Stephan Gaudreau drove to an Aluminos victory at the Red Line Oil Karting Championship opener (Photo: dromophotos.com)Enjoying success from season to season is nothing new for Team Aluminos. Though the 2014 season is young, Aluminos and its chassis brand is already putting up strong results to start the year. At the end of March, the northern California karting team contested the opening round of the Red Line Oil Karting Championship at the SimracewayPerformanceKartingCenter in Sonoma. Aluminos drivers put in a solid weekend of racing to kick off the growing regional series in strong fashion. Led by Stephan Gaudreau’s win in Rotax Masters, Team Aluminos recorded a podium finish in Micro Max along with a host of top-10 performances.
Fritz Leesmann joins Team Aluminos for 2014 (Photo: dromophotos.com)The winter months between the old and new karting schedules are often referred to as the ‘silly-season’, where drivers often look to join new operations and move to new equipment. For the prominent teams like Aluminos, there is no real ‘off-season’, as work continues from the last race of one season through to the opening event of the new year. Included in the tireless preparation that Team Aluminos has put in over the last few months is the addition of long-time associate and friend Fritz Leesmann to the driver roster for the 2014 season. The two-time Superkarts! USA Pro Tour S1 Pro Stock Moto champion is set to pilot the new yet very successful Aluminos chassis during the upcoming SKUSA Pro Tour season, including the SKUSA SuperNationals XVIII in Las Vegas come November.
Cory Milne scored the S1 Pro pole position and main event fast lap on his Aluminos chassis (Photo: dromophotos.com)The 2013 season was big for Team Aluminos, as the NorCal-cased karting operation launched its own chassis and won a number of major events. Victories in club, regional, national and international competition fueled incredible momentum and high expectations for this year’s campaign. ‘Off-season’ preparations were non-stop, as the squad was focused on coming out of the box strongly. Fully-prepped, Team Aluminos kicked off their new season this past weekend at the opening round of the Superkarts! USA California ProKart Challenge, firing up a schedule that will see them run both the PKC and the SKUSA Pro Tour. Rob Soares and his Aluminos squad enjoyed a successful weekend at the ButtonwillowRacewayPark as their drivers ran near the front, all aboard the team’s Aluminos chassis.
Kiwi drivers Daniel Bray, Marcus Armstrong and Matthew Hamilton put the Aluminos chassis on the podium at the SKUSA SuperNationals XVII (Photo: Aluminos.com)Making history this year, the Aluminos operation introduced their own chassis to the North American market and found success right out of the box. Debuting at the Superkarts! USA SummerNationals three months earlier, the Aluminos chassis made its SuperNationals debut this past November at the 17th annual SKUSA SuperNationals in Las Vegas, Nevada. The final stop on the SKUSA Pro Tour and the second national race for the new chassis went very well as the team left with a SuperNats victory, two podium finishes as well as a collection of strong performances from all Aluminos team drivers.