DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (Jan. 4, 2012) – David Malukas made his debut on a KartSport North America Arrow last week at the World Karting Association’s biggest event of the year, the Manufacturers Cup Series’ Margay Sprint Championships at the Daytona Int’l Speedway Sprint Course.
Malukas wheeled his Arrow to a fine third-place finish in his first 14-lap final of Daytona KartWeek, Cadet Sportsman Final 1 on Thursday afternoon. The 10-year-old racer started 14thin the 37-kart field and ran solidly in the top 10 before a last-lap incident gave him the opportunity to make some nifty moves and garner strong third-place result in the super-competitive Cadet division.
David returned to the 0.7-mile Daytona Sprint Course later Thursday to cap the opening day of racing at the Sprint Championships with a ninth-place finish in Yamaha Sportsman Heavy, which started 41 talented young racers. Malukas started 11th in the field and became one of only a few drivers to net a pair of top 10s in the Cadet and Yamaha Sportsman mains Thursday.
Friday’s racing wasn’t as stout for the young Chicago wheelman as he continued to work to adapt to his new Arrow mount.
Malukas finished 14th in Cadet Final 2 to open Friday’s main events.
Yamaha Sportsman Lite, the final event of the weekend for the Sportsman racers, saw the HMD Trucking-sponsored shoe qualify a solid ninth before becoming involved in an accident in the pre-final, relegating him to a deep 40th-place starting position in the 14-lap final, which saw him slice through the field and advance nearly 25 positions on the way to a 16th-place result.
“We had ups and downs this week,” David said while teams were loading up at the World Center of Racing Friday evening. “It wasn’t the weekend we were hoping for but we’re ready to do a lot of racing this winter and continue to improve. If we work hard I know we will be able to win many races.”
The “a lot of racing” David refers to comes in the form of six Rotax-sanctioned events on tap this winter in the Sunshine State.
Malukas will run the next two weekends at Palm Beach Int’l Raceway. This weekend is the opening round of the Florida Winter Tour Formula Kart Championship while next weekend, Jan. 12-15, will kick off the FWT Rotax Max Challenge.
David, his father Henry, and head tuner Jason Birdsell will return to Florida for round two of the Formula Kart Championship Feb. 10-12 at Homestead Karting. The next weekend, Feb. 16-19, will see the Rotax Max Challenge at Homestead.
The FWT will close at Ocala Gran Prix with the Formula Kart Championship there March 9-11 and the Rotax Max Challenge getting its shot at Ocala March 15-18.
Round two of the WKA Manufacturer’s Cup Series is March 23-25 at Carolina Motorsports Park in Kershaw, S.C.