Ron White Racing Triumphs at California ProKart Challenge
Team owner returns to top of podium after six months away from the wheel
Ron White Racing has been a fixture of northern California for a number of decades now, continuing to compete at the top level while building a base for the future in the sport of karting. The operation has stayed close to home during the first half of the 2016 season, supporting racers at the local and regional level. The California ProKart Challenge program visited the Simraceway Performance Karting Center – home of Ron White Racing – on June 3-4 for the fourth round of their championship series. Six months out of the seat, owner Ron White jumped back behind the wheel to defend his home turf with a victory in the S1 Pro Stock Moto division.
The weekend was a debut for a joint venture between Ron White Racing and Darcy DeCoste Racing (DDR), working together on the Honda CR125 Stock Moto engine package. Each have brought together their own little speed secrets, combining DDR’s dyno skills and the RWR carburetor system make for one strong engine powerplant. White was quick off the trailer in his CRG chassis during Friday practice, testing a number of different setup changes toward the end of the day to remain among the top-three.
New tires on the CRG chassis for qualifying Saturday morning set the stage for the round of racing. Hitting the track too late along with traffic and the kart not coming in soon enough put White in the fourth position. They made a slight change for the opening heat race, moving up to third until officials handed him a penalty for scrubbing tires, dropping him down to 10th overall on the grid for Heat #2. The penalty put White in the ‘blender’, mixed with S1 and S2 drivers. On the second lap, another competitors seized his engine and became a road block entering the corner. White was among those collected and ended his race early, classifying him 21st on the combined grid for the main event.
A solid opening lap of the 14-lap Final put White into 10th, up 11 positions in just one circuit. From there, he picked off about one driver a lap until reaching the top-three. Once around the top S2 driver, White focused on the S1 leaders with two laps to go. That was all he needed, working by one each lap and crossing the checkered flag in the first position for the victory.
“This was one of the most fantastic races I’ve been in a long time,” stated White. “Our CRG chassis with the RWR/DDR power was perfect, passing drivers down the straights as well as under braking and cornering, this kart was awesome. It was great to have so many people saying it was the best show they had ever seen. A few of the passes I had to put two tires in the dirt but all of them were clean on ever one of the 20 drivers.”
Patrick O’Neill was among the quickest S4 drivers on the weekend, racing under the Ron White Racing banner. O’Neill competed in the Super Master division, setting fast time in qualifying for the category. While leading in the opening heat, contact that nearly sent him on his head ended his race. The RWR driver bounced back in Heat #2, driving his way through the field for the class win. An issue at the start of the main event however did not allow O’Neill to take the track, ended his chance at the victory.
“Patrick is one of the quickest S4 drivers in the state,” added White. “Racing for my team has given advantages to my drivers that are under the RWR tent, as we continue to make improvements to our team. We are always looking to add more drivers that fit well into what we do for future races at the Sanzaru Games Karting Championship along with the Streets of Lancaster Grand Prix and of course the SKUSA SuperNationals this November in Las Vegas.”