P1 Engines continues success with Tag Program
April 12, 2011 - With the growth of the TaG program in the United States, P1 Engines made a conscious effort to improve and gain market share in the area. Working with multiple different brands of engines and drivers on several different chassis brands, P1 Engines has stepped to the forefront of the TaG market. Competing in multiple series on the West Coast, P1 Engines continues to add impressive results to their already stout resume.
“Our program in California is taking off,” expressed Jesus Vasquez. “We have more and more customers switching to P1 Engines or renting a motor at the track to try it out and their results speak for themselves.”
Starting the year on top with a pole position, heat race win and main event victory in Pro Kart Challenge North competition was Austin Elliott. The young driver has been on a tear in the first quarter of the 2011 racing season as he looks to dominate. Elliott was not done there as the talented driver claimed a second place result at round two Pro Kart North program and will look to continue his success.
On to the Pro Kart Challenge South series race three at Buttonwillow Raceway in Buttonwillow, California, P1 Engines dominated with both the Parilla Leopard and RoK TT power plants with impressive results. Last minute motor rentals, David Vasquez and Mason Marotta utilized P1 Engines Leopard power to claim the front row starting positions after qualifying.
In the first of two heats, Vasquez suffered a chassis issue that relegated him down the running order while Marotta was sent to the tail of the field for over aggressive driving. Rising to the top was another P1 Engines powered pilot as Matt Johnson utilized his P1 prepared RoK TT to claim the second position.
Having to start heat two from where you finished the first heat, both Vasquez and Marotta would be forced to charge hard to secure good results and set up their starting positions for the main event. While both pilots moved forward, Marotta was the biggest gainer on the day as he finished heat two in the third position. With one of the fastest karts on the track, Marotta would surly be a threat for victory in the main event.
With many multi-time championship winning drivers in the seventeen-kart field, P1 Engines would have a pair of their pilots stand on the podium when the dust had finally settled. Taking the race win was Marotta while Johnson would cross the stripe in the third position and Vasquez would come home in seventh. Just as Marotta did in heat two, he managed to score the fastest lap of the event on his way to victory.
After qualifying deep in the field, Devin Lindsey would make the switch to P1 Engines and improve greatly as the day went on. After turning the fifteenth quickest time in the morning qualifying run, Lindsey would end the day just outside the top five with a sixth place result. Both Johnson and Lindsey ending the day with the top two spots for the Rok TT package.
Vasquez added, “P1 Engines will continue to make more developments on the Rok TT and Parilla Leopard program and take their assault to the SKUSA Pro Tour which is just around the corner.”
Next on the docket for P1 Engines will be the third round in the World Karting Association (WKA) Manufacturer’s Cup program in South Bend, Indiana and the opening round of the SKUSA Pro Tour in Tucson, Arizona.