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Pos Drivers Total
1 Joao Barbosa 220
1 Christian Fittipaldi 220
2 Dane Cameron 216
2 Eric Curran 216
3 Jordan Taylor 211
3 Ricky Taylor 211
4 Marc Goossens 197
5 Oswaldo Negri Jr. 191
6 Jonathan Bomarito 183
6 Tristan Nunez 183
7 Tom Long 179
7 Joel Miller 179
8 Katherine Legge 171
8 Ryan Dalziel 171
9 John Pew 164
10 Sean Rayhall 120
11 Johannes Van Overbeek 95
11 Scott Sharp 95
11 Luis Felipe Derani 95
12 Ryan Hunter-Reay 84
13 Max Angelelli 82
14 Olivier Pla 77
15 Spencer Pigot 72
15 Ed Brown 72
16 Ben Devlin 70
17 Andy Meyrick 67
18 Scott Pruett 62
19 Filipe Albuquerque 61
20 Rubens Barrichello 53

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1 #5 Action Express Racing 220
2 #31 Action Express Racing 216
3 #10 Wayne Taylor Racing 211
4 #90 Visitflorida.Com Racing 197
5 #60 Michael Shank Racing 191
6 #55 Mazda Motorsports 183
7 #70 Mazda Motorsports 179
8 #0 Panoz Deltawing Racing 144
9 #2 Tequila Patron Esm 95
10 #50 Highway To Help 46
11 #81 Dragonspeed 29
12 #01 Ford Chip Ganassi 27
13 #02 Ford Chip Ganassi 25
14 #37 Smp Racing 23
15 #24 Porsche Centre Oakville 21

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1 Chevrolet 236
2 Honda 227
3 Mazda 212
4 Bmw 56
5 Ford 30
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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