Colorado-based operation shows speed and locks up California ProKart Challenge titles at Southern California street race
Article By: CRG-USA
GRAND JUNCTION, COLORADO (September 28, 2012) – Team CRG-USA took on the challenging Streets of Lancaster Grand Prix over the September 15-17 weekend. The Southern California city hosted the Superkarts! USA California ProKart Challenge for its series finale, bringing together some of the top shifterkart and TaG drivers together from around the western half of the United States and Canada. CRG-USA - the Colorado-based CRG importer and race team brought together a solid driver lineup for the weekend, battling for championships and preparing for the upcoming SKUSA SuperNationals XVI in Las Vegas. In total, CRG-USA drivers left with two podium finishes and two championships.
Jack Bradley made his first start at the Streets of Lancaster GP, finishing the season third in the Rocky Mountain ProKart Challenge S2 Semi-Pro Stock Moto standings. Mixed in with the S1 field, Bradley qualified 14th overall, which put him 7th in class. Losing a few positions in the opening lap of heat one, Bradley worked his way forward, reaching 10th overall and fifth in class at the checkered flag. He continued his march toward the front in heat two, placing sixth on-track and now third in the S2 group. The main event was a race-long battle for the second position, involving multiple drivers. About the halfway mark, Bradley had secured the position and was looking to pull out to an advantage. He was caught however by the quickest driver on the track, and dropped to third. He would finish in that position comfortably and earned his a podium trip in his first visit to the street race. Fellow CRG-USA driver Sabré Cook battled strong all weekend. Moving her way forward in heat two, she made contact with a barrier and dropped to the tail of the field. Starting 16th in the combined grouping, Sabré drove to a solid sixth position in the 20-lap event, one position behind Bradley.
Wyoming driver Scott Allen drove double duty on the weekend, running in the S4 Magnum and S4 Master Stock Moto divisions. The Magnum class was all Allen, as he swept the class on the weekend to put CRG-USA on top of the podium. The regular S4 class ended rough after improving forward from qualifying. Starting the weekend outside the top-15, Allen improved each time out and was nearly into the top-10 when the engine let go in heat two. Working his way back in the main event, Allen was caught up in a wreck that put him on the sidelines for the remainder of the feature race. Mexican driver Yigal Garcia Rached traveled north to join CRG-USA in Lancaster to compete in the S5 Junior Stock Moto division. Rached was set to battle for a podium position in the main event when contact at the start of the featured ended his run early.
SoCal driver Jimmy McNeil nearly pulled off the victory in the S1 Pro Stock Moto category. Entering the weekend as the championship leader, he qualified second behind fellow CRG driver Fritz Leesmann - the current SKUSA Pro Tour championship leader. McNeil kept the pressure on in the two heat races, running second. He turned up the pace in the main event and challenged for the lead on several occasions. Coming down to the final few corners, Leesmann drove defensively and McNeil looked for a way by. Contact was made and the two went into the barriers. Unfortunately, damage was done and McNeil was forced to retire. The result did not hurt his chances in the championship, as the former S4 driver earned the S1 regional title.
S4 drivers Robert Marks and Darrell Tunnell were among the contenders on the weekend as well. Marks was third after qualifying and second in both heat races. He challenged for the win early on in the feature race but eventually had to fight for second. During the battle, Marks lost a tire with just four laps remaining and had to watch from the sidelines. Thankfully, he had earned enough points to secure the series championship, his first in the class. Tunnell struggled in qualifying and was outside the top-16. Through the two heat races, he worked his way forward to start the main event from P6. After gaining a spot in the opening lap to break into the top-five, Tunnell retired a lap later. He ended the year fourth overall in the point standings.
CRG-USA - an official K1 RaceGear and MG Tires race team - is now putting the final preparations together for the SKUSA SuperNationals XVI, set for November 14-18 in Las Vegas, NV. Arrive-and-Driver in both Stock Moto and TaG classes, along with tent space is available. The company is also looking to add to its growing dealer network with new locations throughout the United States. If you are interested in becoming part of the CRG-USA network, or becoming part of this growing professional race team, please contact Stacey Cook at info@CRG-USA.com or phone 855-TEAMCRG.
Located at the Grand Junction Motors Speedway in Colorado, CRG-USA is the newest importer for the CRG chassis brand and Maxter-Sonik Sport engine program. Operated by Stacey Cook, the company will focus their distribution and marketing on the western and central portion of the United States. In addition, the operation is fielding a national race team program through the 2012 season at all the major karting events on the year. If you want to race with the best product in karting, jump on board with CRG-USA today. Visit www.crg-usa.com or phone 855-TEAMCRG (832-6274).