This past weekend Jake Craig made his Formula K debut at the Rotax Challenge of the Americas hosted in Tucson, Arizona. Craig entered his FK EVO30 in the ultra competitive Senior Max category where he faced 28 of the Western United States and Canada's top drivers. With limited testing time on the materials Craig's RaceLab team worked on getting the recently homologated chassis up to pace and with the help of his mechanic Kyle Kuntze the Tru Tech powered kart found some strong pace. Saturday's final was unforgettable by all spectators as several drivers including Craig held the lead at some point with passes being executed on almost every turn of the Musselman Honda Race Circuit. In the end Craig would cross the line fourth when two drivers would fail technical inspection advancing the Californian to 2nd.
Sunday would look similar as far as overall competitiveness however the first corner would be difficult to come out of in a good position with some confusion caused by some karts in front. Craig fell to 10th position and then went to set some blistering fast laps to catch the group of drivers in front of him to finish the race in 6th place. Leaving Tucson the team will be sitting in a strong position in the points standings as they compete for a qualifying position for the 2015 Rotax Grand Finals. A big thank you goes to Formula K, RaceLab Racing Team, Tru Tech Engines, and Kyle Kuntze who all worked without compromise to achieve these great results.
Photo: Cody Schindel