Team News: CRG-USA Finds Success at Multiple SKUSA ProKart Challenge Events
North American CRG race team represented in California, Utah and Texas in the same weekend
The first weekend of May was a busy weekend for karters. Three different Superkarts! USA regions had races during the opening weekend of May, including the opening races for the Texas ProKart Challenge and the Rocky Mountain ProKart Challenge with round three action taking place at the California ProKart Challenge. Colorado-based CRG-USA had drivers competing in all three regions, leading up for a busy summer of action planed for the CRG North America race team.
In the Rocky Mountain region, team owner Stacey Cook loaded up the CRG-USA trailer with his contingent of CRG racers and headed for the site of the opening two rounds of the RMPKC at Miller Motorsports Park in Tooele, Utah. The CRG-USA team fielded 10 drivers spread out across four classes. Austin Versteeg decimated the combined TaG/Rotax Junior field on the weekend. Versteeg won both days with nearly a minute gap to second place in each main event. Long time Colorado karter Ben Schermerhorn returned to the front of the field behind the seat of his CRG-USA S2 Semi-Pro Stock Moto entry. Schermerhorn drove to victory in Saturday’s action, edging out the local favorites for the win. Saturday also saw new CRG-USA driver Christian Schureman and Jack Bradley finish fourth and fifth in class. Competing in her first RMPKC race in an S2 ride was Lindsey Brewer, placing sixth and gaining lots of experience. The next day, Schureman grabbed the pole position with Schermerhorn qualifying P2 for a CRG-USA front row. Schureman scored the two heat race wins only to end up runner-up in the main event. Brewer finished Sunday’s main event in sixth, while neither Schermerhorn nor Bradley were able to finish the main event.
Dave Conyers led the way for CRG-USA in S4 Master Stock Moto on Saturday, earning the team a third place finish in round one, with Wyoming driver Scotty Allen coming home in fourth. Jet Davis battled mechanical issues Saturday and in true team fashion, the CRG USA team put its head together to find a solution to Davis’s mechanical woes. Sunday, Davis drove to the front of the grid to battle Saturday’s winner for the victory in round two. Davis scored the second place position in the main event with Conyers directly behind in third while Allen finished in fifth. It was a pair of CRG-USA’s youngest drivers in TaG Cadet. Riley Cook and Tristin MacLeod flew the CRG-USA colors, and despite a strong day in the making for both youngsters on Saturday during round one, both driver’s day ended early. On Sunday, MacLeod led the opening lap of the main, only to have a mechanical issue forcing him to retire with four laps to go. Cook finished his up and down weekend with a third place podium finish on Sunday.
Success continued in Southern California for the CRG-USA operation behind drivers representing the team at the California ProKart Challenge event at the Adams Motorsports Park in Riverside. Jimmy McNeil picked up his third straight podium finish in the series, placing third in the S1 Pro Stock Moto division and continues to challenge for a second-straight point title. Robert Marks was battling for the win in S2 when contact forced him to retire early in the main event while Darrell Tunnell ran seventh in the S4 division.
Three drivers carried the CRG-USA name in the Lone Star state at the opening event of the Texas ProKart Challenge at the Dallas Karting Complex in Caddo Mills. Matt Souza was the only podium finisher of the CRG-USA drivers, placing third Sunday in TaG Senior after running fourth the previous day. Zach Harrin battle for top-10 position all weekend in S2, earning a high finish of eighth on Sunday. Hannah Williams gained a lot of experience as she begins her S5 Junior career. Williams placed 12th Saturday and 11th on Sunday.
The next event CRG-USA race team will be trackside is round three of the Rocky Mountain ProKart Challenge, set for May 24-25 at the IMI Motorsports Complex in Dacona, Colorado. CRG-USA racers in California and Texas return to ProKart Challenge competition the following weekend – May 31-June 2. CRG-USA is an official K1 RaceGear, MG Tires, and DDR Engines race team, and ready to provide the best trackside service in 2013 at the Superkarts! USA Pro Tour, Rocky Mountain ProKart Challenge and other selected events and series. The company is also continuing to add to its growing dealer network with new locations throughout the United States. If you are interested in becoming part of the CRG-USA network, or becoming part of this growing professional race team, please contact Stacey Cook at info@CRG-USA.com or phone 855-TEAMCRG.
Located at the Grand Junction Motors Speedway in Colorado, CRG-USA is the newest importer for the CRG chassis brand. Operated by Stacey Cook, the company will focus their distribution and marketing on the western and central portion of the United States. In addition, the operation is fielding a national race team program through the 2013 season at all the major karting events on the year. If you want to race with the best product in karting, jump on board with CRG-USA today. Visithttp://www.crg-usa.com or phone 855-TEAMCRG (832-6274).