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California ProKart Challenge

Former IndyCar Driver Invades PKC SoCal CalSpeed Event
Wednesday, 28 January 2009 22:58
To commence its fifth year of competition, the ProKart Challenge South series – a Superkarts! USA regional program – began the 2009 season at the CalSpeed Karting facility in Fontana, California this past weekend. Seventy drivers in eight classes began their chase for championship glory at the 7/10-mile circuit located just outside the Auto Club Speedway (formerly the California Speedway). Wet weather would hinder the Friday practice day, but not the spirit of the opening event, as many drivers still took part in the festivities – including a dinner provided by the series on Friday evening. This led to nearly-dry racing weather on Saturday, dampened by just a light sporadic sprinkling around the course, where some of the best drivers from the western half of the United States were in attendance, including former IndyCar driver Alex Barron, reigning PKC South S3 Champion Bobby Legate, 2005 SuperNationals winner Lorenzo Mandarino and 2008 PKC South S5 Champion 14-year-old Race Liberante, who has moved up to contend in S3. The veteran Barron would eventually steal the show, putting in a great performance in the headline S3 category.

Barron would contend the S3 division, the top level of the spec Honda program in the ProKart Challenge. A former promoter of a spec moto-based series, Barron is no stranger to the six-speed Honda CR125. The 38-year-old put his entry third on the chart during the qualifying session as former SKUSA SuperNationals SuperPro winner Lorenzo Mandarino took the top honors by 15-thousandths of a second over reigning PKC S3 champion Bobby Legate. Clinton Schoombee was fourth on the time sheets, putting the top four lap times within one-tenth of a second. Race Liberante qualifies in the seventh position – just four-tenths off the top qualifiers.
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PKC SoCal Round 1 Results Up
Sunday, 25 January 2009 19:32
You can view the MyLaps results for the first round of the 2009 PKC season HERE.
 
PKC Races Rain or Shine (Rain = 100pt Bonus!)
Tuesday, 20 January 2009 21:27
There is the possibility of rain this weekend, but don’t fret! PKC races, rain or shine.  With the right set up, racing in the rain can be a blast! It sure levels the playing field, as well, as racing in the wet is totally different and not something you can really practice for.  Be sure to get your hands on a set of rain tires, and check out the PKC website for guidance on a rain setup. (PKC does not sell rain tires.)

Most important: we also wanted to remind everyone that PKC offers a Tough Guy Rain Bonus to give your championship run a boost! This is a bonus of 100 points offered to any and all drivers that complete at least one full lap of competition after the race has been declared a rain race by the Race Director.

 
CalSpeed Hotel Room Block Deadline Extended One More Day!
Tuesday, 20 January 2009 09:54
The special pricing at the Doubletree Hotel Ontario for PKC Calspeed attendees has been extended one more day. You have until 5pm tonight, Tuesday 1/20, to take advantage of the special rate and free parking. Click here for more info and to get a room reserved. Call PKC at 951-491-0808 with questions or if you need help.
 
IMPORTANT RACE DEADLINES APPROACHING!
Sunday, 18 January 2009 19:56
It's time to come out and race with PKC So Cal!
 
URGENT NOTICE #1: The deadline to pre-register for CalSpeed race day 1/24 and save $35 is THIS WEDNESDAY AT MIDNIGHT, 1/21! Click HERE for more details and to sign-up.
 
URGENT NOTICE #2: The deadline to take advantage of the special hotel room pricing at the Doubletree Hotel Ontario for the CalSpeed event is THIS MONDAY, 1/19 AT 5PM! Click HERE for more details.

 


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