Checkered Motorsports February Report
With the cold winter months slowly coming to an end, the Girard, Ohio based team is still pushing strong in the state of Florida. Competing in the Florida Pro Kart Series and the Florida Winter Tour Rok Cup program the team has been successful on the Bridgestone and MG tire compounds displaying the adaptability that the PCR karts have. Collectively the team rounded up a pair of wins and seven top three finishes.
The Florida Pro Kart Series showed an experience field of 19 pilots in Iame Senior. AJ Myers led the team with a victory on Saturday and a second place finish Sunday claiming the overall victory along with a $2000 check. Utilizing the Mxk8 model kart and a BBS X30 engine were the key components to a flawless weekend. Joining Myers in Iame Senior was Randall Arvai, Austin Jordan, Theodore Jones, and Robert Bujdoso. Embarking his first start with the PCR squad Arvai quickly made his speed a factor throughout the weekend. Saturday Arvai finished fourth in the first heat, but a 12th place finish in heat 2. The main event Arvai pushed his way forward until contact in the opening laps caused him to settle with a DNF. Austin Jordan had pace throughout the weekend with his best finish being seventh on Sundays final. Rookie Theodore Jones became acquainted with the PCR package marking his first start in karting and improving his times each session on track. Robert Bujdoso had a disappointing weekend due to collisions on track which forced the veteran to finish with only a 11th place finish Saturday.
Iame Junior driver, Josh Holland, continued to make improvements as the young pilot had a pair of 12th place finishes. Zack Hancock found speed on Sunday, but only managed to pull a 10th place finish.
Max Opalski was contender in Tag Sportsman. Operating a BBS Mini Swift power plant, Opalski impressed the team with a solid third place finish in his class on Sunday.
AJ Myers would not only show his speed in Iame Senior, but also in the Open Shifter class. Father and tuner Miker Myers, had his work cut out for him as the father son duo claimed a first and second place finish giving AJ Myers the overall victory in Open Shifter.
The success would did not stop there for front runner, AJ Myers as he showed his dominance in Rok shifter at the Florida Winter Tour with another victory and a third place finish. Myers held off former F1 driver Rubens Barrichello for the win on Sunday showing his consistency on track. Teammate Andrew Bujdoso along with tuner Robert Terkildsen had the kart up to speed on Sunday’s final. Unfortunately, a gearbox issue would force Bujdoso to retire on lap 13 while running competitive times.
Fielding 5 drivers in Rok Senior the final session of Friday’s practice had Ryan Norberg quickest on the time sheets with Sasha Brun-Wibaux third. Norberg with his BBS Rok Senior engine placed his PCR kart in fourth on Saturday. Sundays action had Norberg jump into the lead in the opening laps of the final. Norberg had the lead taken away on lap 7, and came short from victory placing in second. Sasha Brun-Wibaux ran as high as sixth, but on lap 9 bad luck struck when the battery box came loose forcing her to retire. Rebounding from Saturday was Austin Jordan and Olivia Horn. Horn marking her first debut with the team finished in 13th while Jordan had some help from his competitors leading to a DNF while running as high a fifth on Sunday. Theodore Jones gained experience and knowledge and had his best results Sunday with a 16th place finish.
Rok Masters driver Adam Pettit was running in third in the opening laps of the Sunday’s final, but a driver error cost him a top three finish which led to a seventh place finish. Janor Eilers best results came Sunday with an eighth place finish while Francois Brun-Wibaux impressed the team with a fifth place finish on Saturday.
“The team has been clicking on all cylinders,” explained team owner Csaba Bujdoso. “2015 is turning into a prominent year for the team and we look to keep on pushing the PCR brand. Our success is driven by the communication and hard work of our drivers and mechanics. Look out for the rest of year.”
The team’s next stop will be at the 103rd Street Sports Complex in Jacksonville, Florida for the final round of the Florida Pro Kart Series. Checkered Motorsports will be competing in the USPKS, GearUp F-Series, SKUSA, in addition to Pittsburgh International Race Complex. Transportation, arrive and drive opportunities, driver coaching and tech support is available. For questions and dealer inquires contact Csaba Bujdoso: