SRS Engines - John Sefcik - Kart Racing Engines - Dallas Texas

Monday, 29 June 2009 00:00

Hawkins, Texas. – 26 June 2009 - In motorsport many elements make up the final performance package; driver, tires, chassis and engine. In road racing with wide open circuits the engine’s significance is even more important in the quest for ultimate performance.  This was certainly the case at Eagles Canyon raceway, the 2.5 mile road course set in the north Texas hills and site of the 2009 IKF Road Racing Grand Nationals. With over two hundred entrants traveling from around the United States the event would be especially important to SRS Engines to prove the power level and continue development of the SRS Engine portfolio against the best road racers in the country.

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With expectations set high after massive success at the 2008 SKUSA Supernationals SRS Engines have been working harder than ever to stay on top form, with extensive dyno and track testing to bolster development as well as relocating to a new facility to permit for greater resources in the engine shop. Using the success at the Super Nationals as a springboard the winter months and early season races  proved vital in the development of SRS Engines with the main refinements coming in the area of engine carburetion methods.


As a ‘home’ event the fields the IKF Nationals were heavily comprised of drivers onboard the latest technology from the Texas based SRS engine builder. A number of models from the SRS Engine line up would participate in the event from the Stock Honda CR125, Built modified Honda CR125, Yamaha KT100 Engine, along with TaG engines.


In the stock Shifter category SRS powered drivers Mike Jones and Nick Lucido would be the men to beat. Lucido looked to be the early favorite during heat one posting a blistering fast lap time of 1:54.744, .2 tenths of a second clear of Mike Jones and Mike Smith the other contenders. It would however be Jones showing the overall consistency and outmatching Lucido’s one lap flyer taking his first Duffy onboard the SRS Honda.

KT100 pilot Joe “the hit man” Taylor was a man on a mission during the Junior Sports category and would take the fight to Alex Tartaglia trading blows for fast lap time over the course of the race distance. In the end it was clear it would be a two horse race with Taylor and Tartaglia edging ahead of the other competitors by almost a minute. At the finish line Tartaglia would utilize a slingshot to slip by to cross the stripe first .059 of a second. However, post race technical inspection would reveal the kart was in non-compliance penalizing Tartaglia and moving the hard fighting Taylor up in the standings to the top spot on the podium.

During stock heavy the race would be settled amongst SRS powered drivers once again while Lucido and Jones were joined by fellow SRS runner Mark Beville who had been busy overcoming gremlins throughout the race meeting. Gremlins slain it appeared Beville would challenge for the lead posting race winning times throughout the day. In the end though he would not amount to a real threat to  Jones or Lucido and in the end it would be Lucido taking the hardware by less than half a second to take the win.


“Overall a great weekend for us both on the track and off with our engines overall showing excellent performance on track and staying reliable which is always a consideration on the long tracks.” Stated SRS Director John Sefcik. “It takes a powerful engine that puts racers in a position to win, but I am delighted to have been working with such a phenomenal group of winning drivers.”


SRS Engines would like to offer warm congratulations to all drivers and race winners who enjoyed success during the2009 IKF Road Racing Grand Nationals.


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