Our competitors converged on our Carlsbad location on March 1st for the 3rd round of the 2009 Challenge GP season. Among those competing were seasoned veterans and old friends. Curt Chapin, the man who held the honor of ProScore Leader for over three years, came to the event to compete in a Challenge GP race for the first time in over a year. It was a pleasure seeing Curt out on the track again, and it was evident that his absence hasn’t affected his ability!
John Tanaka, whose name needs no introduction around the K1 Speed offices, set the pole position during the qualifying heats and started the final race from the front row. At the drop of the green flag, John took off and never looked back, maintaining his position all the way to the checkered flag. Jared Buccola started from the second spot and it appeared that he would comfortably hold that position throughout the race, until the 10th lap, when he took a corner too wide and let Curt Chapin slip by. In the process, Jared unfortunately spun out and ended up losing four positions in the process. He would end up finishing the race in 6th. Curt Chapin, perhaps the most successful K1 Speed competitor ever, ended up finishing the race in 2nd in a dramatic comeback. We look forward to seeing Curt race at future events. Taylor Hays rounded out the Top 3, finishing 6.5 seconds back from John Tanaka, who he is currently competing with for the top ProScore.
John Tanaka is making quite a name for himself this season, and is certainly on track to be in championship contention at the conclusion of the six race series. With the season half over, the racing is heating up with new and veteran competitors showing up to challenge for the top spot. Needless to say, we’ll keep you updated on the latest news and results. The next Challenge GP event in Carlsbad is on April 5th, and we’ll have the results for you! If you think you have what it takes to make it to the podium, we invite you to attend the next event.