ProKart Challenge South Santa Maria Report

Six months of fierce southern California competition for Team Aluminos was put to bed this past weekend following the final round of the Superkarts! USA ProKart Challenge South regional program, which was held at the Santa Maria Kart Track in Santa Maria, California. Six drivers were back under the Aluminos tent, supported by the team’s highly talented trackside staff that included 2005 SKUSA SuperNationals SuperPro winner Lorenzo Mandarino as driver coach. All six were looking to improve their positions in the final championship standings as the series finale was sure to be a wild one.

S3 Driver Kyle HathcoxThree Aluminos drivers ran in the aggressive S3 Light category, which saw the team’s talented young trio of Brad Dunford, Harley Owen, and Kyle Hathcox end up fifth, sixth and seventh, respectively, in qualifying. They held their spots through the opening heat race, but in the second moved, Dunford advanced two spots to third, running with the top two finishers. Owen and Hathcox each advanced one position to finish fifth and sixth, locking in the third row for the main event. The 20-lap feature saw Dunford battle all race long for the third and final podium position, only to come just a few kart lengths short at the line. Owen and Hathcox would gain extra knowledge following the championship leader on-track after he caught and passed the duo, having starting last due to an issue in Heat #2. They would finish right behind him in sixth and seventh. Once the championship points were calculated, Dunford was classified fourth overall with Owen and Hathcox finishing up fifth and sixth in their rookie shifter kart campaigns.


Aluminos Scores Victory Behind Soares At PKC North

Team Aluminos owner Rob Soares led his squad in battle with a ProKart Challenge North TaG Masters Heavy winIt was a full tent of top-notch karters in Sonoma, California for the emerging Team Aluminos squad at the fifth round of the Superkarts! USA ProKart Challenge North event, held at the Jim Russell International Karting Center on August 9. Seven drivers flew the Team Aluminos colors in five different divisions, each attacking the field in search of victory. With the addition of veterans Tom Dyer and Joe White to the stellar Aluminos trackside staff, all six drivers were on their game and battling for wins and podium positions, rallying behind team owner Rob Soares who set the bar.

Soares has been on fire since returning from a wrist injury, earning a clean sweep of the action in the TaG Masters category. Soares was tops in his category and third overall in the race that included the TaG Masters Light drivers. Running nearly 40-pounds heavier than his competitors in the Light classification, Soares stepped up and took both the class and overall victory in heat one, heat two and the 20-lap Final. With his win in the books, Soares then set about watching his pilots add to the podium results.


ProKart Challenge South - San Diego Report

Blair Chang ran second in G2 for Team Aluminos to record his best finish of the seasonThe Team Aluminos squad made the journey south to San Diego for round five of the SKUSA ProKart Challenge South program this past weekend (July 26), for a race held on a 1.1-mile temporary circuit in the parking lot of Qualcomm Stadium - home of the San Diego Chargers. The six drivers aboard Aluminos-prepped GP Karts put in stellar performances, highlighted by the second place finishes of Blair Chang and Nicola Galloni. The addition of former SKUSA SuperNationals winner Ron White and his brother Joe to the Aluminos program as driver coach and ICC engine tuner, respectively, has certainly paid dividends as the team’s pilots are all making huge strides in their development.

Chang competed in the G2 category, beginning the day with a fifth place run in qualifying. Picking up the pace in heat one, Chang worked his way up to second in the first of two 10-lap heat races. Starting from the front row in the second heat, Chang was able to fall in behind the leader but was unable to advance into the number one spot, finishing second to start the main event from the outside of row one. Not able to get off the line as quick as he had hoped, Chang fell back to fifth in the opening lap of the 20-lap main event. By lap 12, Chang had worked himself into second and tried to close in on the leader, however, the distance was too great and Chang had to settle for second - his best finish of the season. Aluminos teammate Kurt Brunner competed in the same class, continuing to improve his skills while learning the ins and outs from the experienced Aluminos staff. Brunner improved each session on track, running his quickest lap of the day in the main event, however, he retired on lap 10.


ProKart Challenge North Report - Round 4

Team Aluminos owner Rob Soares made a triumphant return from a broken hand with a big win in TaG Masters at the recent ProKart Challenge North eventAnother successful weekend of regional karting was delivered by Team Aluminos at the fourth round of the ProKart Challenge North series, which was held this past weekend at the Jim Russell International Karting Center at Infineon Raceway in Sonoma, California. As the team continues to grow and gain more experience, the results keep improving. The highlight of the weekend came by way of Aluminos owner Rob Soares, who visited victory lane while the rest of his team battled hard at the front of the field all day. The addition of veteran superstar Ron White to the Aluminos engineering and coaching squad this past weekend was also a big plus that paid dividends.


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