Near Success at Las Vegas Supernationals
Photo Courtesy of James Cox/Italian
1, 2004 - After being away from karting for six months while dedicating
his time to open wheel racing, David Jurca decided it was time to
get back in a kart and compete at the biggest annual karting event
in North America, the Supernationals.
Practice started less than ideal as David Jurca worked on tuning
his kart at the UNLV stadium street course. After the first practice
day, Jurca, and his mechanic Dave Carpentier (2003 SKI Tuner of
the Year) made some drastic changes to the kart and hoped their
experience would come in handy. In the next day's morning warmup,
Jurca shot to the top of the time sheets and was confident for the
upcoming qualifying session.
With the new set of tires bolted on, David Jurca was ready for
the Supernationals qualifying session. A lap time of 50.954 would
line him up second, just 3 hundredths of a second off of pole position.
In the prefinal, Ron White would squeeze Jurca to the apex of turn
1, forcing Jurca to hit the barrier and drop four postions. By the
end of the race, David was able to get back up to second, and enroute
made the fastest lap of the race. Jurca would line up 4th for the
At the start of the final, White squeezed polesitter Jason Bowles
to the apex until they touched, slowing both drivers down considerably.
David Jurca would take advantage of this and drive around the outside
of both. At the next turn, White drove straight to the apex and
hit Jurca's left rear tire sending him flying into the wall and
ending the day for both drivers. It was an unfortunate end to a
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