Arie ventured into the weekend’s race at CalSpeed running a track configuration he has not seen before. After an uneventful practice and qualifying session, Arie entered the heat race with enthusiasm. With the kart handling better than in qualifying Arie began the heat race sixth on the grid. The handling of the kart was not as good as initialing thought and therefore Arie would line up seventh for the main. Drastic measures needed to occur in order to get the kart handling under control. With assistance from CRG, Arie’s tuner quickly went to work on the K1 RaceGear/CRG USA/Motul/Seckence Surf Company sponsored chassis. After some major set up changes, Arie’s attitude was either I am going to win this thing or finish last. The main started with Arie not getting the start he wanted and getting stuck behind slower karts. After a few frustrating laps and several failed attempts to pass, Arie made his move. The resulting attempted pass made for heavy contact as the other driver turned into Arie has they headed for the apex of the hairpin corner. After catching some air Arie limped back to the pits with some minor damage that resulted in his first DNF in a very long time. Arie is determined to learn from this and will be back even stronger and faster for the next race as he ventures out to the Apex kart center in early June before heading back to CalSpeed in the hot July weather.
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