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|eKartingNews.com Driver of the Month - Tom Dyer - November 2009
| Tom Dyer earned his second S3 victory in three years|
(Photo: On Track Promotions - otp.ca)
In a continued effort to highlight the many outstanding performances by drivers around the country, eKartingNews.com is proud to introduce the ‘Driver of the Month’ program. Each month, the staff at EKN will determine the one driver who stood out above the rest and give the viewers a chance to know exactly what they accomplished and who they are. Before you even think it, yes…we are well past November and already into 2010. A busy December with PRI Trade Show, the Holiday season, and Daytona KartWeek kept us from releasing the driver awarded the honor, and thus, here is the announcement.
The ‘crown jewel’ for North American karting has grown to become the SKUSA SuperNationals. When you win at the SuperNats, you’ve accomplished something. Not many can say they have won multiple times at the yearly event held in Las Vegas - this year held at the Rio Hotel and Casino, however, Tom Dyer can add that to his growing resume. The NorCal driver put in a solid performance over the four day-event to secure his second S3 title in three years, also earning him the title of the EKN Driver of the Month for November 2009.
The veteran entered the 13th running of the SKUSA SuperNationals as one of the favorites in the competitive S3 category. Some of the top shifter pilots contested the event and starting with the first official session, Dyer led them all as he scored the pole position.
Beginning the heat races with a flag-to-flag win in his opening heat race, Dyer would be challenged in the second round. Sitting third, Dyer performed an amazing double pass on Grand-Am driver Memo Gidley and former PKC champion Jason Toft to go on to take the win. The third heat, Dyer was challenged once again, this time however getting beat to the line as he settled for the second position.
Getting a clean launch from the pole position for the 40-car main event, Dyer held the lead through the often treacherous first turn hairpin. With the top few drivers running nose-to-tail, Dyer and Gidley swapped the lead on back-to-back laps. Entertaining the fans on hand, Dyer and Gidley continued their dice for the win lap after lap. Following contact between Gidley and Kyle Wiegand, Dyer was able to break away from the battle for second to extend his lead to roughly three-seconds. Unchallenged, the Aluminos driver took the checkered flag for his second career SuperNationals win.
Dyer’s accomplishments in karting and racing in general are no surprise as the second-generation racer has tons of natural talent. Beginning with a successful beginning in karting, Dyer moved to car - both open-wheel and stock cars where he has also earned more accomplishments. When not looking to progress his own driving career, Dyer works as the lead driver coach for Team Aluminos. Dyer’s expertise has been a solid addition to the Northern California operation, helping drivers reach their own personal goals whether it’s becoming just a better driver or earn more victories.
| Tom Dyer - EKN Driver of the Month - November 2009|
(Photo: Sean Buur - On Track Promotions)
November 2009 EKN Driver of the Month - Tom Dyer
Date of Birth: NA
Hometown: Corte Madera, CA
Height/Weight: 5'10 / 170lbs.
Job: Driving Coach, Instructor and anything else I can find to do that keeps me involved in the sport.
Chassis: Aluminos GP
Engine/Engine Builder: Stock Honda / Aluminos - George Tavares
Series You Compete In: SKUSA Pro Kart Challenge
Years Karting: 16
How did you get started in karting? It's something I always wanted to do and got introduced to it through a friend of my dad
What has been the high point in your racing career? There are many that are meaningful memories to me. Probably winning in almost every type of car and kart I've raced in
What are your goals in racing? Currently to race in the ARCA and NASCAR Nationwide series
In a few words, how would you describe your driving style? Smooth and attacking
Favorite Track: I really enjoyed Moran, however, currently it would be Infineon and Dixon
Favorite form of professional motorsports: World Superbike this year.
Favorite karting driver: I respect a lot of different ones. I've always considered Alex Barron as the benchmark of talent and professionalism
Favorite professional driver: Mat Mladin, Mark Martin
Favorite website: Wikipedia
Favorite movie: The Last Samurai
Favorite actor/actress: Al Pacino / Rachel McAdams
Favorite music/group: Rise Against, Third Eye Blind
Favorite vacation/activity spot: What's a vacation?
Favorite food: Chicken and salads are always pretty good and anything Rob Soares is cooking
The Real Deal
What do you do when not at the track? Work, spend time with my girlfriend, exercise and the usual silly stuff drivers do
What are your goals outside of karting? Race in the NASCAR Nationwide series
What type of street car do you drive? Dodge Ram Pick-Up truck
What type of street car would you like to drive? Mercedes
What are your pet peeves or things that irritate you? Insecurity. Lack of accountability.
What do you think could be done to improve the sport of karting? Better regional racing series across the country and reduce the number of classes. It's happening in the series I run in and don't think it serves the ultimate greater good of the competitors.
What are your favorite aspects about the sport of karting? The pureness of being able to go racing out of the back of a pick-up truck and be competitive in many classes and events, as well as the accessibility of the sport compared to other forms of motorsports.
November Driver of the Month - Honorable Mention:
- Gustavo Menezes: SKUSA SuperNationals XIII - 2 podiums (KF2, TaG Senior)
- Kiel Spaulding: SKUSA SuperNationals XIII - 2 podiums (TaG Junior, S5)
- Ron White: SKUSA SuperNationals XIII - Top American in SuperPro (8th)