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12/14/09
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Heylen wins PRI CKI All Stars race  UPDATE We updated this story with the overall results from both races.

12/11/09
Tonio Liuzzi, Jan Heylen and Scott Speed
Photo Courtesy CKI
Belgium’s Jan Heylen won the star-studded Performance Racing International / CKI All-Stars Karting Classic last night at the PRI Show in Orlando.  The former Renault Eurocup and British Formula Ford Champion and IZOD IndyCar competitor had a stellar race meeting, winning pole and leading both the 25-lap pre-final and 40-lap feature race from flag-to-flag.

In an event that has grown to be a true all-star gathering in its 5-year history, Heylen beat current Force India Formula 1 driver Vitantonio Liuzzi, Sprint Cup drivers Scott Speed, Jamie McMurray and AJ Allmendinger, and Indy Racing League stars Justin Wilson, Ryan Hunter-Reay, Buddy Rice, Tomas Scheckter, Ed Carpenter and Alex Tagliani. 

Heylen represented Volkswagen Motorsports and the Jetta TDI Cup, and raced for CRG Karts and SSC East.  The chief driving instructor for the Jetta TDI Cup, he is also lead testing and development driver for the series, which uses karting as a qualifier for the young drivers selected to race in the program. 

Heylen on the grid
photo Scott Morris AR1
He said, “For me, the PRI / CKI karting event is a lot of fun, but everyone comes here to win the race.  Look around and you see some impressive names and the big kart manufacturers like CRG, Birel and Tony Kart, and as a result, the competitive level is so, so high.  Karting was my first passion in motorsport, and I’ve driven against lots of these guys over the years.  Tonio [Liuzzi] and I used to race for the same tire manufacturer, and we raced together for years.  It was really good to hang out and spend time with him, but even better to beat him on the track!”

He continued, “I’ve competed against Justin [Wilson] and the IndyCar guys as well, so it was like old home week in some respects.  The race itself was great - the CRG and SSC East guys gave me a fast kart right out of the box.  We did minimal laps in practice, and only five laps in qualifying, but it was enough for me to get pole.  In the pre-final and the final, I was able to lead every lap, despite having Tonio and Scott Speed on my bumper the entire time.  It was really, really tight and with the lapped traffic, at times it was really exciting.”

“I want to thank CRG, SSC East, Oakley and Volkswagen.  It’s due to them that I was here racing in the first place, and the support they gave me was fantastic.”

Heylen leads Speed
photo Scott Morris AR1

The karters division was also a hotly contested race among some of the nations top karting stars, and a hot battle for bragging rights among the major kart manufacturers, who clearly came here to win. The karters division featured previous race winners Matt Jaskol, Bobby Wilson who now is running his own kart team, and Connor Daly. American-in-Europe phenom and F1 hopeful Josef Newgarden, and Indy Lights race winner Mario Romancini.

Gary Carlton took the top step of the podium with Chris Wehrheim and Top Kart's Kyle Wiegand giving him plenty of heat and pressure all night long.

Fast laps of the evening were posted by Heylen of the All-Stars division with a 15.148 sec lap, and in the karter's division, Wes Phillips with a 15.182 sec time on the very short and physically demanding course.

The PRI/CKI Karting All-Star Classic will be televised nationally on Fox Sports Net affiliation of cable networks.  Both the Karter and All-Star Divisions of the race will have their own dedicated half-hour broadcasts that will air in a minimum of 86 million households. Last year’s PRI event, with re-air dates, was viewed in more than 700,000 households helping bring karting to the mainstream media. The Karter division from the 2009 event will air on Monday, January 11, 2010, at 4:30 p.m. local time while the All-Star division will be broadcast on Monday, January 18, 2010, at 4:30 p.m. (press release)

Race Results
All-Star Division

Pos No. Name Total Diff Best Btlap
1 88 Jan Heylen 40 - 15.148 12
2 14 Scott Speed 40 0.044 15.168 37
3 15V Tonio Liuzzi 40 0.154 15.196 17
4 20 Buddy Rice 40 5.791 15.298 13
5 8 Gary Carlton 40 7.104 15.223 10
6 7 Alan Rudoplh 40 8.604 15.3 10
7 69 Jamie McMurray 40 8.918 15.257 13
8 54 Wes Phillips 40 9.192 15.204 13
9 55 Michael Vincec 40 12.934 15.281 7
10 29 AJ Allmendinger 40 15.196 15.399 9
11 4 Brendan Langlois 40 15.353 15.304 11
12 1 Jay Howard 39 1 LAP 15.159 13
13 111 Gustavo Menezes 39 0.468 15.302 10
14 8 Townsend Bell 39 3.63 15.304 13
15 77 Alex Tagliani 38 2 LAPS 15.326 8
16 78 Joe Sylvester 37 3 LAPS 15.901 11
17 14 Ryan Hunter-Reay 23 17 LAPS 15.373 9
DNF 2 Arie Ouimet 28 - 15.283 7
DNF 38 Zach Beard 27 - 15.34 10
DNF 15 Ed Carpenter 22 - 15.418 10
DNF 86 Kyle Wiegand 16 - 15.299 7
DNF 38 Colin Braun 16 - 15.319 14
DNF 16 Chris Wehrheim 11 - 15.387 6
DNF 21 Thomas Sheckter 6 - 15.66 2
DNF 18 Justin Wilson 0 - --:--:--.--- 0

Karters Division

Pos No. Driver Total Laps Diff Best Time BTlap
1 8 Gary Carlton 40 15.186 12
2 16 Chris Wehrheim 40 1.100 15.2 20
3 86 Kyle Wiegand 40 1.847 6.491 24
4 2 Arie Ouimet 40 5.087 15.266 6
5 38 Zach Beard 40 6.156 15.337 22
6 55 Michael Vincec 40 11.384 15.259 7
7 54 Wes Phillips 40 11.487 15.205 21
8 111 Gustavo Menezes 40 13.115 15.416 16
9 4 Brendan Langlois 40 13.478 15.267 20
10 66 Spencer Pigot 40 13.908 15.319 6
11 421 Jimmy Simpson 40 14.974 15.48 20
12 42 Michael Lewis 39 1 LAPS 15.338 11
13 117 Chris Scribner 39 1.138 15.405 8
14 13 Erik Haase 39 6.057 15.521 17
15 23 Austin Dyne 39 17.694 15.641 28
16 22 Connor Daly 38 2 LAPS 15.488 12
17 66 Lucas Barnett 37 3 LAPS 15.716 16
18 12 Jackson Mears 37 9.921 15.515 7
DNF 21 Josef Newgarden 38 15.447 8
DNF 45 Mario Romancini 37 15.241 21
DNF 6 Wilson Phillipe 33 15.693 17
DNF 9 Tony Lavanant 23 15.366 14
DNF 5 Matt Jaskol 23 15.428 8
DNF 11 Stefan Wilson 23 15.544 12
DNF 24 Bobby Kelley 14 15.564 6
DNF 56 Bill McLaughlin 14 15.579 7
DNF 12x Phil DeLaO 13 15.510 8
DNF 0 Carlos Duenas 0 --:--:--.--- 0
DNF 49 Scott Saunders 0 --:--:--.--- 0
DNF 10 Josh Hurley 0 --:--:--.--- 0
DNF 656 Mark Pellegrini 0 --:--:--.--- 0
DNF 25 Brandon Newey 0 --:--:--.--- 0
DNS 3 Bobby Wilson 0 --:--:--.--- 0



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