Parolin USA Wins SKUSA Winter Series Micro Swift Title in Homestead
Truchot pilots Parolin ‘Opportunity’ Cadet model to series championship
Parolin USA won its first championship of the season, taking the SKUSA Winter Series Micro Swift title with Alessandro Truchot (Photo: eKartingNews.com)
The Parolin USA race team was back in action on the February 11-13 weekend to close out the 2022 Superkarts! USA Winter Series at AMR Homestead-Miami Motorplex Presented by MG Tires. The team secured its first championship of the season when Alessandro Truchot completed his sweep of the Micro Swift class to win the title. Truchot made it four wins in the four races to score his first national series championship as well, which will position the young Miami resident as one of the drivers to beat on this year’s SKUSA Pro Tour.
The Parolin USA Micro Swift squad enjoyed a strong weekend, not only with Truchot’s double-win performance but with the entire four-driver roster. All four Parolin racers were on their games and provided impressive results. Truchot qualified third on Saturday and then went on to pace the field in both the Prefinal and Final to extend his win streak to three victories. On Sunday, he battled through in wet conditions to qualify 13th and he then stormed his way forward to sixth in the Prefinal before emerging with the win in the main to cap his first SKUSA championship run in style, going undefeated.
Jaime Garcia was in the top-five all day on Saturday but ran into an issue that left him 21st in the final. He came back strong on Sunday, timing in 12th on a very wet track before finishing just behind Truchot in the Prefinal in eighth. In the final, Garcia went quickly into the top-five by missing the opening lap chaos and he was in the fight for the podium all race. At the checkered flag, he finished third to score his first national series podium. Rocco Simone was in the top-10 all Saturday and ended the day with a fifth-place finish. Rocco needed to fight forward all day on Sunday after qualifying 27th in the wet. He advanced up to 13th in Prefinal and then moved to 10th in Final to complete his run of four straight top-10 finishes. Pasha Ali stepped up as well, improving his pace from the opening SKUSA Winter Series race in January to run inside the top-10 all weekend. Pasha is just beginning his rookie year in Micro Swift class and is the newest addition to the Parolin USA Driver Development program. Ali took everything he learned in the opening rounds and applied it to the finale. Ali ran in the top-10 on Saturday but got caught up in an incident that thwarted what would have been a strong finish. Pasha came back on Sunday and did well in the challenging wet qualifying, finishing up 16th in the field of 29 drivers, and he then drove into the top-10 in the Prefinal. In the 20-lap final, he scored his best result of the season in 14th.
In the Mini Swift class, Texan Tyler Roberts made his SKUSA Winter Series debut in February and he was part of the top-10 fight of both rounds of competition. Like Garcia in Micro Swift, Roberts scored his first podium finish in national competition with his third-place result on Saturday after qualifying 10th. Roberts came back on Sunday to finish a strong seventh to cap a solid weekend. Sarah Bradley did not have quite the event that she had hoped for after qualifying sixth on Saturday, finishing 28th in the main event, ahead of taking 14th on Sunday. Ethan-Sky Manjencic came to Homestead looking to continue his development through top-level competition. He finished 38th on Saturday and then 28th on Sunday.
Canadian Jensen Burnett has graduated from Mini competition to Junior this year and is running with Parolin USA to prepare for a season of racing in the tough OK Junior category with the Parolin factory team in Italy. In X30 Junior, Burnett qualified 30th on Saturday and advanced sixth positions to 24th in the Prefinal. Jensen continued his advanced to 21st in the main event. An improvement in the wet Sunday qualifying moved him to the 24th starting position for the Prefinal, but he dropped to 31st in the shortened race, which was the first run in dry conditions. In the main, he attacked again and scored his second 21st place result, matching his Saturday finish. Beckham Jacir was 26th in Saturday qualifying, and he moved forward an impressive nine spots to 17th in the Prefinal before slipping to 20th in the final. Jacir was 27th in wet qualifying on Sunday and moved forward eight positions to 19th, which was right in the pack he raced with the entire run. He finished 20th in the main.
Several other drivers on Parolin equipment found success in Homestead, including Mini Swift race winner Keelan Harvick. The North Carolina driver moved to the Parolin Opportunity chassis for 2022 and advanced three positions to earn his first national SKUSA Mini Swift victory on prior to being named winner after Sunday’s final event to double up in the win column on the weekend. Salvador Della Vecchia starred in the Mini Swift class on a Parolin as well, posting a pair of top-10 finishes including yet another podium finish for the brand with a third on Sunday.
All the Parolin USA drivers also benefit from coaching and mentorship from the team’s Senior level star, Alessandro de Tullio. In January, de Tullio was a dominant factor at the Winter Series opener and won the tough X30 Senior main event on Sunday. This past weekend, he ran inside the top-10 for a majority of the event but dealt with a couple of setbacks that set up impressive drives forward. De Tullio qualified 13th on Saturday and turned in a strong performance in the Prefinal to get to sixth. His progression did not continue in the Final, as he fell to 14th. On Sunday, he qualified seventh in the wet conditions and finished 11th in the Prefinal to start the 22-lap main on the inside of the sixth row. Alessandro was on the move in the Final and powered his way to a strong fifth-place finish.
Arrive-and-drive programs remain on the Parolin USA race team for the remainder of the 2022 season, as the operation will follow the Superkarts! USA Pro Tour, ROK Cup Florida Winter Tour, United States Pro Kart Series, Sunshine State Karting Challenge and special one-off events such as ROK Vegas and Superkarts! USA SuperNationals 25 in Las Vegas.
For more information, visit www.parolinusa.com or contact them at 305-927-1133.