Paddock Insider: 2015 RoboPong 200

12th edition of 200-lap endurance race at New Castle Motorsports Park

EKN’s Paddock Insider is a new Trackside coverage addition, bringing you notes, updates and breaking news as it happens. The article will be a timeline of events as they happen during the 2015 RoboPong 200. The information will not be seen anywhere else, including interviews and photos. Please feel free to comment and discuss our coverage and today’s action in the EKN Global Members Discussion area below:


RoboPong 200

Lap 200 – Donald/Jones win the RoboPong 200 by 47 seconds over Newgarden/Dixon

Lap 185 – Donald leads by 48 seconds over Newgarden, only two karts on lead lap

Lap 179 – Bujdoso runs out of gas again, drops out of top-five

Lap 171 – Koyen pits for their fourth time, hands kart over to Lemke

Lap 160 – Donald leads by 32 seconds over Koyen with Newgarden in third, four teams on lead lap

Lap 155 – Dixon pits holding the lead to hand his entry over to Newgarden with four new tires and fuel

Lap 154 – Kalish pits for his final time, stays in the kart with four new tires and fuel

Lap 153 – Leaders pit, with Donald staying in for a third stint, getting four new tires and fuel

Lap 151 – Holden pits and hands off to Rogero along with four new tires and fuel

Lap 129 – Rios off course, no brakes the issue

Lap 115 – Donald leads over Rios by 10 seconds, five teams on the lead lap

KartSport North America / Praga North America pit stop for the AMR 1 team of Jake Donald and Brandon Jones after 103 laps #RoboPong200

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Lap 104 – Karam pits after just 9 laps on track, replaces flat left front tire

Lap 104 – Brandon Jones pits for gas and four tires, hands the lead back off to Jake Donald

Lap 98 – Bujdoso pulls off track and pushes kart back to pits after running out of gas

Lap 98 – Rios pits for gas and only rear tires, limping around with some cramping

Lap 92 – Koyen pits for gas and 4 tires

Lap 79 – Brandon Jones takes the lead from Rios at I-70 corner

Lap 70 – Rios still leads by four seconds, now over Jones with Koyen running third, saving gas. 11 teams on lead lap

Lap 55 – Rios takes lead after stopping on Lap 47 for just fuel, leading Koyen by four seconds

Lap 54 – Jarsocrak pits as leader, changes four tires but engine will not refire with broken spark plug wire

Lap 53 – New leader Donald pits, changes four tires and fuel for Brandon Jones

Lap 44 – Lemke pits, hands over to Koyen with only a refuel

Lap 36 – Eves off with fuel supply issue, hands lead over to Lemke

Lap 30 – Ten of the 31 teams are already one lap down to the leader Eves

Lap 20 – Top seven within three seconds of each other, Eves continues to lead

Lap 7 – Eves takes over lead with Bujdoso dropping back, lead group 11 karts

Lap 1 – Holden and Rios get together at Turn 3, both continue, then Lap 4 Rios gets put off course by Kalish in inner hairpin

RoboPong 200 Main Event start #RoboPong200

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Yamaha Junior Final start #RoboPong200

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Yamaha Senior Main Event start #RoboPong200

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Entry List

RoboPong 200

No. Team Name Chassis Engine Driver One Driver Two Driver Three Driver Four
O1 Team Manchild Merlin X30 Brandon Lemke TJ Koyen
1 KartSport AMR2 Arrow X30 Will Power James Davison
2 Holden/Rogero Tony Kart X30 Zach Holden Ashley Rogero
3 Rising Star Racing Tony Kart X30 Spencer Pigot Neil Alberico
4 Barns Horton Racing Arrow Leopard Chandler Horton Derek Barns
7 FA X30 Josef Newgarden Scott Dixon
8 Ikart/ISMI/Factory Racing iKart X30 Sage Karam
9 Galownia-Neal Racing Tony Kart X30 Henry Neal David Galownia
10 KartSport AMR1 Praga X30 Jake Donald Brandon Jones
11 PTSC Arrow X30 George Clark Bryan Hartman Matt Collins Shelli Kopetski
114 MDD #2 CRG Rotax Andy Lewis Will Harvey
17 B&B Racing CRG Rotax Brian Buttler Richard Biggs Kevin Shelbo
19 Lionheart Tony Kart Leopard Austen Wheldon Connor Daly
20 Ed Carpenter Racing FA Leopard Ed Carpenter Nathan O'Rourke
21 Pacific Rim Racing Tony Kart Leopard Haopeng Zhang Anson Liu
30 Checkered Motorsports PCR 2 PCR X30 Jacob Knueven Kyle Smith Jeff Smith
42 Eves/Dignan CompKart X30 Braden Eves Derek Dignan
44 MDD #1 Ikart X30 Jay Howard Billy Lewis
57 Harden Racing Kart Mini Leopard Devon Smith Tyler Sawyers Ben Loveall
59 Team Geringer/Finlayson Tony Kart X30 Michael Geringer Elliott Finlayson
64 Faster Then A Fifth Grader Arrow Leopard Luke Durrrett Phillip Bauman
77 Adkins Speed Center Merlin X30 Brandon Adkins Mike Giessen
80 FA Factory Racing FA X30 Garrett Moran Davis Durrett
99 Home Alone Racing Arrow Leopard Derich Cutshaw Nick Denney Callie Wolsiffer
127 Ikart/ISMI/Factory Racing iKart X30 Jesus Rios Jr
213 Franklinkart/Merlin Regulators Merlin X30 Jamie Sieracki Kyle Kalish
327 Checkered Motorsports PCR X30 Robert Bujdoso Andrew Bujdoso
477 Keep Fighting Ayrton Praga Rotax Joseph Budzinski Nick Luedeke
872 Boos/Jarsocrak Tony Kart X30 Brandon Jarsocrak Mark Boos
14X Team Hard FA X30 Cameron Caron Stephen Davis
101 Tecno Racing Team Tecno X30

Yamaha Senior

No. Driver Chassis Engine
0 Mick Gabriel Tecno Woltjer
OF Camden Speth DR Kart Comet
2 Zach Holden Tony Kart Comet
O6 Steve Knight Tony Kart Comet
O7 Tim Hollowell Tony Kart Comet
5 Nick Vincent Merlin Appco
7 Brad Brittin Margay Adkins
23 Brandon Cross Arrow Comet
24 Trenton Bryant Tony Kart Comet
26 Dominic Lancia Tony Kart Comet
27 Nick Chastain Tony Kart Comet
32 Max Arney Birel Comet
34 Eric Jones Praga Comet
40 Rudy Agras PCR Woltjer
42 Derek Dignan FA Kart Comet
46 Joey Eppink Tony Kart Comet
47 Adam Jennerjahm Tony Kart Comet
67 Justin Penix FA Kart Comet
77 Cole Fink
79 Dakota Pesek Top Kart Woltjer
88 Sam Cate Tony Kart BBS
99 Tony Petersen CRG Comet
99J Ron Petersen Arrow Comet
888 Emerson Reed Merlin Woltjer

Yamaha Junior

No. Driver Chassis Engine
O1 Brandon Lemke Merlin Woltjer
O2 Maks Kowalski Merlin Woltjer
2 Connor Cass Merlin Woltjer
2X Zach Holden Tony Kart Comet
3 Caiden Young Top Kart Appco
4 Alex Bertagnoli Merlin Woltjer
7 Brennan Hanville Tony Kart Comet
8 Chandlar Moran Tony Kart Comet
9 Zack Pretorius FA Kart Comet
11 David Kalb FA Kart Comet
12 Ryan Weyer Merlin Woltjer
14 Marcello Sancez-Lara
15 Jacob Clamme Arrow Comet
17 Ben Varner Merlin Woltjer
20 John Paul Southern Jr. Top Kart Woltjer
22 Sam Mayer Merlin Woltjer
23 Michael Cruz FA Kart Allison
23X Ian Hornish PCR BBS
24 Tahlon Yockel PCR Comet
26G Sam Paley Tecno Switch
27 Jack Chastain Tony Kart Comet
52 Jackson Lee FA Kart Comet
85 Jack Dorsey FA Kart Comet
91 Elliott Budzinski Praga Woltjer
112 Justin Hutmacher Birel Comet
117 Stephen Dial Merlin Woltjer
222 Jacob Abel Top Kart Woltjer

Yamaha Cadet

No. Name Chassis Engine
O2 Logan Adams FA Kart Comet
O3 Robert Noaker III Merlin Woltjer
O4 Garrett Adams FA Kart Comet
1 Carter Cass Merlin Woltjer
5 Jason Welage Top Kart Woltjer
5c Cameron Christ Benik Comet
9 Aidan Hinds Praga Allison
10 Madison Campeau Top Kart Comet
11 Chester Brimer Merlin Switch
11A Parker Abed Merlin Switch
14 Kaden Wharff Tony Kart Allison
15 Camrin Cass Merlin Woltjer
17 Nick Snell PCR Allison
22 Sam Mayer Merlin Woltjer
23 Ian Hornish PCR Woltjer
24 Nic Sheppard Tecno Allison
26 Makala Marks Top Kart Comet
36J Kyle Thome Merlin Woltjer
41 Adam Maxwell FA Kart Woltjer
44 J.J. Hansen Merlin Woltjer
45 Maxine Cosat Birel Comet
51 Andrew Bische Top Kart Comet
56 Nathan Nicholson Tony Kart BBS
71 Sam Hinds FA Kart Allison
77 Lewis Marshall Birel Comet
88 Nicholas Terlecki BirelART Woltjer
100 Lucas Smalee Merlin Woltjer
111 Kyle Ford Birel Fleming
111J Gage Rodgers Top Kart Comet
344 Ty Gibbs Top Kart Woltjer
777 Annie Rhule PCR Woltjer
888 Luca Mars CompKart Allison

Mini Swift

No. Driver Chassis Engine
O3 Robert Noaker III Merlin Woltjer
5 Jason Welage Top Kart Woltjer
10 Madison Campeau Top Kart Allison
14 Kaden Wharff FA Kart Allison
15 Camrin Cass Merlin Woltjer
23 Ian Hornish PCR Woltjer
24 Owen Mahle Top Kart
36J Kyle Thome Merlin Woltjer
41 Adam Maxwell FA Kart Comet
44 Ty Gibbs Top Kart Woltjer
51 Elliott Cox iKart Comet
88 Nicholas Terlecki BirelART Woltjer
777 Annie Rhule PCR Woltjer
888 Luca Mars CompKart Allison

Good morning from #RoboPong200

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Scott Dixon completes last lap, last corner pass to win the Dan Wheldon Memorial ProAm Karting Challenge (Photo: EKN)

Scott Dixon completes last lap, last corner pass to win the Dan Wheldon Memorial ProAm Karting Challenge (Photo: EKN)

Dixon / Target Team Wins Dan Wheldon Memorial ProAm Even with heavy rain falling, the fans in the Indy area came out to see their favorite IndyCar drivers do battle for the 3rd annual Dan Wheldon Memorial ProAm Karting Challenge. Seventeen teams of four drivers battled in four separate 15-minute heat races, with the professional drivers finishing off the event. The final heat kept the fans on their feet, with two large packs forming. Marco Andretti led at one point, but was shuffled back in the field and eventually flipped his machine after going off course. Andretti flipped the kart back over, stomped out a grass fire, started the kart and jumped back in the race to the roar of the crowd. Out front, Matthew Brabham led in the AFS/STELLRECHT entry on the final lap. A group ran him down and attempted a pass down the final straight. Three-wide action allowed four-time champion Scott Dixon to move his Target entry from fifth to first, crossing the line for the victory. Brabham held on for third as Will Power slipped past for the second spot in the Firestone #1 machine. In total, the event raised nearly $200,000 toward the Dan Wheldon Fund and the Justin Wilson Family. Here Comes the Sun After 1pm, the track finally open to karts as the Dan Wheldon Memorial ProAm Karting Challenge competitors began their quick practice sessions before gearing up for their one hour, four-driver team endurance event. The clouds continued to push away, and the sun began to creep out, gearing up for solid weather conditions to allow the RoboPong competitors and the support classes with a warm-up prior to going out to qualify.

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Autograph session underway #DWProAm #RoboPong200

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RoboPong-2015-WeatherRain, Rain, Go Away

The start to Saturday was delayed, thanks to a storm that rolled through this morning. No on-track activity has taken place as of noon, including the Dan Wheldon Memorial ProAm event. The autograph session is about to take place, with their event to get going as soon as the track is drivable. RoboPong teams have taken the off time to weight their karts, and make sure everything is set for the qualifying session that will go on later today.


Warm-up Day

The 2015 RoboPong 200 kicked off with a full day of practice. The day was broken up by some heavy rain at one point, but the New Castle Motorsports Park track opened up the circuit to a later time to help make up for the lost laps that racers could enjoy. Final entries came in at the beginning of the day, with a few late moves to round out the 200-lap endurance race field, along with the three Yamaha and Mini Swift support classes.

For the RoboPong competitors, it was a chance get the karts set up for the long haul. Baseline set-ups, working with two or three different drivers depending on the team. It’s also a time for those without a lot of seat time on the year to get back on the horse, including the many IndyCar drivers scheduled to compete. A complete entry list of all the teams along with the four support classes will be posted here on the Paddock Insider.

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