DRIVER OF THE EVENT
COA Round 5 - 6
Enzo Prevost, making his Challenge of the America's debut, 15 year old French-American Enzo Prevost, showcased how talented a driver he by battling for the victory and capturing his first national podium. Making the switch to ART Grand Prix in the off-season, Prevost has immediately shot to the front of the pack winning the Redline Karting Series opener and then backing it up with a 2nd pace on Sunday at the Challenge of the America's event against some of the best Rotax Junior competition in the country.
USPKS (PR ENGINES)
Brian Fisher's season debut in the Leopard Challenge category was nothing short of dominant after winning both finals on the weekend. One of the top shifter pilots in the country, Fisher traded in his gearbox for a PR Engines Parilla Leopard and showcased a beautiful combination of talent and horsepower to sweep the weekend, missing out on just one heat victory.
T.J Koyen p3 Leopard Pro Making his ART Grand Prix debut, Koyen was immediately on pace and stood on the podium against some of the most talented drivers in the country. If it weren't for a rib injury, Koyen would have surely been the favorite to win the main event and has proven that even with limited testing the ART Grand Prix chassis is always a threat to win.
Kalvin Chen made his debut on the ART Grand Prix shifter chassis in S3, immediately finding himself with the pace to battle for his first victory. He had built up a multiple second gap in the final before a faulty fuel filter cost him his first victory. Nonetheless, to make the big jump in pace shows just how strong the chassis/driver combination will be the rest of the season.
Chance Skaufel made his ART Grand Prix America debut in fine fashion by winning the main event in PRD Junior. The 15 year old from Santa Maria, CA won his first ever LAKC main, leading every lap along the way. He was able to showcase the best brakes in karting when he had two drivers look to overtake in the final corner and he was able to outbreak them and hold on to the victory.
Aaron Aguirre In his second season with the team, Aaron finally scored his first victory in the PRD Junior category. Coming very close last year, the 15 year old took the lead on the second lap and never looked back as he led the rest of the way to score the second straight win for ART Grand Prix in the category. Aguirre will look to roll the momentum into the next PKC race at Adams Motorsports Park where he finished 4th with the fastest lap at this track in his team debut last season.
PKC Round 2
Steve Wetterau In only his second event in a shifter category, Wetterau has taken very quickly to shifting gears. After a pole in his fist event last month, the 28 year old from Costa Mesa, CA not only took the pole, but also went on to dominate the day winning both heats and the final by over 5 seconds in S3. Leaving Willow with the points lead, Wetterau will look to add to that in the next Prokart Challenge event.
PKC Round 1 Buttonwillow
Brenden Baker It's not often a DNF in the main event can still be considered a great day, but the 14 year old from Palmdale, CA shined in his TAG Senior debut. Competing in a field absolutely stacked with talent, Baker managed to take the pole with no testing prior to the event. He went on to have heat race finishes of 2nd and 4th while showing the pace to win the main event all day. Unfortunately, a first turn incident due to an overaggressive driver behind ruined the day, but Baker showed the whole paddock why he will be a driver to beat all season even at his young age.
Rotax COA Round 1 - 2
Phillippe Denes in his second full season of karting, the 14 year old Carmel, CA native showed just how much he progressed in 2013. After finishes in the 20's at last year's COA season opener, Denes managed to battle for the win in Rotax Junior all weekend with a 2nd and a 5th place in the two opening rounds. With a year of experience under his belt he will definitely be one of the top junior pilots all season.