"Pole positions, podiums and victories during WKA Daytona Kartweek"
Article By: Race Tech Dvelopment
Photo By: Sean Buur - Go Racing Magazine
January 3, 2013 - Continuing where they left off during the 2012 racing season, California based engine builder P1 Engines was back atop the podium at the annual World Karting Association (WKA) KartWeek in Daytona Beach, Florida. With the Manufacturer's Cup program taking place on the grounds of the hallowed Daytona International Speedway, P1 Engines powered drivers were consistently seen at the front of the field with Mason Chelootz and Patrick Olsen taking home season starting wins.
"The WKA program has gotten tougher over the years and it is hard to come here and win multiple classes," expressed Jesus Vasquez, Owner of P1 Engines. "In 2012, we were fortunate to get victories at almost every event and the 2013 season is starting out on the right foot. We will look to carry this momentum throughout the entire calendar year."
Leading the way with victories were WKA front-runners Mason Chelootz and Patrick Olsen. Making up for a first corner incident during Saturday's Parilla 1 Final, Chelootz utilized is IAME X30 and went on to score Sunday's main event victory to salvage the weekend. Fellow Parilla pilots Mark Boos (X30) and Tommy Andersen (Leopard) would also compete in the class with great success. Boos would chase Chelootz across the line in Sunday's final to claim the second step on the podium and a 1-2 finish for P1 Engines. Andersen showed his consistency and why he is a former national champion claiming a pair of top fives with second and fourth place results.
Boos and Andersen would also see action in the TaG 1 and TaG 2 finals with even more success. After claiming a fifth place result in Saturday's TaG 1 main event, Boos went on to claim the pole position for Sunday's wheel-to-wheel action and capped his weekend off with a third place result. Andersen would prove to be one of the fastest drivers of the weekend and made it a P1 Engines front row after qualifying second for TaG 2 on Sunday. Battling hard throughout the cold and windy conditions of Sunday, Andersen would cross the stripe with a solid second place effort and begin his quest for another WKA title.
P1 Engines would be the dominant engine builder in the Komet Pro division with Patrick Olsen leading the charge. After claiming the second step of the podium on Saturday, Olsen propelled himself to the top of the blocks on Sunday to take the victory. Utilizing points from both main events to determine an overall victor for the weekend, Olsen edged out other competitors to take home the $300.00 weekend champion's paycheck.
TaG Masters pilot Scott Ferris remained true to form and continued his momentum from 2012. Claiming a third place podium result in TaG Masters 1 on Saturday, Ferris went on to claim the pole position and a solid second place in the main event to begin his charge for the championship.
Vasquez added, "Between two days of competition and five different classes, P1 Engines powered drivers claimed more than fifteen top five results. A great start to the 2013 season."
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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