Team K1 Race Gear has returned with a top 10 finish in the Machismo 500 karting enduro that was held at the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada this past weekend, competing against some of the best enduro kart racers in the country. The weekend started off strong, as team drivers Kelson Penn, Jacob Pearlman, Orlando Rodrigues, and son Alex Rodrigues worked to find the fast line around the temporary course layout Friday afternoon. Saturday afternoon gave drivers a 30 minute qualifying session, with everyone looking to find ways to shave a few tenths of a second off their lap times and grab the pole position for the start of the race later that evening. Kelson Penn would set the second quickest pace of the session giving Team K1 Race Gear an ideal starting spot later that evening.
After qualifying the kart was gone through closely to insure it would hold up to 500 miles of racing, tires were swapped for fresh rubber and the fuel tank was refilled, giving the team the most miles from the first tank of fuel before pit and driver change strategy would come into play. The race strategy was working in their favor, until Alex Rodrigues had a race incident that resulted in a broken tie rod which side lined the team while repairs were made, dropping them back to 15th overall. Once the repairs were made, the team was back on track but had their work cut out for them as they night pressed on, while they worked to move up into the field. By the time the checkered flag had dropped early Sunday morning Team K1 Race Gear had worked their way back up to 6th overall for a solid finish to their race weekend.
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Take a few laps around the track and see what the drivers were seeing on the fast paced course -