Team News: ART Grand Prix America; Denes and Kuntze Sweep Weekend Action

With many of the major championships having been completed for the season, ART Grand Prix America junior pilot Phillippe Denes competed in the Nor Cal Rotax Redline Championship at Infineon Raceway in both the Rotax and TAG Junior categories to prepare for the upcoming SKUSA Supernationals, while Race Team Manager Kyle Kuntze, jumped back in the seat to compete in the F100 Advanced category in the growing F100 series at the Calspeed Karting Center.

Phillippe Denes capped off a terrific weekend in Sonoma as he scored a main event wins in both TaG  Junior as well as Rotax Junior

Phillippe Denes capped off a terrific weekend in Sonoma as he scored a main event wins in both TaG Junior as well as Rotax Junior

Denes, the Carmel native, has been progressing all season in his first full year of karting and after coming in 2nd place multiple times this season, this would finally be the weekend he got to the top step of the podium in the Rotax Junior category. Denes qualified on pole in the 10-kart field and went on to dominate the entire race day. Not only did he win both of the heat races and the main event, but he set the fastest lap in each session and won the main by a staggering 6.6 seconds. Denes would also enter the TAG Junior class to prepare himself for the SKUSA Supernationals where he will be racing both classes as well next month in Las Vegas. Being the only Junior entry, he would race with the TAG Senior division. This kept the young pilot motivated and he managed to sweep the entire day in this class as well, beating out the higher horsepower senior competitors. Denes won the main by over 4 seconds while setting the fastest lap in every session but the second heat. It was definitely a career day and Denes will look to carry the momentum into the PRD Pan-Am Crown at the Autoclub Speedway where he will battle some of the top Junior drivers in the country in conjunction with the IZOD Indycar Series.

Back in Southern California, Race Team Manager Kyle Kuntze returned to his roots bolting an HPV on his ART Grand Prix chassis to run the F100 Advanced category. With 10 drivers in the category, a number of veteran drivers Kuntze used to race with full time came out to race in what was a very competitive field. After qualifying 4th, Kuntze managed to get to the lead on the 4th lap of the opening heat race and went on to a 2 second victory. Kuntze maintained pace for the rest of the day leading every lap of the second heat and the final to capture the victory. “What an awesome weekend!” exclaimed Kuntze after hearing of Denes’ results. “To be able to win in three different classes, on three different tire compounds, and on three different engine packages is a huge testament to just how versatile the ART Grand Prix TS-01 really is. I had a ton of fun jumping back in the seat and can’t thank all of our customers and supporters enough who have made this season so unbelievably successful.”

ART Grand Prix America is the U.S. importer for the ART Grand Prix chassis line. They are also a distributor for Starlane Electronics, Lucky Design, and EMME Racing Products. For more information on how to become a dealer or to join our winning race team contact artgpamerica@gmail.com and make sure to follow us on social media: Facebook: ART Grand Prix America. Twitter: @artgpamerica.

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