11-year old overcoming injury, looking for improved results to close out the year
NEW BRAUNFELS, TEXAS (August 27, 2012) – Texas karter Parker Chase has battled strong thus far in the 2012 season. Competing in just his second year in karting, Chase is continuing to learn and adapt to the many different tracks he has visited on the year. The results have been mixed with great highs and some tough lows; however the 11-year old is focused on improving each and every time he straps on the helmet.
Chase made his first start at a major karting event back in January when he visited the Palm Beach International Raceway for the opening weekends of the Florida Winter Tour. Competing in the TaG Cadet division, Chase batted strong against a tough field. The following weekend in Mini Max, he finished 10th and seventh in the B-Main events, gaining experience racing against nationally ranked drivers. The next month was a trip to the Homestead Karting course in southern Florida. Competing at another unknown track, Parker matched his previous results with top-10 runs in the B-Main events. April brought on the start of the Southeast Karting Challenge, a new regional program opening up at the new NOLA Motorsports Park in New Orleans, Louisiana. Visiting yet another unknown course, Chase put in his best performance despite a struggle with engine issues. He would fight his way to finish the weekend in the sixth position.
The month of May brought about new changes as Parker made the switch to the successful Tony Kart chassis brand for the opening round of the Texas ProKart Challenge. In only his second-ever weekend competing in the TaG Cadet division, Chase adapted well to both the new kart and the engine package as he recorded his first regional victory of the season in addition to a runner-up finish. Parker fought strong during the Saturday round of action, working his way into the lead and scoring the inaugural Texas PKC victory for the class. Battling at the front the following day, Chase came across the line in second. Set to battle for the series championship, Chase visited the very fast GrandSport Speedway in Hitchcock, Texas for rounds three and four of the program. Unfortunately, a major wreck in practice led to Chase suffering a shattered ankle. The incident put him on the sidelines.
Parker made his return back to the seat for the Texas ProKart Challenge finale at the North Texas Karters facility just four weeks later, still walking with the assistance of crutches and some pedal adjustments. The return brought on two top-five finishes in the TaG Cadet division. Just a few weeks later, he made his Superkarts! USA Pro Tour debut competing at the SKUSA SummerNationals at the Miller Motorsports Park in Tooele, Utah. Just his third national-level event in his short career, Parker drove well to end up 10th in both main events at what he called the most fun track he’s been to yet.
“Parker is doing a phenomenal job in just his second full season in karting,” stated his father Eric Chase. “He’s kept a positive attitude throughout the many hurdles we’ve faced this year. It was difficult that he suffered the ankle injury just after earning his first big victory, and it’s slowed the momentum. He bounced back great returning to the seat and facing another strong field at the SKUSA SummerNationals. His ankle has heeled well and he will be at 100% for the next big race.”
Chase will keep in racing shape in the coming months with a club races at a number of facilities - his home track of Hill Country Kart Club in New Braunfels, the Gulf Coast Karters circuit, and possible trips to Florida in the coming months. Those races will lead up to the Pan American Challenge Championship event, taking place on The Track at Centennial facility in Englewood, Colorado on September 20-23, competing in the Mini Max category and the SKUSA SuperNationals XVI in Las Vegas on November 14-18 aboard his TaG Cadet entry. Looking ahead to 2013, Parker is already preparing for a full campaign of the Florida Winter Tour. For more on Parker Chase and his 2012 season, be sure to visit www.chaseracing.com
About Parker Chase:
Just one year into the sport, Parker Chase is preparing to be the next rising star in American karting. Hailing from New Braunfels, Texas, the Chase Racing pilot is taking the sport by storm in multiple Cadet level categories. For 2012, the 11 year old will compete in the Florida Winter Tour, the Texas ProKart Challenge, Southeast Karting Challenge, United States Rotax Max Challenge Grand Nationals, and the SKUSA SuperNationals XVI. Parker would like the thank Enertech Resources and team manager Jared Beyer for their support in 2012. Keep up to date with the Parker at his website - www.chaseracing.com