May 8, 2012 (FONTANA, Calif.) - Heading to the eastern half of the United States, P1 Engines was looking to carry their momentum gained at the opening round of the Superkarts! USA (SKUSA) Pro Tour to this past weekend's World Karting Association (WKA) Manufacturer's Cup event at the newly renamed Pittsburgh Race Complex. Showing speed throughout Friday's unofficial test day, P1 Engines powered competitors ended the weekend strong with a pair of pole positions, five main event victories and a staggering eleven top five results.
Dominating the TaG divisions in WKA, P1 Engines powered Chris Wehrheim, Mason Chelootz and Scott Ferris claimed at least one victory each. Wehrheim would dominate the Parilla Leopard only class by taking the pole position and main event victory to add to his win total. Also seeing action in the TaG 1 and TaG 2 events, Wehrheim would be involved in contact in Saturday's prefinal forcing him to retire and start the main event from the 29th position. A spirited drive forward saw the Georgia resident cross the stripe in the eighth position. TaG 2 would see Wehrheim improve on his seventh place starting position to claim another podium result as he chased a fellow P1 Engines powered driver across the line to finish second.
Leading the way in both TaG 1 and TaG 2 finales was Texan pilot Mason Chelootz. Untouchable on Saturday, Chelootz swept the day's festivities as he claimed the pole position, heat race win and main event victory in dominating fashion. Looking for a repeat performance on Sunday, the P1 Engines powered pilot went on to score his second TaG event victory of the weekend and provided P1 Engines with it's third straight event weekend victory in the class with three different drivers. Competing in the Parilla Leopard Only class as well, Chelootz would cross the stripe in the third position to stand on the podium.
After qualifying second in both TaG Masters 1 and 2, Ferris showed his experience when it came down to the wheel-to-wheel action. Saving his equipment until the main event, Ferris quickly made his way to the point and never looked back. Scoring the main event victories in both classes, Ferris will look to continue his winning ways with three events remaining and give himself a shot at the overall series title.
Adding to the P1 Engines podium tally was Californian Raquel Martinez and Floridian Jonathon Kotyk. While Martinez would utilize a P1 prepared Komet motor throughout the weekend, Kotyk would make the switch Sunday morning and quickly improved his positions. With Martinez taking the second position in Komet Heavy and third in Komet Lite, Kotyk would claim the pole position and heat race win before finishing second in Sunday's Komet Lite main event. Adding another top five result to the P1 Engines weekend statistics was Komet Lite pilot Jarred Duncovich who claimed the fifth position.
"I am very happy to come here and perform as well as we did," expressed P1 Engines Owner and Engine Builder Jesus Vasquez. "I am still continuing to make a name for myself in the eastern half of the United States, but the results are coming and we are proving that we can run with and win against some of the country's best. Five wins is great for my business and brand, and I am looking forward to the fourth round of the WKA program in early July."