DRIVER OF THE EVENT
Aaron Aguirre- TAG Senior (POLE, P2)
Having been out of the seat for nearly two months and never driven a TAG Senior kart, 15 year old Aaron Aguirre was competitive immediately. After qualifying on pole, leading every lap of the pre-final, and finishing a strong 2nd place in the final, Aguirre proved that the ART Grand Prix/PR Engines X-30 package is as good as any in the paddock being able to just jump in and battle for the victory against some of the best TAG Senior drivers on the west coast.
Chris Cricca:TAG Senior (WIN, Pole)
After capturing his first Prokart Challenge victory last season at the Streets of Lancaster Grand Prix, Cricca would follow up his performance with another commanding victory. Once Cricca was able to break the draft, the Simi Valley, CA native would drive away to an over 4 second victory to continue his domination of this event. With momentum on his side, Cricca will be a driver to watch at this year's Supernationals.
Ethan Wilson:TAG Masters (POLE, P2, Champion)
-Ethan Wilson entered Lancaster needing every point possible to secure the TAG Masters championship. After winning the pole and the second heat race, Wilson would be passed on the last lap and finish 2nd. By securing the fast lap by only .008 seconds though, Wilson was able to win his first PKC championship and the second for PR Engines in four years.
Eli Salamie, 19, from Indianapolis, Indiana has made the switch to the ART Grand Prix chassis with midwest dealer BBS Kart Technology. Competing locally in the Yamaha Senior category, Eli is a regular front runner at the KRA track championship at the New Castle kart track and showcased this by finishing 2nd in his debut with the chassis. He will also be competing in the rest of the USPKS national championship looking to showcase the ART Grand Prix chassis in yet another class offering.
Matias Podboj (S1-P4): Facing the toughest competition thus far in his season, Podboj embraced the challenge and worked all weekend to give himself a chance in an extremely talented S1 field. A penalty would wipe out his fantastic 3rd place result in the opening heat, but the Argentinian shifter veteran would battle back to a strong 4th place, while also making big strides in the development of the shifter chassis showing it can compete with any other brand out there.
Marco Eakins (double poles, p1 Saturday, p2 Sunday)
-In his rookie shifter season, Marco Eakins has proved a quick learner and the 15 year old Oregon native secured his first career victory in the S2 category at the Can-Am Karting Challenge event. Backing it up with not only two poles, but also a new track record for the McMinille Kart Track, Eakins will only continue to improve throughout the season as he becomes more familiar with his 2014 ART Grand Prix shifter package.
RedlineEvent-Enzo Prevost (pole and p1 in Final)-After a victory and a third place result in the opening two rounds, French-American Enzo Prevost returned to the top spot on the podium with a fantastic victory in Rotax Junior. With two wins in three races, Prevost has solidified himself as the driver to beat in the Redline Oil Karting Series and has been on the podium in every race, but one since switching to ART Grand Prix.
Aaron Aguirre PRD Junior: p2 (started last in final)
After a mechanical DNF in the pre-final, Aguirre came from the 21st and final position to a fantastic runner-up finish. The junior veteran has been among the quickest at each race this season and him and his teammate Chance Skaufel are proving to be the duo to beat for the championship.
skusa summernats (pr engines)
Louie Pagano after finishing 2nd in last season's SKUSA Pro Tour in TAG Senior, Pagano returned with his DKC Sodikart/PR Engines Leopard to stand on the podium in both main events in Texas. Taking both poles and three heat race victories on the weekend, Pagano would finish 2nd on Saturday and then drive from 29th to 3rd in Sunday's main event while posting the fastest lap. Pagano will head into the Summernationals 2nd in points and will look to take advantage of PR Engines' massive top end horsepower at the street circuit in Modesto.
skusa summernats (pr engines)
Sting Ray Robb as a rookie in the junior ranks, Sting Ray struggled for most of the weekend before switching to a PR Engines Leopard for the second heat on Sunday where he moved from 23rd to 12th in TAG Junior. He continued this momentum in the main moving all the way to 2nd and scoring the fastest lap of the race. Making the switch to PR Engines for the rest of the season, Sting Ray will be a threat for the TAG Junior title on his CRG West Tonykart.
PKC Texas (PR Engines)
Louie Pagano: One of the quickest drivers in the country, the Ekartingnews.com #1 ranked TAG Senior driver captured a dominating victory at the Texas Prokart Challenge winning by nearly 7 seconds on a PR Engines IAME Leopard package. He has solidified himself as the driver to beat in this season's SKUSA Pro Tour.
Alejo Fernandez: Returning to TAG Senior for the first time this season at LAKC, the 2013 class champion picked up where he left off trading his PR Engines ROK TT for an IAME X-30 package winning the main event after starting in the 16th and final position.