Teen Racer Gets Needed Power at International Karting Competition with K&N

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Jacob Pearlman made his international karting competition debut at the Gatorz Rotax Challenge of America at Infineon Raceway in Sonoma. California. The 15-year-old Southern California teen made his second start in the Senior Classes against multiple national and regional champions from the United States, Canada and South America.

Kart Racer Jacob Pearlman at rain soaked Infineon Raceway in Sonoma, California
Kart Racer Jacob Pearlman at rain soaked Infineon Race way in Sonoma, California
Pearlman was consistently fast in practice through the technical infield, but missed scoring in the top half of the field because of engine problems. The team was forced to bring in a new motor to compete.

Pearlman had the horsepower he needed to compete with K&N
Pearlman had the horsepower he needed to compete with K&N
Despite starting from the back of the field, Pearlman was looking forward to the 18 lap heat race. As the competitors took to the track, it was obvious the rain was coming.

At the drop of the green flag, JP and his DPK Birel with K&N Engineering Products picked up several spots through the first turn. Even on the pace laps, it was obvious that Pearlman had the horsepower he needed.

The rain and wind picked up and the entire facility was soaked. As the field took to the track, the temperatures dropped to the mid-40s. The course became more difficult and treacherous with several areas of standing water and mud at the edge of the racing surface. Attrition claimed at least 25 percent of the field as several racers spun and slid off the soaked race track.

JP slid into the infield following a spin, but he got out of the cart, lifted the back by the bumper to get the rear tires off the ground and hit the starter button. JP pushed the kart onto the track jumped in and sped off to an 18th position.

“It was a rough weekend,” said Pearlman. “I was determined to finish and coming from dead last to 18th place against this level of competition and bad weather was a tough challenge.”

Jacob and his father Rich Pearlman traveled 1000 miles round trip for the race. “We faced very high winds and a great deal of rain,” said Rich Pearlman. “Our K&N air intake system and air filter are key elements in making the horsepower we need to tow a large trailer under these circumstances. In our car, SUV, kart or race car, we rely on K&N.”

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