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DAVID MALUKAS OPENS SEASON WITH 2 WINS AT DAYTONA MAN CUP

1/7/2013

Article By: New Concept Race Media

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. - David
Malukas kicked off his 2013 season in style with two big wins at the World Karting Association's Daytona KartWeek at Daytona International Speedway. Malukas scored his two wins Sunday afternoon, December 30, at Daytona's seven-tenths-mile Sprint Course, where the WKA Manufacturers Cup Series opened its six-race 2013 national tour.

Malukas drove his MRP Motorsport / HMD Trucking Birel to dominating victories in Cadet 2 and Yamaha Sportsman 2. Malukas's pair of Sunday triumphs followed finishes of second, third and ninth in Saturday's three Junior Sportsman divisions.

"We're very happy to start the season with wins," David said. "After struggling last year at Daytona, we wanted to come out strong this year. We made some improvements after Saturday's racing and we were very fast on Sunday. Thank you to Jason Birdsell, Wes Phillips, Doug Fleming, Mike Birdsell, my dad and family, and everyone at MRP for all the support and help. Also thank you to my fellow competitors; I had a lot of fun racing with everyone at Daytona."

Malukas, 11, timed second in Sunday's Cadet and Yamaha programs. He quickly jumped out to the lead in both pre-finals, winning each of them handily. The Chicago driver left little doubt that he was the fastest Sportsman competitor at Daytona, stretching out a 3.3-second lead over Brandon Lemke to win Cadet 2. David backed it up with an impressive 5.6-second win over Saturday Daytona double-winner Anthony Gangi Jr. in Yamaha 2.

"I didn't think we'd win by that much," David admitted. "I knew Brandon, Anthony and a few others were really fast like we were, so I expected a hard battle. It's always good when you can pull away. I tried to stay as focused as possible and hit my marks every lap."

While Malukas did not score any feature wins on the first day of racing at KartWeek, Saturday's three Sportsman events were solid points days for the young racer.

In Komet Sportsman - the lone Man Cup class that only runs one day and counts the best five of six races toward the national standings - Malukas qualified fourth, won the pre-final and finished second to Gangi in the 22-kart final.

A disappointing 19th-place qualifying effort led to Malukas starting deep in the pack in the Cadet 1 pre-final. David advanced to 10th place in the eight-lapper before racing his Birel to an impressive third-place finish in the final.

Perhaps Malukas's most exciting drive of the weekend came in Saturday's Yamaha 1. After timing fifth in qualifying, Malukas suffered a DNF in the pre-final, forcing him to start 38th in the main.

Before the Yamaha 1 final, David's father, Henry, offered his son a crisp $20 bill if he could start that deep in the field and finish in the top 10.

Henry, thinking some 25-plus karts between his son and the top 10 would easily win him the bet, watched David put on a driving clinic in the 14-lap main, passing some of the best WKA Sportsman racers in the country and racing all the way to ninth place before the checkers waved. David had won the $20, and now had the chore of figuring out where he would spend his hard-earned award.

Upon loading up at Daytona the HMD Trucking team traveled south to Palm Beach International Raceway, where David spent time testing for the upcoming Florida Winter Tour events in the Sunshine State.

Malukas will compete in all six FWT events this winter, beginning with the January 12-13 Formula Kart show at Palm Beach. Malukas will return to Palm Beach the next weekend, Jan. 18-20, for the Rotax Max Challenge series opener. He'll be looking for his first career FWT victories.

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David Malukas is an 11-year-old national sprint go-kart racer from Chicago, Illinois. Malukas is a multi-time feature winner in Junior Sportsman divisions in national World Karting Association competition and a feature winner in WKA Great Lakes and Route 66 sprint regional series. Malukas rides No. 79 MRP Motorsport Birels and is sponsored by HMD Trucking.

For more information on David, visit DavidMalukas.com or like the David Malukas Racing Facebook page.

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Press written by New Concept Race Media. For more information, visit NewConceptRaceMedia.com or contact Keith Shampine at 704.662.5350 or keith@newconceptracemedia.com .

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