|October 17, 2007 News
|EKN Trackside: Stars of Karting National Finals - ICA Preview
The Snap-on Stars of Karting presented by IndyCar Series will wrap up its 2007 championship season with the Desert MINI of Las Vegas National Finals event October 19-21 at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway. The event will crown all five national champions along with handing out over $110,000 in cash, scholarships, and prizes throughout the weekend including recognizing the East and West Champions.
Through the next few days leading up to the event, EKN will look at the championship race in each of the five divisions along with highlights on drivers who will be in the fight for the National Finals victory. Today, we are looking at the Intercontinental A (ICA) division.
| New EKN number one ICA driver - Scott Jenkins|
The always unpredictable ICA category was almost the opposite this year with an invasion from Europe. British driver Scott Jenkins has been the class of the field as he controls his own destiny to earning the ICA National Championship.
The recently crowned KF2 European vice champion earned the Eastern Division championship with the help of four dominate wins early on in the season. The Mazda Race of the Americas weekend saw Jenkins up front all weekend long, taking home both victories and extending the non-American win streak at the event to three. A month later at New Castle, he swept the weekend to earn wins three and four on the year. Missing the Shawano event due to participating in the European Championships, the Champion Racing/Intrepid driver used the Western Division Moran event as a substitute. The weekend would be difficult after a DNF on Saturday after contact and ignition trouble on Sunday.
Heading into the National Finals, PSL Karting’s Jake Rosenzweig is the closets challenger for the title. The British transplant who now calls Boston area home, sits 85 points back of Jenkins. Despite not recording a win, Rosenzweig has been consistently upfront in ’07 with three-top five finishes.
One driver who has improved from last year is Cameron Motorsports’ Cody Jolly. After a difficult ’06 season, Jolly has recorded five-top ten finishes and sits fifth in the EKN ICA Driver Rankings. The Texan was challenging for the Western title at the divisional finale at Moran until last lap contact took him out of contention. That allowed Canadian Nicholas Tonkin to claim the Western Division ICA championship.
The MRP-Birel America driver had a breakout year in 2006, recording pole positions and a couple wins to finish fourth in the final standings. This year, was up and down, but a victory at Miller and a strong weekend in Moran helped secure the Western title. He and Jolly are locked at third, 110 points back from Jenkins and will need some help during the weekend.
They along with seven others are still mathematically in the chase with only 45 points separating fifth through 11th. Tyler Dueck (Champion Racing/Intrepid) has one victory on the year and is consistently up front. ICA rookie Jacob Neal (PCH Motorsports) has yet to score a win and in the past has proven to be fast in the final event of the year, earning the JICA National Finals win in Austin ’05. Defending ICA national champion Joel Miller (Tony Kart USA) concentrated on his Skip Barber National schedule this year, earning the series championship, has been fast when getting back into the kart seat.
Moran double winner James Kennedy (G-Phactory/Sodi Kart USA) has found the speed at the end of the season and will look to continue his win streak in Vegas. Guillermo Freile (Tony Kart USA) has been right there all season long with Pat Iannucci (G-Phactory/Sodi Kart USA) and Michael Hogg (Italian Motors) still in the chase.
UNOFFICIAL ICA Point Standings
ICA Provisional Entry List
|1||Joel Miller||Tony Kart USA||Tony Kart/Vortex||Hesperia, CA|
|3||Christopher Larson||MRP-Birel America||Birel/TM||Trinity, FL|
|4||Nick Tonkin||MRP-Birel America||Birel/TM||Port Coquitlam, BC|
|6||Tyler Dueck||Champion Racing/Intrepid||Intrepid/Champion TM||Abbotsford, BC|
|200||Nicholas Boulle||Screaming Talent||Gillard/Parilla||Dallas, TX|
|202||Anthony Llopiz||PSL Karting||CRG/PSL Maxter||Fort Lee, NJ|
|206||Aaron Neliton||Sodi Racing USA/G-Phactory||Sodi Kart/SRA TM||Tigard, OR|
|209||Derek Wagner||FirstKart.com||First Kart/SRA TM||Chaska, MN|
|218||Pat Iannucci||Sodi Racing USA/G-Phactory||Sodi Kart/SRA TM||Muttontown, NY|
|222||Victor Cabrera||J3 Competition||Kosmic/Vortex||San Juan, Puerto Rico|
|223||Guillermo Freile||Tony Kart USA||Tony Kart/Vortex||Miami, FL|
|224||Johnny Johnson||J3 Competition||Kosmic/Vortex||Marshalltown, IA|
|226||Luke Behnke||Genesis Racing||CRG/Maxter||Peace River, AB|
|228||Cody Jolly||Cameron Motorsports||CRG/Maxter||Houston, TX|
|229||Christophe Boisclair||ArrowUSA||Arrow/SRA TM||Terre Bonne, Quebec|
|233||Jacob Neal||PCH Motorsports||CRG/Maxter||Wildomar, CA|
|235||Jake Rosenzweig||PSL Karting||CRG/PSL Maxter||Cambridge, MA|
|255||David Sutton||Screaming Talent||Gillard/TM||England|
|265||Scott Jenkins||Champion Racing/Intrepid||Intrepid/GFC TM||England|
|268||Joe Paterson||Screaming Talent||Gillard/Vortex||England|
|285||Juan Pablo Delgado||Screaming Talent||Gillard/Parilla||Delgado Soots, Orizaba, VER|
|286||Michael Giessen||MRP-Birel America||Birel/SRA TM||Three Oaks, MI|
|292||Michael Hogg||Italian Motors||Italkart/Italian Motors TM||North Vancouver, BC|
|294||Brody Goble||MRP-Birel America||Birel/R3 TM||Surrey, BC|
|297||Kevin Glover||Genesis Racing||CRG/Maxter||North Vancouver, BC|