Pan American Challenge Race Results
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Monday, 26 April 2010

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The first round of the Pan Am Rotax Challenge races 1 and 2 in MSR Houston was a great success. Congratulations to the promoters, sponsors, drivers and the MSR Houston staff for their great effort hosting the first round of the inaugural opening series season of the Pan Am series. Also thank you to the commentator Oscar Aguilera for the great updates during the race. The track configuration was changed a bit for safety reasons, now the straight has an s shape to slow down the speed a few miles per hour. Kudos to MSR for making the change.  The opening practice demonstrated a very promising and exciting opening round. Some of the top drivers quickly posted fast times during the Friday practice sessions.
Saturday opening Qualifying was very exciting for the KRS drivers.
Cole Glasson (Mini-Max) coached by long time tuner DJ Ortiz quickly moved to the top of the times during Saturday qualifying.   Holding the fastest time for a few laps to finished 5th out 10 during the qualifying session. The pre final was an exciting heat for Cole driving to a 3rd placed finish. The final was even more exciting for the spectators, Cole posted the fastest time of the race driving very smart to a 3 place podium finished.
Congratulations to Cole.
 
Another KRS driver was Miguel Lopez (Junior Rotax). He was in a driving battle starting from the middle of the pack. Miguel was caught on a first lap incident in the pre final and final event on Saturday falling to back of the field. Miguel drove well to a 12th place finish in the final out of a 17 kart field.
Congratulations to Miguel.
 
Sunday qualifying was also great day for the KRS drivers.
Cole posted the 4th fastest time during qualifying. During technical inspection the technical director found a logistic error relegating Cole to last place on the grid with a DQ. During the pre final and final, Cole was allowed to used his practice engine only. Unable to be a contender up front. He finished 7th on the pre final and 6th on the final. Congratulations to Cole for a great effort during the first round of the Pan Am Rotax Challenge.
 
Miguel Lopez
Qualified and raced to a 9th placed finished out 17 in the Sunday race. The junior class was a battle for position in every corner. These young drivers are in a time of their driving career were they try to prove to their fellow drivers who can do the most with the same equipment. Congratulations to Miguel for the a great effort during the first round of the Pan Am.
 
Note: Spec Class engine packages are the true class for upcoming drivers. The idea of the Rotax engine package again over shadows the rest of the engine packages readily available on the market.
 
Round 3 and 4 of the Pan Am Rotax Challenge will be in New Castle, Indiana on June 11,12,13 of 2010. New Castle is the host of the 2010 Rotax Max Challenge USA National Championship in July of 2010.
 
Next on the schedule is the CKI-Grand Prix of Phoenix in Glendale, AZ.  
 
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