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November 21, 2013 - Earning his Rotax Max Challenge Grand Finals (RMCGF) ticket through the Challenge of the Americas, veteran karter Alan Rudolph looked to have a world title in his grasps. Competing in the Rotax DD2 Masters category against 72 other competitors in equally prepared equipment, Rudolph was the driver to beat throughout the week before a heartbreaking incident in the main event.
"It has been a hard week for me," explained Rudolph. "I felt like we had the victory in the bag but an issue in the final took me out of contention. I worked really hard to ensure success for this event and it hurts knowing that I will not have another chance until next year."
Flexing his muscles during the official timed sessions, Rudolph went on to take the pole position and all three heat race victories leading into championship Saturday, showing his strength in both wet and dry weather competition. With the world watching and a title at his fingertips, the PSL Atlantic pilot was taken out on lap three in the main event. Falling all the back to 30 th, Rudolph would put his head down and have a stellar drive back to 12th being the top finishing American in his class.
Rudolph continued, "It was the best and worst week in my racing career. I have never been so focused on winning as I was in New Orleans. I wanted to become a Grand Finals champion and help put the DD2 Masters class on the map in the USA. I would like to congratulate Team USA on winning the Nations Cup and my teammates on a very successful event, especially Juan Manuel Correa for his outstanding victory in Rotax Junior and Oliver Askew in a stellar drive from 30th to a podium result, and Joey Wimsett on his second place finish in DD2."
"I also would like to extend a special thank you to PSL Atlantic, Mike Dobbelsteyn, Bondurant School, K1 Racegear and Jesse Dunham. I would also like to thank my friends and family for the support throughout my 2013 racing season."
Follow Alan Rudolph on Twitter @alanrudolph7. For more info on PSL Atlantic and sponsorship opportunities please contact PSL Atlantic Team Owner Mike Dobbelsteyn at 506.447.1573 or via e-mail to MDobbelsteyn@Dobbelsteyns.nb.ca .
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Cody Rahders piloted his UTVunderground/FOX/Magnum Offroad Polaris RZR XP900 to the win at Round 6 of the Lucas Oil Regional Off Road Series and clinched the 2013 RZR XP900 Class title as well.
Starting the season out with a string of 2nd place and one 3rd Cody was able to win Round 5 of the series and moved into the points lead with a 2 point cushion so going into Round 6 the strategy for the title was simple, win.
The day started out with a five lap qualifier where Cody laid down a sub one minute lap time to win qualifying and extend his points lead to 3 going into the main event.
"I felt good, the car ran great, Fox had my shocks dialed, and even with two races on them my ITP tires were still hooked up. I just got out front and laid down laps. My spotter was even telling me to slow down at one point but that can be risky so stayed in it until I saw the checkers."
Cody Rahders and R3motorsports would like to thank the following for their support during the 2013 season.
Polaris, UTVunderground.com, Fox, Magnum Offroad, ITP Tires, Muzzys Performance, K&N FIlters, K1 Race Gear,
Method Wheels, RacerX Race Radios, Black Rhino, Sparks Racing, Starting Line Products, SFI Design, Lucas Oil, Team Alba, Frosty Burger Pine Valley.
Special thanks to Crew Chief Troy Patterson, Nick Novak, Kevin Sullivan, Jonathan Kelly, and my mom and dad.
Codys next race will be the LOORRS season finally at Lake Elsinore on October 26th & 27th racing the Black Rhino RacerX Toyo Tires V8 ProLite race truck.
#716 LORORS 2013 Stock XP Champion
#816 WORCS 2012 Production 700 Champion
#16 LORORS 2012 SuperLite Champion
#16 M4SX 2009 Am. Mod Champion
K1 Racegear, a world leader in high-quality, custom racing suits and driving apparel partner with Team USA, has unveiled the designs for the 2013 edition of the race and practice suits that Team USA will be wearing at the Rotax MAX Challenge Grand Finals at NOLA Motorsports Park in November.
In this, the third year of K1's involvement with Team USA, they have continued the tradition of providing two distinct driving suits to each team member. This year's designs feature prominent Team USA branding on blue or red fields, with sharp white accent areas that give the suits a distinct contrast. These designs are sure to continue the trend of Team USA being the best looking team on track.
K1 RaceGear's Richard Zimmerman was excited to present the look of the new suits, and had this to say about his company's involvement with Team USA, “K1 RaceGear is very proud to be supporting Team USA for the third year in a row with CIK/FIA approved suits that enables all the drivers to compete at the international level. The partnership has been a great fit for K1 RaceGear as we are an American company supporting U.S. drivers. We are excited about the event being held in America and will be present at the race so we encourage you to come visit us at Nola Motorsports Park.”
In addition to the driving suits, K1 RaceGear is also providing the drivers with custom Team USA Coolmax® shirts, headsocks, K1 Gear Bag, K1 Pilot Shoes and custom Team USA driving gloves. More information on K1 RaceGear and their entire line of products can be found on their website at www.K1RaceGear.com or by visiting their Facebook page at www.facebook.com/K1RaceGear.
K1 RaceGear is very proud to announce that in the month of October, sponsored driver AJ Matheson will be racing this special pink scheme on his kart to bring attention to Breast Cancer Awareness. This cause is important to his family and is being done to honor his grandmother, who is a breast cancer survivor. With four races on the driver's schedule in October, including the prestigious IKF Grand Nationals, the team is hoping to bring maximum attention to the early detection and cure of this disease. With the support of Bob and Sue Sutherland's McDonald's Restaurants, a donation based upon on track performance will be made towards the cure at the end of the month. Please join AJ and K1 RaceGear in October and show your colors to raise awareness.