ProKart Challenge South CalSpeed Report

Peter Workum earned the first win for Aluminos in 2009 with his triumph in S4There is nothing sweeter than beginning the new year with a victory, as it not only puts a smile on your face, but it also sets the tempo and direction for the upcoming season. The Team Aluminos squad traveled down the Californian coast to contend the opening round of the SKUSA ProKart Challenge South program at CalSpeed Karting in Fontana and its first win of the season was the immediate result. Seven drivers piloted Aluminos-prepped machines under the tutelage of the team’s experienced staff, including in-house spec Honda engine builder/tuner and data analyst George Tavares. Also on hand for the event was new GP Kart importer AJ Noud of Rocky Mountain Kartworks to tend to the needs of the GP drivers under the Aluminos tent and he was joined by veteran chassis/engine tuner Vince Mandarino.


Aluminos Arrive and Drive Finishes Second at SuperNationals XII

altNew Zealander Daniel Bray put his Aluminos arrive and drive on the SuperNats podium in S1 (Photo courtesy of Go Racing Magazine)It was a successful weekend for the Team Aluminos squad at the recent National Guard Superkarts! USA SuperNationals XII. A large tent filled with Aluminos-prepped GP Kart machines did battle outside the Rio Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas to earn victories and prizes at the biggest event of the year. With nearly 20 drivers running under the Aluminos banner - many for the first time at the SuperNats - the overall picture was a success for owner Rob Soares and his hard-working staff.

The highlight of the event was the consistent weeklong run by New Zealander Daniel Bray. A second-time SuperNats driver, Bray returned this year determined to redeem himself from a DNF in the S1 main event last fall.  With this unfinished business, Bray battled some of the top up-and-coming shifter kart drivers of North America and definitely held his own. Qualifying third, he would go on to finish third, fourth and fifth in the heat races to start outside row one for the main event on SuperSunday. Starting outside row one, Bray ran second for the majority of the 30-lap feature. Heavy pressure put the Kiwi back to fourth with five laps to go, but he battled back to cross the line in second, getting the chance to stand on the SuperNationals podium.


SKUSA SuperNationals Preview

Team Aluminos is preparing to end the 2008 season on a high note as they load their trailer bound for Las Vegas to compete at the 12th annual Superkarts! USA SuperNationals, which will take place at the Rio Hotel and Casino. Drivers from all different backgrounds and nationalities, 20 in total, will compete with Aluminos support in seven different divisions, in cooperation with the GP Kart factory and their associate dealers. The full Aluminos staff will be on-hand, including additional help for this huge weekend.

altDaniel Bray will return to the States from New Zealand to join nearly 20 drivers under the Aluminos tentSeven international drivers will be aboard Aluminos-prepped GP Karts at this year’s SuperNats. Two competitors will make the long journey from New Zealand as Daniel Bray and Brad Alexander will represent their country at the annual event. Bray is returning to Vegas after retiring early during last year’s S1 final while running at the front, while Alexander will be making his SuperNats debut in the S4 category. The country of Denmark will be represented by three drivers. Michael Zakrisen of MZ Racing - the Denmark GP Kart importer - will race in G1 while fellow countrymen Henrik Hojman and Michael Anderson will race in the headline SuperPro category. Sergio Machado from Brazil and Nicola Galloni of Italy have competed with Aluminos this year during the ProKart Challenge season and they will continue at the SuperNats in the S4 and TaG Senior divisions.


ProKart Challenge NorCal Round 6

altFormer SKUSA SuperNationals winner AJ Noud joined the Aluminos squad this past weekend at InfineonTeam Aluminos completed the inaugural running of the Superkarts! USA ProKart Challenge North series at the sixth and final round of the schedule, which was held this past weekend at the Jim Russell International Karting Center at Infineon Raceway in Sonoma, California. Two drivers, including Aluminos owner Rob Soares, began the final fight with a bid at a class championship, while the entire tent welcomed new GP Kart importer AJ Noud of Rocky Mountain Kart Works of Loveland, Colorado to the team. Noud was on hand to visit with the Aluminos crew, one of the top GP Kart teams in the country, and to strap on the helmet for some wheel-to-wheel action. The former SKUSA SuperNationals Formula S2 winner would earn a podium on the day in the S3 class.


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