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Grand Prix NY Spring Leagues Start Up
Racing NewsSpring Leagues Start at GPNY

The spring season of Mt Kisco, NY’s Grand Prix NY has officially kicked off. With twenty six drivers in two weight classes this season looks to be a great one. This is also the first ARL with GPNY’s new fleet of 9hp Sodi karts. With the new weight classes, there are some competitors racing against new foes and if the first round was any indication, this season will be hot.

In round one the Chief Steward allowed all competitors a 10 minute practice to get a feel for the new karts. Once this practice was over, qualifying started for the GTU class. As this class now weighs up to 190 lbs, there are some of last season’s GTO and GTBB drivers who have opted to run heavy. Round one was held on the Uptown track. Ennis Bragg topped the charts at the end of qualifying with a time of 27.009. Second was Andrew Wood and right behind him was Mark Eickelbeck. Ennis and Wood would take the top two spots in heat one, while Gary Meginnis was able to work his way past Eickelbeck for third. In Heat two a couple of new wrinkles were announced. First, unlike last season, where qualifying was inverted, this season the results of heat one will be inverted. Also – this season the podium finishers of heat one will be weighted 30, 20 and 10 lbs respectively for heat two. Heat two had Alex Eickelbeck score his first win of the season while Steve Eickelbeck finished close on his heels. The podium was rounded out by Phil Paraggio.

The next group to hit the track was GTO (225lbs). In a foreshadowing of the competitiveness of this class, pole winner Jeff Castellano was only thousandths of a second ahead of Cory Rossi to grab pole, while Gary Proft grabbed third by a mere hundredth of a second from Adrian Salageneau. Heat 1 had Castellano and Rossi finish one two, while Salageneau was able to get past Proft for third. In heat two Rossi was able to come from the back of the grid to take the win with newcomer Lewis Marcellino in second and Salageneau repeating his third from heat one.

Round two was held the following week and featured GPNY’s fast midtown configuration. First up this evening was the GTU group and Ennis Bragg was once again the fastest, grabbing pole with a time of 45.604. Michael Cohen was next quickest and Andrew Wood rounded out the top three. At the end of heat one this is how they would finish, while behind them, Chris Johnson and GTO standout Jeff Castellano battled back and forth. In heat two, NIko and Steve Eicklebeck battled for first with Steve taking top honors, just ahead of Niko. In third and fourth were Johnson and Castellano, who picked up right where they left off in heat 1.
In GTO, Castellano grabbed pole position, while Cohen ventured into the heavier class and wound up grabbing second on the grid. In third was Salageneau with a solid time of his own. This is how the first heat would finish. For heat two, Gary Proft started on pole, the result of a questionable black flag in heat one that dropped him to last at the end of the first heat. Next to him on the grid were a couple of newcomers, Chris Andrews and Lewis Marcellino.

At the drop of the green there was a bit of a scramble and Andrews got dropped down to third while David Lapham got up into second from his 4th starting position. By lap 9 Dave Harmon had gotten by him into second with Castellano and Cohen right on his heels. The two of them were by Harmon a couple of laps later and at the end Proft was able to hold on for a narrow margin of victory.

For further information about GPNY Leagues visit www.gpny.com
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