|Event Page: Rotax Grand Finals 2006
Rotax Max Challenge Grand Finals
November 13-18, 2006
Viana do Castello, Portugal
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For the Photo Gallery, click HERE
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| Justin Melton recorded the highest finishing position for Team USA with a 14th in DD2|
(Photo: Super Kart Illustrated)
SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 18
After four grueling days of on-track action in some horrible conditions, the main events of this year’s Rotax Grand Finals were put in the book today at the Kartodromo Viana in Castello de Viana, Portugal. The brutal weather continued on Saturday with intermittent hard rain being joined by high winds, making the racing rather treacherous at times. The sun only arrived, quite timely actually, for the opening ceremonies and driver presentations just before the mains. Team USA and Team Canada both battled through the days’ action, scoring several top-20 finishes, although no podiums and no top fives.
Saturday PitPass Interviews
DD2 drivers interview, click HERE
Senior drivers interview, click HERE
Junior drivers interview, click HERE
Drivers presentation interview, click HERE
Nathan Mauel and Justin Melton morning interview, click HERE
Mike Rolison morning interview, click HERE
Timmy Megenbier morning interview, click HERE
| Mike Rolison had a stellar Friday and will represent USA in Senior along with Guillermo Freile|
(Photo: Chris Walker - kartpix.net)
FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 17
As the final day of qualifying action at this year’s Rotax Grand Finals, Friday’s schedule would be the most pressure-filled here at Kartodromo Viana, a racing facility located just north of Porto, Portugal. The third round of heat races were held in the morning and would qualify the top 28 drivers from each class directly into the Prefinal and Final on Saturday, while the ‘Second Chance Qualifiers’ in the afternoon would determine which competitors would live to race another day and which ones could pack things up and begin cheering for their team members. For Team USA, only three competitors were able to race straight into the mains while a further four needed big performances in the LCQs to secure their positions on the Saturday grids.
Friday Paddock Podcast
(11MB file size - recommend DSL, cable or higher internet connection)
Friday PitPass Interviews
Wes Phillips, Nathan Mauel, and Joe Ramos Jr. interview, click HERE
Timmy Megenbier and Connor DiMond interview, click HERE
Jarvis Gennari interview, click HERE
| Acceleration Karting's Curtis Cooksey put in a strong Heat 2 performance to finish sixth|
(Photo: Chris Walker - kartpix.net)
THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 16
After wrapping up the available practice sessions and official qualifying runs on Wednesday, the North American drivers at this year’s Rotax Grand Finals returned to the Kartodromo Viana for the first wheel-to-wheel action of the event. Today’s excitement was all about the first two rounds of heat races, and intelligent runs were desperately needed by the Team USA contingent. Unspectacular performances in the qualifying sessions on Wednesday would ensure that the team members would start deeper in the grids than they would have liked.
Thursday Paddock Podcast
(18MB file size - recommend DSL, cable or higher internet connection)
Thursday PitPass Interviews
Curtis Cooksey interview, click HERE
Michael Self interview, click HERE
Timmy Megenbier interview, click HERE
| Returning for a second apperance, Timmy Megenbier sits 21st in Junior|
(Photo: Sebastien Blin - sportimage.net)
WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 15
After enjoying sunny skies and 70° temperatures for Tuesday’s opening practice day, the drivers at this year’s Rotax Grand Finals were greeted to clouds and even some light morning rain when they left their hotels bound for the Kartodromo Viana. The weather would remain cloudy, cool and extremely windy throughout the day as the schedule featured two practice sessions and the event’s official qualifying. In the end, rain would arrive to spoil the party, dampening the circuit for the afternoon time trials with what would eventually grow into a heavy storm.
Wednesday Paddock Podcast
(20MB file size - recommend DSL, cable or higher internet connection)
Wednesday PitPass Interviews
Senior Drivers interview, click HERE
Junior Drivers interview, click HERE
Richard Benetiz interview, click HERE
FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 3
SENIOR TEAM PREVIEW
With a little over two dozen drivers from the United States, Mexico and Jamaica set to represent America’s Team Gearbox squad in two weeks for the Rotax Max Challenge Grand Finals 2006 in Portugal, it’s time to have a look at the pilots who will take to the track in the Senior category.
THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 2
DD2 TEAM PREVIEW
With a little over two dozen drivers from the United States, Mexico and Jamaica set to represent America’s Team Gearbox squad in two weeks for the Rotax Max Challenge Grand Finals 2006 in Portugal, it’s time to have a look at the pilots who will take to the track in the DD2 category.
WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 1
JUNIOR TEAM PREVIEW
A total of 26 drivers from the United States, Mexico and Jamaica will make up the America’s Team Gearbox when squads from around the world travel to Portugal in two weeks for the Rotax Max Challenge Grand Finals 2006. Today, we will have a look at the four of the U.S. Junior drivers representatives who will battle for the world title as well.
| International karting circuit of Viana do Castello|
MONDAY, OCTOBER 30
During the week of November 12, a total of 26 drivers representing the United States, Mexico, and Jamaica will join together to be part of America’s Team Gearbox in a bid to bring home the world titles from the 7th annual Rotax Max Challenge Grand Finals. The event has gained much success each year and continues to be more competitive as well. This year’s event will take roughly 170 drivers from 40 countries to the international karting circuit of Viana do Castello in the European country of Portugal.