KRS US Grand Nationals Race Report
Tuesday, 20 July 2010

DJ Ortiz would like to congratulate all the Kart Racing Solutions drivers that participated this year at the 2010 Rotax Grand Nationals at New Castle Motorsports Park in Newcastle, IN 

Rotax Mini Max - 2nd Cole Glasson # 112
Rotax Senior - 23rd Gabe Bargas # 220 (on track collision)
Rotax Senior - 32nd Dean Boyd # 210 (on track collision)
Rotax Masters - 7th DJ Ortiz #417

Rotax Max Challenge logoCole Glasson made his third trip to New Castle, Indiana with his coach / tuner DJ Ortiz of Kart Racing Solutions where the two joined the DeFrancesco Racing Team to compete in the 10 year olds 2nd US Rotax Grand National Event. Last year he finished the event in the eighth spot but was determined to place even better in 2010. The young pilot would compete against a tough 33 kart Mini Max field including his three teammates (DeFrancesco, Coultston and O' Ward) along with other notable National contenders of Dalton and Logan Sargent, Kyle Kirkwood, and Jordan Perry.

Practice went very well as DJ and Cole worked together to get the kart and jetting right for the humid conditions. Throughout the practice week, Cole remained in the top 10 spots and was running consistently well. When official practice began on Wednesday, the final timed practice put Cole in the fastest qualifying group for Thursday's qualifying session. Cole came out of the gates with a mission to be consistent all week and put himself in a position to compete for the title. Cole qualified 7th out of the field of 33 which would put him starting in the second row of all of his heat races. Heat 1 found Cole in P3 and in a good position to get with the breakaway pack and finish in P2. Heat 2 and 3 put Cole on the outside of row two going into the fast Turn 1. DJ and Cole worked on race strategy to ensure he was smart and made the right race decisions not to get in an incident. Cole would finish Heat 2 in P2 and Heat 3 in P3. The young driver did exactly what he needed to in order to stay in front of the field as he would begin the final day on the outside of Row 2 in P4.

The prefinal would be a battle as the top six drivers pulled from the field and began making multiple runs to the front as they came down the front straight away. Cole would find himself as high as P3 but could not hold on in the final turns and finished the prefinals in P6. This put Cole once again on the "familiar" outside but he was able to squeeze in and find himself in P4 out of the first few turns. Cole battled with the same breakaway group of Perry, D. Sargent, Defrancesco, L. Sargent, and Kirkwood as again the pack slowly began pulling from the field. In the end, Perry and Cole were able to put a little distance between themselves and the next 4 drivers and they battled to the checkered with Perry taking the top spot by only 2/10ths and Cole standing on the podium of one of the biggest National events. It was a great weekend for the 10 year old who walked away with three P2's, a P3, and a P6 over the event schedule.

Cole would like to thank DeFrancesco Racing  and Supertune's Ben Cruttenden who supported him this weekend along with his teammates Dore Chaponick, Patricio O'Ward, Sebastien Coulston, and Devlin Defrancesco along with their tuners. In addition, special thanks to Bobby Wilson-Team Manager, Andy DeFrancesco-Team Owner, and his long time tuner and coach, DJ Ortiz- KRS Owner, who kept Cole competing for the front position all week and gave him the chance to win the event.

Cole is sponsored in 2010 by DeFrancesco Racing, Supertune USA, Kart Racing Solutions, Total Concept Racing Engines, Frozen Fire Films, Glasson Racing, Bell Racing, Magnets 4 Media and Tyler Web Design. For more information on Cole Glasson or sponsorship opportunities, please visit his website Join Cole's Fan Page at

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