Greg Bell’s LEM squad shows speed at California ProKart Challenge finale weekend
Article By: Leading Edge Motorsports
LODI, CALIFORNIA (September 26, 2012) – Leading Edge Motorsports reached the top of the podium once again behind the talent of Trevor McAlister. The Northern California Intrepid/Praga race team traveled to the fourth annual Streets of Lancaster Grand Prix, hosted by Superkarts! USA on September 15-16. The event played as the final round of the California ProKart Challenge series, and a solid warm-up weekend for the upcoming SKUSA SuperNationals XVI in Las Vegas come November. Greg Bell and the entire LEM crew battled the challenging 0.7-mile street course in Southern California, with McAlister besting the entire S4 Master Stock Moto field in his LEM Praga entry.
McAlister came into the event riding a big wave of momentum. Winning two of the last three California PKC events, in addition to a victory at round three of the Superkarts! USA Pro Tour. ‘T-Mac’ was quickest in practice and topped the charts in the timed qualifying session. His lap of 41.174 seconds secured the pole position for the opening 10-lap heat race. With a great jump off the line, Trevor grabbed the holeshot and gained a sizable lead on the first lap. He led wire-to-wire to score a three-second win. Sunday brought on heat two and the main event, where McAlister was challenged in both races. While he led the entire second heat race, Trevor felt pressure the entire time. Early on in the feature, McAlister led a five driver lead pack. Lap after lap, he kept a consistent pace while the others fought one another and could not match his pace. Trevor earned the checkered flag after 20 laps, securing his third series victory and first at the Streets of Lancaster GP.
The TaG Master duo for Leading Edge Motorsports showed the same speed they have all season long. Randy Froom and Paul Hohlbein were in the hunt all weekend in Lancaster, but were unable to convert the speed into the results they had hoped. Both were in the top-six in practice aboard their Leading Edge Motorsports-prepared Intrepid karts. On his second lap of qualifying, Froom made hard contact with the barriers to bend the steering and chassis, putting him at the back of the 15-kart field. Hohlbein went on to qualifying fourth. Hohlbein advanced up to second after a race-long battle for position to put him front row for heat two. Froom, matching the same pace as the leaders, knifed his way back to sixth after making the repairs. The next day, Hohlbein led the opening lap of heat two, but the competition was fierce. He would be shuffled back to sixth by the checkered flag while Froom was into third. In position for the victory, Froom shined in his LEM Intrepid with Leading Edge Power. Jumping to the point on the opening lap, he spent the rest of his race fighting for the win. It would however come to an end early, as on lap 10 he lost the chain after hitting a bump in the pavement the wrong way. Hohlbein carried the LEM flag to finish a strong fifth.
AJ Juergens made his fourth start in TaG Senior for the California PKC series under the Leading Edge Motorsports banner, showing the best speed on-track all season. Juergens qualified eighth with LEM Intrepid/Leading Edge Power in a very talented field. Green flag racing saw AJ navigate his way up an impressive fourth place in the opening heat race, recording the third quickest lap of the race. A great start to begin heat two, Juergens was up to second after the opening lap. The following circuit, contact dropped him down the order and hampered his speed. He held on through the remaining lap of the 10-lap event to finish eighth. Jumping up to sixth at the start of the 20-lap main event, AJ was involved in a wreck that would sideline him for the remainder of the race.
Mexican Mariana Ramirez was unable to repeat her top-five overall finish last year in the combined S1/S2 Stock Moto grouping, but did earn a fifth place in the S2 Semi-Pro category. Jess Peterson drove to seventh in the TaG Senior division as well. “Our team showed well during the weekend, and I’m really happy with the performance of all our drivers,” stated Greg Bell of Leading Edge Motorsports after returning back to the shop. “Trevor did a pronominal job both days, staying consistent each and every lap, and is certainly the top contender heading to Vegas. Our TaG Master guys continue to show just how fast our TaG package is, as did AJ in TaG Senior. I can’t thank all the drivers and their families enough for another great weekend, and I’m certainly looking forward to ending the season with some more Leading Edge Motorsports victories.”
Bell is now preparing the LEM race team and Leading Edge Power engines for the upcoming SKUSA SuperNationals XVI on November 14-18, 2012 at the Rio All-Suite Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas. Arrive-and-Driver options are still available in both Stock Moto and TaG categories. To learn how you can be a part of the growing operation that is Leading Edge Motorsports and working with veteran Greg Bell, contact Bell directly at 209.369.0921 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org and be sure to visit www.leadingedgemotorsports.com
About Leading Edge Motorsports:
Since 1995, Greg Bell and his Leading Edge Motorsports outfit have provided the foundation for a number of the sport’s champions. Based in Lodi, California, Leading Edge Motorsports is a full-service kart shop providing the best equipment for all levels of the sport. As an Intrepid dealer, LEM is available to support Northern California customers of the brand. The combination of LEM, Bell and driver Brett Felkins scored the Superkarts! USA Pro Tour TaG Senior championship in 2011. LEM was recognized as the national Team of the Year by eKartingNews.com in 2001, and in 2006 along Champion Racing. Bell added a Mechanic of the Year award that same season. From arrive-and-drive programs and kart preparation to driver coaching and parts supply to get you on the track, Leading Edge Motorsports is the answer to the question of success. Winning never gets old.