Rotax Max Challenge Grand Finals 2018: Team USA – Monday Report

First laps around International Circuit Paladino in Brazil for 10 drivers

(Photo: CKN)

Today, drivers hit the International Circuit Paladino to officially kick off the 2018 Rotax Max Challenge Grand Finals. A total of 360 drivers representing 55 countries from around the globe have converged on Brazil to decide this year’s Rotax world champions. Sunday provided the drivers the opportunity to receive their chassis and engines, setting up the pit area and preparing for the first on-track sessions on Monday to begin the ‘Olympics of Karting’. The weather has already mixed things up, with sunny skies early before quick rain showers made for some interesting sessions and decisions on what tires to use for those categories on track. Some drivers even electing not to run to save their practice tires. Of the 10 Team USA drivers, a good majority of them were within the top-15 in their groups, setting up for what should be a great week in Brazil.

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Micro Max: Praga (36 Entries)

#11 – Brent Crews
Denver, North Carolina
Qualified: US Open Rotax Grand Nationals (3rd – Mini)
RMCGF Appearances: 2017 (5th)

Practice 1: 30th – 1:02.609 +2.572
Practice 2: 35th – N/A
Practice 3: 5th – 1:16.215 +1.313

Mini Max: Birel ART (36 Entries)

#108 – James Egozi
North Bay Village, Florida
Qualified: US Open Rotax Grand Nationals (1st)
RMCGF Appearances: 2016 (4th – Micro)

Practice 1: 23rd – 58.666 +1.534
Practice 2: 15th – 57.941 +1.522
Practice 3: DNS

Junior Max: Praga (72 Entries)

#229 – Luca Mars
Sewckley, Pennsylvania
Qualified: US Open Rotax Grand Nationals (5th)
RMCGF Appearances: 2016 (23rd – Mini)

Practice 1 (odd): 17th – 54.501 +0.816
Practice 2 (odd): 9th – 54.152 +0.272
Practice 3 (odd): 29th – 54.887 +1.160

#236 – Justin White
Hunlock, Pennsylvania
Qualified: US Open Rotax Grand Nationals (10th)
RMCGF Appearances: 2013 (Micro)

Practice 1 (even): 30th – 54.600 +1.060
Practice 2 (even): 19th – 53.782 +0.366
Practice 3 (even): 17th – 54.037 +0.512

Senior Max: Sodi Kart (72 Entries)

#317 – Hannah Greenemeier
Parker, Colorado
Qualified: US Open Rotax Grand Nationals (2nd)
RMCGF Appearances: 2017 (Junior), 2013 (Micro)

Practice 1 (odd): 24th – 53.733 +0.701
Practice 2 (odd): 24th – 53.422 +0.664
Practice 3 (odd): 25th – 53.524 +0.678

#318 – Mathias Ramirez-Barrero
Bradenton, Florida
Qualified: US Open Rotax Grand Nationals (4th)
RMCGF Appearances: 2016 (Junior), 2015 (Junior – 2nd)

Practice 1 (even): 5th – 53.160 +0.103
Practice 2 (even): 13th – 53.274 +0.501
Practice 3 (even): 15th – 53.446 +0.555

DD2: Birel ART (72 Entries)

#425 – Taylor Greenfield
Monterrey, Texas
Qualified: US Open Rotax Grand Nationals (2nd)
RMCGF Appearances: N/A

Practice 1 (odd): 16th – 53.617 +0.564
Practice 2 (odd): 3rd – 52.917 +0.479
Practice 3 (odd): 6th – 52.823 +0.340

DD2 Masters: Sodi Kart (72 Entries)

#513 – Derek Wang
Seattle, Washington
Qualified: US Open Rotax Grand Nationals (1st)
RMCGF Appearances: 2010, 2011 (DD2), 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017 (DD2 Masters)

Practice 1 (odd): 10th – 54.272 +1.163
Practice 2 (odd): 7th – 53.141 +0.558
Practice 3 (odd): 13th – 53.636 +0.633

#514 – John Bonanno
Thorofare, New Jersey
Qualified: US Open Rotax Grand Nationals (2nd – Masters Max)
RMCGF Appearances: None

Practice 1 (even): 21st – 54.513 +1.112
Practice 2 (even): 14th – 53.868 +0.751
Practice 3 (even): 15th – 53.813 +0.632

#520 – Luis Schiavo
Miami, Florida
Qualified: US Open Rotax Grand Nationals (4th)
RMCGF Appearances: 2010, 2014, 2015, 2016

Practice 1 (even): 20th – 54.445 +1.044
Practice 2 (even): 11th – 53.759 +0.642
Practice 3 (even): 26th – 54.215 +1.034

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