Speed Concepts Racing garners multiple race wins and multiple podiums in Phoenix

Noah Baker has breakthrough weekend for Speed Concepts Racing.

Noah Baker
Noah Baker. Photo: On Track Promotions

In what could only be described as a miserable weekend weather wise, Florida based Speed Concepts Racing traveled west this past weekend to compete in the Superkarts! USA (SKUSA) SpringNationals. With temperatures north of 100F and a dust storm that was like no other, Speed Concepts branded drivers prevailed to claim one main event victory, three podium results and several strong runs amongst their six driver program.

“What a weekend in Phoenix,” expressed Mike Speed. “The weather was brutally hot and it was a tough week for our crew and drivers. We overcame temperatures of more than 100 degrees for three straight days as well as a nasty dust devil that tore up the paddock. At the end of the weekend, we left Phoenix with a victory, three podiums, one pole position and one prefinal win.”

All three Speed Concepts Racing IAME Mini Swift drivers claimed top-ten finishes on Saturday with Noah Baker securing his first SKUSA podium. After qualifying fifth and finishing third in the prefinal, Baker maintained his position in the main event to put SCR on the third step of the podium. Alex Powell improved on his morning qualifying effort of ninth to finish fourth in the main event, putting two Speed Concepts Racing drivers in the top-five. Paul Bocuse impressed in qualifying with his third place effort, but a 25th result in the prefinal eliminated a chance for the victory. Driving like a seasoned veteran in the main event, Bocuse gained the most positions of any driver on track advancing from 25th to eighth and would shift his focus to Sunday.

The three Mini Swift drivers would once again show speed in Sunday's qualifying session with Saturday podium winner Noah Baker leading the field and claiming the pole position. Alex Powell and Paul Bocuse put all three Speed Concepts Racing drivers in the top-ten. Powell and Baker maintained their top-five positions in the prefinal as the duo claimed third and fourth place results. Bocuse was involved in an on track scuffle that sent him down the running order before he was eventually classified in the 17th position.

In a thrilling main event, Baker began the final circuit in fourth as he was at the tail end of the lead quartet and in the fight for the win. Moving from fourth to the point, Baker crossed the line as the leader and secured a Mini Swift victory for Speed Concepts Racing and his second podium result of the weekend. Alex Powell ended his weekend in 23rd after crossing the line 13th before a post race penalty while Paul Bocuse retired early due to illness.

Tyler Gonzalez put Speed Concepts on the front row of the X30 Junior field as his second place qualifying effort vaulted him into a prefinal victory. Taking the lead early and maintaining the top spot for several laps, Gonzalez lost the lead but managed to secure the second step on the podium. Sunday saw Gonzalez qualify in the top-ten before ending his main event with results that did not reflect his true speed. Canadian Justin Arseneau garnered a tenth place finish in the main event after hovering inside the top-ten throughout Saturday's wheel-to-wheel competition. Qualifying eleventh and finishing ninth in the prefinal, the Canadian champion added a tenth place finish to his resume. Sunday, Arseneau turned his 28th place qualifying effort into a 17th place finish in the prefinal and moved forward again in the main event to finish fifteenth, but only after he was forced off the track and back to 34th on lap two.

Speed Concepts Racing newcomer Luke Lange worked hard throughout the weekend and continually improved in his debut weekend with the team. Showing pace in Friday's test sessions, Lange ended his Saturday's competition with a 23rd place finish. Sunday saw Lange improve his qualifying pace as he ended the session 22nd but would fall one position in the prefinal to claim P23.

Be sure to follow Speed Concepts Racing on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram for news, results and photos. Find them at 'Speed Concepts Racing' or @SCR_Karting.

Gonzalez leads Arseneau in X30 Junior
Gonzalez and Arseneau finish 1-2 for Speed Concepts Racing

Mini and Junior drivers battle at the front of big fields.

Speed Concepts Racing
Speed Concepts Racing enters seven drivers for SpringNationals

Florida squad looks to carry momentum from April results to May events.

A Redspeed kart sits atop a karting stand with a SKUSA sticker on the front nose
Speed Concepts returns to Indiana for the SKUSA Pro Tour

Three Juniors, one Senior and a Master will fight for wins.

Speed Concepts Racing
Speed Concepts Racing set to close SKUSA Pro Tour with six competitors

With the focus on Mini and Junior classes, SCR will be aiming for the top step of the podium.

20191114 Scr Mini Swift New Castle
SuperNationals 23 sees eight drivers for Speed Concepts Racing

Florida team aims big for final event of the season.

Arias Deukmedjian
Kart360 Press Department
Arias Deukmedjian enters SKUSA Winter Series in Ocala riding wave of momentum

Round #2 victor is set to continue winning ways.

20180514 Deukmedjian Phoenix
Kart360 Press Department
Double victory for Deukmedjian at the Superkarts! USA SpringNationals

Deukmedjian puts Leading Edge Motorsports back on top in SKUSA competition.

20200811 otk kosmic skusa iame
Dominating performances by OTK Drivers at Superkarts! USA Pro Tour opener

Multiple wins highlight a busy weekend of wheel-to-wheel competition.

20191104 Scr Luca Mars Junior Rok Rio
Speed Concepts Racing on the podium at ROK the Rio

Mars scores second place result as four SCR Junior drivers are in top-ten.

16 12 20 Speed
Speed Concepts Racing Is Born

Mike Speed, formerly with OGP, begins new karting venture.