| Eventual winner Shaun Miller (yellow-white kart on right) and Kent Schoenberger (18x) lead the way for the start of the Clone Lite finale portion of the Indy Karting Series RFR Cars Clinton Grand Prix|
(Photo: Janet Thomson)
The Indy Karting Series RFR Cars Series paid its annual visit to the streets of Clinton, Ind., with a host of drivers taking top honors for the weekend.
Local driver Shaun Miller was the big winner in four-cycle action, with clean sweeps in the Clone Heavy, Clone Lite, and Local Option classes. He started with a victory over Joe King in Clone Heavy. Miller then turned around and topped the Clone Lite class, winning by 0.813 seconds over Kent Marek, Schonberger, Clay Maggee, and Enoch Jones. He finished the day with his finale victory over Troy Montgomery, Dalton Conner, and Devin Huffman in Local Option.
In Junior Sportsman action, Carson Steele (Greenwood, Ind.) showed up Sunday morning, started on the tail and instantly went to the front to win the 16-lap finale. Jack W. Miller was a distant second, with Andrew Bische, Elizabeth Gray, and Aden Gray rounding out the top-five. Gray topped qualifying and won the pre-finale on Saturday.
Jon Giddens (North Vernon, Ind.) continued to lead the way in Junior Supercan action, winning the finale and prefinale over Daniel Pearcy and Abby McLaughlin. Pearcy topped qualifications. The victory padded Giddens’ points lead in the class with two races remaining on the 2012 IKS schedule.
Carter Mears (Greenwood, Ind.) topped the Kid Kart finale.
In adult Yamaha action, veteran Gary Monnett (Greencastle, Ind.) survived a first-turn, first-lap crash to take Master honors over Giacomo Gobbi-Belcredi, with Blake Deister (Mooresville, Ind.) winning the Medium finale over Gavin Halton and Jackson Mears. Mears won the pre-finale on Saturday, with Deister posting the fastest qualifying lap.
Giddens, Miller, Steele, Drake Woodard, and Kent Schonberger were winners in TaG/Rotax action, running a combined class on the six-block Clinton street circuit. Giddens and Mike Richey were pre-finale winners, while also topping the charts in qualifications.
Next up for the IKS RFR Series karts is the inaugural Vincennes “Racin’ for a Reason” Grand Prix in the streets of historic Vincennes, Ind.,, on September. 29-30.