Heated action on track with the Fast & Speed USA crosskarts and sprinter buggy gave spectators a glimpse of the fun of competing in these entry-level rallycross machines.
Perris, CA, April 28, 2018 – Opening night for the Formula X Autocross season is in the books and it has left quite a mark on the Southern California landscape. 6 drivers entered the race and the continual position changes and close, wheel-to-wheel racing made for great highlights on an already action-packed Perris Auto Speedway night.
Drivers hit the course initially for shakedown to a warm welcome from the thousands of spectators from the local area. Visibility for sponsors including G-Force Racing Gear, Madsen Motorsports, Speed Energy, Splicetel, and others was paramount through the night. The warm welcome from the standing crowd continued through the night and into the heat races.
Heat 1 showed that the action would be peaked from the green flag drop and not stop until everyone crossed the finish line. Newcomer Jeff Buentiempo gave quite a show coming from a recreational karting background and in his first competition race on dirt. Jeff commented, “Right from the beginning I knew I’d have to buckle down and race hard to compete with Bucky (Lasek), Kevin (Madsen) and the other experienced drivers from overseas. These crosskarts are so easy to get used to though, that it really made it fun.”
Moving on to Heat 2, veteran driver took Igor Palagin continually moved through positions with great reactions from the crowd. In the end it was famous professional skateboarder Bucky Lasek who took another 1st position finish in the #82 Fast & Speed Crosskart. It looked like the evening was going to be dominated by the skilled Southern California native.
Finally, in the 12 lap Main event it was road racing driver and professional coach, Kevin Madsen who battled to the front to lead the race. With the crowd on their feet, he held off previous Subaru Rally Team USA driver Bucky Lasek in the quicker, lighter crosskart for a number of laps. Kevin remarked, “I was just trying to make the Sprinter Buggy as wide as possible and make Bucky and the guys work for it. It was like being attacked by quick little hornets from behind. It was just so much fun!” Madsen was able to hold off the crosskarts creating a great spectacle but ultimately Bucky found an opening down the straightaway and then took a substantial lead. Action wasn’t limited to the battle for the lead though as newcomer Jeff Buentiempo ended with a podium in his first race with the new series.
With the rain-out of the previously scheduled first race of the season, this opening night race on April 28 counted for double points. The current season points are:
The dates for the remaining season races at Perris Auto Speedway are:
- Saturday, May 19
- Saturday, June 16
- Wednesday, July 4
- Saturday, July 28
- Saturday, September 1
About Formula X Autocross:
Formula X Autocross brings the exciting concept of European Autocross to North America. The new series of action-packed events is similar to rallycross but with several classes of off road race cars competing on the same track with loads of excitement and at a much lower cost of entry. The chassis are also used by the Race of Champions and are designed by championship rally racer Johnny Hakvoort from Fast & Speed and built exclusively by Fast & Speed USA.
For more information visit www.fxautocross.com
About Perris Auto Speedway:
Built in 1996, Perris Auto Speedway is a state-of-the-art racetrack. The 1/2-mile clay oval features a raised back straightaway for easy viewing of the cars. The track hosts various race cars from the blazing speeds of the USAC/CRA Sprint Cars to the affordable American Factory Stocks. Perris Auto Speedway is located on the Lake Perris Fairgrounds approximately one hour east of Los Angeles and one hour North of San Diego.
For more information visit www.perrisautospeedway.com
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