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"Karting's Got Talent" Candidates

by Ryan Stringfield
Posted August 5, 2010 at 10:36 am Karting

Championship Karting International announced the award winners for the inaugural “Karting’s Got Talent” program.  For those that missed it, here is my write-up on the program from April.

Karting’s Got Talent Award Winners

  • Bryan Lemon, 14, Phoenix, Arizona
  • Karl Weber, 13, Ambia, Indiana
  • Camden Geise, 14, Orange County, California
  • Mariah McGrif, 15, Vail, Arizona
  • Nicholas Ramirez, 13, Riverside, California
  • Broc Yocom, 15, Wichita, Kansas
  • Andy Schlosser, 15, Sewickley, Pennsylvania
  • Ayrton Mutagaana, 13, Ambridge, Pennsylvania
  • Kyle Smith, 15, State Collee, Pennsylvania
  • Phil DeLaO, 17, Phoenix, Arizona
  • Taylor Minch, 15, Alpine, California
  • Arie Ouimet, 19, Plymouth, Massachusetts

The youngest driver in the program is 13 and the oldest is 19.  I believe the original plan was to limit the age to 15 , but they only included two drivers over the age of 15 and both are brimming with talent.

From the latest CKI press release:

Along with a sponsorship package that will include items such as entry fee expenses, safety gear and apparel, tires, and racing oil, CKI will also follow the success stories of each of these drivers for public announcements with media assistance to help the drivers’ promote their driving accomplishments throughout 2010.

It’s nice to see tires added to the prize fund as that’s an area where most young drivers really spend the bulk of their funding.  Stay tuned for future updates on the program.

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