July 22, 2003
Italkart Wins Championship and Pat’s Acres Pro Moto Event
David Jurca (ITALKART/Italian Motors TM) locked in the West Zone championship title today with his win in the Flatout Gaskets Pro-IC class with 29 entries for the Italian Motors Team and Italkart chassis. The American driver was plus 2.2 seconds on Benny Moon (PTK/TM Swedetech) and Ron White (CRG/PAVESI Swedetech) in the 27 lap feature race. Ron White topped out the podium spot with third and was almost three seconds in front of fourth place finisher and Trackmagic driver, Kyle Martin from Dallas, Texas. Jurca secured the championship title in the most popular class of the year and against the best drivers in North America. Jurca and teammate Jordy Vorrath have had an impressive season to date by capturing victories in each SKUSA Pro Moto event they entered this year.
David Jurca held off Ron White on the opening laps and he was able to stretch out a lead by the half way point in the 27 lap feature. Jurca said, " I was able to get a great start and by the time my kart came in on lap five, I was able to build a gap. My Italkart handled so well for all 27 laps, even in this extreme heat and on a track that is tough on tires. It is a testament to how well the new 2003 Italkart is working." Jurca claimed part of his success not only to a great handling chassis but a powerful TM Italian Motors produced to assist the Seattle Native to am impressive victory. " Since Italian Motors installed the new IM dyno, we have seen huge gains in horsepower and we have the reliability to back it up," said Jurca.
David Carpentier who was named one of the 12 best tuners in the latest Shifter Kart magazine worked on motor set up while Michael Valiante assisted Jurca and the young and up and coming Italian Motors drivers with chassis set up and driver coaching. Team owner Claudio Valiante said after the race, " I am happy that everything has come together so well. Every employee has been working so hard for this from the engine tuning department to the chassis tuning department even our secretaries!. We are looking forward to the rest of 2003." The Team is focusing on the SKUSA title when they go up against the EAST for the second time this year.
In Formula S1, Tanner Coles qualified 3rd on both days, however he was unfortunately taken out after his great qualifying performance.
Rookie Chevy Almond continues to improve in ICC showing streaks of speed and continuing to improve each weekend in the highly competitive ICC field where he placed 16 in the 30 kart field. Tyler Dueck competed in his first ever shifter kart event on the weekend and did a great job battling with season veterans like Darren Elliot. Unfortunately he was taken out in the final but he is looking forward to his next major event.
Italkart would like to thank the entire team and official partners: Italkart, Italian Motors Racing Engines, TM, MIR Racewear, Bell Helmets, Serengeti design, Pi Systems and SKM