Success Continues for Ron White Racing at Sanzaru Games Karting Championships
Northern California-based operation adds more podiums to 2015 total
Patrick O’Neill powered his Ron White Racing CRG machine to victory in the Stock Honda Masters category at the Sanzaru Games Karting Championships (Photo: DromoPhotos.com)
The Sanzaru Games Karting Championship continued its 2015 season on October 10-11 at the Simraceway Performance Karting Center – and the Ron White Racing operation was front and center with its five drivers in five different categories. RWR took on the ‘reverse national’ layout at the famous circuit in Sonoma, California, taking on the best racers from the northern California area. Ron White Racing driver Patrick O’Neill added his second victory of the series, while Owen McAllister landed his fifth straight podium finish on the year, including a three-race win streak.
“The team is performing very well this year,” commented team owner Ron White. “Each have set out a goal for the year, and they are all inching their way closer and closer to that mark. Some have already reached it, and started on another benchmark they want to hit before the season closes out. It has been a real pleasure working with everyone this season at the Sanzaru program, and I’m hoping to close out the series with more victories at the series finale.”
O’Neill carried the momentum over from his win at the Streets of Lancaster Grand Prix last month, scoring the victory in the Stock Honda Masters category at the Sanzaru event. O’Neill set the fast time in class for qualifying, laying down a 49.134-second lap. It was a fight to remain in the first position during the opening heat race, as Patrick ended up third at the checkered flag. O’Neill fought his way back to the lead by the end of Heat #2, but was penalized two positions for an on-track infraction to put him P3 on the main event grid. Patrick lost one position at the drop of the green flag, opening up the race in the fourth position. O’Neill’s CRG machine began to come in as the tires warmed up, and started moving up on lap four. Two laps later he was into the second position, stalking the leader. Taking over the lead on lap 10, O’Neill put down consistent fast laps to pull away to a 1.6-second advantage for his second victory of the season.
McAllister entered the event riding on a three-race win streak in the Micro Max division. He nearly broke the 59-second mark in qualifying, clearing the nine-driver field by four tenths of a second for the pole position. Owen however ran second in the two heat races, riding the back bumper of the leader in both sessions. McAllister was dropped to fourth at the start of the main event, and managed to advance back to the second spot. Unable to work around the leader, McAllister settled for the second position at the checkered flag. Owen remains in the second position for the championship chase, heading into the series finale in two weeks.
The season has been one of progression for Junior Max driver Dakota White, who continues to build on her knowledge on and off the track. White finished inside the top-five the last two rounds, and backed it up with another fourth place finish at Round Eight. Dakota qualified fifth, holding the position through Heat #1 but slipped to sixth in Heat #2. White was quick early in the main event, battling for the third position in the opening laps. She eventually settled into the fourth position, where White would finish to match her personal best result on the season and give her a fourth top-five result in eight races.
Geoff Provo continued his run inside the top-five of the 80 Masters category, placing fourth in Round Eight. Aidan O’Neill came into the event after recording his best finish of the season in Mini Max, placing runner-up in last month’s feature race. Hopes were high for another strong finish, qualifying fourth for the round. Running second in Heat #1, contact spun Aidan off course and out of the race on the final circuit. O’Neill fought back aboard his CRG chassis in Heat #2 until contact once again on the final lap put him into the tire barrier. While he walked away uninjured, Aidan was unable to compete in the feature.
Ron White Racing will continue to support the Sanzaru Games Karting Championships, with the series finale scheduled for October 31-November 1 at the Simraceway Performance Karting Center in Sonoma, California. RWR is also preparing for the upcoming Superkarts! USA SuperNationals XIX in Las Vegas. Arrive-and-Drive opportunities are available through RWR, along with tent space and driver coaching for drivers aboard any other brands of karts. For more information on Ron White Racing, please contact Ron White at 408-425-1102 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
About Ron White Racing:
Ron White Racing is owned and operated by veteran driver Ron White. The White family has been in karting for over 30 years, beginning in the Northern California area before branching out to the national tours. Ron has competed in nearly every form of the sport, winning at every level. White has worked with numerous drivers throughout the NorCal region to help build their knowledge base both on and off the track, and is continuing to expand his reach to the national level. The RWR operation is focused on the Sanzaru Games Karting Championships, the Superkarts! USA Pro Tour and selected events throughout California.