Industry News: D Power Racing Engines Enjoys Another Successful Month of SKUSA Competition
With the racing season in full swing, D Power Racing Engines had customers racing all over the country throughout May on a number of different engine packages. Starting off the month, a large contingent of D Power drivers attended the LAKC event, which is the largest club championship in the western United States. Steve Wetterau, winner of the first round of the series, almost completed a perfect sweep of the day in PRD Pilot. Wetterau, the karting rookie, took the pole, heat race win, and if it weren’t for a slight mistake would have taken the final, but had to settle for 3rd. In PRD Senior, Chris Cricca, who hadn’t raced in two years, had a fantastic drive from 15th to 5th after a mistake had him on the wrong compound tires all day before realizing it before the final and switching to two race old tires. Showing speed in another PRD category, Willy Axton was running a strong 4th in PRD Junior before a mechanical DNF knocked him out of the race on the last lap, but with the second fastest lap to his credit. Greggy Osborne had a successful second ever event to finish in the top 15 and made a lot of improvement from his first race. Daniel Patino, head engine builder of D Power Racing Engines, has been hard at work on their PRD program and the results are proving. Bryce Murphy completed the strong results with a 3rd place in KPV-2 after being forced to switch chassis during the race day. “We are very excited to see our presence growing at the club level and can’t thank all of our customers enough for trusting D Power Racing Engines to power them to the front!” explained Patino at the end of the event.
The next event saw Ryan Lewis make his debut with D Power Racing Engines at the Texas ProKart Challenge in Mini-Rok. After not being able to attend the Friday practice day, Lewis would be forced to get up to speed quickly and could only qualify 12th on Saturday. As the driver came up to speed, though, the result became much better. Lewis was able to work his way up to 4th by the end of second heat and ran the fastest lap of the race. Looking for more in the main, an incident involving other competitors dropped him back to 5th at the finish. With weather coming into play, there was only heat race Sunday and Lewis would be looking very strong with a 2nd place finish and a front row starting spot for the main. Unfortunately, with the changing conditions, they missed the set up in the final a bit and ended up 7th, but showed to everyone they were one of the quickest karts all weekend.
The following weekend would see D Power Racing Engines take its first ProKart Challenge California podium in TAG Senior. The toughest category in the championship has proven more difficult this season with the Rotax being so difficult to beat. Patino and driver Chris Cricca went to work at Willow Springs and were able to put his Vortex Rok TT on the podium with a fantastic 2nd place finish. Cricca was the only non Rotax to contest for the podium all day and was one of only two Rok TT’s in the field. In TAG Junior, Phillippe Denes was one of the fastest karts all day, but crashes kept him from showing his true pace after a strong 7th place qualifying run. Following a win last month at Adams, Brenden Baker, couldn’t quite match the same pace and a few incidents dropped him back from his 6th place starting spot in the main to 12th in the final. Willy Axton was consistently in the front pack all event long and managed to finish 6th. All drivers were on D Power Racing Engines Parilla Leopards. Ethan Wilson was looking forward to his second race on a D Power Rok TT, when a first lap incident knocked him from the front of the field to the rear of the pack. He was able to battle his way back through the field to finish 4th in TAG Masters. Will Jadiker was running strong throughout the day before a mechanical DNF ended his day early.
“It has been a very busy month for us, but we are working hard to constantly improve and never stop moving forward. We are busy working on a lot of promising things and the future is very exciting here at D Power Racing Engines. I can’t say thank you enough to every single customer who makes this possible!” Daniel Patino reflected.
D Power Racing Engines has IAME Leopard and Rok TT packages available for rent or purchase for the upcoming SKUSA Pro Tour SummerNationals in Grand Junction, Colorado and for the rest of the season. All interested teams and drivers are encouraged to contact email@example.com or call (714) 603-9736 for more information. Check out their website dpowerracing.com and make sure to follow them on facebook: D Power Racing Engines and Twitter: @dpowerengines