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Team News: IPK North America – Wins and Big Breaks at the ECKC Opener
Date: June 10, 2013

IPK North America had a very strong showing as the Eastern Canadian Karting Championship began a week ago as a combined squad sent seven different drivers from five different classes up the podium steps at Mosport International Karting. Both Christopher Proietto and Xavier Harris were class winners, and IPK teams combined for five podiums in race one and four more a day later in race two.

“It was a great weekend for the team and a solid start to the ECKC season,” said Marco Di Leo, Team Manager of Goodwood Kartways/IPK, “The speed was rapid in all classes, but weather and breaks limited our success. The IPK product was great in both the wet and dry conditions though, and we really look forward to capitalizing in the next two races at Goodwood.”

With his own class leading off the race order, Di Leo himself set the tone for the team when he took Saturday pole position in Rotax DD2. The first podium of the Canadian season came later in day with third, and Proietto scored the first Praga win of the season in the second class up when his Praga Racing Ontario team gambled right with a tire call in changing conditions. Three more podiums followed on day one: Zachary Claman DeMelo in Rotax Senior, Matthew Barry in Rotax Junior, and lead man of IPK Quebec, Francis Mondou, in the final race of the day, DD2 Masters. Each was different on a day with consistently changing weather conditions, but it was Junior driver Marco Signoretti who caught the biggest break of the day – literally. After qualifying P15 and advancing to tenth in the prefinal, Signoretti had podium hopes of his own lining up for a wet final but it all went wrong at the start.

“As we all accelerated for the green flag a kart in front had some issues and didn't end up going anywhere,” Signoretti recalled. “I bumped him to get our outside line moving, but nothing really happened. Then I got rear-ended at a weird angle which spun me around and I was facing the field backwards trying to keep my steering wheel straight. It was just the worst feeling knowing there was nothing I could do. I knew it was going to end badly, and I was hit pretty well head on a bit to my left, just so that my tire acted like a ramp straight to my hand. It felt so surreal. I remember looking at the underside of the kart that hit me and I saw the chain spinning like it was slow motion. It didn't take long until pain set in.”

The pain was from a broken left hand, and the first broken bone ever experienced by Signoretti. Excruciating as anyone who has broken a bone knows, yet the junior driver had no question as to what his next move would be.

“I lifted my hand back to the steering wheel and I knew it was serious,” he continued. “I kept trying to convince myself it wasn't broken and I put no thought into retiring, my mind was set upon finishing the race. I didn't want to let my team down after they had worked so hard on my kart. Then the pain really kicked up a notch with about three to go. Every time I turned the wheel I felt bones clicking and really sharp pain. The last few laps were a struggle, but I got it home!”

A trip to hospital revealed the internal damage, and Signoretti now sports a cast, one that he'll keep for at least a month. Recuperation time is set at six to eight weeks, but in similar spirit to his drive, the driver doesn't necessarily see it as so. “I'll let it heal for six to eight weeks, but I'll drink my milk and hope to get back racing at Goodwood for races three and four!”

Another driver looking forward to the series resuming at Goodwood is rookie senior driver Tyler Kashak, who posted a pair of top fives in his senior debut.

“I was very happy with my results. Two top fives in such an experienced field was fantastic,” Kashak began. “Being able to compete in such a stacked group of drivers was very promising for me after making the jump into senior. The margin for error is reduced significantly in senior. In such a tight field, what seems like one driver overtaking you can quickly become a group and the next thing you know you've lost four positions. I was glad to find I could hold my ground out there and come out with two solid finishes.”

While the changing conditions were trying for some, things ran quite well for Kashak as he cut his racing teeth at Mosport and knew what he needed from the kart from one condition to the next. He now races with the Toronto Racing Association of Karters at Goodwood Kartways, so he is in strong position for the next two races in the series as well.

“With Mosport being my home track, the weather wasn't as much of a pain for us as it was to other drivers,” Kashak said. “It didn't take long to swap from wet to dry so many times and still be fast. Goodwood is another track I am beginning to get familiar with and I believe things can only get better. Being a TRAK member and having plenty of laps under my belt will ease some of the panic that comes when learning a new track. The time I've spent racing there in the past will make it easy for us to dial in the OK1 and show some pace at round two.”

Sunday was highlighted by another unexpected win, as on day two it was Xavier Harris who benefited from a tire gamble and scored a wet weather win in Rotax Micro-Max. Teammate Christopher Chanko made it an IPK one-two, and it would have been a sweep of the podium with Joshua Cunha on the blocks but for a questionable passing-under-yellow penalty amid torrential conditions during the race. Di Leo was also back on the podium Sunday finishing second in race number two.

The Eastern Canadian Karting Championship resumes June 28 at the home track of IPK North America – Goodwood Kartways. For more information on how IPK North America and its dealer network can assist you there, please contact: marco@goodwoodkartways.com

IPK North America Driver Results
Eastern Canadian Karting Championship Round 1, Mosport International Karting
Goodwood Kartways / Praga Racing Ontario / IPK Quebec

Rotax Micro-Max
Xavier Harris – 5th, 1st
Christopher Chanko – 6th, 2nd
Matthew Barry – 2nd, 10th
Joshua Cunha – 12th, 4th
Jeremy Tallon – 8th, 7th

Rotax Junior
Jordan Slipacoff – 12th, 17th
Marco Signoretti – 13th, DNS
Russell Boyle – 19th, 22nd
Austin Riley – 27th, 20th

Rotax Senior
Zachary Claman DeMelo – 3rd, 23rd
Tyler Kashak – 5th, 5th
Artem Korolev – 6th, 9th
Daniel Nunes – 18th, 15th
Aleki Liverant – 29th, 19th
Hugo Parent – 20th, DNS
Max Preston – 25th, 29th
Michael Mungy – 31st, 25th

Rotax DD2
Marco Di Leo – 3rd, 2nd

DD2 Masters
Francis Mondou – 2nd, 6th
David Nevin – 6th, 5th
Paulo Gomes – 7th, 9th
Elivs Stojko – 8th, 8th

Briggs & Stratton Junior
Christopher Proietto – 1st, 6th

Briggs & Stratton Senior
Simon Rousseau –  31st, 18th

*Team Facts: IPK North America is based at Goodwood Kartways in Stouffville, Ontario, Canada, where drivers can progress from turning rental kart laps to world championships. The IPK North America race team represents the facility at National and International Championships like the Florida Winter Tour, Pan-American Rotax Max Challenge, Eastern Canadian Karting Championship and Canadian National Championships.

It has also had drivers contest SKUSA SuperNationals, the World Karting Association Manufacturer’s Cup, the Rotax European Championship, the Rotax International Open Championship and the Rotax Max Challenge Grand Finals. IPK North America operates in conjunction with IPK in Verona, HRS Racing Engines, IMAF Racing Seats and Intremax.

GOODWOOD KARTWAYS OPENS FACILITY FOR 2013
April 1st, 2013

 

“We are all really excited as we embark on a new racing season and our calendar has shaped up very nicely,” said Daniel Di Leo, President of Goodwood Kartways. “We have a nice mix of programs designed for racing enthusiasts across Ontario. Our programs cater to drivers of all ages, and whether they are looking to enjoy a few laps around our track or a complete racing program we will be sure to meet their needs. Regardless of experience, we have the right program for everyone.”

As one of the most active promoters of karting in the country, Goodwood Kartways was incredibly busy during the off-season as members presented the facility and its programs at a number of high-profile shows, and advertised in a variety of media. Responding to public requests for information on everything Goodwood Kartways has to offer, a travelling group was at the Canadian International Auto Show, Canadian Motorsports Expo and the Performance World Car Show. In adding advertising in the Toronto Sun, on the FAN 590, and in My City Explorer, Goodwood Kartways is sure to advance this year in its quest to become Canada’s premiere karting facility.

Goodwood Kartways is open 10am - 7pm Monday through Saturday. We are closed on Tuesday’s and open from 10am-6pm on Sunday’s now through November 1st. The first racers to hit the track will be those from the Toronto Racing Association of Karters doing private tests; followed by CRKC Arrive-and-Drive training sessions beginning April 29th. Public rental go-karting opens on May 1st, once again proving Goodwood Kartways has options for karters of all ages and with any level of experience.

Goodwood Kartways Undergoes second repaving in 2012

In early 2012, Goodwood Kartways announced it’s beautifully aged circuit was getting a much needed fresh coat of asphalt. The news was very welcome in the Canadian karting industry, and with the first round of the 2012 Eastern Canadian Karting Championship taking place at Goodwood in late May, everyone was excited to get on track and take in the fresh paving.

Unfortunately, things didn’t go so well as the surface did not hold up as expected, and emergency measures were needed right before the ECKC race. Following a completed race season, Goodwood Kartways track owners took action, and with their partners, completed their second repaving of the year. The track has now closed for the season, allowing plenty of time for the new surface to cure, and will welcome racers in early Spring.

CKN was able to track down Daniel Di Leo of Goodwood Kartways, to get an update.

From day one of this project our partners have stood by their original intentions, that being to re-surface Canada’s most historic kart track, creating a racing surface that is currently unparalleled in Ontario. Shortly after the initial attempt in early May we noticed some degradation which isn’t uncommon when dealing with re-paving race tracks. After an in-depth analysis and a series of meetings between the powers to be, the only solution keeping in mind the original intentions of the project was to remove and replace the material. On October 14th we closed the track for the season, four long days later the project is complete and we once again have the table smooth finished we desired. The track will now have ample time to cure as racing won’t commence until the season comes around in 2013. I can’t thank the efforts of everyone involved enough. It was devastating watching the first attempt fail, but everyone stepped up to find a solution. This says a lot about the character of everyone involved. Without the on-going support from Sofina Foods, Delavaco Corp, Con Drain, and ASN Canada this would not have been possible. We now look forward to start of the new season!

 
Kart Stars Grand Prix – Kart Racing in Conjunction with the Honda Indy of Toronto
June 12th, 2012

Kart racing in Canada now has another signature event: The Kart Stars Grand Prix of Toronto! Racing at Exhibition Place in conjunction with the Honda Indy Toronto and the Bay Street Grand Prix, the Kart Stars Grand Prix of Toronto delivers a truly unique opportunity in karting. With a temporary track located inside the famed IndyCar circuit, karters will be just feet from screaming Indy cars and even closer to the thousands of fans that annually flock to the waterfront to appease their need for speed.

“The Kart Stars Grand Prix is an event that will prove monumental in thecontinued growth and development of karting in Canada,” said Daniel Di Leo, the man charged with the task of organizing track activities through Sunday. “In providing unparalleled exposure for karting, this event will open the eyes of all in attendance to what competitive karting is all about, and how they can get involved. Combine that with the fact we have a perfect setting in front of tens of thousands of Canada’s most passionate race fans and alongside IndyCar racing heros, and this event becomes a definite must on everyone’s racing calendar.”

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ECKC REWRITES THE GOODWOOD RECORD BOOKS
JUNE 5TH, 2012

With the Eastern Canadian Karting Championship rolling through Goodwood Kartways recently in kicking off its 2012 campaign, there was a lot of talk of track records being threatened, beaten and lowered once again. A freshly paved layout made this a distinct possibility, and when paired with perfect weather and lots of rubber going down, teams and drivers had a dream combination as they arrived trackside Saturday morning. But what were the records? And when were they set? More importantly, was a new mark established for all future stars to target.

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Goodwood Kartways - Project Repaving Week Two Report
Date: May 7, 2012

For Immediate Release

Track News: Goodwood Kartways – Project Repaving Week Two Report

Work at Goodwood Kartways has definitely hit the finishing straight after a second successful week brought the resurfacing project near completion. All major facets of the project are now complete, and while the track cures this week the crew will hit the bottom of the job list.

“The Crupi Paving crew with support from Con Drain Construction were just amazing to work with,” said track Manager Daniel Di Leo. “They really made the Goodwood job a priority. They had over thirty employees on site last Monday morning with fifteen machines and two spreaders. By midday Tuesday, all paving was complete! All the curbs were backfilled, verging around 900 metres of asphalt was completed, and the track began its curing process with water cooling. It was awesome to see their effort, and it’s awesome to see the track taking its final shape.”

Also ticked off in week two, all edging was done around the track with over 25 yards of soil used to complete the task, and all run-off areas were seeded. Line painting was also initiated, and will be a big part of the third and final week of renovations after the placement of the new exterior curbing outside turn one and on the right side of entry to turn four. All curbs will then be painted red and white, starting corrals and the start/finish line will be painted, and new signage will be posted around the facility. The safety barrier will be installed in front of the turn one retaining wall and the first kart will take to the surface on the week of Monday, May14th.

For additional photos from weeks one and two, and to view updated track scheduling information, please visit goodwoodkartways.com

 

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Goodwood Kartways – Project Re-paving Week 1 Report
Date: April 30, 2012
Week one of construction has been successfully completed at Goodwood Kartways and the operation remains completely on schedule, if not ahead of its predicted pace! Though Mother Nature tried her best to save the famed venue with overnight snowfall last Sunday, trucks moved in on Monday despite the weather obstacles. Excavation began, the oldest curbing was removed, and the planned renovation moved ahead at full throttle.
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Goodwood Kartways – Project Re-paving Week 1 Report
Date: April 30, 2012
Week one of construction has been successfully completed at Goodwood Kartways and the operation remains completely on schedule, if not ahead of its predicted pace! Though Mother Nature tried her best to save the famed venue with overnight snowfall last Sunday, trucks moved in on Monday despite the weather obstacles. Excavation began, the oldest curbing was removed, and the planned renovation moved ahead at full throttle.
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BREAKING NEWS: Complete Track Repaving Confirmed!
April 20th 2012

Having created over fifty years of karting history on its original racing surface, Goodwood Kartways is about to get a face lift! Plans and schedules were finalized this morning, and the track will close its gate to karting beginning this Monday, April 23, for a three-week span. Crews will begin construction by grinding down the existing top layer, and will continue by laying a new racing surface, curbing, and a few exciting new features for karters. The track will then go through a curing process before re-opening Monday, May 14th, a week before its club schedule resumes and ten days prior to the opening round of the Eastern Canadian Karting Championship.

“It’ll cause some temporary pain, but the end result is going to really be something special for the karters,” said track manager Daniel Di Leo. “We’ve done extensive research while in the planning stages and the result is going to be truly incredible. We’re paving with the same mix used at Le Circuit Karting Mont-Tremblant, and really getting things done right with the curbing and some state-of-the-art safety features that will keep Goodwood at the forefront. Of course we ask the karting community to be patient, and promise the final product will be well worth waiting for!”
The resurfacing of the racetrack has the Di Leo family tremendously excited, and they are very quick to point out the latest project wouldn’t be possible without the assistance and involvement of a well known Canadian karting patron.

“This project would not be possible without the involvement of Michael Latifi and the Sofina Driver Development Program,” Di Leo continued. “The principals of the Sofina Driver Development Program have been actively involved from its inception. From discussions regarding the scope of the project to consideration and selection of contractors responsible for carrying out the task, the Sofina Team has been instrumental. With additional commitments from Andy DeFranceso and DeFrancesco Racing, Goodwood Kartways has support that is unparalleled, and for that we are truly thankful. Personally, I can’t wait to see the finished product, and look forward to re-opening the track to both the Latifi and DeFrancesco families, and of course the entire karting community.”
For his part, Latifi is equally thrilled with the project at hand, and provided his thoughts as the news was unveiled this morning. “I am very excited to be part of this project as it promises to deliver a first-class racing track,” stated the Chairman and CEO of Sofina Foods Inc. “With Daniel and Marco Di Leo’s stewardship, Goodwood Kartways will continue to remain one of Canada’s top kart racing venues. I am grateful to have had tremendous support for this project from my friends Andy DeFrancesco of DeFrancesco Racing, and Jim DeGasperis of Condrain Group.”

Since winding down car racing careers of their own and taking a firm grip on the reigns at Goodwood, the Di Leo’s have continuously improved the facility while working through a master plan. Visitors will have noted significant projects in all areas of the property, beginning in the Spring of 2004. First came new track lighting, followed by a face lift for the interior of the club house a year later. The pit shelter was constructed in 2007, red and white racing barriers replaced tire walls in 2008, and prior to hosting the Canadian National Karting Championships in the summer of 2009 Goodwood added a new timing and scoring tower, added curbing, a new North parking area and corrected problem areas on the racing surface. Drainage was improved as the major project of 2010, and last summer the facility had a new security system installed.

ASN Canada's Paul Cooke has had his eyes on the operation throughout, and once again offered his full support when the most recent project was unveiled. “Since acquiring the Goodwood facility, the Di Leo family has been tremendous to work with,” Cooke said this week. “Daniel and Marco know and understand what race tracks are all about, and recognize what kart racing drivers, teams and sponsors need in a racing facility. Working with the Di Leo team on this project has been exciting, and like most, I'll be looking forward to the return of racing in May.”

In that respect Cooke will certainly not be alone. Goodwood Kartways has also made a multitude of kart racing programs available, ranging from rental karts to the powerhouse Intrepid North America race team, and all will be eagerly awaiting for the gate to swing open come mid-May. Canada’s busiest karting venue is the permanent home to over 120 members of the Toronto Racing Association of Karters and hosts a Canadian Rookie Karting Championship that runs over 750 drivers per year. Add in special events like the annual opening round of the Eastern Canadian Karting Championship and private driver testing programs, and Goodwood Kartways will see lap totals this year creeping close to one million! The new surface will be well tested, and has certainly been well earned.

For the latest renovation information and scheduling adjustments for both TRAK and the CRKC, please stay tuned to goodwoodkartways.com. Pictures of the progress will also be available from time-to-time, so be sure to visit the site often.


Team News: Intrepid North America, Red Bull Kart Fight at PRI

Date: December 8th, 2011
Photo Credit: www.otp.ca

It would be hard to conjure a more impressive beginning for Intrepid North America than the one the outfit has produced in its first three months. Two wins at the Pan American Challenge Championship event, two wins at SKUSA SuperNationals, and now a brilliant one-two finish in the Karter Division at the Red Bull Kart Fight at PRI, powered by Rotax. Add to the facts the results come from tracks that could not be more different, and Intrepid North America has made a very strong statement for both its team and its product line.

“It’s been an incredible three months for Intrepid North America, that’s for sure,” said team President Marco Di Leo from the PRI paddock. “I’m very happy and I think we’re all very happy and satisfied with the effort so far and the results that it’s been producing. To succeed at three such top-level events in America is truly amazing. And to think we’ve had a long track on Mojo tires, a temporary track on MG’s, and now a 14-second show track on Bridgestone tires and we’ve been on the top step of the podium at all three. It speaks volumes for the quality of the Intrepid brand, and certainly keeps everyone in the team motivated and looking forward to the next big event.”

Held at the Performance Racing Industry Trade Show in Orlando, Florida, in front of thousands of racing professionals from around the globe, the ‘Bull Ring’ was lined with spectators from start to finish, and had a 2500 seat grandstand filled to capacity. After Intrepid North America took four of the top five spots in the Karter Division prefinal, Bas Lammers, Daniel Formal, Ben Cooper and Di Leo himself each dialled in for a 40-lap final in a field that also included five-time World Champion Davide Fore and reigning KZ World Champion Jonathan Thonon among a star-studded list of thirty drivers.

Lammers led an Intrepid North America 1-2-3 from the wave of the green, and it may well have stayed that way were it not for a lapped kart parking him in the barriers at half distance. Formal and Cooper then raced Intrepid and Praga free and clear of the rest, and mere minutes later the pair owned the podium.

“Everything was just prefect,” Formal said in his trackside interview following the win. “The kart started getting a little loose at the end, and I saw Ben coming in the shadows, but everything was just great! I can’t wait now to go out with the All-Stars!”

The top eight finishers in the Karter Division joined the back of the field in the All-Star race with Formal, Cooper and Di Leo transferring for Intrepid North America. The field was twenty-three karts deep with the transferred karters looking to charge through the likes of NASCAR drivers AJ Allmendinger and Cole Whitt, and full-time IndyCar drivers James Jakes, Alex Tagliani, Ryan Briscoe and EJ Viso, who was driving for Intrepid and had earned pole position earlier in the day. Cooper managed the traffic best aboard his Praga kart and was almost instantly inside the top ten. Viso raced third until he was hung out by a lapped kart, and by the closing stages the pair were fighting for the final step on the podium, Cooper taking it, producing another strong result. Viso was fourth and Formal eighth in the final order, still riding high from his earlier win.

Intrepid North America is now filling its team tent for the upcoming Florida Winter Tour presented by Sportality. For more information, please visit intrepidnorthamerica.com.

*Team Facts: Intrepid North America is based at Goodwood Kartways in Stouffville, Ontario, Canada, where drivers can progress from turning rental kart laps to world championships. The Intrepid North America race team represents the facility at National and International Championships like the Florida Winter Tour, Pan-American Rotax Max Challenge, Eastern Canadian Karting Championship and Canadian National Championships.

It has also had drivers contest the SuperKarts! USA SuperNationals, the World Karting Association Manufacturer’s Cup, the Rotax European Championship, the Rotax International Open Championship and the Rotax Max Challenge Grand Finals. Intrepid North America operates in conjunction with Intrepid Kart Technology, HRS Racing Engines, IMAF Racing Seats, VPD, Chapman Racing Services and Intremax.

 
Team News: Intrepid North America, SuperNationals XV Report

Date: November 30th, 2011
Photo Credits: www.otp.ca

There is no better way to put yourself on the karting map than by winning at SKUSA SuperNationals. With the event now reaching far beyond its American shores, drivers and manufacturers from around the globe converge at the Rio Hotel in Las Vegas each November looking to both end the current season on a strong note, and send a message to the world karting community about the season ahead. Intrepid Kart International did exactly that a week ago, as from dawn till dusk its star-studded line-up was front and centre at SuperNationals XV.

“Overall we’re extremely pleased with the impact we made at the event,” said Intrepid North America President Marco Di Leo. “There was a massive effort put in by the entire Intrepid family and the atmosphere under our tent was electric. We had everything from eight-year-old drivers making their first National appearance to factory drivers among the best in the world. Add in some Indy drivers and an expert support team from Intrepid and it was truly a sight to see. In debuting the new product line for both Intrepid and Praga we definitely made a statement, and it was the perfect way to kick off the 2012 racing season. Scoring two dominating wins just made it that much better!”

That Intrepid hit the mark with dominating wins cannot be argued, as Teemu Suninen took the KF2 title and George Russell was mesmerizing on his way to winning TaG Jr. Yet in looking back at the week gone past, the two victories could not have come in more contrasting fashion. Suninen began by putting his Intrepid on pole position, while Russell was putting his to the side of the track after having the engine stick on his first hot lap! The result was P63, dead last in the field.

“It wasn’t the best feeling in the world doing only one-and-a-half laps in qualifying,” Russell said after going from fastest in final practice to the back of the grid. “It altered my plans, as starting from the back I had to push and push in the heats to get through all the karts ahead of me on the grid, but I knew with a very strong team behind me we would still be able to get a good result out of it.”

He did that and then some, but not before getting his weekend back on track with three epic drives in heat racing. After starting at the end of the line three separate times, Russell produced drives to fifth, third, and seventh in the heats, to qualify P5 for Super Sunday.

“In the heats I was very happy with my results. Everything just seemed perfect,” Russell said of Friday and Saturday action. “I don’t think anybody would have expected getting results like that starting in the position I was starting. They have to be some of the best races I have ever raced! Then the start of the final was ok, getting into fourth position around the first corner, and once I got into the lead we had a very good battle for a few laps which was good fun. The back half was good because I had quite a big gap to second, so all I had to do was be careful with not hitting the wall and maintain the gap. Overall, it was a very good race.”

“It was good working with Intrepid North America because I got on well with the people and they helped us achieve winning the SuperNationals. It was a very good feeling to win as it is a huge event. And after qualifying 63rd, it just made the feeling even better!”

Suninen, on the other hand, was never seriously challenged, and even when he was jumped at the start he worked back to the lead in short order and won all three heats and the final with fastest lap in the field. Though the field got closer each time out during heats, Suninen was well over a second clear of the field in the closest finish, and controlled the main event from flag to flag. He set the fastest lap of the race on nineteen, and was nearly five seconds clear when the checker waved after twenty-five.

A third Intrepid podium came from North American star Daniel Formal as the TaG Senior driver was second in his debut weekend. Much like Russell, Formal spent the heat races recovering from qualifying, though not to the same extent, and second was a just reward after a very impressive collection of drives.

“I made a huge mistake in qualifying in lap two so I had only two good laps in the session and it wasn’t enough,” Formal said after clocking P19. “All the heats were great though, I just never gave up. I knew it was possible to make up the ground.”

The SuperNats rookie did that and then some, as heat runs of 4-1-2 put him P4 on the grid on Super Sunday. He continued the charge from there, claiming the second step on what many call SuperNats’ toughest podium.

“I got backed down to eighth at the start after I got punted but I came back,” Formal continued, noting a wild lap eight where he went from fifth to second in two corners. “Yeah, I passed two people in one corner then passed the next driver in the following corner. Then I was second, but Orcic and I were constantly close in lap time so I couldn’t really do anything for the win. I feel great though. It was a tough week, but in the end it was all good!”

If there was a group of Intrepid/Praga drivers left with the ‘what-if’ feeling following SuperNats XV, it was surely the lead trio in KZ2. First effected by an engine delay, Jeremy Iglesias, Beitske Visser and 2009 winner Bas Lammers each had to contend with problems during the week. Lammers’ hurt most, as after starting from P3 and taking the lead early in the main event, a broken exhaust robbed him of power, leading to tenth. Visser was coming through the field after retiring in heat three and starting P14, and set the fastest lap in the field on her way to sixth. Iglesias retired in heat one, and lasted just two laps of the main event before contact ended his day.

“Considering they missed a day of practice due to delays beyond their control, I feel they all stepped up and tried to make the best of the situation,” Di Leo said of the KZ2 fortunes. “The Praga team moved Lucie Panackova to S1 where she finished sixth with zero experience, but the KZ drivers just couldn’t catch a break. Lammers with the exhaust while leading, Iglesias collected early, and Visser with the fastest lap coming from outside the top ten. I think if the deck was cut a little differently, a repeat of 2009 could have been in the cards!”

Intrepid North America is now in final preparations for the Red Bull Kart Fight powered by Rotax at the Performance Racing Industry show this coming weekend in Orlando. Active in both divisions, EJ Viso and Oswaldo Negri will compete in the All-Star Division while the Karting Division will see Bas Lammers, Ben Cooper, Marco Di Leo, Jesse Lazare, Daniel Formal and Daniel Estrela take to the track.

*Team Facts: Intrepid North America is based at Goodwood Kartways in Stouffville, Ontario, Canada, where drivers can progress from turning rental kart laps to world championships. The Intrepid North America race team represents the facility at National and International Championships like the Florida Winter Tour, Pan-American Rotax Max Challenge, Eastern Canadian Karting Championship and Canadian National Championships.

It has also had drivers contest the SuperKarts! USA SuperNationals, the World Karting Association Manufacturer’s Cup, the Rotax European Championship, the Rotax International Open Championship and the Rotax Max Challenge Grand Finals. Intrepid North America operates in conjunction with Intrepid Kart Technology, HRS Racing Engines, IMAF Racing Seats, VPD, Chapman Racing Services and Intremax.

 

Date: August 9th, 2011
Intrepid Canada expands to form Intrepid USA

Racing in perfect sync with corporate restructuring and expansion at Intrepid S.r.l. in Salizzole, Italy, comes news today that Intrepid Canada is also set for major expansion and restructuring with the formation of Intrepid USA. Just as Intrepid president Mirko Sguerzoni has led his company into a very promising new relationship with Petr Ptacek, Intrepid Canada has come to a very exciting new business agreement that will see it manage an Intrepid dealer network across North America.

“From a business perspective, what I’m seeing happen at Intrepid is the most exciting thing I’ve seen in karting for a very long time,” said Marco Di Leo, President of Intrepid Canada. “Intrepid certainly has its house in order, and I’m honoured to have the opportunity to import and expand Intrepid and Praga in North America. We’ve had a direct relationship with the factory for the last six seasons, and have seen first hand how Intrepid has become one of the few elite chassis in the industry. To be a part of that success is amazing, and now to be able to bring others into the Intrepid racing family is what we’ve all been working so very hard for at Intrepid Canada. We’re fully stocked and ready go!”

Two things that have Di Leo especially excited are the formation of Intrepid USA, which will see direct shipments to the United States from Italy, saving a route through Canada, and the ability to now fully participate in the Intrepid Driver Program.

“Intrepid is still considered the new kid on the block but in a very short time have won a number of Championships around the world,” Di Leo said. “We can remember Jordy Vorrath and Tyler Dueck early on, and of course when Intrepid dominated SuperPro at SuperNationals in 2009. They have contributed to the careers of lguersuari, Buemi and Piquet on the way to Formula One, and others like Manetti, Kozlinski, Lammers, Iglesias and more. The Driver Program takes the best Intrepid drivers from around the world in order to create its team of Factory pilots, then guides them through the ranks of formula car racing as well. Dueck raced with Intrepid support in Europe, and this year Gabby Chaves is doing the same in GP3. They also have Michael Heche in the Formula Abarth European Series and Brandon Maisano in Italian Formula 3. It’s a fantastic program, and it will be great to see even more North American drivers go overseas to participate, beginning as early as 2012.”

Sticking to karting and North America, the coming season will see Intrepid return with trackside support to The Florida Winter Tour, Pan American Rotax Max Challenge and Eastern Canadian Karting Championship, while adding full programs in the World Karting Association and SKUSA Pro Tour. The Intrepid Canada Freightliner will be at all events in the Eastern half of the continent where the team will link up with state and provincial dealers, just as it did this season with Intrepid Quebec. Intrepid dealers will be limited to state, provincial or regional locations, in order to optimize the market potential for each of importer, and all will link together at major North American events.

“It is very important for me that the dealers are making the sales in their respective territories,” Di Leo said of future plans. “Intrepid USA and Intrepid Canada should simply be wholesale entities supplying dealers with the best service possible, which they in turn carry forward to their drivers and customers. Then in coming together as a whole at North America’s best events, we can compete together with a common goal - to win!”

Intrepid Canada has stock to begin supplying new and existing dealers immediately. For more information on Intrepid and the Intrepid Driver Program, please visit intrepid.it and intrepiddriverprogram.com. For information on how to become a member of the Intrepid family in North America, please contact Marco@goodwoodkartways.com or 416-938-1032.

*Fast Facts: Intrepid Canada is based at Goodwood Kartways in Stouffville, Ontario, Canada, where drivers can progress from turning rental kart laps to world championships. Home to the Arrive & Drive Canadian Rookie Karting Championship and the Toronto Racing Association of Karters club program, the Intrepid Canada race team represents the Factory at National and International Championships like the Florida Winter Tour, Pan-American Rotax Max Challenge, Eastern Canadian Karting Championship and Canadian National Championships.

It has also had drivers contest the SuperKarts! USA SuperNationals, the World Karting Association Manufacturer’s Cup, the Rotax European Championship, the Rotax International Open Championship and the Rotax Max Challenge Grand Finals. Intrepid Canada is an Authorized Rotax Centre, and operates in conjunction with Intrepid Kart Technology, HRS Racing Engines, IMAF Racing Seats, VPD, Chapman Racing Services, Intremax, MyChron, Douglas Wheels, Mojo, Vega, CZ Chain and Briggs & Stratton.

 
Team News: Goodwood Kartways / Intrepid Canada - ECKC Goodwood Report
After a very impressive winter season, Goodwood Kartways / Intrepid Canada started racing North of the border a week ago as it began the 2011 Eastern Canadian Karting Championship on its home turf at Goodwood Kartways. With favoured drivers in a number of Rotax Max Challenge classes, Intrepid drivers from both Ontario and Quebec produced an exceptional weekend with six wins and seventeen total trips to the podium to spray champagne. 

“The team did a great job in rounds one and two last weekend,” said Team Manager Marco Di Leo. “It was great to have podium results in Micro, Mini, Junior, Senior, Masters and Masters DD2 while racing at our home track. A number of drivers got a very positive start to their championships, and we will now look to carry the momentum into Trois-Rivieres where we can better ourselves in the standings.”

Di Leo includes himself in such a statement, as after sweeping a very competitive Rotax Senior class the Team Manager has created a very sound foundation as he looks to defend his ECKC Championship. Di Leo scored a pair of Intrepid’s eight pole positions, and the home team even locked out the front row Sunday in both Rotax Mini-Max and Rotax Junior. Artem Korolev and Jesse Lazare turned the trick in Junior, while Gerrit Tiemersma and Jordan Slipacoff owned Mini-Max. Lazare had a pole of his own on Saturday, as did Dany St-Hilaire and Francis Mondou of newly-formed Intrepid Quebec.

From there came the podiums and wins, with a few standing out from the rest in the fashion that they were formed. Goodwood Intrepid swept the Mini-Max class, with Karter Hickling winning on Saturday and Jordan Slipacoff winning on Sunday. Hicking won the ECKC Micro-Max Championship last year, but had to start his 2011 season from P7 on the grid after a throttle problem. He raced to second in the prefinal, then took the win in the final after a great three-way fight at the front. Teammate Slipacoff was also in that tussle, and crossed in third before losing the podium to a one-position penalty for contact. It was a situation he vowed to correct a day later, and sure enough he did.

“Jordan was ‘Da-Man’ in Mini-Max on Sunday,” said Di Leo. “He promised his mother a win on Mother’s Day, and delivered it. It was his first ever win in Mini-Max and his first ECKC win in any class.” It was a day that began from off-pole before Slipacoff won the prefinal with the fastest lap in the field. He then led early in the final, before enduring a red flag situation and falling to second when the race resumed. This time he stayed there to lap sixteen when he capitalized through turn eight and in the run to the final hairpin to take the lead. He then held it over the final two laps to score his Mother’s Day win.

Slipacoff delivered as predicted on Mother’s Day (Photo: Cody Schindel - Autosports Media Group)
Slipacoff delivered as predicted on Mother’s Day
(Photo: Cody Schindel - Autosports Media Group)

Other highlights were a sweep of the Rotax Masters podium both days, and Francis Mondou taking a pair of second-place finishes in Masters DD2 in the first outing for Intrepid Quebec. Full Intrepid results can be seen below. The Eastern Canadian Karting Championship resumes May 29th at Karting Trois-Rivieres. A majority of the 28-strong Intrepid effort will be on hand, with others expected to make their 2011 ECKC debuts as well. For more information, please visit goodwoodkartways.com and eckc.ca

Goodwood Kartways/Intrepid Canada Driver Results
Eastern Canadian Karting Championship, Goodwood Kartways

Rotax Micro-Max
Russell Boyle - 3rd, 3rd
Matthew Barry - 4th, 4th
Jacob Ewaniuk - 6th, 5th

Rotax Mini-Max
Karter Hickling - 1st, 3rd
Jordan Slipacoff - 4th, 1st
Austin Riley - 7th, 8th
Davide Greco - 9th, 17th
Gabriel Amaral - 14th, 10th
Gerrit Tiemersma - 12th, 15th

Rotax Max Junior
Jesse Lazare - 4th, 2nd
Artem Korolev - 26th, 5th
Marco Signoretti - 14th, 21st
Kyle Doma - 25th, 25th
Daniel Nunes - 27th, 26th

Rotax Max Senior
Marco Di Leo - 1st, 1st
Reid Arnold - 4th, 6th
Joshua Dunand - 13th, 7th
Hugo Parent - 19th, * Intrepid Quebec
Chris Ernst - 21st, 25th
Lauren Fortune - 25th, 23rd

Rotax Max Masters
John Cariati, 1st, 1st
Alexander Mankovski, 2nd, 2nd
Tom Gandey - 3rd, 3rd
Rotax DD2
Enrico Menotti - 7th, 20th
Bryson Schutte - 12th, 7th
Reid Arnold - 18th, 16th

Rotax DD2 Masters
Francis Mondou - 2nd, 2nd, * Intrepid Quebec
Dany St-Hilaire - 4th, 3rd, * Intrepid Quebec

Senior Honda
Riley Heslop - 4th

*Team Facts: Intrepid Canada is based at Goodwood Kartways in Stouffville, Ontario, Canada, where drivers can progress from turning rental kart laps to world championships. Home to the Arrive & Drive Canadian Rookie Karting Championship and the Toronto Racing Association of Karters club program, the Goodwood Kartways/Intrepid Canada race team represents the facility at National and International Championships like the Florida Winter Tour, Pan-American Rotax Max Challenge, Eastern Canadian Karting Championship and Canadian National Championships.

It has also had drivers contest the SuperKarts! USA SuperNationals, the World Karting Association Manufacturer’s Cup, the Rotax European Championship, the Rotax International Open Championship and the Rotax Max Challenge Grand Finals. Goodwood Kartways/Intrepid Canada operates in conjunction with Intrepid Kart Technology, HRS Racing Engines, IMAF Racing Seats, VPD, Chapman Racing Services and Intremax.

 
Team News: Intrepid Canada - Florida Winter Tour West Palm Beach Report

Date: March 11th, 2011
Team News: Intrepid Canada - Florida Winter Tour West Palm Beach Report
Photo Credits: Cody Schindel, Autosports Media Group
Photo Cutline: Ferreira was the fastest in the DD2 field.
Photo Cutline: Rinaldi was a big winner in Masters on Sunday.
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Goodwood Kartways / Intrepid Canada returned to Florida in February as thirteen team members were in Rotax action when the Florida Winter Tour Rotax Max Challenge contested the second of its three race weekends. Once again a force to be reckoned with in international competition, Intrepid Canada repeated in the win column, added another pair of podiums and had nine top-five finishes altogether. The team has now generated twenty-five top-ten results from two Winter Tour starts, and as it prepares for the Ocala finale, things only look to get better.

Intrepid Canada drivers have been on the podium in Junior, Senior, Masters, and now DD2 as both Diego Ferreira and Enrico Menotti finished third at Palm Beach International Raceway in the paddle-shifting class. Ferreira was especially impressive, as the senior-level rookie from Venezuela raced among the biggest of names in the class, and produced the fastest lap in the field during both the Saturday prefinal and the Sunday final. He qualified fifth on the first day, moved to fourth in the prefinal, and reached the podium after an incredible dice at the front.

“I felt so great with the kart all weekend,” he said upon his return home. “I knew it was the fastest, and I only had to do my job on the track. I have to thank the whole team at Intrepid Canada for supporting me, and especially my mechanic Stefano. I’m very happy with the team. It’s my second year racing with them, and it was my second time on the FWT podium.”

The words of speed ring true, as his prefinal lap of 49.118 was better than pole and fastest of the day for Saturday, and his best final lap of 49.220 was the fastest in the field on Sunday when it nearly led to second. Setting quick time from any session of the Florida Winter Tour is no easy task, and the Palm Beach pair certainly elicited pride in the Intrepid Canada rising star.

“I think the FWT is one of the most important world championships of Rotax,” he said in concluding. “The level of competition is very high, and I’m very happy to be always at top-five in only my first year of DD2. The team gave me the fastest kart and I just did my best. I think it could have been better, but that’s racing. It felt so great to bring one more podium for Venezuela.”

Menotti matched the podium performance on Sunday, as after qualifying fifth and being battered back to P12 in the prefinal, he charged back through the field in the final, crossing fourth and taking third after post-race penalties. Menotti never took a backward step in working to fourth through fourteen, and showed his veteran poise once fighting in a line that ran from fourth to tenth. Knocked back to seventh through fifteen, he re-grouped to stand tall once the dust had cleared in a battle royale. Ferreira was in the same line, as was Reid Arnold, who finished fourth in his first weekend with Intrepid Canada.

The DD2 crew ran very strong at Palm Beach, but none in the Intrepid camp topped the performance of Rotax Masters driver Carlo Rinaldi. After a storming drive from deep in the field to fourth on Saturday, the Venezuelan topped the blocks on Sunday after a thrilling final. Holding his P3 starting position into the race line at the wave of the green, Rinaldi patiently ran third in a five-kart train through the opening before moving to second just prior to half distance. He then took the lead just past it, and after swapping the spot for a lap or two, sealed the win in the closing laps before just hanging on at the line.

Adding to the top-five finishes of Ferreira, Menotti, Arnold and Rinaldi: Marco Di Leo was fourth in Rotax Senior, keeping his championship hopes alive with a dropped result on Sunday, and Jesse Lazare was fourth, though his orange Intrepid continues to catch the eye of officials. All team results are noted below. The Florida Winter Tour Rotax Max Challenge concludes March 25-27 at Ocala Gran Prix. For Arrive-and-Drive information, please visit goodwoodkartways.com.

Goodwood Kartways/Intrepid Canada Driver Results
Florida Winter Tour Rotax Max Challenge - Event 2, Palm Beach, Florida

Rotax DD2
Diego Ferreira, Venezuela - 3rd, 8th
Enrico Menotti, Canada - 5th, 3rd
Reid Arnold, Canada - 12th, 4th
Dalton Kellett, Canada - 16th, 27th

Rotax Max Masters
Carlo Rinaldi, Venezuela - 4th, 1st
John Cariati, Canada - 15th, 14th

Rotax Max Senior
Marco Di Leo, Canada - 4th, 28th
Dalton Kellett, Canada - 21st, 24th
Dan Bender, Canada - 39th, 43rd

Rotax Max Junior                                                                
Jesse Lazare, Canada - 31st, 4th

Rotax Mini-Max
Karter Hickling, Canada - 23rd, 18th

Rotax Micro-Max
Leonardo Rinaldi, Venezuela - 17th, 26th
Victor Prato, Venezuela - 23rd, 28th

*Team Facts: Intrepid Canada is based at Goodwood Kartways in Stouffville, Ontario, Canada, where drivers can progress from turning rental kart laps to world championships. Home to the Arrive & Drive Canadian Rookie Karting Championship and the Toronto Racing Association of Karters club program, the Goodwood Kartways/Intrepid Canada race team represents the facility at National and International Championships like the Florida Winter Tour, Pan-American Rotax Max Challenge, Eastern Canadian Karting Championship and Canadian National Championships.

 

Goodwood Kartways/Intrepid Canada Florida Winter Tour Orlando Report
January 29th, 2011

The opening round of the 2011 Florida Winter Tour Rotax Max Challenge was a very special occasion for the Goodwood Kartways/Intrepid Canada race team as it hit the Orlando Kart Center with its largest international lineup ever and one that was realistically aimed at the podium in a number of classes. Added to the environment was a new Intrepid race rig, a 28-foot Freightliner Argosy that is custom catered for karting and ensured all team members had the comforts of racing at home.” 

“It was a great start to what will surely be Intrepid Canada’s most successful season yet,” said Marco Di Leo, Senior driver and Race Team Manager. “The new 2011 Intrepid chassis is very fast and set-up friendly, and our driver lineup is compiled of many talented and dedicated drivers from around the globe. The atmosphere under our tent and around the new rig was great and drivers were working together to achieve the best results possible while making new friends and having fun in Florida.” 

The stated facts can not be denied as Intrepid Canada karts were front and centre from opening practice onward, especially in Junior and Senior. Poles, wins and podiums followed, and by the close of Sunday Intrepid Canada had fourteen top-ten finishes. Di Leo himself had stood atop the Rotax Senior rostrum, but his run to a pair of podiums was not the first off his lips when asked to summarize the weekend on track. 

“We had several great drives over the weekend,” Di Leo said when looking back at the opening effort of the Orange Order. “Jesse Lazare and Carlo Rinaldi had great drives that produced two podiums and they could have had even more. Jesse drove his heart out all weekend and meshed great with his new mechanic Steven Chapman. They looked to be a lock for two podium finishes, and would have been but for contact on Saturday that took him out after he started from pole. His drive back to fifth was simply heroic, and he’s sure to be a standout all season. Stefan Locsmandi also had a great run Saturday after he had to come through the Last Chance race. He ended up tenth, and it was one of Stefan’s first races in Senior and his first race in America, which only adds to his outstanding performance.” 

The young Austrian driver certainly enjoyed his time in America, and confirmed as much via email after returning home. “My first trip to America was just amazing,” he wrote last week. “I really like the land and the culture, and I was happy with my work and working with my mechanic. I knew the chassis, so that was okay, it’s just different to Europe and everything was new for me. Friday was just awful. I was then unlucky in the prefinal, otherwise it could have been even better for me. Sunday was much better but in the final things changed again and twice I got pushed out by the same kart. Still, I really enjoyed the week.”

Locsamandi had qualified tenth for race two, and started the final in eighth before contact quickly ended his run. Di Leo himself was one of the karts to move up after the retirement as the team manager had advanced to tenth in the prefinal and was continuing forward in the main. The charge ran all the way to the podium, his second of the weekend after a brilliant win on Saturday in race one. 

“I was very satisfied with my results in Orlando and it was fantastic to kick off the 2011 season with a victory,” Di Leo said of his own effort. “The Rotax Senior field is very competitive, and to bring home a first and a third-place finish is great for me and the entire Intrepid Canada team. It was one of the biggest Rotax events in history with over 280 drivers, and we just couldn’t be more proud of our showing and our start to the year.” 

The Florida Winter Tour Rotax Max Challenge continues February 25-27 at Palm Beach International Raceway and concludes March 25-27 at Ocala Gran Prix. For Arrive-and-Drive information, please visit goodwoodkartways.com.

Goodwood Kartways/Intrepid Canada Driver Results
Florida Winter Tour Rotax Max Challenge - Event 1, Orlando, Florida 

Rotax Micro-Max
Leonardo Rinaldi, Venezuela - 17th, 17th 

Rotax Mini-Max
Karter Hickling, Canada - 30th, 15th
Jordan Slipacoff, Canada - 22nd, 28th 

Rotax Max Junior
Jesse Lazare, Canada - 7th, 2nd
Mateo Fernandez, Ecuador - 21st, 53rd
Momo Okuda, Japan - 40th, 31st 

Rotax Max Senior
Marco Di Leo, Canada - 1st, 3rd
Stefan Locsmandi, Austria - 10th, 32nd
Dalton Kellett, Canada - 27th
Gabby Chaves, Colombia - 14th, 14th 

Rotax Max Masters
Carlo Rinaldi, Venezuela - 3rd, 16th
Alexander Mankovski, Canada - 17th, 12th
Alexi Mankovski, Canada - 6th, 28th
John Cariati, Canada - 12th, 11th 

Rotax DD2
Luis Schiavo, Venezuela - 5th, 9th
Diego Ferreira, Venezuela - 8th, 7th
Enrico Menotti, Canada - 7th, 10th
Dalton Kellett, Canada - 26th
Julio Moreno, Ecuador - 12th, 14th

 
Team News: Goodwood Kartways/Intrepid Canada Season Preview
January 17th, 2011

Goodwood Kartways/Intrepid Canada kicks off its 2011 season this coming weekend as the team unveils at the opening round of the Florida Winter Tour Rotax Max Challenge. It will be the first of three RMC schedules Intrepid Canada will contest during its campaign, and its initial effort will see sixteen drivers from five different countries converge in an impressive new Intrepid Canada pit compound in Orlando, Florida. 

“I am really happy with our line-up and I think we have some very talented drivers that can find themselves on the podium in the ultra-competitive Florida Winter Tour,” said Team Manager and Senior driver Marco Di Leo. “We are really looking forward to a busy and successful racing season in 2011. The team is growing in size and by reputation year after year, and we always look to race with the best of the best. It is important for Intrepid Canada that we continue find success at the very top levels of North American karting and we look forward to helping our pilots become champions again this year.” 

Along with the Florida Winter Tour, Goodwood Kartways/Intrepid Canada will be very active in supporting both the Pan-American Rotax Max Challenge and Eastern Canadian Karting Championship during the year. The team will expand even further as Canada begins to thaw from winter and the summer season dawns, and with the mix of international talent under the tent, Intrepid Canada will look to surpass the impressive results it compiled a year ago. 

“Our team is complied of drivers from across the country and around the world and this is because of Intrepid networking and strong relationships with the factory and teams in Europe and South America,” continued Di Leo. “We’re really looking forward to welcoming new drivers to the enjoyable atmosphere under the team tent, and having them benefit from the professionalism of our trained staff and the superior Intrepid chassis/HRS engine package that we offer to all team members. We really believe we have a lot of promise for 2011, and will look to begin showing it in Florida.” 

A glance at the roster for the opening round this weekend certainly shows why Di Leo and Intrepid Canada are in such a positive frame of mind heading in. Along with the reigning Micro, Junior and Senior Champions from Eastern Canada, the team boasts a trio of South American DD2 drivers who competed in the recent Rotax Max Challenge Grand Finals at La Conca. The full roster can be seen below, with no name standing out more than multi-time Champion and Canadian National #1 Jesse Lazare, who has made the switch to Intrepid for 2011. The roster also sports a number of international drivers and spans across all six FWT RMC classes. 

Goodwood Kartways/Intrepid Canada Driver Roster
Florida Winter Tour Rotax Max Challenge - Event 1, Orlando, Florida 

Rotax Micro-Max
Leonardo Rinaldi, Venezuela 

Rotax Mini-Max
Karter Hickling, Canada
Jordan Slipacoff, Canada 

Rotax Max Junior
Jesse Lazare, Canada
Momo Okuda, Japan
Mateo Fernandez, Ecuador

Rotax Max Senior
Marco Di Leo, Canada
Dalton Kellett, Canada
Stefan Locsamandi, Austria

Rotax Max Masters
Carlo Rinaldi, Venezuela
Alexander Mankovski, Canada
Alexi Mankovski, Canada
John Cariati, Canada 

Rotax DD2
Luis Schiavo, Venezuela
Diego Ferreira, Venezuela
Enrico Menotti, Canada
Dalton Kellett, Canada
Julio Moreno, Ecuador 

Team Facts: Intrepid Canada is based at Goodwood Kartways in Stouffville, Ontario, Canada, where drivers can progress from turning rental kart laps to world championships. Home to the Arrive & Drive Canadian Rookie Karting Championship and the Toronto Racing Association of Karters club program, the Goodwood Kartways/Intrepid Canada race team represents the facility at National and International Championships like the Florida Winter Tour, Pan-American Rotax Max Challenge, Eastern Canadian Karting Championship and Canadian National Championships. 

It has also had drivers contest the SuperKarts! USA SuperNationals, the World Karting Association Manufacturer’s Cup, the Rotax European Championship, the Rotax International Open Championship and the Rotax Max Challenge Grand Finals. Goodwood Kartways/Intrepid Canada operates in conjunction with Intrepid Kart Technology, HRS Racing Engines, IMAF Racing Seats, VPD, Chapman Racing Services and Intremax. For more information, please visit www.goodwoodkartways.com

 
GOODWOOD KARTWAYS OPENS FACILITY FOR 2010
For Immediate Release: April 1st, 2010

 

It’s no April fool’s; Goodwood Kartways opens today for its 2010 karting season! Home of the Toronto Racing Association of Karters, the Canadian Rookie Karting Championship and public go-karting, Goodwood Kartways is prepared for the busiest season in its history as it becomes racing home to over one thousand Ontario karters.

“We are all really excited as we embark on a new racing season and our calendar has shaped up very nicely,” said Daniel Di Leo, President of Goodwood Kartways. “We have a nice mix of programs designed for racing enthusiasts across Ontario. Our programs cater to drivers of all ages, and whether they are looking to enjoy a few laps around our track or a complete racing program we will be sure to meet their needs. Regardless of experience, we have the right program for everyone.”

As one of the most active promoters of karting in the country, Goodwood Kartways was incredibly busy during the off-season as members presented the facility and its programs at a number of high-profile shows, and advertised in a variety of media. Responding to public requests for information on everything Goodwood Kartways has to offer, a travelling group was at the Canadian International Auto Show, Canadian Motorsports Expo and the Performance World Car Show. In adding advertising in the Toronto Sun, on the FAN 590, and in My City Explorer, Goodwood Kartways is sure to advance this year in its quest to become Canada’s premiere karting facility.

Goodwood Kartways is open 10am - 8pm every day except Tuesdays from today through November 1st. The first racers to hit the track will be those from the Toronto Racing Association of Karters doing private tests; followed by CRKC Arrive-and-Drive practice sessions beginning April 12th. Public rental go-karting opens on May 1st, once again proving Goodwood Kartways has options for karters of all ages and with any level of experience.

After presenting the 2009 ASN Canadian National Karting Championships last August to great acclaim, Goodwood Kartways will once again be in the national spotlight this May as it hosts the opening two rounds of the Eastern Canadian Karting Championship, May 7-9. Many of Canada’s greatest karters will be on hand, and Goodwood Kartways invites you to be as well. For more information on everything the facility has to offer, please visit goodwoodkartways.com



 

GOODWOOD KARTWAYS PROMOTES KARTING AT THE 2010 CANADIAN INTERNATIONAL AUTO SHOW
For Immediate Release: February 12, 2010

With the 2010 season only a few months away, Goodwood Kartways and the Toronto Racing Association of Karters continue to actively promote their respective programs and the historic karting facility. Starting today and running all the way through February 21st, the joint venture sees the two organizations at the 2010 Canadian International Auto Show. 

Located in the North and South Convention Centre, over 110,000 auto enthusiasts are expected to visit the show over the course of the week seeking the direction of the world’s largest automobile manufacturers in the years to come. With its participation and in an on-going effort, Goodwood Kartways hopes to create awareness for the sport of karting and their facility.

If you are planning on attending the show, be sure to stop by our booth!

To learn more about Goodwood Kartways please visit http://www.goodwoodkartways.com

 
 
Team News: Goodwood Kartways/Intrepid Canada - BSRKC Mosport Preview
June 24, 2009

Matching his team manager, Korolev leads the points in Junior Heavy (Photo: Cody Schindel - Autosports Media)
Matching his team manager, Korolev leads the points in Junior Heavy
(Photo: Cody Schindel - Autosports Media)
The Orange Order continues its quest for dominance this weekend when team Goodwood Kartways / Intrepid Canada returns to action in the Brian Stewart Racing Karting Championship. Having already taken wins in both two-stroke and four-stroke from the opening two rounds, Intrepid is once again set to threaten at Mosport International Karting.

Team Manager and team leader Marco Di Leo heads the line going to round three as he sits first in Senior Lite and second in Rotax Senior. He was third in the opening round of Honda at Sutton and followed with a dominant four-second win at round two after leading all twenty laps. Di Leo has also been on top of the podium in rotax senior, winning the opening event and then producing a top-five run going clockwise at race two.

Artem Korolev is doing his best to match Di Leo’s effort as he currently leads the Junior Heavy points tally and is fifth in Rotax Junior. He’s gone 2-4 in Honda while posting 6-4 in Rotax, and says the secret is in his approach. “An Awesome/Honda matched with an Intrepid chassis has just been amazing so far in Junior Heavy,” Korolev said this week. “I’m very happy! The secret has been to stay consistent rather than trying risky moves that lose momentum. I’d rather come second with the points than try for first with a risky move, and so far it’s paid off.”
 
After placing fourth running counter-clockwise at the opening Sutton round, he was second in the encore run but says he didn’t really prefer one direction over the other. “I liked both directions,” he said. “It was challenging for me to switch the configuration, not that easy to get used to, but I liked it.” Racing this weekend at Mosport he’ll be on a track he is very used to. “The Mosport track is very fun,” he continued, “It has a lot of elevation changes and different types of corners that make it challenging too. I can’t wait until the race!”

While some Ontario karters tuned up for the summer season by racing in the sunshine of the Florida Winter Tour, Korolev tuned up much differently - ice racing karts while back home in Russia. “I raced winter karts the whole time,” Korolev said. “Almost every weekend in Russia we would race karts specifically welded for snow and with special tires without studs. It was very hard in the beginning, spinning in races was very upsetting, but I got better at it throughout the year and it was a great experience.”

Apart from Korolev and DiLeo, Goodwood Kartways/Intrepid Canada driver Spencer Todd sits third in Rotax Junior after winning the opening round, Stefano Romano is sixth in Rotax Senior and James Vance is fifth in Rotax DD2. Following are Goodwood Kartways / Intrepid Canada drivers standing within the top ten in BSRKC points:
 
Rotax Senior:
Marco Di Leo, 2nd
Stefano Romano, 6th

Rotax Junior:
Spencer Todd, 3rd
Artem Korolev, 5th

Rotax DD2:
James Vance, 5th

Novice:
Gerrit Tiemeersma, 6th
Cole McCabe, 9th

Junior Medium:
Artem Korolev, 4th
Michael Taibi, 5th

Junior Heavy:
Artem Korolev, 1st
Michael Taibi, 9th
Bryson Schutte, 10th

Senior Lite:
Marco Di Leo, 1st
Kelly Wood, 9th

TaG Senior:
Kyle McCabe, 4th

 
Team News: Goodwood Kartways / Intrepid Canada - BSRKC Sutton Report
May 27, 2009

After a fantastic Florida Winter Tour and watching its team leader score four straight WKA podiums, the Ontario contingent of Goodwood Kartways / Intrepid Canada finally hit the track last weekend as the Brian Stewart Racing Karting Championship got underway in Sutton. After a day of practice Friday, the team once again delivered the goods in taking wins in what are surely the two most competitive classes in Canada - Rotax Junior and Rotax Senior. The Intrepid squad combined for seven podiums and twenty top-ten finishes altogether, and continued to build its momentum in North American karting.

Both Junior and Senior had fields of 32 for the opener and the front row of Rotax Junior was all Goodwood / Intrepid after Spencer Todd scored the pole position and Andrew Waring nearly matched the time. So competitive was the field in junior that the top four each timed with one-tenth of a second, and a half-second covered the top fifteen karts. The intensity carried right into the prefinal as the top four each turned identical 39.1 quick laps, Todd and Waring included. The latter led most of the way before lap traffic came into play and the pair crossed in positions two and four.

“I didn’t have the greatest start from pole and knowing that there were only ten laps I had to make moves quickly,” Todd said in reliving the weekend. “As we continued on I could see the lap traffic coming and Andrew made contact with a lapped kart. I moved up to second spot, and as I had noticed that outside pole had been getting better starts at Sutton, I just tried not to make any mistakes and hold on to second for the remainder of the laps.”

Hold on he did, and shortly after taking the green in the main he was following Waring as the Intrepid one-two resumed. “On lap three, in corner four, I heard his engine rev up and only one thing went through my mind - ‘chain.’ Then I just pushed hard knowing I had Oz (Austin Milwain) on my bumper. We have been racing together for about four years and I’m sure we know each other’s strategies all too well. I saw we got a gap on third, but my Alfano was not working so I had no idea what lap it was. I just kept on pressing hard.”

The strategy paid off, as Todd set his best lap of the final on the penultimate tour, and took his first regional win one lap later. “When I passed the starter I could see the Last Lap board turned sideways, then I knew I had to hold on for just two more laps. The adrenaline started to kick in,” he said. “I had a brand new chassis coming into the weekend and I had to learn it quickly. My kart was hooked up all weekend and I can thank Nicholas Pinti for that! He is always on top of things and we have a great driver/mechanic connection. He knows just as well as I what it takes to win. I only wish my Dad could have been there to enjoy it with us as he was out of town working over the weekend. I’ll just have to go get another one!”

Making it a daily-double, Di Leo took the win in Rotax Senior and was joined on the podium by prefinal winner and Goodwood / Intrepid teammate Stefano Romano. The senior field was incredibly competitive, with eight different chassis qualifying in the top ten positions and Intrepid being the first to record a pair. Romano started the day from P3 while Di Leo qualified P6.
 

Di Leo has now won four straight races with Intrepid-Rotax (Photo: Cody Schindel - Autosports Media)
Di Leo has now won four straight races with Intrepid-Rotax
(Photo: Cody Schindel - Autosports Media)

“I had a terrible qualifying session and did not get the potential out of the kart,” Di Leo said of the beginning to his fourth straight win aboard an Intrepid/Rotax. “Still, I felt that P6 still gave me a very good shot at winning the race and I was satisfied with starting on the third row. My strategy for the heat was simple: get through corner one and save my rubber for the final. Finishing fourth was good and having Stefano win the heat was even better!”

The beginning of the final saw things get even better still, as the Intrepid pair emerged one-two from the opening set of turns. Di Leo took over the point when Romano had to deal oil in turn one beginning lap three, and from then on the veteran simply managed the best field in Ontario. “I knew I would be quick enough to remain in top spot but it was crucial to drive a mistake-free race,” Di Leo continued. “And with Stefano in third it became a race between us and Michael Glaze. There were times I knew I had to drive defensively and I did just that. It was great to cross the line first, and to have Stefano on the podium as well was fantastic for the Goodwood Kartways / Intrepid Canada race team.”

Having been on the podium in Florida and after sweeping the latest round of the WKA Manufacturer’s Cup, Di Leo went on to say the international competitors have nothing on home-grown talent. “As an Ontario karter I am lucky to be able to race against such great talent so close to home,” he said. “And a victory in Ontario in any Rotax division is something to be happy about. It’s a pleasure to race against great competition, and any rotax event with 30+ drivers is a great event. I almost feel spoiled in being able to drive the 2009 Intrepid Sirius Rotax Max chassis, as it’s just proved so quick in so many conditions.”

With the win, Di Leo now finds himself leading the Brian Stewart Racing Karting Championship, the World Karting Association TaG Senior Championship, and Toronto Racing Association of Karters / Innisfil Kart Club combined Rotax Max Challenge, which is also a qualifying series for Rotax Max Canada. “It’s a great way to start of my season, no doubt,” the veteran concluded. “I find myself in the championship lead in three very competitive series’ and looking forward to working hard to keep this golden ball rolling. I owe the majority of my success to Intrepid Canada for supplying me with great equipment and I would also like to thank Intrepid Force Rotax and HRS Engines for their continued support. And of course, all the Intrepid karters for playing their part in making Intrepid Canada what it is today - we’ll just look to keep the momentum rolling into the big race in August at Goodwood Kartways!”

Goodwood Kartways / Intrepid Canada Top Ten Finishers from BSRKC Round 1:

Rotax Junior

Spencer Todd, 1st
Artem Korolev, 6th
Michael Taibi, 9th
Bryson Schutte, 10th

Rotax Senior
Marco Di Leo, 1st
Stefano Romano, 3rd

Rotax DD2
James Vance 7th

Novice
Gerrit Tiemeersma, 4th
Cole McCabe, 9th

Junior Medium
Artem Korolev, 3rd
Michael Taibi, 5th

Junior Heavy
Artem Korolev, 2nd
Bryson Schutte, 4th
Michael Taibi, 6th

Senior Light
Marco Di Leo, 3rd
Kelly Wood, 9th

Senior Heavy
Kyle McCabe, 10th

TaG Junior
Spencer Todd, 3rd
Michael Taibi, 4th

TaG Senior
Kyle McCabe, 4th

 
CANADIAN KARTING’S BIGGEST EVENT IN 2009 HEADED TO GOODWOOD KARTWAYS
For Immediate Release: April 6, 2009

The ASN Canada FIA Canadian Karting Championships will be held at Goodwood Kartways in Stouffville, Ontario, on August 7, 8, 9, 2009. ASN Canada FIA and the Canadian Rotax Max Challenge have selected Goodwood Kartways as the location to determine National Champions in seven classes, with three sending Rotax drivers to represent Canada at the Rotax Grand Final in Egypt later in the year. Goodwood Kartways is one of the oldest continuously operated kart racing facilities in North America and home to world-renowned international drivers including Ron Fellows, Paul Tracy, and Scott Goodyear among many others. Hosting the 2009 Nationals will only add to a fabulous racing history.

"I am excited that our track has been chosen for the 11th running of Canada’s premier kart racing event," said Daniel Di Leo, president of Goodwood Kartways. "The Di Leo family has long supported both the Canadian and Rotax championships, and my brother Marco and I have driven at most of them. Now we get to host the event – our whole family is proud! To prepare for the event we are making significant financial investment with a major upgrade to the track and facilities, and construction is already underway. The majority of existing kerbs are being removed and replaced with new style kerbs, we are repaving large portions of the track, replacing tire barriers with modular plastic units in most areas as well as improvements to the paddock area."

Patrick Moreau, National Manager of the Rotax Max Challenge, noted, "Ontario is Canada’s largest karting community. Traditionally, a final held in Ontario brings the biggest field of drivers and this is an additional challenge for the competitors as well as a wonderful show for the spectators. We are very impressed by the serious work in progress by the Goodwood organisation. The financial investment in the facilities shows their determination and commitment to provide drivers with a high quality race track. We will assist the Goodwood organisation to have a successful event."

Paul Cooke, ASN Canada FIA Vice President, Competition, shared his thoughts as well. "The Canadian Championships at Goodwood helps make their upgrading plan possible and will leave an improved facility for Ontario karters to enjoy for the future," he said. "Congratulations to Goodwood and the Di Leo family," added Ron Fellows, one of Canada's most well-known racing talents. "I often think about the importance Goodwood played in helping me develop my racing skills in the early days. Goodwood is a challenging track and drivers who drive well there can do well anywhere."

Additional event information will be available on the ASN Canada FIA website.

 
 
GOODWOOD KARTWAYS/INTREPID CANADA - Florida Winter Tour Ocala Report
For Immediate Release: April 3, 2009
Continuing its evolution into one of the most prolific teams in North American karting, Team Goodwood Kartways/Intrepid Canada completed its Florida Winter Tour recently with another pole position, two more podiums, and six more top-five finishes. As the FWT International Rotax Max Challenge concluded at Ocala Gran Prix, so did an incredible Florida swing for the Canadian-based team.

"We are extremely pleased with the Goodwood/Intrepid results at the 2009 Florida Winter Tour," said team president Daniel Di Leo. "Our drivers managed eight podiums in the three premiere classes of the Rotax Max Challenge, and we scored a pair of clean-sweep wins at Homestead. Our growing reputation and results attracted many great drivers back to karting like Daniel Morad, Gabby Chaves and Tiffany Chittenden, and each grabbed the spotlight while racing in Florida."

Indeed they did, as Morad delivered the clean sweeps, Chaves was on the blocks in his first weekend, and Chittenden took pole in her first start at Ocala; but it was a pair of full-time Intrepid Canada drivers who delivered championship threats as Richard Boake took four podiums on his way to second overall in DD2, and Marco Di Leo was a consistent frontrunner in Rotax Max Senior where he finished the championship fourth. Both were constant threats at the Ocala finale, where nine team members saw action.

Boake and Chittenden led the way in DD2 as the Ontario veteran teamed with the former British National Champion to make a run at the overall crown. Things began perfectly as Chittenden led a sweep of the front row from qualifying, and they were still in the running after the prefinal as Boake remained second and Chittenden crossed third. Despite looking to keep championship hopes alive early in the final, Boake fell to third and the championship was lost. Boake returned to the podium in third on Sunday, giving him four straight trips to the blocks, but he wound up second overall and just 55 points shy of a trip to Egypt. Chittenden crossed fourth both days, impressing all in her return to karting while making her first starts in North America.

In Rotax Senior Di Leo was once again in the thick of things as he looked to solidify a top result in the final two races. He qualified and finished fifth on Saturday where he disposed of both the US National Champion and FWT Champion-in-waiting in advancing through the top end of the field; and on Sunday he repeated at the sharp end when he qualified fifth and finished fourth in the main event. The back half of his second run was more impressive as Di Leo sat ninth at one point and had much farther to come. It led to fourth in the championship - which surely was the most competitive field to date in the history of the Florida Winter Tour.

Also racing senior for Goodwood/Intrepid at Ocala was Mexican Daniel Duval Lopez. Though hit with a DNF in the Saturday prefinal, he came from twenty-ninth on the grid to sixteenth on Saturday, and was 22nd on Sunday. He now heads back to the Mexican Rotax Max Challenge and will return to Goodwood Kartways/Intrepid Canada for the 2010 Winter Tour. It was a similar story for James Vance-Lousada in Masters as he recovered from a prefinal DNF Saturday and raced to fourteenth in the main, yet found another DNF during the Sunday final.

High points for other Intrepid Canada drivers were tenth for Michael Taibi and sixteenth for Andrew Waring in Junior; and tenth for Gabriel Amaral and thirteenth for Austin Riley in Rotax Micro-Max. Though they come with much less fan-fare, it is the performance of the young drivers that brings special satisfaction to Di Leo. "I am very pleased with the progress of our younger and less experienced drivers who improved lap after lap in Florida," he said. "The experience for them is fantastic, and it ensures that they will be ready when the green flag drops in the Ontario racing season later this month. I am confident that they and the entire Intrepid team will carry momentum into the summer of 2009 and beyond."

For more information about Goodwood Kartways / Intrepid Canada and details on how to become an Official Team Member, please visit www.goodwoodkartways.com

 
 
Goodwood Kartways/Intrepid Canada - Florida Winter Tour Homestead 2 Report
February 24th 2009
 

Austin Milwain (Photo: Cody Schindel - Autosports Media)
Austin Milwain
(Photo: Cody Schindel - Autosports Media)
After a dominant performance in rounds one and two of the Florida Winter Tour International Rotax Max Challenge, Team Goodwood Kartways / Intrepid Canada picked up right where it left off at the second event, adding another pair of podiums to bring its winter tour total to six thus far. Once again racing on the outskirts of Homestead-Miami Speedway, an eight-man lineup was assembled and each rose to the occasion. Six of eight team drivers scored career best finishes at the Tour, and they produced eight top-ten results throughout the weekend.

“This was a new challenge for us,” said Team Manager and senior pilot Marco Di Leo. “With a new surface at Homestead Karting, everything we learned at the opening round no longer applied. Our drivers simply did a great job in adapting. To consider that 80 per cent of our team scored career best finishes in such unique conditions shows how committed our guys are to winning. The new Intrepid product continues to impress, and consistently show speed in all conditions.”
 
Leading the way at races three and four of the IRMC was Richard Boake in Rotax DD2. A veteran shifter pilot having made a full-time switch to Rotax, Boake was on the podium both Saturday and Sunday standing second. With eyes for the championship, Boake had to run mistake free after a crash at the opening round let to a DNS in the second final. The first day ran like clockwork as he qualified fourth, moved to third in the prefinal and ran to second in race three, and Sunday began much the same as Boake qualified in fifth spot. Everything changed in the prefinal though, as a retirement led to a back row starting spot of 15th for the main event. Undaunted, Boake survived a first corner melee and was an incredible sixth through one! A lap later he was back into the top five, and by the end of lap six he was racing in podium position. He inherited second a few laps later, and cruised home. Boake now sits third in overall classification, and moves to second when drops are applied.

Marco Di Leo also moved forward in championship standing as he now sits fourth overall after a pair of top tens and near-miss of the podium. Much like Boake did on Sunday, Di Leo had his work cut out for him Saturday after a prefinal DNF had him starting in row fifteen and P30! What followed was purely magical as the Intrepid senior methodically worked his way forward over the final race distance. He was into the top ten by lap fifteen, took two more spots over the next pair to reach seventh, and grabbed a final position on the last lap Saturday. Returning Sunday, Di Leo qualified seventh, improved to fifth, and raced his way to the podium only to be docked positions in a controversial post-race protest. Round two didn’t go quite as smoothly for Senior Rotax teammate Gabby Chaves as the young Colombian battled his way throughout the weekend. A Saturday retirement was followed by fifteenth on Sunday and Chaves now sits eighth overall in championship points. Andrew Calabrese made his 2009 debut at round two and the rust showed on day one as he endured a difficult day. Forced to the LCQ from qualifying, Calabrese then ran to fifth before a double DNF in the prefinal and final. Sunday brought a higher qualifying position, but once again Calabrese ran in the LCQ. Fifth for the second straight day led to a P29 in the prefinal, yet another DNF in the main event.
 
In Junior Rotax, Austin Milwain and Michael Taibi represented the Canadian squad. In one of his best drivers to date, ‘Oz’ broke into the top five during the Saturday final before he succumbed to a broken chain, and on Sunday was back fighting inside the top ten again, this time crossing eighth. He now sits eleventh of 47 drivers who have scored points in the 2009 tour, and Taibi sits 22nd in the same classification. After a run to thirteenth on day one, Taibi was eighteenth on day two. Wrapping the Goodwood Kartways / Intrepid Canada roster were James Vance Lousada and Gabriel Amaral. Continuing to refine their skills in one of the toughest championships in North America, each raced within the top ten at the second event. Amaral produced back-to-back top ten finishes in Micro-Max while Lousada was tenth on Saturday in Masters before a retirement Sunday.

The 2009 Florida Winter Tour concludes at Ocala Gran Prix in the second week of March. Preparation is already underway, and the team will head to the finale looking for championships in both Rotax DD2 and Rotax Senior. An impressive line-up has already been confirmed and the team will once again have support from the Intrepid Factory in Italy will be on hand. For more information about Goodwood Kartways / Intrepid Canada and details on how become an Official Team Member, please visit http://www.goodwoodkartways.com or contact marco@goodwoodkartways.com
 
 
Team News: Goodwood Kartways - Canadian International Auto Show
February 13th 2009
 


In a continued and on-going effort to promote the sport of karting and create a greater sense of awareness towards its facility and programs, Goodwood Kartways will be on hand at the 2009 Canadian International Autoshow beginning today.

Located at Rogers Centre, over 100,000 auto enthusiasts are expected to visit over the course of the week to see where the automotive industry is headed in the years to come. With its participation, Goodwood Kartways hopes to show the same for the sport of karting. The Canadian International Auto Show begins today and runs through February 22nd. If you are planning on attending the show, be sure to stop by the booth!
 
Team News:
Goodwood Kartways / Intrepid Canada - Florida Winter Tour Homestead 2 Preview
February 12th 2009
 

Gabriel Chaves sits fourth in the Rotax Senior Championship (Photo: Courtesy of Goodwood Kartways-Intrepid Canada)
Gabriel Chaves sits fourth in the Rotax Senior Championship
(Photo: Courtesy of Goodwood Kartways-Intrepid Canada)

Goodwood Kartways / Intrepid Canada returns to Florida this weekend for the second event of the Florida Winter Tour International Rotax Max Challenge. Once again racing on the outskirts of Homestead-Miami Speedway, an eight-man line-up has been assembled and will be looking to build on four trips to the podium at the opening round.

“We return to Homestead after what was Intrepid Canada’s most successful FWT weekend to date,” said team owner Daniel Di Leo. “We hope to carry momentum from January and bring home some more hardware - and more importantly some valuable points toward a cherished FWT championship. It’s a new track and a new challenge, but we all have confidence in the Intrepid package, and the group of individuals under our tent create an atmosphere that is a pleasure to work within. We have everything we need to get the job done, and expect to once again this month.”

Leading the charge will be Gabriel Chaves and Marco Di Leo in Rotax Max Senior. The pair completed all four race sessions inside the top ten at the opener, and enter event two sitting fourth and seventh in points respectively. In his senior debut, Chaves scored 389 points, bolstered by a 3-2 run on Sunday. He is just sixteen points from the championship lead, and should dazzle this weekend as the Goodwood Kartways / Intrepid Canada compound will now be familiar territory. Di Leo was also on the mark in the most competitive field on the continent in January, taking 320 points from the first event to sit seventh in points. He was at his best on Sunday, where he moved to eighth in the prefinal and continued all the way to the podium in the final. One of just five karts to break the 49-second barrier, Di Leo just missed the fastest lap of the race outright, and created a 2-3 Intrepid finish.

Richard Boake will be the lone Goodwood Kartways / Intrepid Canada driver in DD2 as A1GP driver Daniel Morad will not return after sweeping the first event. For his part, Boake will be looking to change his fortunes beginning Friday. The shifter veteran turned paddle-pilot left Saturday action sitting fourth in points but a crash in the prefinal Sunday damaged his chassis and he was unable to start the main. He dropped all the way to ninth in the championship, and has some work to do. Andrew Calabrese will also take to the track, completing the senior line-up as he kicks off his 2009 campaign.

The remaining four drivers are all returning as Austin Milwain and Michael Taibi in Rotax Max Junior, Gabriel Amarel in Rotax Micro-Max, and James Vance-Lousada in Masters raced the opening round in January. The venue may be the same, but the drivers will run the opposite direction and Homestead Karting has been re-paved in preparation for event number two. Karts may test on Thursday before an official practice day on Friday and back-to-back race days on the weekend.

Driver Roster for Goodwood Kartways / Intrepid Canada
Florida Winter Tour Round 2 - Homestead-Miami Speedway


Rotax Senior
Gabriel Chaves
Marco Di Leo
Andrew Calabrese

Rotax DD2
Richard Boake

Rotax Junior
Austin Milwain
Michael Taibi

Rotax Micro-Max
Gabriel Amaral

Rotax Masters
James Vance-Lousada



Florida Winter Tour Action!
Immediate Release: January 14th 2009

Morad was perfect in his return to kart racing
Morad was perfect in his return to kart racing
In one of the most dominating team displays at the opening round of the Florida Winter Tour, Goodwood Kartways / Intrepid Canada race team reaped four podiums, two wins and the respect of all in the paddock last weekend. Showcasing its new 2009 Intrepid Chassis line across five of six Rotax classes, a star-studded cast of ten arrived at Homestead-Miami Speedway in high spirits and departed on cloud nine.

“We had positive results in opening the World Karting Association Manufacturer's Cup with a pair of podiums, and now with such an impressive start to the FWT International Rotax Max Challenge I can see the whole attitude of the team changing,” said team owner Daniel Di Leo. “Momentum is so important in the world of motorsports, and with never-ending support from Intrepid Italy and the professionals implemented into our program, the future is very bright for our team and each of its drivers.”

Leading the team into action were a pair of returning karting superstars as current A1GP Team Lebanon driver Daniel Morad paddled a Rotax DD2 and Colombian teen driving phenom Gabriel Chaves made his Senior debut. Veteran Canadian shifter pilot Richard Boake joined Morad, and Team Manager and karting champion Marco Di Leo completed the senior lineup alongside Chaves. “This series brings out the best of the best, and our team and equipment is second to none,” said the younger Di Leo. “Our entire team did a fantastic job, and to leave here in championship contention of both Senior and DD2 is something we are all quite proud of.”
 

Chaves starred in his senior debut at Homestead
Chaves starred in his senior debut
at Homestead

Being in ‘contention’ is quite the understatement in the case of Morad, as the Canadian absolutely annihilated the DD2 field. In a perfect sweep of the weekend, the rising open-wheel star took pole both Saturday and Sunday, cruised through the prefinals and led every main event lap en-route to commanding wins. It was his first kart racing action in nearly two full years, yet Morad said the Intrepid was nothing short of sensational. “The Intrepid chassis is all a driver can really ask for,” he said. “Right out of the box it was nearly perfect and with one small adjustment to the chassis, I can honestly say that the kart was perfect all weekend. Out of all the different chassis I have driven, this has been by far the easiest to drive and tune.”

In what most consider to be the headline category of the FWT and perhaps the toughest championship to win in North America, Chaves and Di Leo followed different paths before meeting on the Sunday podium. Piloting a 2009 Intrepid Sirius chassis, ‘Gabby’ dazzled in his first qualifying session as he posted P3. Never dropping from the top ten, Chaves finished seventh in the main, the same position he began the day Sunday. From there he marched forward with third in the heat race, and second in the feature. Teammate Di Leo was marching as well, coming forward from seventeenth on the grid after seriously dialling in. Up to eight through the prefinal, Di Leo never took a backward step in the main and chased Chaves up the blocks in a double-Intrepid podium.

Goodwood Kartways / Intrepid Canada Racing Team would like to thank Intrepid Force Rotax Team Manager Ernst Penninger and mechanic Steven Chapman for their unwavering support and sharing of technical expertise at the opening event. The team will now shift its sights to the second event at Homestead Karting beginning February 13th. For more information about Goodwood Kartways / Intrepid Canada and details on how become an Official Team Member, please contact marco@goodwoodkartways.com



Team News: Goodwood Kartways/Intrepid Canada FWT Preview
January 06, 2009 - Ekartingnews.ca

 

Di Leo was on the podium in both starts at Daytona, and leads an Intrepid team of ten into Homestead (Photo: On Track Promotions - otp.ca)
Di Leo was on the podium in both starts at Daytona, and leads an Intrepid team of ten into Homestead
(Photo: On Track Promotions - otp.ca)

While many Canadian-based teams will make their season debuts this weekend at the Florida Winter Tour, Team Goodwood Kartways / Intrepid Canada will be looking to build on a season that is already off on the right foot. Team Manager and veteran driver Marco Di Leo ran to a double-podium performance when the World Karting Association kicked the season off at Daytona Kartweek, and he will lead a ten-man roster into Homestead beginning Friday.

“I’m very excited about the lineup we are taking into Florida,” Di Leo said this week from Homestead where the team is spending the two weeks between events. “With our initial success at the Manufacturer’s Cup races in Daytona and with the talent we’ll have on Intrepid this weekend, I am confident we can begin building toward FWT Championships at the opening round. We have some great drivers under the tent this year, with more coming at later rounds, and the new 2009 Intrepid kart has already shown its colours.”

The ten-man roster will be spread across five classes, with a senior contingent that may prove lethal to the competition. Di Leo will be joined by racing phenom Gabby Chaves in Rotax Senior, and reigning Ontario GrandNational Champion Richard Boake will be joined by current A1GP driver and former karting star Daniel Morad in Rotax DD2. In Rotax Junior, former Canadian National Champion Austin Milwain will race with rising star Michael Taibi, and in Rotax Micro-Max Gabriel Amarel and Antonio Serravalle will have Intrepid on the grid. The initial lineup is completed by James Vance-Lousada and Mauricio Gutierrez in Rotax Masters.

For more information visit the newly rebuilt http://www.goodwoodkartways.com


Driver Roster for Goodwood Kartways / Intrepid Canada
Florida Winter Tour Round 1 - Homestead-Miami Speedway

Rotax DD2

Daniel Morad
Richard Boake

Rotax Senior
Marco Di Leo
Gabriel Chaves

Rotax Junior
Austin Milwain
Michael Taibi

Rotax Micro-Max
Gabriel Amarel
Antonio Serravalle

Rotax Masters
James Vance-Lousada
Mauricio Gutierrez



Goodwoodkartways.com New and Improved!
Immediate Release: December 15th, 2008

Goodwood Kartways is proud to introduce their first class, new-and-improved website (www.goodwoodkartways.com) devoted to promoting Ontario’s premiere karting facility. Illusion24.com has taken on the task of delivering a cutting edge web presence which will represent the Goodwood Kartways facility for years to come. The website was released December 15th 2008 and is a sophisticated, user-friendly site jam-packed with information of a wide variety of programs offered at Goodwood Kartways.

"With the constant growth of our facility a radical clean-cut website was the next logical move." stated track principal Marco Di Leo. "We are very excited about the completion of the site. It provides us with a unique platform to inform the general public about what we do, and how we do it."

Goodwood Kartways continues to strive for excellence. With a clear focus on promoting the sport of karting as a recreational activity that the entire family can enjoy, the company prides itself on having a program for karters of all ages and with every level of experience. Whether you are an aspiring race car driver or simply looking to experience the thrill of racing for the first time, visit our website and find out how Goodwood Kartways can get you on track!


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