafilor. The tandem held their positions through the main event with Greenemeier taking the win by two-tenths over Rafilor with Hayden Reeder placing third.
The 2011 season will wrap up at the fourth round of the SKUSA Mountain Region championship, set for September 17-18. Details regarding the event and location will be forthcoming. For all important information regarding this year’s SKUSA Mountain Region program, head to the series website – www.skusamr.com
About Superkarts! USA:
Established in 1995, Superkarts! USA is dedicated to shifterkart and TaG racing and is the leader in the field, currently promoting five regional racing series. Racing programs are currently running in Southern California, Northern California, Hawaii, Colorado, Missouri and Iowa, in cooperation and support from official tire supplier MG Tires. In 2011, the organization is promoting the second edition of the SKUSA Pro Tour, which features a pair of major events in Arizona and Colorado, all leading up to the annual SKUSA SuperNationals, the biggest shifter kart race in the world, held every November in Las Vegas, NV. For more information on SKUSA, please visit www.superkartsusa.com.