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Linkage 5/14

by Ryan Stringfield
Posted May 14, 2012 at 6:47 pm linkage

It’s been a while since I’ve posted a linkage update and there has been a fair amount of news lately. Here’s some of the latest.

Despite a point-deduction penalty following the season-opening races in F2000 Championship competition, Robert La Rocca remains the driver to beat winning the Series’ first four races.

Meanwhile David Grant is off to a pretty solid start in the newly formed Atlantic Championship Series having won both races this past weekend at Road Atlanta in Braselton, GA.

In the Toyo F1600 Championship — formerly the Ontario Formula Ford Championship — Michael Adams proved he was ready for the next step by winning the opening race at the Canadian Tire Motorsport Park (Adams won the B-class championship in 2011). Shane Jantzi won Round 2, edging Adams by 0.128 seconds after the duo exchanged several bids for the point.

Mazda Road to Indy scouting combine winner Bobby Kelley is off to a fast start in the Pacific F2000 Series, sweeping the opening two rounds at Willow Springs. He was fast in Rounds 3-4 too, but the blistering- fast Ian Lacy emerged from retirement to steal the show — and both wins — at Miller Motorsports Park.

World Speed Motorsports Rising Star Award winner Niki Luna sampled a FormulaSPEED2.0 car at Infineon last month.

Team Moore pilots Gustavo Yacaman and David Ostella led 17 Indy Lights drivers in a May 11th test at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. The gap from 1st to 17th was less than 7/10s of a second. Needless to say, the Freedom 100 should be extremely entertaining.

Conor Daly earned his first career GP3 victory in Race 2 at the Circuit de Cataluyna. With that one out of the way, I’m sure we’ll see many more. Nice work Conor!

American Alexander Rossi turned laps in the Caterham Formula One car this past weekend during the Spanish Grand Prix practice. Congrats Alex!

For those heading to the Indy Lights — err INDYCAR — race at Iowa Speedway, make sure to read Pressdog’s 2012 Guide to Des Moines.

And last, but not least, if you’re interested in learning more about karting or simply how to get involved in the sport, jump over to eKartingNews.com and read the staff’s latest project titled ‘Entry Level Karting.’ The first official installment should be live next week. Go Karting!

For up-to-date news and views on karting and junior formula racing follow @JOWT on Twitter or follow on Facebook.

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