ProKart Challenge North Round 3 Report

The 2010 season continues to be a successful journey for Team Aluminos. The hard work put in by the staff and drivers have equated to strong results on-track. On May 1, Team Aluminos shined once again at the Jim Russell International Karting Center for the third round of the Superkarts! USA ProKart Challenge North program. Team driver coach Tom Dyer made his 2010 S1 debut with a victory, while S4 pilot Jeff Smith extended his win streak to three. TaG Senior pilot Larry Fraser scored his second win of the season to give Aluminos three wins on the event.

Proving what he teaches, Aluminos Driver Coach Tom Dyer scored the S1 main event victory in his first 2010 outing (Photo: Tony Leone - sixspeedphotos.com)Dyer entered the event piloting the new Mirage KZ chassis (miragekart.com), helping to develop a baseline setup for Aluminos operation. The two time SKUSA SuperNationals Stock Moto champion opened up the event with a third place performance in the morning qualifying session, just two-tenths off the pole-sitter. Wasting no time and signaling his intentions, Dyer got a great launch from inside of row two taking the lead at the start and going unchallenged for the win in heat one. Dyer again grabbed the holeshot to begin heat two. On this 8-lap run, he would find pressure and by lap six, Dyer had relinquished the lead and finishing second. Starting the main event from the off-pole position, Dyer launched off the line quickly to take the lead. With a series of quick opening laps, Dyer established a sizable lead. Hitting his marks and putting down consistent lap times over the 20-lap event, Dyer took the victory by over 4-seconds.

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SKUSA SpringNationals Report

Aluminos’ Jeff Smith was the head of the class in S4, taking home victory both days of the SKUSA SpringNationals (Photo: Tony Leone - sixspeedphotos.com)It was a successful start to the Superkarts! USA North American Pro Tour for the Team Aluminos squad. The inaugural SKUSA SpringNationals took place at the Jim Russell International Karting Center over the April 16-18 weekend on the Sonoma, California facility. Exceptional weather shined down on the 3/4-mile circuit throughout the three days of on-track action and the Aluminos squad produced some brilliant results in the process. Jeff Smith scored a near weekend sweep in the S4 category, leaving with two victories and the lead in the championship chase. Fritz Leesmann scored a first and second in the headline S1 category to also lead in the point standings while Fernando Diaz was lightning fast in G1, securing victory in Saturday’s feature race.

Smith entered the SpringNationals as a favorite in the Masters Stock Moto category. Aboard his Aluminos prepared CRG machine, Smith showed why in Friday’s practice with scorching lap times to put him at the top of the leader board. Posting an even faster lap in Saturday’s morning qualifying session, Smith was shockingly edged out by a slim 0.020-second for the pole position. Putting that behind him, Smith would go on to dominate the heat races with two-second margin of victories in each. Untouchable and leading all 20 laps, Smith recorded the victory in the main event by six-seconds. The following day, Smith and the Aluminos squad made the necessary changes to insure he scored maximum points by securing the pole position by over four-tenths. Though challenged, Smith came away with both heat wins once again to start the main event on the pole. A tad slow off the line, Smith slotted into second on the opening lap of the feature. Quickly reassuming his position at the front, Smith checked out to lead the final 19 laps and score win number two on the weekend.

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ProKart Challenge South Grange Report

Fernando Diaz scored win number two on the year in the G1 category (Photo: Tony Leone - sixspeedphotos.com)Team Aluminos continues to march on as the third month of the season draws to a close. For a fifth straight event, Team Aluminos leaves the race track with victory in hand, this time doubling up at the ProKart Challenge South event at Grange Motor Circuit in Apple Valley, California. Aluminos manager Rob Soares strapped on the helmet for the first time in 2010 and dominated the TaG Masters category while G1 driver Fernando Diaz returned to the team for a sweep in his division. S1 pilot Brad Dunford kept his name in the title chase with his second podium on the year in the headline division.

Diaz missed the second round of the PKC South program but showed little weakness in his return aboard an Aluminos prepared entry. A lap of 52.680 was best in the qualifying session and put him on the pole position for the opening heat race. Nearly leading all the laps, Diaz ran to a 1.703-second victory in the opening stint. Heat 2 saw Diaz trailing early on as the off-pole man jumped the start and held the early lead. After some exchanges for the lead, Diaz crossed the line second but was awarded the win following the official’s penalty on his competitor. The 20-lap feature would then be a great showdown between the two. Running second for the first half of the race, Diaz stepped up his game. After the two exchanged the lead, Diaz confirmed the position as the white flag flew. Holding off the final lap charges of the current defending champion, Diaz got to the line 0.209-seconds ahead to score his second victory of the season.

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ProKart Challenge North Round 2 Report

Team Aluminos continues to be a consistent factor in the early months of the 2010 season. In its third season, Team Aluminos has recorded strong results and strives to guide their drivers to the top of the charts. For a fourth straight event, Aluminos recorded at least one victory with S4 driver Jeff Smith scoring a win at this past weekend’s ProKart Challenge North Round 2 event at Infineon Raceway in Sonoma, California.

Jeff Smith scored his second straight S4 feature win (Photo: Tony Leone - sixspeedphotos.com)Smith’s weekend wasn’t a complete sweep like his round one victory. Aboard a new Mirage kart for the first time, prepped by the Aluminos staff, Smith was narrowly edged out for the top spot in the morning qualifying session. Falling back to third on the opening lap of the first heat, Smith knifed his way to the point by lap three. Hounded through the remaining laps, Smith was able to post the fast lap of the heat to make some space before taking the checkered flag. With a better start from the pole in heat two, Smith was once again at the point, leading all eight laps while recording another fast lap for the win. With momentum on his side, Smith drove a smart and error free 20-lap feature race to score his second straight victory and the first in North America for the Mirage brand, running similar lap times to his first two heat races.

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