Team News: Checkered Motorsports – WKA Manufacturers Cup Series PIRC Report
After capturing a total of seven poles and two wins at the Great Lakes Sprint Series finale, Checkered Motorsports anticipated the WKA Manufacturers Cup Series at Pittsburgh International Race Complex to deliver the same results.
Hosting a total of 3 drivers in the TaG competition, Kyle Smith led the team with a pair of sixth place finishes in Saturdays and Sunday’s action. Andrew Bujdoso and Dave Carmendy maneuvered their way through the stout TaG field earning themselves a pair of top ten finishes in Parilla and TaG. Sunday Smith qualified fourth in Parilla while rookie Bujdoso placed 12th. The pre-final was one to watch as light rain stirred up some exciting racing. Smith took advantage of the situation and won the pre-final. Bujdoso picked them off one by one and was up to sixth until a costly mistake ended him in 11th. Carmendy was right ahead in 10th. Unfortunately, the Final of Parilla, Kyle Smith was prohibited to compete for the rest of the day due to on-track collisions with Mason Chelootz. Bujdoso ended the day with a flat tire on the left rear which forced him to retire early. Carmendy was in the sixth spot until the final two laps and settled for eighth.
John Paul Southern Jr. came home with some hardware. A victory in Cadet Sportsman marked the young drivers first WKA national win. Robert Bujdoso and John Paul Southern Jr. worked as one to get the PCR chassis to be quick from day one. Southern Jr. almost swept the Cadet field, but came shy with a third place finish on Sunday. Savannah Fitzgerald did not let her red flag incident get to her and pulled off her best finish in WKA with 12th. Christopher Moul competing only in Cadet made his first debut at a national event. The young driver made progress throughout the whole weekend and topped of the day in 10th. Yamaha Sportsman PCR swept the pole positions all weekend with Southern Jr. and his Woltjer Powered engine. The finals did not play out his way finishing only sixth and eighth. Hornish running only in Sunday’s action completed the day running his best times ever, but a DNF in the main event.
Yamaha Junior Can was led by Nick Luedeke aboard his PCR Super Strillo chassis. Qualifying third on Saturday looked to be a promising day. In the pre-final the young driver fall back to fifth. The opening laps of the main event caused Luedeke to finish 17th. The following day luck did not play in his favor and retired early in the main event.
“It’s always a good feeling to come home with a win,” expressed team owner Csaba Bujdoso. “We showed speed on all classes that we entered with. The mechanics and drivers are really starting to gel and its showing based on our performance. We look forward to the USPKS race and hope to bring back even better results.”
The Girard, Ohio based team will be contesting in the WKA Manufacturers Cup Series, SKUSA SuperNationals, and the Pitt Race Karting Series. Tech support, transportation, and arrive and drive opportunities are available. Please inquire soon as the PCR karts and space are limited!