Traveling to the GoPro Motorplex in Mooresville, North Carolina, Speed Concepts Racing was hoping to finish of the United States Pro Kart Series (USPKS) with race wins and podium results. Fast forward to the end of the weekend, the Florida based program had two top-five finishes, one podium and one fast lap honor as front of the field pace was overcome by bad racing luck in wheel-to-wheel action.
“It is not often that we have weekends that not a lot goes right,” explained Mike Speed. “We will take the positives from the event and progress to our next race which happens to be in Las Vegas in two weeks. We definitely had the pace this weekend, but some bad luck put us behind on the results sheets.”
Scott Roberts scored Speed Concepts Racing sole podium of the weekend with a third-place effort on Sunday. After crossing the line first and celebrating with the win, Roberts was relegated two positions to P3 due to a bumper penalty after rallying from a disappointing DNF result on Saturday.
A pair of top-ten results came from the X30 Pro contingent as Luca Mars drove to a solid fourth place result on Saturday while Luke Lange rocketed to a ninth-place result on Sunday. Mars narrowly missed the top-ten, but his speed was apparent as he took home the fastest lap and made it all the way to third position before contact relegated him down the running order. Returning to the karting ranks after his debut in the FR Americas Championship Powered by Honda, Kyffin Simpson rebounded from Saturday’s result to finish twelfth in a field of nearly forty of the best Senior drivers in the country. Kyffin had top-five speed all weekend but small issues robbed his pace, dropping him back in the order
Four X30 Pro Junior drivers were hunting for podiums but came up short when the checkered flag would fly. After showing great speed in pre event testing, once official competition started, the quartet struggled with Jack Jeffers and Jace Park claiming the team’s top two results.
Speed added, “We will put this event behind us and move forward. In motorsports, you have your good weekend and bad weekends, and this was not our best. The effort from the team, crew and drivers were there, just sometimes the chips don’t fall your way. A big thank you to all the Speed Concepts Racing mechanics, engine builders and families. We will now shift our focus to Las Vegas.”
With only two weekends off, Speed Concepts Racing will prepare for their biggest event of season. Set to contend the ROK Cup USA ROK the RIO in Las Vegas, Nevada over the November 4-8 weekend, the Florida based program will look to claim ROK the RIO Championships in several different classes. Stay tuned for a preview release and driver lineup coming soon.
For more information on Speed Concepts Racing and the Redspeed Racing Kart, please contact Mike Speed via email to Mike@Speed-Concepts.com. Be sure to follow Speed Concepts Racing on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram for news, results, information, and photos from the event. Find us at ‘Speed Concepts Racing’ or @SCR_Karting.