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June 10, 2005

Italkart Wins ICA in Reno

The Italkart trio of David Jurca, Cole White and Tyler Dueck again jumped out of the box and quickly moved up to the top three starting spots on the first running laps. Jurca again was the quickest out until Intrepid pilot and yesterday�s winner Phil Giebler slowly worked out quicker laps and stole the pole from Jurca by just 0.047 seconds. Italkart filled the second row with Dueck and Whitt. 

Giebler led the first couple of laps of the Prefinal until Jurca was able to move past him on lap three. Kevin Glover (CRG) tried to move around Dueck but both ran wide, making room for both Helmet Sanden (Mach 1) and Joel Miller (Tony Kart) to move up to the fourth and fifth positions. Giebler then made a strong pass into the last corner to retake the lead from Jurca. The top seven ran nose-to-tail for most of the race, waiting for the kart in front of them to make a mistake. Glover would move back around Miller in turn seven and then Glover made a move around Sanden in the Stadium, bringing the rest of the lead pack with him, demoting Sanden to the seventh. Giebler would eventually cruise to the Prefinal victory with Jurca in tow. Whitt would hold the third spot all race long with Glover and Miller rounding out the top five. Miller would then be thrown to the back of the start of the Final for an infraction in post-race inspection as his Tony Kart was found to be just a little too wide. 

Jurca got the jump on Giebler at the start of the Final as a group of four left the rest of the pack as Glover moved up to third around Whitt. Miller had moved up to seventh by lap four behind Sanden, putting pressure on the German until he worked by Sanden in the Stadium hairpin on the very next lap. Jurca was able to pull out a lead as Glover mixed things up trying to work around Giebler, opening the door for Whitt to move around Glover as well. Jurca�s lead was shrinking little by little however as Giebler was able to get away from Whitt and Glover. At the halfway point, Jurca found Giebler on his rear bumper with Whitt and Glover closing in on both of them. Whitt then moved around Giebler into turn seven before Glover forced his way by Giebler himself, putting Giebler back to fourth. On lap 14, Jurca�s bad luck would continue as his motor seized heading into the last corner, pulling him from the lead and handing the point to Whitt as Giebler and Glover continued to battle. After the race, Jurca told SKI Editor Tim Blaney that a clogged fuel filter had leaned the motor. Despite richening the carb through the race, it was too little, too late and a very difficult weekend came to an end for Italkart�s Iron Man. 

Rookie Whitt was well out front at this point but Giebler and Glover continued to contest the second spot. Giebler made several passes of the �World�s Fastest Milkman�, but each time, Glover was able to fight back and pass his more experienced foe. Finally, Giebler shoved his way past in turn six and was able to fight off Glover�s counter-attack in turn 10, and solidify his hold on second. 

The scrap for second allowed Whitt to build a huge lead and also gave Joel Miller the opportunity to get in the fight. Miller tried to move past the very wide CRG of Glover, but was unable to find the room and he was forced to settle for fourth. Scoring his first win as a pro and giving Italkart their first win of the season was rookie Cole Whitt. 

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