Successful 2013 Season Comes to an End for Los Angeles Karting Championship
Successful 2013 Season Comes to an End for Los Angeles Karting Championship
Class champions crowned in front of record-high turnout of drivers and families
FONTANA, CALIFORNIA (November 5, 2013) – The 2013 Los Angeles Karting Championship season came to an end with the final race of the year, taking place during the weekend of October 27 at CalSpeed Karting Complex. The series crowned its 2013 champions in front of a record setting crowd at the circuit located outside of the Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, California, welcoming its largest turnout in over 10 years with 203 entries taking to the track. Following a canceled round one in February due to high winds, the LAKC’s eight race season ran from March to October and played host to some of the best kart racing in the state of California.
“Our 2013 season was great,” commented LAKC President Chris LaTorre, “Our classes have grown and we are looking forward to another fantastic season in 2014. I cannot say enough about the LAKC staff, and our incredible drivers and teams. They made 2013 our best season yet.”
Billy Musgrave was unstoppable in 2013 and a clean sweep of the final round secured him the S2 title (Photo: Joe Stalker - LAKC)
Billy Musgrave ended 2013 the way he had started – and ran most of the season – as the best. The junior Musgrave finished 2013 with yet another perfect race day in the 2 Wild Karting.com Semi-Pro S2 class. After beating Kolton Griffin out for the pole position in qualifying Musgrave led every lap of the prefinal. Behind Musgrave, Griffin fell from second early on after Clinton Schoombee stole the spot at the start. Schoombee would ride second until the final lap which saw Augie Lerch take the runner-up position. In the main event, it was the same song as Musgrave led from green to checker as he picked up a nine-second victory over Lerch, who ran second the entire race. Behind Lerch for the first half of the race was Colorado driver Christian Schureman in the third position. Schureman would fend off challenges from Griffin for several laps before ultimately losing the third spot and settling for fourth in his first LAKC race. With the final race of the weekend going all Musgrave’s way, it was his seventh perfect race day of eight in 2013. Musgrave walked away with the S2 championship while Chandler Campbell and Emmanuel Benedotto rounding out the championship podium.
Looking to match son Billy’s perfect weekend, Willy Musgrave was dominant in the MRC S4 Master class. Musgrave would be beat out by seven hundredths of a second in qualifying for the pole by Rob Logan. A terrific jump off the flag saw Musgrave take the lead and not look back, while Logan held strong in second place. Musgrave led the way the entire main event as he balanced racing with the younger lighter S2 drivers ahead of him, while holding off Logan and the rest of the S4 field. Logan would hang tough on Musgrave’s back bumper the entire race, never letting Musgrave to pull away. As the checkers flew, it was Musgrave winning the final S4 main event of the year with Logan right behind for second place and Jason Chott five seconds back in third. The Musgrave family would leave with two championships as Willy ran away with the 2013 S4 Masters title. Keeping Musgrave honest throughout the season was second place finish Erik Jackson, with Jason Chott sitting third on the podium.
Karlee Polon scored the win and the championship in the PRD Senior Pilot class (Photo: Joe Stalker - LAKC)
In the Buddy Rice Karting TaG Senior category, a season long points battle came down to the last round between Alejandro Fernandez and Carlee Taylor, who went back and forth all season. Taylor scored the last main event of the season, but it was Fernandez leaving with the championship only 19 points ahead of Taylor. She beat out Fernandez out for the pole position to begin the final round of action. After qualifying, Taylor led every lap of the prefinal while Fernandez retired after less than one lap. Fernandez stormed from the back of the grid to second place by lap nine, but it wasn’t enough as Taylor scored the victory. Breanna Miscione would complete the podium in third. With Fernandez being crowned the champion, Taylor and John Wallace III stood alongside on the championship podium.
Erik Jackson pulled double duty at the final weekend and was untouchable in TaG Masters. Jackson beat Peter Mokran out for the pole and then proceeded to beat Mokran for the prefinal win. Jackson would go on to lead every lap in the main event, with Michael Middleton on his bumper the entire time. Jackson beat Middleton across the line by six tenths of a second. Behind Jackson and Middleton was Roy Steele finishing P3.
Ryan Schartau capped off his 2013 KPV-1 class championship – presented by Flemming Racing Engines – with a perfect weekend at the final round. Schartau went to work in qualifying beating out Trey Brown for the pole position by a little more than a tenth of a second. Schartau came back in the prefinal and final, winning both over Jonathan Shone. Dante Yu capped off the podium with a third place finish. Wins at rounds two and five in April and July would bolster Yu to a second place finish in the championship fight, while round six race winner Trey Brown finished 2013 in the third position.
Comer Kid Kart race winner and class champion Dominic Gorden had a great last race of the 2013 season (Photo: Joe Stalker - LAKC)
In the Hyper Racing Engines PRD Junior 1 class, Johnny Dressler and Justin Hodge shared the spotlight at the final race of the year. After winning the pole in qualifying, Justin Hodge led the opening five laps of the prefinal before Johnny Dressler took over the top spot. Myles Farhan drove from his third place starting spot to lead the opening two laps. Dressler would then return to the lead, which he would hold for the rest of the race. Pole winner Justin Hodge finished the race in second, with Farhan in third. With the podium finish, Farhan would seal the championship ahead of final race winner Dressler and Justin Hodge in third in final point standings.
Kasey Gillis edged out the competition in the Honda Performance Development Honda Kid Karts category for the season championship, but it was Jaden Goetz earning the final round victory. Gillis started the last race of the season off by earning the pole position in qualifying ahead of Skyler Geczi and Jalen Mack. The prefinal had plenty of exciting racing with Mack jumping from the third spot to the lead in the first two laps. Gillis would return back to the point on lap three, only to see Goetz joining the mix. When the checkered flag waved, Goetz took the win. Goetz would lead all but the opening lap in the main event, as he picked up victory ahead of Gillis with Skyler Geczi finishing third, the same as his final point standings position.
Dominic Gorden ended 2013 on a high-note as he won the final race of the year and earned the point championship in the Pure Karting Comer Kid Karts class. Rylee Martinez posted the fast lap in qualifying ahead of Cameron Easton and Chance Gibson. Martinez led most of the laps in the prefinal, until Gorden took over with two laps to go, holding on for the win. The main event was all Gorden as he pulled away and nearly cracked the overall top-five. Behind Gorden was pole winner Rylee Martinez and Dylan Johnson in second and third. With Gorden taking the championship, it was Chance Gibson behind him in second, and Cole Keith Cotham in third place.
Steve Hansen finished 2013 fifth in the PRD Grand Masters point standings but closed out the season with a victory (Photo: Joe Stalker - LAKC)
Ron Rossetti has been at the front all season in the PhilGieblerRacing.com PRD Grand Masters class, and this weekend was no different as he racked up another podium finish to end 2013. Behind Rossetti in the final points tally was John Bush, and Paul Bonilla. At the final round of the season, Bonilla stuck his neck out first as he edged out Sean Brazeau by three tenths in qualifying. Bonilla led the opening two laps of the prefinal before being forced to retire on lap three. Steve Hansen took over the lead and held it for the remainder of the race for the win. After having to start from dead last due to his DNF in the prefinal, Bonilla put on a show as he drove from last to first in less than 10 laps. Taking the lead from Hansen on lap 10, Bonilla led the final six circuits to cross the line first. Unfortunately for Bonilla, a post-race disqualification would hand the win Hansen, with Bush in second and Rossetti landing in third place to cap off the championship run.
Despite not making the final race of the season, Elric Navatel conquered the Valley Trophy Rotax Senior Pilot class. In Navatel’s absence, Nicolas Esguerra swept the weekend in Rotax Senior Pilot. Steven Novikoff and Mark Kempkey finished behind Esguerra on the podium. Karlee Polon swept the final weekend in the Mike Manning Karting PRD Senior Pilot category, which allowed her to edge out Stephen Wetterau by nine points for the championship. Polon was the top dog from qualifying to the main event. Behind Polon, a terrific fight for second was being waged between Connor Funk, Wetterau and Logan Calvin. Wetterau and Calvin battled early, before Funk moved up to engage Wetterau. Funk would get around Wetterau on lap nine for second but would ultimately be scored in fourth after contact was made on the track with Wetterau.
TaG Cadet presented by OTK Kart USA was another close championship fight that saw Jagger Jones outlast Joseph Daniele by 13 points for the championship. Behind Jones and Daniele in the final point tally was Myles Farhan. Jones showed why he was deserving of the championship Sunday as he swept the weekend from qualifying to the main event. After getting around Jonathan Shone on the opening circuit, Jones led every single lap and capped off 2013 Shone finished in second behind Jones with Daniele rounding out the podium.
A year of huge numbers for the LAKC ended with 203 total entries, its highest turnout in 10 years (Photo: Joe Stalker - LAKC)
Heading into the weekend, Andrew Murowatz knew that the Empire Karts KPV-2 championship trophy was all but in his trailer heading home. So Sunday, Murowatz qualified his KPV 2 entry – earning him enough points for the championship – and then spent the prefinal and main event racing his PRD 2 machine, in preparation for 2014. With Murowatz pulling out of KPV 2 action, Bryce Murphy drove to the win in the prefinal. The main event however was all Jonathan Eshom, as he led all 15 laps to pick up the final win of 2013 and finish the year second place in the standings while Murphy was third in the final points tally.
Christian Brooks made it a clean sweep in the Mack Motorsports PRD Junior 2 class. Brooks took the pole position over Dylan Cartier by two tenths of a second, from there he went on to lead every lap of the prefinal and the main. Willy Axton finished just over a second behind Brooks in second, with Jacob Drew in toe for third place. Finishing in ninth place on Sunday was class champion Nick Ramirez. Finishing the year in the standings behind Ramirez was Skylar Estrada and Nathan Seegrist.
With a fifth place finish in the final race of the season, Eric Molinatti locked up the championship in the PRD Senior class presented by RLV. Ahead of Molinatti was Derek Zimmermann, who swept the final round in front of Brandon Reed and championship contender Lloyd Mack. Molinatti was crowned the champion with Mack, who won rounds two, four and five, in second. In third place it was Alejandro Fernandez, who saw victory at rounds six and seven.
Like many of the other champions of 2013, Ryan Schartau walked away from the final event of the season with a main event win, and the championship. Schartau spent the entire season atop the Pitts Performance Junior 1 category. Tanner Hudspeth got things started in qualifying as he beat Schartau in qualifying by a tenth of a second. Schartau led every lap of the prefinal and then swapped the lead twice with Joseph Daniele in the main event. Schartau and Daniele battled the entire race with Schartau edging out Daniele by an incredibly close four thousandths of a second. Trey Brown finished the final race of the year in third.
In the two other shifterkart categories in LAKC, Kevin Gilroy took it all home in the Acceleration Karting S4 Magnum class, while John Baldasare left with the trophy in the TM Racing USA Open Shifter division. Alex King finished fourth in the final race of the year and was crowned the champion of the Open 125 Shifter class. After sweeping the day, Gilroy was crowned the S4 Magnum champion.
What will go down as one of the best seasons for the Los Angeles Karting Championship in many years, President Chris LaTorre and his team are already preparing for an even better 2014.
LAKC has set the 2014 schedule:
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Updated 08 Nov 2013 12:25
LOS ANGELES KARTING CHAMPIONSHIP NEARS END OF 2013 SEASON
LOS ANGELES KARTING CHAMPIONSHIP NEARS END OF 2013 SEASON
Somber seventh round of season contested at CalSpeed following loss of karting family member
FONTANA, CALIFORNIA (September 19, 2013) – For the seventh time this year, racers with the Los Angeles Karting Championship did battle at the CalSpeed Karting Center outside the Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, California. The penultimate round of the 2013 season boasted the series usually high entry numbers, with even better racing spread out across 11 different race groups and 18 individual classes.
The September edition of the LAKC’s 2013 season unfortunately carried a somber tone as the LAKC suffered the loss of one of its members earlier in the weekend. Art Gutierrez, father of LAKC competitor Maya Gutierrez, passed away Saturday. With heavy hearts and thoughts with the racers family, the LAKC continued on in honor of Mr. Gutierrez and put on another great race weekend.
Taking advantage when he could, Erik Jackson drove to an impressive win in the S4 class (Photo: Joe Stalker - LAKC)
In the 2 Wild Karting.com Semi-Pro S2 class Billy Musgrave’s complete domination of the season thus far was challenged through the day’s activities by Augie Lerch and Kolton Griffin. In qualifying, Griffin edged out the point leader by one one hundredth of a second. In the prefinal, Musgrave got the holeshot over Griffin and continued on to lead all 10 laps on his way to the win. Griffin maintained a tight gap the whole race, never letting Musgrave getting far ahead. In the main, it was Musgrave and Griffin up front after the start once again. Griffin filed in behind Musgrave as the two worked on pulling away from the rest of the field. As the race neared its halfway point, motor issues snuck up on Griffin and ended his chances at challenging Musgrave for the win. Behind Musgrave, Lerch had been steadily moving his way up after a DNF in the prefinal. Without the pressure of Griffin, Musgrave drove to an 18-second victory over Lerch. Paul Whiting completed the S2 podium.
As always, joining the S2 drivers were the MRC S4 Masters drivers. Keeping the friendly father-son rivalry going, Willy Musgrave looked to match his son’s performance in the S2 category. Willy got a great start to his goal by picking up the pole over Erik Jackson and Antonio Cianciardo. In the prefinal Willy got a great start and drove away with the win ahead of Jackson by nearly three seconds. The main event had Musgrave looking spot on as usual as he led the first half of the race, and inheriting second in the combined S2 and S4 field behind his son Billy. Unfortunately for Willy though, brake issues on his kart would open the door to championship contender Erik Jackson to get by for the lead, and the victory. Musgrave’s brake problems would force him down the leader board to finish fourth while Troy Butts and Jason Chott stood on the podium in his place.
Andrew Wiener led the entire TaG Senior main event for his first win of the season (Photo: Joe Stalker - LAKC)
In the biggest field of the weekend, Willy Axton swept the weekend in a stacked field of 22 karts contesting the Mack Motorsports PRD Junior 2 class. Axton beat out Aaron Aguirre for the pole, with Christian Brooks close behind in third. Axton was challenged by Brooks in the prefinal. Brooks led the middle portion of the race, before Axton got back around picking up the win. Axton couldn’t be touched in the main event as he went on to lead every lap and beat Brooks by half of a second for the victory while Anthony Sawyer stood third on the podium.
Sharing the track was the Empire Karts KPV-2 class. Bryce Murphy beat Erin Kistler by less than an tenth of a second for the pole position. From there, Luis Perez had a terrific start, passing Murphy and Kistler on the opening lap giving him and easy path to the prefinal win. Kistler drove from the third place starting spot in class to take the lead on lap one of the main event. Kistler continued to lead every lap of the main event and picked up the win ahead of Murphy and Perez.
Eric Molinatti kicked things off in the RLV PRD Senior class by beating Alejandro Fernandez by one hundredths of a second for the pole in qualifying with pre race point leader Lloyd Mack running third quickest. Molinatti led the first eight laps of the 10-lap prefinal before Fernandez stole the lead coming to start lap nine. Fernandez held off Molinatti for the win, giving him the pole position in the main event. It was all Fernandez from there as he led all 18 laps of the main event and scored the victory over Molinatti by over a second and a half. Behind Molinatti was Joey Bickers standing third on the podium. Trouble for Mack on the opening lap caused the point leader to record a DNF.
Alejandro Fernandez fights for another win in PRD Senior (Photo: Joe Stalker - LAKC)
Who would stand on the top of the podium in the Pitts Performance Junior 1 class was anyone’s guess Sunday, as a different youngster took the top spot through each of the three official sessions. First, in qualifying it was Tanner Hudspeth beating Ryan Schartau out for the pole position going into the prefinal. Starting in the fourth position, Jagger Jones went to work in the prefinal quickly as he took the lead on the opening lap, then taking it back from Schartau on lap three. In the final, it appeared to be Jagger Jones to have. The son of professional racer, PJ Jones, led every lap of the final except for the last lap. As the white flag flew, Schartau took the lead from Jones and held the top spot the final circuit as he scored the victory over Jones and Joseph Daniele..
Racing together on the track were the S4 Masters Magnum drivers, along with the Open 125 shifter pilots. In the Acceleration Kart Racing S4 Magnum class, Marc Segal picked up a perfect weekend. First, Segal beat Kevin Gilroy by two tenths for the pole position, with Steve Donia behind in third. Segal was perfect in the prefinal as he led all 10 laps with Donia getting around Gilroy for second place. Segal’s dominance would be challenged in the final however, as Donia took the lead on lap five and held it for the next three laps. Segal would reclaim the top spot before lap ten, and pull away for the victory Gilroy. Harris Koenig finished off the podium in third. The TM Racing USA Open 125 Shifter class saw John Baldasare sweep the day. Baldasare beat Slava Prikhodko for the pole position before moving ahead and scored the prefinal win. The main even was a demonstration in repetition, as the top three drivers did not change positions throughout the entire race. Baldasare led every single lap on his way to the victory with Prikhodko hung tight in second and Rob Whitley rounding out the podium
In the Purekarting.com Comer Kid Kart class, Dylan Johnson showed how well he has progressed over the 2013 season as he put his kart on pole an impressive six tenths of a second ahead of Dominic Gorden. In the prefinal, Gorden and Cole Keith Cotham raced back and forth for the lead throughout the eight lap race. Gorden led the opening lap, before Cotham held the spot for five laps. Gorden would get around Cotham coming to the white flag, giving him the prefinal win. The main event was a copy of the prefinal, as Cotham and Gorden raced closely the entire race. Each spending time at the front, Gorden took the lead from Cotham at the halfway point and held on for the win. Cotham scored a very solid second place with Chance Gibson behind him in third. Pole winner Dylan Johnson rallied for a fourth place finish with Jake Daniele completing the top five.
Starting second gave Navatel a great opportunity to win the prefinal en route to the main event victory (Photo: Joe Stalker - LAKC)
The Honda Performance Development Honda Kid Karts class saw Kasey Gillis dominated the day. Gillis beat Jalen Mack by 1.3 seconds for the pole in qualifying. The young driver then went on to lead every lap of the prefinal, and the final to tally a perfect score on the day. Behind Gillis in the main event was Mack in second with Jaden Goetz coming home third. Skyler Geczi and Ethan Ho rounded out the top five.
The Pitts Performance Junior-1 class saw Tanner Hudspeth beat Trey Brown by one tenth during qualifying for the pole position. After Hudspeth had issues at the start of the prefinal, Ryan Schartau took over the lead and held the top spot till the white flag, which is when Joseph Daniele took the lead and the win. Daniele and Schartau kept the action from the prefinal rolling into the main event, as they raced for the lead the entire run. Schartau led the opening lap before Daniele put his name atop the leaderboard for the next three laps. Schartau moved back to P1 on lap five which triggered even more movement for the win. Coming to the white flag, Daniele reclaimed the lead and drove to the round seven victory. Jagger Jones finished a strong second place, with Trey Brown coming home in third after Schartau fell to a fourth place finish.
Next on the track Sunday afternoon was the combined race group of TaG Masters and TaG Senior. The Buddy Rice Karting TaG Senior class opened up with Carlee Taylor scoring the pole position over Andrew Wiener and Alejandro Fernandez. In the prefinal, Taylor led the opening five laps before relinquishing the lead to Wiener. The last four laps, Wiener would lead and go on to win the prefinal with Taylor finishing behind him in second. The main event belonged to Wiener, as he led all 18 laps. Wiener scored the victory over Taylor by 1.3 seconds. Despite finishing second, Taylor would record the fastest lap of the race. John Wallace III completed the podium in TaG Senior. In TaG Masters, qualifying was won by John Molinare when he edged out John Crow by a tenth of second for the pole position while Jerry Henderson sat third on the time charts. In the prefinal, it was a race between Andrew Wilson, Erik Jackson and Andy Seesemann. At the start of the race, Seesemann led early, before being greeted by Erik Jackson. The two would battle, with Andrew Wilson never falling behind. With three laps to go, Jackson took the lead from Seesemann and brought Wilson with him as the pair finished first and second. Jackson looked impressive in the main event, as he spent most of it racing with the TaG Senior drivers. Jackson led every lap in class and scored a 5+ second win over Ed Quinn in second and Michael Middleton in third.
In the Hyper Racing Engines PRD Junior one class, Johnny Dressler looked very strong early in the day as he led eight of the nine laps in the prefinal after scoring the pole position. The only lap that Dressler did not lead unfortunately was the last lap. Justin Hodge came across the white flag as the leader, before Gary Lyles took it from him during the final circuit, handing Lyles the win. Hodge led the majority of the final, as he paced the field for the first 11 laps. With seven laps to go, Dressler took the lead and held it for the remainder of the race. Lyles held the third position the entire race. Racing in the same group were the Fleming Racing Engines KPV-1 drivers. After getting around pole sitter Trey Brown on the start, Ryan Schartau drove to the prefinal win. Schartau was perfect in the main event as he led every lap and scored the victory. Dante Yu finished second, with Brown close behind in third.
Joseph Daniele made a late race pass in both the prefinal and final to score top honors in TaG Cadet (Photo: Joe Stalker - LAKC)
After being beaten by Nicolas Esguerra for the pole position in the Valley Trophy Rotax Senior Pilot class, Elric Navatel chased down fast qualifier in the closing laps of the prefinal. He would eventually maneuver around Esguerra for the lead and the win. From there, Navatel led every lap of the main event to earn the victory. Steven Novikoff and Esguerra joined Navatel on the podium.
A different driver would pick up the checkers in each of the official sessions in the Mike Manning Karting PRD Senior Pilot class. Karlee Polon took top honors in qualifying over Logan Calvin. The prefinal saw Stephen Wetterau take the win, with Calvin runner-up once again. Determined not to have a race day full of second place finishes, Calvin went to work in the main event. Racing hard with Wetterau and Connor Funk throughout the entire 18 lapper, Calvin came out of the main event victorious. Polon and Jacob Pope completed the podium.
In the Phil Giebler Racing.com PRD Grand Masters class, Ron Rossetti entered the race third in points knowing he would have to make big strides if he wanted to move up the order. Rossetti made a quick statement in qualifying, as he beat out the man above him in the point battle, Paul Bonilla. In the prefinal, it was the top three in the point chase swapping positions on the track. Rossetti would fall to third early, as point leader John Bush and Bonilla took their turns at the lead. Staying calm and collected, Rossetti rallied in the last two laps and passed Bush for the lead and the win. Rossetti got off to a great start in the main event by leading the opening four circuits. Bonilla and Rossetti would then take turns at the front over the next several laps. Ultimately, Bonilla would take the lead and not look back as he checked out to a three-second victory over Rossetti. Tony Rossetti filled out the podium.
Myles Farhan kicked off OTK Kart USA competition on Sunday by grabbing the pole position by a slim two hundredths of a second over Jonathan Shone. In both the prefinal, and the main event, Farhan would lead the majority of the event while holding off a very competitive field of Cadet drivers behind him including Jagger Jones, Shone, and Joseph Daniele. In the end of both races, however, it was Daniele sneaking up to take the wins in the last laps of the race. Behind Daniele in the main event was Jones and Shone.
The 2013 season for the Los Angeles Karting Championship will close out in just over a month, hosting round nine on October 27 at the CalSpeed facility. For more information on the finale, or any other information about LAKC, be sure to visit www.lakc.org today and like them on www.Facebook.com/lakc.org Please join the live video and audio feed of our monthly events, along with previous events, viewable from the LAKC website at the Watch Live tab and choose "Livestream".