Chaz Baca Jr. Wins AZIKC Series Race at F1 Race Factory
Posted by Tom on 07/08/2011
Chaz Baca Jr. Wins AZIKC Series Race at F1 Race Factory


Chaz Baca Jr., the newest member to dominate the indoor kart racing at F1 Race Factory, added another win to his extensive racing resume by winning the fifht race of the AZIKC on Sunday, June 26. With a last lap pass after Jason Burstein and Tony Rolfson made contact on the last lap, the door opened for Baca to sneak thru for the win. Not only did he take the win away from Rolfson, who had the race win in his pocket, but Baca now takes the point lead over Blake Ledesma with 148 points to Ledesma’s 144. Pat Joyce drops from 3rd overall in points to 8th by missing the action because of a Birthday trip to the lake. He now trails Team Titanium (Steve Lattanzi/Charles Crowe/Keith Sears) by 1 point.

Chaz has collected the last three Champions Trophy’s for winning the last three in-house racing leagues. He continues to put himself out front no matter what kart he picks in the kart draw or what happens during the race. In three short years, he has gone from Spinderrella to Winderella, and the one to beat week in, week out. He has become the go to guy for helping other F1 racers reach the next level of fast. Buy an all day pass on the day he is at F1, and you are almost guaranteed better times next race out. That willingness to share his technique of speed has made him a very popular figure and a true good sport. Oh, by the way, he is all of 14 years old and is making a name for himself on the dirt tracks of Arizona, Nevada and California in his Mod Lite car. He is vying for Rookie of the Year at more than one local track in the Mod Lite Series. He is also part of the traveling F1 race team: Team Titanium of F1 Race Factory. Chaz was instrumental in helping bring back the hardware from CalSpeed Karting in the 8 hour Petit Machismo Enduro race held Easter weekend. Team Titanium came away with a 3rd place overall in the Sport Class. He has signed on to be part of Team Titanium at the Machismo 500 12 Hour Endurance Race in Las Vegas - October 15th. Next stop, the top step of the podium stand.

Getting back to the AZIKC race, there were twenty entries and some new racers joining for the fast and furious action in the 3 lap qualifier/72 lap main event. Dirt track drivers Scott/Andrew/Ed/Aj/Tony/Jordan Martin trying this for the first time and Terry/Tyler/Kara Packer family coming all the way from the Flagstaff area to compete with the hotshoes of F1. Even though finishing toward the back, not one gave up and completed the race to the very end. Lots of cold water consumed by all after the race as heat has now become a factor in these races which we require a race suit to be worn. That may change for the next race scheduled for Sunday, July 31. A few struggled with the added weight to bring them up to the 200lbs. weight equalization target but that will NOT change anytime in the near future.

During the qualifier, one driver changed karts which ended up being the right move. Jason Burstein bailed out of his kart draw kart and went with a back up kart that took him from the thirteenth starting position to fighting for the lead at the end of 72 laps. He finished second on paper, but was penalized one spot due to contact with leader Tony Rolfson, who was scored in second place over Burstein. Great race with Go Pro camera’s capturing some of the action which will probably be posted on YouTube any day now. Thank You all for taking the time and resources to do this. It has been and continues to be the BEST Indoor Kart Racing in all of Phoenix, bar none!

The Finishing Order is as Follows:
Chaz Baca Jr…Tony Rolfson…Jason Burstein…Blake Ledesma…Mike Davila…Team Titanium (Steve Lattanzi/Keith Sears)…Team Sparticus (Chaz Baca Sr/Bobby Neumann)…Pete Liwanag…Carlos Carneiro…Ronald Jones…Mike McClaren…Bill Hunter…Ryan Casillas…Tyler Packer…Team Zippy (Jason McCormack/Joe Flitner)…Terry Packer…Kara Packer…Team Rocket (Tony/Jordan Martin)…Team Andrew/Aj Martin…Team Scott/Ed Martin.

Next AZIKC Race is Sunday, July 31. Check in by 6pm with driver meeting/kart draw 6:15 and race starts 6:30pm. Entry Fee is $75.00 including tax. Team of two is just $37.50 for each driver.