CART Stars of Tomorrow National Race: Primm, Nevada
proving to be able to run competitively a week earlier at Sonoma,
California, David Jurca was ready for the challenge ahead of him
at the Stars of Tomorrow national event in Primm, Nevada.
There were only a few practice sessions for this event so it was
crucial to find a setup early on. David was able to find a setup
and put in some very competitive lap times. Before qualifying on
Saturday afternoon, there were two practice sessions in the morning.
In the first practice session, David noticed there was a problem
with the engine and was forced to switch for the last practice session
of the day. Things worked well and he was confident for qualifying.
In qualifying, David was held up for the first few laps when his
tires were new and so he came into the pits. He made some changes
and went back out to qualify 8th in the 37 kart field. He suffered
from a push in qualifying but new exactly what to do to cure it.
During Sunday morning practice before the final event, David perfected
his kart setup and was able to run even faster than his qualifying
time with old tires. He decided not to make any changes to his kart
and was ready to challenge in the final race.
On the start, David got to 6th position and within a few laps passed
for 5th position. While coming down the straightaway into the braking
zone, David’s kart veered right as soon as he hit the brakes.
So much so that the force of his steering wheel turning right actually
bent one of his tie rods. He rejoined the race in 10th position
and continued on for another 5 laps. During those 5 laps, his steering
became worse and worse until he came up to a right hand corner and
it just went straight. He was able to slowly turn the kart around
the corner and park it on the side of the track with a bent tie
rod. It was a huge disappointment. Following the event, David said,
“My kart was handling absolutely perfect. I was already up
to 5th in just a few laps and was ready to make my move into 4th
and 3rd. My kart was definitely capable of a podium finish. It’s
terribly disappointing and I was really looking forward to a strong
finish at a national event. Hopefully my luck will turn around at
the next national event at Canby, Oregon for round 3 of the ProMoto
Tour.” As always, David would like to thank his sponsors Best
Ceramic, European Tile Inc., Italian
Kuzzins Kustoms, Bell
Serengeti Design, and Jim Mason.