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2014 After Road America
Prototype Drivers
Pos Drivers Total
1 Joao Barbosa 285
1 Christian Fittipaldi 285
2 Jordan Taylor 269
2 Ricky Taylor 269
3 Michael Valiante 267
3 Richard Westbrook 267
4 Gustavo Yacaman 253
5 Scott Pruett 250
6 Ed Brown 233
6 Johannes van Overbeek 233
7 Ryan Dalziel 228
7 Oswaldo Negri Jr. 228
7 John Pew 228
7 Scott Sharp 228
8 Memo Rojas 218
9 Joel Miller 198
10 Olivier Pla 172
11 Tristan Nunez 164
12 Sylvain Tremblay 133
13 Brian Frisselle
14 Eric Curran 124
15 Boris Said 117
16 Alex Brundle 113
17 Tom Long 18
18 Sage Karam 104
19 Katherine Legge 102
120 Max Angelelli 85
21 Brian Frisselle 84
22 Andy Meyrick 82
23 Sebastien Bourdais 67
24 Marino Franchitti 60
25 Tristan Vautier 19 58
26 HoPin Tung 57
27 Jon Fogarty 1 54
28 Gabby Chaves 16 53
29 Simon Pagenaud 52
30 Mike Rockenfeller 51
31 David Brabham 50
31 Scott Dixon 50
31 Tony Kanaan 50
32 Guy Cosmo 46
32 Klaus Graf 46
32 Anthony Lazzaro 46
32 Lucas Luhr 46
33 Justin Wilson 43
34 Byron DeFoor 41
34 David Hinton 41
34 Jim Pace 41
35 Wayne Taylor 33
36 Fabien Giroix 31
36 John Martin 31
37 Alex Popow 30
38 Roman Rusinov 26
38 Oliver Webb 26
39 Kyle Larson 24
40 Frank Beck 23
41 Ben Devlin 22
41 Max Papis 22
41 Bradley Smith 22
42 Jamie McMurray 21
43 AJ Allmendinger 20
44 James Hinchcliffe 19
44 Jann Mardenborough 19
45 Alexander Rossi 16
45 Sebastian Saavedra 16
46 Brendon Hartley 15
46 E.J. Viso 15
47 Memo Gidley 14
47 Alex Gurney 14
48 Scott Mayer 1 3
49 Pierre Kaffer 1
49 Darren Law 1
The New Generation

By Wayde Alfarone
Monday, March 17, 2014

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Go-Karts are the best training ground for any driver who aspires to go professional
After watching the 24 hours of racing in Daytona it hit me. Many drivers are familiar, and some more familiar than others, at least to me. Watching the new breed of young drivers in the Rolex 24 hour race I was amazed at how seasoned they seemed!  A mix of experienced older drivers and what appeared to be old souls handling themselves with agility and speed, most within seconds of one another.

Let’s go back a few years and you will see why this hit home for me. In the early 2000’s I owned a kart track in Central Florida and I fondly remember watching youngsters’ race junior karts, with trepidation, but still with the dream of someday being a professional race car driver.

Sometimes I would speculate as to who would make it, and who would not. I have since come to realize that it’s not always the fastest driver, and rarely the ones without fear that make it to the pro’s.

Contrary it’s a complex mixture of skill, personality, connections, and yes a little money helps. The total package.

Soon after opening the track I realized that karting was made up of the most dedicated athletes I had ever met, traveling from every part of the United States, and in many cases other countries, all for a plastic trophy, bragging rights, and a chance to make it big.

The cost to race was not cheap, in fact I remember spending more on my karting habit than my later SCCA racing. Even still, I’m sure if you ask any professional driver they will tell you that the experience gained in a kart is invaluable in other forms of racing, especially sports car racing. This is why you will often see your favorite pro practicing in karts.

Over the years I’ve seen a thing or two, I’ve had the pleasure of watching Marco Andretti race my track as a fourteen year old. I’ve watched Memo Gidley practice in the rain side by side with Graham Rahal, I’ve had the pleasure of tuning karts for Ricky and Jordan Taylor. I raced  for 24 hours against Wayne, Ricky, and Jordan Taylor with my teammates Glenn Howe, Jay Demarken, and John Dean, yes, in go karts!

What an incredible time we all had, and what a beating we all took. I had Jonathan Summerton attend my driving school and later race on my team, what memories.

And as I watched the Rolex this year, I realized a large number these kids are no longer kids, they are the very pro’s they dreamed of becoming.  Watching Wayne race with his two sons along with adopted family member Max Angelelli was truly a thrill for me, and to say that Rickey and Jordan are the total package as drivers is an understatement!

They’re as great at being people as they are drivers. If you get a chance, go watch a kart race, you never know which one of those kids will be the next great champion!

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