The best in indoor kart racing action in the Southwest can be found at K1 Speed in Phoenix Arizona, as the Junior/Youth Challenge GP league rolled into the popular concrete surfaced facility this past Tuesday night with a number of drivers on hand to fill both run groups to make for a great fourth round of racing. The single race format qualifying session gives drivers 12 laps to post the single quickest lap time of their session to try and grab the pole position and set the pace for the fields. In the junior group (drivers 4′-4’10″) Jace Boon would grab the pole with a single fast lap of 32.131 seconds. In the Youth/Teen group (drivers 4’10″ and taller) Chris Tabares would set the fast time of 27.490 seconds to capture the pole position for the main.
To start off the nights main events the Junior group would get things started, taking the green flag from a standing start for their 14 lap main event. Right on the first lap there was a 7 kart pile up in turn 2 resulting in a restart for the field, which got things going a bit cleaner the second time around. On the restart Marcus Finks got under neath pole setter Jace Boon to take over the lead coming out of turn one and build a significant lead over the field as the laps wound down. Another notable driver was Thein Dong who fell back on the restart after getting sideways and moving from 6th up to third to battle for second over all with just a few laps remaining. The rest of the field would shuffle around a bit with a couple of drivers making aggressive moves to get to the front. The checkered flag would come out and Marcus Finks would go on to take the win. Jace Boon would hold onto second and Thein Dong would round out the top three in third.
The Youth/Teen group would close out the night with pole setter Chris Tabares taking the green flag and leading the field into turn one and immediately putting distance between himself and the rest of the field. That left third place qualifier Ian Morse in a battle for second place with Drew Anderson, Ian was able to find his was around Drew by lap 6 and the two would swap spots back and forth in the next few turns until Ian eventually pulled away. Cahlei Schildts would make her way up to third and the field would finish pretty spread out between the drivers. Chris Tabares would take the win followed by Ian Morse in second and Cahlei Schildts would close out the top three in third.
With just two more races left in the season it will be a race to the end as drivers all have a chance at a top podium spot in the the championship points standings. Come out May 1st and join us for the best indoor kart racing action for the younger racer in your family with K1 Speed in Phoenix Arizona.