Team News: Kartwerks Growth Continues with Great Effort at PRKS Round 3
The third round of the Pitt Race Karting Series was graced with sunshine and warmth – a rare commodity to start the 2013 season. The Kartwerks effort continues to grow with each passing week as new Praga drivers have come on board while our coaching and tuning programs attract more families as the positive improvements in our drivers shine on track!
Andy Schlosser returned to the seat of the team’s Praga Dragon / Yamaha Pipe entry and had another clean sweep, dropping the bar in the new class by another half second in the process.
Also in the Yamaha race were Kartwerks coaching/tuning customers Evan Fritts and Eric Vukich who each turned their personal best times of the year!
Luca Mars on his Praga Piccolo / Yamaha Rookie was on his way to a sweep as well after watching his lap times plummet by nearly 1.5 seconds on the heels of a Lead-Follow testing day on Saturday with Andy. The Final saw Luca finish in second behind Owen Mahle however who turned up the wick when it counted! Kartwerks has had a lot of fun working with these Yamaha Rookie drivers who along with Nico Montileone and Summer Dodson all set personal best times on Sunday!
The Kartwerks Praga TAG contingent continues to grow as we welcomed Roman Tretiak to the program. Roman had been on a competitors brand while testing with Kartwerks over the winter and decided to convert to the Dragon for the season. Roman tested on Saturday and will make his debut in the Praga this coming weekend at the Great Lakes Sprint Series event at New Castle Motorsports Park.
We were not without Praga representation though as Randy D’Amato and Charlie Osborne competed this past weekend in the TAG class finishing 7th and 8th respectively in the final as each also set new personal bests for the season.
Griffin Kunz wrapped up the weekend with a pair of third place finishes in the Yamaha Sportsman class as well as the Cadet class where just .204 seconds separated the top three karts. In the Cadet class fellow Praga pilot Alex Lester finished in 4th as well.
Henry Gnad got some special attention from the Kartwerks staff with his Clone Heavy machine on Sunday with one simple instruction – whatever I need to beat Mike (his brother)! We suspect we’ll be getting a visit from Mike next week after the two were just .025 apart on their fast times and Henry pulled off the win by .113 seconds – his first of the year over Mike.
Dan Schlosser, Team Manager: “Watching all of the young racers in the Yamaha Rookie class had to be the highlite of the weekend. We have worked with just about every driver in that class this season and to see the huge improvements they have made makes all the effort worthwhile! I’m excited for what we are accomplishing as a team in that respect but also very proud to watch Andy working with drivers of all ages and seeing the results they are achieving. He really has a great rapport with the drivers and their families alike and has been a very positive influence on the track and off.”
Next on the schedule is the first round of the Great Lakes Sprint Series at New Castle Motorsports Park followed by the WKA Manufacturers Cup event there the following weekend.
Transportation, Tent and Support Services are still available for the events at New Castle in May. Please contact Dan Schlosser for details – firstname.lastname@example.org