TALLADEGA, AL Texan Gary Glanger scored his first Superkarts! USA North
American ProMoto Tour Formula S1 victory this past weekend when he
triumphed at the second round of the Atlantic Zone schedule in a
rain-soaked 20-lap final at the 1.3 mile Talledega Gran Prix Raceway.
Glanger took the lead from eventual third-place finisher Joe Janowski
(Trackmagic) early in the race and went on to cruise to a 15-second win
over Oklahoma driver David Stover (Birel).
Running the #8 national plate this season as a result of his finishing
position in lasts years inaugural ProMoto Tour points, Glanger is one of
two Shift Kart Formula S1 pilots for the Norman, OK-based Champion Kart
Shop. The operation imports the Interkart chassis that Glanger took to the
SKUSA Victory Zone. They were able to put two of Glangers team members on
the podium during the weekend as well. The Texan had qualified second
fastest in the 20-kart Pro field and although he did not win a heat race,
he remained consistent with a 6-4-4 record in the motos to start the
feature from the inside of the second row. From there, he would simply
drive through to the big win.
It was the first time in SKUSA ProMoto Tour history that a national
championship event was run under wet conditions and the downpour actually
ended what would have been a high-speed fight to the finish. Top FS1
qualifier Bobby Wilson (Trackmagic) set the outright lap record at the
newly repaved and lengthened Talledega facility, turning a 58.285 second
lap during qualifying, a time that translates to over 105 mph at the end of
the tracks long backshute. Should the final have been run in dry
conditions, a ten-kart dice for the win would have been very likely. For
all his efforts, Wilson ended up sixth in the final tally and now leads the
series points standings.
In the support classes, Eric Jobe (Margay) took home the victory in the JM
R acing Formula S2 division in his first-ever shifter race. John Kindheart
(Interkart) took second after falling from the outside pole to last place
when he bogged at the start line. Fellow Interkart teammate Berek McEwen
took third in his SKUSA 125cc debut.
Minnesotas Racin Jason King (CRG) had the hot set-up in the CTS Formula
K1 A Main and took the lead on the final lap to score his first Tour win. A
group of eight kart battled for the top spot in the only race run in the
dry, with the lead being swapped six and seven times a lap. Jeff Schaab
(Trackmagic) and Matt Champagne (MBA) took second and third respectively.
Sean McIntosh put his Traxx MBA up front when it counted, leading the last
lap completed in the KGB 80 Jr. class before the race was called for the
increasing rain. Preston Peebles (KGB) had crossed the line second ahead of
Patrick Daily (MBA) on the last official lap.
The next event on the SKUSA ProMoto Tour Atlantic Zone is scheduled for the
June 2-4 weekend in Marshalltown, IA at the Iowa International Raceway.