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AIM Data Seminar


Overdrive Motorsports will be hosting a My-chron Data acquisition seminar on Saturday June 25th. This will be a classroom session that begins at with coffee at 9am to be held at

Dagger Diesel, 11099 50st SE, Calgary, AB, T2C 3E5

On June 26th the on-track portion of the session will be held at Northstar raceway in Strathmore, with track side support by Aim Sports.


Pre registration is required and a fee of $50 applies

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Overdrive Rookie Seminar


Overdrive will be holding our annual no-fee rookie seminar. from 10am until noon on Sunday April 10 for the Briggs and stratton karters and from 1:30pm until 4pm for the Rotax karters.

Pre-registration is required for this event!

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My-chron seminar April 25th, 2015


Overdrive Motorsports is hosting a Aim Learnfast - Practical Data Acquisition seminar hosted by Roger Caddell and will be held at Cardel Theatre with snacks starting at 8:30am and classroom time going from 9am-4pm. The next day Roger will join us at Northstar Speedway in Strathmore for hands-on real life data analysis and assistance.


It's only $50 to register and we will host the first 35 people who show interest.

 

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Overdrive is Moving!


Overdrive Motorsports is excited to announce we are moving!!

 

Overdrive Motorsports will remain open at its current location until Friday September 20,, 2013 and will be at the club race on September 22nd. We will attend the Enduro on Sunday October 6. If you require any parts or service, please contact us. We ask that you please plan ahead to help us, help you!

 

Overdrive Motorsports will be closed September 23-September 30, 2013 to complete the move with as little service disruption to our clients as possible. We will re-open at our new location on Tuesday October 1, 2013. The new location will be 20 minutes south of Varsity Speed Park. Our telephone number will remain the same 403-270-0160 as will our email info@odkarts.com

 

Our hours starting October 1st will be as follows:

 

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My-Chron Seminar April 20


We are hosting a My-chron data seminar Saturday April 20th from 10am to 5pm. Please read this flyer for details!

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Rotax Seminar March 23


Overdrive Motorsports will be hosting a Rotax seminar on Saturday March 23. It will be a 2 part seminar: from 11am until 1pm we will cover basic function of the kart and at pre-race maintenance. From 2-4pm we will cover engine installation and proper set-up.

Space is limited so please reserve your spot today!

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Overdrive Kicks off 2013 in Tucson!


Overdrive Engines and KGB Chassis propel the only Micro Max into the 59 Second Bracket and The only Junior Max into the 51 second time zone!

2013’s first race brought on some big changes for Overdrive Motorsports’ team odkarts.com . The structure of the Team has changed with Tuner Ryan Ruth resurrecting the KGB kart brand that saw so much success in the late 90’s and early 2000’s. Ryan has now joined Joey Guyon as Co-Team-Manager for the Challenge of the Americas, bringing with him 4 agents of the KGB squad under his Ruthless Karting LLC banner.

In the Junior Rotax Category, Jim McKinney (KGB/Overdrive Rotax) would hope to improve on his 8th finishing position at the 2012 Challenge of the America’s – and carry his momentum and #1 SKUSA Pro Tour plate from the S5 category. Jim took a few days to grasp the D1 tire, but when he did, he was on a tear. Saturday’s 11th spot qualifying position set him up for a 6th place run in the pre-final. At the start of the final Jim went to work, but when passing karts contact caused his right-rear tire to de-bead. He held on as best as possible to a 13th place finish, having ran the last 10 laps with 0 psi of air in that same tire!

The competitors turned up the heat on Sunday’s qualifying, with Jim missing pole by only 0.04 seconds, placing him in 5th position. An off track excursion in the second corner of the pre-final send him back to 35th early but Jim recovered cleanly to finish in 15th position. A epic run in the final using his Overdrive Power to make passes each lap early on in the race while his KGB chassis handled better and better taking fastest lap overall allowed Jim to earn a 5th place and still has a chance to keep fighting for the points title.

In Micro Max the team had 4 eager drivers. Liam Letzsch (KGB/Overdrive Rotax) is the current points leader with a Victory on Saturday; although his 2nd place finish on Sunday was impressive after dropping back to 7th on the start. He was also the only driver to cross below the 60 second lap time. Canadian Christian Newland learned earned some valuable track time and walked away with a 10th place finish on Sunday after an incident saw him DNF on Saturday. Oregon’s Austin Torgerson (KGB/Overdrive) Finished 8th on Saturday and 11th on Sunday, showing he has the speed and is determined to refine his race craft. Sebastian Davis finished 15th both days as the 8 year old gains the experience he needs to build his skills.

Overdrive’s Power also propelled Senior driver Mason Marotta (FA-RPM/Overdrive Rotax) to Pole Position on Saturday. He followed that up with a second place in the pre-final, but contact on the start forced him to recover for 8th position. Sunday’s 2nd place in qualifying and pre-final were also discounted by a bad start in the final that only allowed for a 13th position recovery. Calgary’s Brad Dezall (Tonykart/Overdrive Rotax) joined team Overdrive/Ruthless this weekend to help his season get off to a good start. Unlike most others, Brad had consistently great starts placing him into 11th at the start of Saturday’s final, but was forced to stop when a motor mount broke when he ran out of room when he was forced wide in corner 4 by another competitor. He was again a victim of this corner on Sunday during the final when he was in 6th place on the opening lap. The off track excursion filled the airbox with rocks and he struggled to continue.

In Minimax PGR’s Trenton Sparks chose an Overdrive engine for his first Minimax race. Some good runs into 6th place during the races did now show up on the results sheets as he walked away with two 13th place finishes.

If you would like to get your Engine Dyno tested or Rebuilt by Overdrive Motorsports please contact Joey by email: info@odkarts.com or by telephone 403-270-0160. The engines used by Mckinney and Marotta are also available for rent at this year’s Eastern Canadian Karting Championships or for your local event!

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Mechanic Seminar at Overdrive!


Overdrive is pleased to introduce for the first time, mechanical instruction AT Overdrive using YOUR kart.

 

The date will be Saturday December 8, 2012 from 11am until 3pm

 

Students will be encouraged to drop off their karts the week prior to the event, in order to have the equipment WARM to the touch and ready to go.

 

Ideal candidates would be looking at:

How to remove and install engines

How to Align their kart

How to Change tires

Any particular service questions

 

A maximum of 4 clean karts will be accepted.

 

The racer/mechanic will do their own work, with instruction/assistance from Overdrive.

 

The cost is $95+gst

 

If you are interested please apply by email: info@odkarts.com

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Winterizing - while you wait!


Overdrive Motorsports is offering “while you wait” winterizing of Rotax karts this month by appointment, during business hours.

 

We will offer 3 options:

Basic winterize: Drain Water, Add Antifreeze, Start Engine, Drain Antifreeze $25

 

Full Winterize: Above service +, remove and dispose of fuel, remove batteries on kart (Mychron, Engine), $50

 

Storage Prep: Above services + remove and clean engine $95

 

If you are interested in our Winterizing assistance, please contact us today to book your appointment.

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Gatorz Phoenix Results


Overdrive Motorsports month of February ended with great results all around in Phoenix at the Gatorz Challenge of the Americas.

 

Junior driver Jim Mckinney had a remarkable weekend. The Phoenix native was determined to put his mark as a front runner and achieved all goals in rounds 3 and 4. Final timed practice on Friday showed Mckinney on top of the charts and he would battle there all weekend long, earning his first podium on Saturday and backing it up with a 4th place finish on Sunday. With these results Jim moves to 5th in the overall Jr Max standings.

 

DD2 Masters driver Mark Wheeler again came home with a pair of 2nd place finishes aboard his PCR Advance chassis, nevertheless lead a handful of laps on Sunday as he smoothed out his driving on the physically demanding track.

 

Austin King lead the way for the team in Sr Max using the MXK8 chassis, running within a few tenths of the top dogs all weekend. Focusing on his driving style at this ultra high-grip track aboard his Scuderia PCR, King would come on towards the end of the runs as he finished 10th and 14th respectively. With the field so tight, team ODkarts.com manager Joey Guyon plans to work on the Qualifying setup to move up the order “the top 15 are all so close in performance. That half a tenth in qualifying can mean at least 5 spots at the end of the main. We’ve got a few tests to carry out in March to help Austin’s performance”.

 

King once again decided to pull the “Iron-man” and enter the DD2 category as well. Saturday’s racing saw the 16 year old pilot run the entire race in 2nd place until the final circuit when fatigue set in and a few errors forced him to settle for 3rd position. On Sunday Austin reluctantly agreed to limit his laps, skipping warm-up and the pre-final in order to be fresh for the main. He ran through the field in short order, but the consistency of the top 3 racers would force King to lay it all on the line to finish in 3rd position.

 

Phoenix’s Derek Poirier, a team Innovative Karting driver competed for the first time with Overdrive Power.  Derek lead the way on Saturday and took the Victory, only to cross the scales a half-pound shy. He had redemption on his mind on Sunday and was leading the heat race until he got spun exiting the Esses. A great drive from 11th to 3rd in Sunday’s Final gave Poirier some redemption and definitely some confidence for the final 2 rounds of the series.

 

Other notable Overdrive Powered finishes include: Jessica Dezall with a pair of 7th place finishes in MiniMax (timing in less than 0.15 sec of the winner on Sunday), Bryan Lemon with a 12th Saturday in Sr Max, and Matt McMurry in Jr Max with an 11th and 14th.

 

Overdrive Motorsports’ national level racing team is branded as Team ODkarts.com/Scuderia PCR. The Canadian based operation travels events throughout North America including the Gatorz Challenge of the Americas, Superkarts! USA SuperNationals and the ASN Canada FIA Canadian National Championships. Spots are still available to join us for Western Canadian Championships and Overdrive is looking for independent drivers to represent their Engines and Chassis at every event!

 

Visit www.overdrivekarts.com or www.facebook.com/overdrivekarts for more information

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Gatorz Phoenix Preview


Overdrive Motorsports heads to Phoenix for the second round of the Gatorz Challenge of the Americas, at the PKRA circuit.

 

At round 1, Calgary’s Austin King was the only driver to challenge Fritz Leesman in the fastest category, DD2. Now having more seat-time under his belt, King hopes to improve from his 3rd position standing in the points.

 

King will also be pulling double-duty Senior Max class where the field is deepest. Austin is very comfortable aboard his Scuderia PCR MXK8 chassis and took a win at a recent club race at PKRA on February 12th.

 

Junior driver Jim Mckinney will again be pitting with Team odkarts.com and has positioned himself 6th overall in the points heading to his home track. Some small chassis tweaks and more engine development will be the tools Jim will use to his advantage this weekend.

 

DD2 Masters driver Mark Wheeler has strung an impressive pair of second place finishes aboard his Overdrive Powered PCR Advance chassis and hopes to repeat his latest performances.

 

A new independent driver has turned to Overdrive Power. Phoenix’s Derek Poirier will have a 2012 Overdrive FR125 in the Masters Category. Derek currently stands 5th in the standings is excited for the change “I know the track very well in Phoenix, and know I can compete at the front now that I have power that I can trust!” commented Poirier as he prepares for the event.

 

Other Overdrive Powered drivers include: Bryan Lemon and Josh Sarchet in Sr Max, Matt McMurry in Jr Max, Jessica Dezall in MiniMax and Curtis Ruth’s Innovative Karting squad – Augie Lerch in Sr Max, Austin Kuehl in Jr Max.

 

4 official team entries and 6 additional poweplants will represent Overdrive Motorsports at this year’s Challenge of the America’s!

 

Overdrive Motorsports’ national level racing team is branded as Team ODkarts.com/Scuderia PCR. The Canadian based operation travels events throughout North America including the Gatorz Challenge of the Americas, Superkarts! USA SuperNationals and the ASN Canada FIA Canadian National Championships. Spots are still available to join us for Western Canadian Championships and Overdrive is looking for independent drivers to represent their Engines and Chassis at every event!

 

Visit www.overdrivekarts.com or www.facebook.com/overdrivekarts for more information

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Gatorz Tucson Review


Round 1 is in the books for the Overdrive Motorsports crew at the Gatorz Challenge of the Americas. 1 podium and some solid finishes were all a part of the first chapter of 2012 Rotax racing in Arizona.

 

DD2 driver Austin King led the way in his first 2 speed effort. On Saturday’s qualifying he slotted into 4th position. During the Pre-final he advanced 1 spot for a 3rd place starting position for the main event. Saturdays run was completed with a solid 2nd place run aboard his PCR Advance chassis.

 

Sunday was a new day and with some small tweaks to the Overdrive tuned DD2 engine, King was to be a contender. Provisional pole sitter for most of the qualifying sessions, Austin would sit on the front row for the pre-final where he would slot behind Fritz Leesmann and shadow the veteran champion for the first dozen laps until King pounced on an opening and grabbed the first place spot. King stretched his lead to a small gap and lead the next six laps until the final circuit when the leaders encountered lap traffic that lost the young drivers momentum and allowed Fritz to grab the win. The final was a trying race that saw King and Burkett battle for 2nd spot while Leesmann drove away. Multiple incidents followed and King recovered for a 4th place finish.

 

In DD2 Masters “new comer” Mark Wheeler, also aboard a PCR Advance chassis, scored consistent 2nd position finishes in each qualifying, prefinal and final on both days to set himself up for a points scoring weekend.

 

Jim Mckinney would carry the flag as the official Overdrive Motorsports powered driver in Rotax Junior. Both days were a success starting with a 8th place finish on Saturday. Some chassis tweeks were in order to help consistency for Sundays events. His father/tuner Mike rolled the kart out of the trailer and Jim entered the top 5 in qualifying. A 7th place performance solidified his inside row starting position for the final where he would battle back and fourth to a good 6th position finish.

 

Austin King had to roll up his sleeves as he still had another 50 laps of racing each day in the Senior Max category aboard his PCR MXK8. Saturday started off with 13th position in the field of 35. Smart racing advanced him for 12th and 11th position finishes in the pre-final and final respectively. On day 2 King qualified 29th as a mechanical glitch in qualifying lost some power and added some excitement as he made a remarkable charge to 13th in the heat race. A few adjustments by tuner Ryan Ruth helped King crack the top 10 in the Final with a good 9th place result.

 

Looking back on the weekend the entire team at Overdrive Motorsports contributed to a well prepared and efficiently run weekend. Engine tuner, Coach and Team Manager Joey Guyon was surrounded by a great staff including head mechanic and DD2 supervisor Jesse McEwan along with Chassis tuner, data and video analyst Ryan Ruth to form one of the most head strong and professional teams on the West Coast.  

 

Overdrive Motorsports’ national level racing team is branded as Team ODkarts.com/Scuderia PCR. The Canadian based operation travels events throughout North America including the Gatorz Challenge of the Americas, Superkarts! USA SuperNationals and the ASN Canada FIA Canadian National Championships. Spots are still available to join us for Western Canadian Championships and Overdrive is looking for independent drivers to represent their Engines and Chassis at every event!

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Gatorz Preview


Overdrive Motorsports enters the 2012 Gatorz season as one of the most experienced teams in the paddock. Since the inception of the championship in 2008, the Calgary, Canada based team has competed at the front of every single round held by the series.

 

For this edition of the series the team has a new lead driver tasked with carrying the Scuderia PCR team colours on race weekends as well as product development. Calgary’s Austin King enters his second year of Senior Max competition and hopes to build on his fantastic 2011 rookie season that proved he had the speed to run at the front of the pack. Now with a year’s experience under his belt podiums will be in reach in the Senior Max category.

 

King will also be pulling double-duty this season in the DD2 class where is aggressiveness is sure to pay dividends “I am very excited to return to Team odkarts.com this season and can’t wait to race the DD2. The speed and kart really suits my driving style” commented King following a pre-season test at P1 Circuit in Tucson.

 

A second PCR DD2 kart has been prepared for the DD2 Masters category with driver Mark Wheeler. No stranger to racing, Mark raced karts in the 80’s and 90’s that included mod moto and Formula C shifters. His racing took a back seat to his son Tyler’s recent national and International efforts (3 time Grand Finals competitor) but now the timing was perfect for the fit speed junkie to return, he stated “I’ve been thinking about this for a while. I feel great and really enjoyed the pre-season test. My goals are to gain experience for the Western Canadian Championships and I’m glad to do it with the support of Overdrive”.

 

Overdrive Motorsports’ engine dyno has been going non-stop since the end of the 2011 season and racers from all over have taken notice. Phoenix’s Jim Mckinney will be pitting with Team odkarts.com and looks to follow up on his top 4 performance in round 2 of last year’s Gatorz. “Last year, I knew nothing about Jim. After the first practice session he showed me his AIM data and I was impressed. Not only did the trace look good, but he understood what to look for and what we were analyzing. He ran up front at PKRA and I look forward to chasing podiums with him again at every event” said team principal Joey Guyon.

 

Independent drivers can also rely on Overdrive Power. This year’s drivers include: Bryan Lemon and Josh Sarchet in Sr Max, Matt McMurry in Jr Max, Jessica Dezall in MiniMax and Curtis Ruth’s soldiers over at Innovative Karting – Augie Lerch in Sr Max, Austin Kuehl in Jr Max and Roger Culver in FR125 Masters.

 

4 official team entries and 6 additional poweplants will represent Overdrive Motorsports at this year’s Challenge of the America’s!

 

Well known Female competitor Emily Maddison will once again use Overdrive Motorsports supplied engines aboard her Phil Giebler Racing FA kart. She will make her 2012 debut at the Homestead FWT round, with a schedule of handpicked events tailored around her important final year of High School.

 

Overdrive Motorsports’ national level racing team is branded as Team ODkarts.com/Scuderia PCR. The Canadian based operation travels events throughout North America including the Gatorz Challenge of the Americas, Superkarts! USA SuperNationals and the ASN Canada FIA Canadian National Championships. Spots are still available to join us for Western Canadian Championships and Overdrive is looking for independent drivers to represent their Engines and Chassis at every event!

 

Visit www.facebook.com/overdrivekarts for more information

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Overdrive Sale Dec 2 and 3


Overdrive Motorsports will be holding its annual SALE! Hours will be Friday December 2nd 12 noon until 6:30 pm, Saturday December 3rd 11am until 2pm. Sale items will include: Tires, Chassis, Engines, Axles, Sprockets and much more! Refreshments and snacks will be provided along with must have deals and Christmas gift ideas.

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Winter hours


Overdrive Motorsports will now be closed from Saturday to Monday and Open Tuesday to Friday from 9am-5pm. We look forward to serving you during the off-season!

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Cold Weather Warning!


Attention Racers! Any competitor using a water cooled engine (Rotax or other) please remember to drain your water after use – prior to storing overnight. Temperatures below 0 degrees celcius can severely damage your engine... Remember to fill your radiator prior to use the next time. Before storing your kart for the winter fill your cooling system with a 50/50 green antifreeze mix and start the engine for a few minutes, then completely drain the system. This will lubricate the water pump and prevent corrosion in the Radiator and Engine.

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AIM Sports My-chron Seminar


Overdrive Motorsports is hosting a data acquisition seminar on Saturday August 6th at 10am until 4pm with a provided lunch at noon.

Roger Caddell from AIM sports will use his experience of AIM software to expand your skills.

The rate is $25 dollars and can be paid by contact us.

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Overdrive Motorsports continues to provide Alberta’s Rotax racers with basic hands-on operation knowledge on the popular 2 cycle karting engines.


Starting this coming Saturday April the 9th at 11am shop foreman Joey Guyon will head to Edmonton for a 1 hour seminar at Apollo Motorsports. Their local club will also be holding a membership drive and swap meet following the seminar from 12-3pm.

Topics covered include: Clutch, fuel pump, exhaust and carburetor maintenance. These tasks will be performed by Joey while students watch and ask questions.

The very next weekend our seminar stops back in Calgary at the Overdrive Motorsports shop. This seminar will be held the evening of Friday April 15th from 6:30pm until 8pm. This will allow for club members to attend the rookie training school the next day at Varsity Speed Park.

Interested racers – new or experienced are invited to register for these FREE seminars by email at info@odkarts.com .

For more information on Overdrive Motorsports or joining Team ODkarts.com, please contact us at 403-270-0160 or visit our facebook fan page: Overdrive Motorsports

 

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Fall Classic Report


Overdrive Motorsports closed out their Canadian season this past weekend with several impressive performances at the Fall Classic in Edmonton. Held at the beautiful new Warburg circuit, the Fall Classic has quickly become a staple on the Western Canadian karting calendar, and team Overdrive had their sights set on victories in both the Senior and Junior Rotax divisions. With the reigning Western Canadian Karting Champion Tyler Wheeler on hand to compete in the senior class, and top junior’s Emily Maddison, Austin King, and Gianfranco Sartor competing as well, a double victory was definitely a possibility.

 

Wheeler would set the pace in Rotax senior taking pole position, over an impressive field that included Phillipe Gelinas the reigning Gatorz and Canadian National Champion, as well as American Alex Speed. After winning both heats, Wheeler would start the final from the front, but unfortunately would lose out to Gelinas in corner 1. The pair would stage a titanic battle over all 20 laps, never separated by more than a couple kart lengths. On the last lap Wheeler would manage to get beside Gelinas heading into turn 7, but couldn’t quite make it stick and had to settle for 2nd. It was an impressive run, and it proved that Wheeler and his PCR can take the fight to anyone in the world right now.

 

The senior class featured several PCR drivers putting in good performances, as Alex Gysen held his own in a number of hard battles with multiple national champion Alex Speed and eventually brought home a top 5 finish. Jason Upton also had an outstanding run to finish up in 6th position. Jill Boddy continued to show impressive speed racing solidly in the top 10, but was undone by a first corner incident in the final, that also knocked Mark Wheeler out of contention for the Masters victory.

 

Overdrive’s Gianfranco Sartor set the pace through most of practice in the Rotax Junior class but in Qualifying it was Skylar Dunning running an ODkarts.com engine on his CRG grabbing pole, beating Austin King’s PCR by a tiny .018 of a second. In heat 1, Dunning would hold on for the win from a charging King who had a bad start, but recovered setting fastest laps to hound Dunning at the finish. Unfortunately for King he would become a victim of a first corner accident in heat 2, bending his chassis and effectively ending his chance at victory. After missing most of practice, Maddison came alive in heat 2 with a 2nd place finish, and then jumped to the lead early in the final. From there she fought off pressure from Dunning leading the rest of the way to score a very impressive victory. Sartor would come on strong late in the race, almost catching the lead battle before settling for 3rd, while King still managed to hold off Adam Dowler for fourth despite fighting the handling woe’s of his bent kart.

 

The Fall Classic was an exclamation point on an excellent season for team Overdrive. With Wheeler crowned Western Canadian Champion in Rotax Senior, while King and Maddison finished 2nd & 3rd in the Junior Championships (beaten only by Eastern Canada’s Garrett Grist), the PCR squad established itself as the team to beat in Western Canada. Other notable results included a Mini Max Championship for Mark Newson, Bobby Wallace grabbing his first WCC podium at Stratotech, and Alex Gysen establishing himself as a serious front runner. 2010 was a banner year for the Calgary team, but they will be back in 2011 looking for even more.

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Team odkarts.com takes on Fontana for the Challenge of the Americas


Overdrive Motorsports’ Team odkarts.com preps for the second race of the Gatorz Challenge of the Americas at Fontana, California’s Calspeed circuit.

On the heels of Nascar’s Fontana event the four Team odkarts.com/PCR drivers look to copy Jimmy Johnson’s first win of the year, at the same facility.

With 2 senior drivers firmly in the top 10 in championship points team manager Joey Guyon is focused for this race “We came on strong in race #1 with a 4th and 10th place in Sr Max last month, with our additional research and development leading up to Fontana we will contend for the win”

The Junior division will also 2 of the yellow machines in action, “being a semi-temporary circuit, having 2 junior drivers will help us achieve the ideal setup even quicker. Emily (Maddison) did a great job last race but got pinched off a few times. With the addition of Austin (King) our roster is complete”, commented Guyon from the Calgary, Alberta headquarters.

Overdrive Motorsports is your first choice for Rotax Max engine tuning and can be reached by calling Monday to Friday 9-5 GMT at (403) 270-0160 and anytime by e-mail info@overdrivekarts.com

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odkarts.com in Phoenix for Gatorz round #1


The storms cleared and the track was dry for the first round of the 2010 Challenge of the Americas presented by Gatorz eyewear.

 Friday practice saw PCR’s Tyler Wheeler at the top of the time charts in Rotax Senior. Fellow odkarts.com team mate Bobby Wallace slotted into 6th place. Emily Maddison was the team’s lone junior pilot as Austin King focused on school exams and will re-join the team for round # 2 in Fontana.

The odkarts.com Sr Max pilots qualified 2nd and 9th with Wheeler leading the way. The pre-final was a hard fought battle as Wheeler finished 5th and Wallace was not classified because he was ½ pound underweight at the scales. Both drivers were on a charge in the Final as Wallace made the best of his 25th position start for an amazing 9th place result. Wheeler advanced to 3rd mid race but battled with Quebec’s Phillip Gelinas, and finished 4th.

Emily Maddison started the day strong in JR Max with a 5th in qualifying. Contact would plague the talented Calgarian and she would come home with results of 8th and 13th.

Sunday would be a slightly different story and the senior duo started out strong again timing in 4th and 15th during warm-up. Just 0.4 and 0.5 seconds off of pole sitter Mason Marotta Wheeler would start the heats in strong fashion but made contact with Brendan Phinny while after having passed him for 8th place and falling back to 18th.. The prefinal was eventful for Wallace finishing 10th. On lap 1 of the final Wallace advanced to 5th, and some contact followed for a final result of 13th for Bobby Wallace and 14th for Wheeler after an 18th place start, later diagnosed with a low voltage issue as power would drop as the races went on and the power supply drained

Emily Maddison started the day with a new machine and knew she could have good pace if she avoided carnage. The junior class kept status quo and she was once again collected in wrecks for results of 11th in both the prefinal and final.

Team odkarts.com will be off to Fontana for round #2 at the end of February. The team will look to regain its form with some pre-event testing.

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Team Odkarts.com tackles Las Vegas


From November 17-22 the Overdrive Motorsports PCR team invaded Las Vegas with 4 Calgary based drivers looking to challenge the World’s best at the 13th annual SKUSA Supernationals.

Coming off a successful first season in the Senior ranks, Tyler Wheeler was entered in the stacked KF2 class taking on a star-studded field of international competitors. After spending the practice days getting acclimatized to his KF2 power plant, Wheeler managed to qualify his PCR 10th in the field of 31 karts. In the heats, he was twice the victim of a first lap incident which resulted in him starting the final in the 21st position. Once again, Wheeler was on the receiving end of contact, putting him at the back of the field as they completed lap 1. From there he put his head down and delivered an impressive drive to 16th position.

Junior drivers Emily Maddison and Austin King were both making their first trips to the Supernationals, while at the same time adjusting to the unfamiliar Leopard motor used in the TagJr class. In the field of 65, Maddison and King both qualified just inside the top 50 as they came to grips with the tricky parking lot circuit. Both drivers knew they would have their work cut out for them to get into the top 34 and transfer directly to the main. Maddison had an impressive run to 15th in her third heat, however she would still have to start 12th in the Last Chance race where only the top 6 would transfer to the main. King on the other hand would have a disastrous run of bad luck, ending up with two DNF’s, and would have to start the LCQ from 28th place.

In the LCQ the PCR drivers would show their best speed of the weekend, with Maddison getting inside the top 6 at several points as she was part of an intense battle for the final transfer spot. In the end she would end up 7th, missing the main by one heartbreaking position. King would manage to improve a massive 14 positions in the 12 lap race, setting times fast enough to run in the top 6, however his 28th place starting position proved to be too much of a handicap and he was also left on the outside looking in.

S3 Driver Jake Thompson headed to Vegas looking to run up front, but like his teammates he was running in an unfamiliar class. After qualifying mid pack, Thompson ran well in his heats finishing 10th in heat 1 and 12th in heat 3. A DNF due to a broken ground wire on the coil in the second heat pushed him further back although still transferring to the “A” main. On Sunday morning, they were finally able to put everything together and showed the potential of the PCR chassis by clocking in 7th during final warm-up. However, any hopes of a charge through the field were dashed by a first lap incident. A fast push start after the crash got him get back in the race, albeit half a lap behind. Despite the gap caused by the first lap incident, he continued on to bring home the kart in 29th position.  

In the end Team Overdrive was able to draw lots of positives from their first trip to the Supernationals, and everyone is already excited about a return trip in 2010. Team manager Joey Guyon summed up the weekend by saying “The Supernats was a great experience. I am fortunate to be surrounded by such a great crew of drivers and mechanics. We showed up well prepared and will build off this year’s experience to make sure these drivers are competing in the top 10 next season”.

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WCC Final event


 With a host of competitors throughout almost every class, Overdrive Motorsports had great success throughout the 2009 Western Canadian Championships including this past weekend’s final event at Varsity Speed Park in Calgary, Alberta. Scoring multiple podiums and race wins almost every weekend, the PCR drivers could be seen consistently at the front of the pack.

 

Racing under the Overdrive Motorsports banner in the Rotax Senior class was hot shoe Tyler Wheeler and the always fast Bobby Wallace. The duo would share setups and help each other as much as possible as they both ran inside the top five throughout the weekend. Scoring the best results of the weekend was Wheeler, as he managed to score a third place result on Saturday and backed it up with a solid fourth place finish on Sunday.

 

Wallace would show the speed to run with the leaders and would claim a third place result in Saturday’s prefinal before coming home sixth in the main event. Sunday would prove to be a little tougher for Wallace as an opening lap incident set him scurrying through the infield as he plummeted down the running order. Closing the first lap of the 16 lap main event in 19th, Wallace would have his work cut out for him but managed to battle all the way back to a seventh place result.

 

Wheeler would do double duty on Sunday only as a race day morning decision saw him enter the DD2 division. With help from already crowned champion Kyle Stevens, Wheeler went on to sweep the day taking the pole position, heat race win and main event victory.

 

Overdrive Motorsports would have four entries in the Rotax Junior division as Emily Maddison, Austin King as well as Privateers Alex Glysen and JR MacNeil would all battle for the win. The young female would score the best result of the quartet with a second place finish on Saturday but an opening lap incident on Sunday took her out of contention early. Austin King would score two top five results including a podium on Sunday and garner enough points to take the third position in the series title chase. Glysen and MacNeil would both score consistent finishes as both drivers came home with fifth and sixth place finishes.

 

Parker Thompson and Gianfranco Sartor were Overdrive’s lone two entries in the Rotax Mini Max class, but between the two of them scored two victories and four podium results through the weekend. Taking home the win on Saturday was Sartor while Thompson chased him throughout the main event to come home second. On Sunday, the fierce competitors but great friends switched roles as Thompson took the win just ahead of Sartor.

 

“The WCC program has been great for the whole Overdrive Motorsports team,” stated Owner and Team Manager Joey Guyon. “All the guys from the young kids to the senior level drivers did a great job and I couldn’t be more excited about the future for our team, Overdrive Motorsports and the series.”

 

While PCR pilots were running upfront in North America, across the pond at the European Championships, Finnish driver Simo Puhakka was competing in the Super KF class. The Championship Karting International race winner scored two third place results as he battled with some of the world’s best factory drivers.

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Gatorz Round #2 - Fontana


The California Speedway in Fontana, California held round #2 of the Gatorz Challenge of the Americas series from February 27 to March 1. Team odkarts.com was in full force again and walked away with 3 top five finishes in the two most important categories – Rotax Junior and Rotax Senior (Rotax International).

 

After a solid day of Friday practice, race setups were finalized and all machines were ready for Saturday morning qualifying. The Senior Max Duo of Tyler Wheeler and Jake Thompson qualified 7th and 9th respectively in the stacked field of drivers. In the pre-final Thompson gained a spot, moving into 8th position with Wheeler in tow finishing 9th. The main event was a chess match and after a few adjustments on the chassis and gearing, both drivers were involved in great battles with many passes for position. In the end Thompson advanced to finish in 5th place with Wheeler finishing in 8th position aboard his MXK8 chassis.

 

An evening of kart prep was necessary prior to Sunday as the parking lot circuit changed dramatically with increasing grip levels on the tarmac. Qualifying saw Thompson take 9th position in qualifying and Wheeler in 13th. A great start and clean racing would see the odkarts.com duo finish 7th and 9th in the heat race. Both karts were very strong at the end of the race and some minor changes were made to have the karts come in early on in the Final. In the opening stages of the race Wheeler and Thompson charged to the front and were among the fastest machines on track. As Wheeler made his way through the pack, he was collected by Michael Self and had to retire with a broken radiator while in 6th position. This left Thompson, driving his PCR Advance chassis to move up through the grid. By lap 5, Thompson was in fourth position and was all over Garrison Masters for 3rd spot. A bump and run by Joey Collins moved Thompson back to 7th on lap five. With 20 laps remaining the odkarts.com pilot put his head down making up a few meters per lap on the tight field. On lap 22 of the race, Thompson was once again all over Masters and made his move to take a 5th place finish in Sunday’s main event.

 

Leading the way in Rotax Junior for the odkarts.com team was Dexter Hucal aboard his MXK8 machine. On Saturday Hucal qualified in 7th position. Some minor adjustments were made to the machine and Dexter advanced to 6th place in the pre-final. In the main Hucal earned a solid 5th place finish after some great battles with Starrantino. Tuner Riley Will went to work on Hucal’s #81 kart trying an alternative setup for Sundays qualifying session and it paid off. Hucal set his fast lap immediately and held the top spot until Orcic and Delao squeezed past, giving Dexter the inside of the second row for the start, beside Taylor Miinch. The heat race was a battle and Hucal finished 5th. Dexter got a good start in the Final and moved into 4th position on lap three. On lap 19 Starrantino made his move and passed Hucal for fourth place – just one lap later Hucal struck back and took the spot away, holding it until the last lap when the duo of Miinch and Starrantino pushed Hucal back to 6th in corner 1.

 

Also representing odkarts.com Emily Maddison showed great improvement and was in the top 10 for much of Sunday’s racing. After a great 11th place finish on Saturday she was the victim of a few bump and runs but kept focused and finished 14th in the main. Austin King was running well in his second Gatorz event and finished 16th on Saturday and 15th on Sunday.

 

Running in Minimax was team odkarts.com pilot Parker Thompson. It was a weekend of learning on the tricky parking lot track at Calspeed for the pilot with guidance from his driving coach Joey Guyon.

 

The odkarts.com Team will race next at round 3 of the Gatorz Challenge of the Americas on March 27th to March 30th at the famous Willow Springs Kart track.

 

 

 

 

 

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Gatorz Round #1 - Phoenix


Team Odkarts.com/PCR headed to Phoenix for Round 1 of the Gatorz Challenge of the America’s held at the PKRA circuit.

 

Familiar faces were ready for action, lead by Minimax driver Parker Thompson.  Entering his second weekend of Minimax competition Parker was confident and eager to learn. With a Friday practice under his belt, he used Saturday to get comfortable with the higher speed wheel to wheel racing of these machines. Sunday morning Parker qualified 2nd and was excited for a great pre-final. Off the start he filed into 3rd place and followed the leaders waiting for an opportunity. A bump-and-run by one of his competitors forced Parker off track and he went on to finish in 12th position. Starting the final Parker knew he had nothing to lose. He went to work immediately and advanced spot by spot, ending with a terrific 6th place result.

 

In Rotax Junior, Dexter Hucal lead the way for team Odkarts.com/PCR along with drivers Emily Maddison and Austin King. Hucal was on point early and was in the top 5 on Friday’s time sheets. Saturday morning Dexter qualified as the top Canadian in 3rd position. A solid pre-main would set him up for a strong run in the final. After a race long battle with Miinch, Starantino, Pagano and Orcic, Hucal was in 3rd position with two laps to go. A small error forced him off track coming onto the straight and Dexter re-grouped to finish 6th. On Sunday the field tightened up and Dexter qualified 8th. A solid drive in the pre-final would see Dexter start the main in 4th position. His hopes would end on the first corner when he was sent off track after being collected in an incident with Dakota Dickerson and Colby Yardley. He would re-join and climbed back for a 9th place finish.

Travelling to his first Gatorz event, Austin King had a superb weekend. He started with a 16th place in Saturday qualifying and finished 14th in the Pre-final and 13th in the Main. Austin qualified 12th on Sunday morning, he finished 15th in the heat and struggling with sore ribs placed 17th in the Final.

Emily Maddison did her best at the challenging PKRA track and Saturday would see her qualify 17th, finished 16th in the heat, and 18th in the final. Sunday Emily improved to qualify in 16th place, 14th in the pre-final and after some contact finished 18th in the final.

Odkarts.com Rotax Sr Driver Jake Thompson started 12th in Saturday’s pre-final, and moved up to 8th position after 15 laps. A good start in the main and some solid passes would allow Jake to climb into 4th position, only to be taken out when the duel heated up with Michael Self. With Saturday’s DNF behind him, Thompson qualified in 7th position on Sunday.  A hard-fought pre-final got Jake into a 6th on the grid for the main event. By lap 18, Jake was in 5th position and was on the tail of Nakeel and Wimsett’s battle for 3rd. Things got tight in the fast banked corner at the end of the straight and Jake got the worst of it suffering another DNF due to accident.

 

Fresh off a 15th place finish at the Rotax Grand Finals in LaConca, Italy Tyler Wheeler’s first run as a Rotax Sr pilot was promising on Saturday as he qualified 14th in the tight grid. The pre-final was full of contact and Tyler finished 20th. Consistency and smart driving let Tyler claw his way back for a 12th place finish in the final on Saturday.  A few setup changes were made and Tyler qualified in 18th position.  In the prefinal Tyler advanced to 16th place and in the final he finished in 15th position.

The Odkarts.com/PCR team heads to Los Angeles for the next round of the Gatorz series on February 27th.

 

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ROK Cup Round #1 - Chilliwack


4 drivers represented Overdrive Motorsports/PCR at Round 1 of the Western Canadian ROK CUP, held at the CARTBC circuit in Chilliwack, British Columbia. In the Junior category, drivers Tyler Wheeler and Dexter Hucal were primed for competition after a great winter of racing at the Gatorz Challenge of the Americas. In Senior, they were joined by pilots Joey Guyon and Sean Macdonell – currently the 6th ranked Rotax Sr. Pilot in North America.

Sunday morning greeted the racers with warm skies and first up was Final 1 for ROK Junior. Wheeler secured a close win over Marcus Brodie, while Hucal showed patience, moving up to a 3rd place finishing position.

The second final for ROK Junior was much the same as Wheeler pulled away for a comfortable 2.5 second victory while Hucal had a great 3rd place finish after spending much of the race in 2nd. Overall ROK Junior Points show the PCR drivers of Tyler Wheeler and Dexter Hucal in 1st and 3rd positions respectively.

In Final 1 for ROK Senior, Macdonell followed Hucal’s strategy and used his patience to move up to a 2nd place finishing position, setting himself up for a front row starting position in Final 2. Starting in 22nd in the final row due to issues in qualifying, Guyon had an exciting race to finish in 10th position.

Team Overdrive made a few adjustments to their karts for the Senior Final 2. When the Green flag waived, Macdonell leaped ahead of Eddy Tinini and commenced their race long battle for 1st position. They dueled for 18 laps and Macdonell finished 2nd – a great achievement against such an experience racer. Guyon knew he had to make some moves early to make the podium and set up his kart appropriately and managed a 9th position result.

The overall ROK Senior points have Sean Macdonell in 2nd position and Joey Guyon in 9th position.

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