US Open Colorado: The Photo Review


A review of the second round in captured moments

Oliver Askew hits the chicane in Grand Junction
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Askew attacks the second of the three turn chicane at Grand Junction Motor Speedway.
PSL Karting watches Oliver Askew
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The team behind Oliver Askew's success this season in North America is PSL Karting. All resources are on deck for this young talent to elevate his potential. They're only getting stronger as the season wears on.
Shifter Elite Drivers Davide Fore, Jordon Lennox, Sabre Cook
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Shifter Elite continues to impress despite the low kart count. Quality over quantity in this one.
Darren Elliott and Ryan Kinnear on the starting grid
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Darren Elliott (CRG) and Ryan Kinnear (Intrepid) about to launch into their final. Kinnear led early, but it was all Elliott after that (and most of the weekend). Here's to hoping we get to see them together again Vegas.
Diego LaRoque celebrates victory in Micro Max
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Little guy, Diego LaRoque, has made quite the name for himself this year in Micro Max. Here he celebrates his Micro MAX feature-win on Sunday in Grand Junction.
BirelART podium
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BirelART made up most of DD2 and they made the most of it, sweeping the podium with Jeff Kingsley (center) winning his first race on American soil. Ferenc Kancsar came home second (left) and secured his ticket to the Rotax MAX Challenge Grand Finals for his home country of Hungary. Alessandro Bizzotto (right) finished third.
Jake French DD2
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Not pictured in that DD2 podium shot was Jake French. The Sodi Kart, DKC driver needed to catch and pass Kancsar to win the Grand Finals ticket, but an admitted driver error while giving it all he had put him on the sideline early in the 22-lap feature. He'll have a chip on his shoulder in South Carolina at the Grand Nationals.
Trenton Estep celebrates
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Even a slow start in Sunday's Junior MAX feature didn't worry Trenton Estep, as the young Koene USA driver told us he was confident in his setup to perform late in the race. He would also receive some help from contact in front of him to move to the point, winning by a massive 7-seconds.
Sting Ray Robb and Trenton Estep battle on track
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Sting Ray Robb and Trenton Estep have done nothing to dispell the notion that they are two of the top Junior MAX drivers in the United States.
Darren Keane sits on the sidelines
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The first three official sessions couldn't have gone better for Floridian Darren Keane. Pole position on Friday, followed by two heat race wins and a second, Keane looked like a threat for the round two points lead and the Rotax Grand Finals Ticket. Unfortunately, it kind of unraveled from there. A spin in the opening corner of Heat 4 resulted in a 12th place finish. Running second in the final, Keane was getting attacked from all angles and eventually ended his race from contact by Nick Brueckner.
Nick Brueckner
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You could visually see Nick Brueckner giving it everything he had in Sunday's Junior MAX final. He did not want to give up a position, and as we've stated before, he had some questionable driving tactics because of that passion to win. You can't blame the kid for it, and he'll learn from this race for the next one.
Michael Michoff
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Rolison Performance Group's Michael Michoff had a quiet weekend in Junior MAX. Consistently inside the top ten, but never in the top five, the Northwest driver still has an outside shot at the US Open Junior MAX Championship. He'll need some wins in Vegas though.
McKenna Carey
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McKenna Carey observes Senior MAX Heat 4 from the sidelines after a spin in the opening laps.
Jak Crawford
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'Jetpak' Jak Crawford is gaining momentum in his first season of Mini MAX. Sunday's final seems to be a microcosm of that, as he started slow but drove his way to the front to grab a huge victory for himself and his team. We see a bright future for this young Texan.
Nicholas d'Orlando and Payton Durrant
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Koene USA was well represented in Mini MAX, again, with drivers Nicholas d'Orlando and Payton Durrant. d'Orlando looked poised for the feature-win until Crawford came on late, finishing a well earned second. Durrant looked disappointed in his fourth place finish after running higher than that most of the weekend. However, a disqualification ahead of him propelled the Utah driver to the final podium position.
CRG USA team tent
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CRG USA has to have one of the best circuits to call home. Not only are the surroundings about as beautiful as it gets, the circuit itself is challenging and beautiful in it's own right. A mixture of high speed corners, chicanes, long winding straights, and elevation, it'll whip you into shape in no time.
Breanna Miscione
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Breanna Miscione chooses the path less traveled in a Senior MAX Heat race.
Luke Shanahan
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Luke Shanahan finished what he couldn't in Dallas and picked up the feature win in Shifter Senior after a dominating set of heats. The Texan moves into the point lead over another Texan, Cody Jolly. With only a 26-point separation, this will be a great one to watch in Las Vegas.
Derek Wang at the Masters MAX podium
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Although a bit hesitant in the final of Masters MAX, Derek Wang eventually got around leader Scott Falcone; not without some fireworks though. Falcone defended on the final lap into the third to last corner, Wang got inside and the two touched, spinning Falcone. Wang was pretty unenergetic as he crossed the line and you could tell he didn't want to win that way, but he'll take it.
Stephen Erikson filming karts
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Erikson Media was on hand in Colorado on behalf of us at Kart360, and will once again be dropping a short edit soon, which leads into a mega short film to end the season later this year.