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Teen Kart Racer Earns First Pole Position of 2007 at California Speedway

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Teen kart racer Jacob Pearlman (JP) earned his first pole position of 2007 at California Speedway with the Los Angeles Kart Club. Pearlman was also the fastest kart during the day and had a lead of more than 15 kart lengths during his first HPV-2 race of the year.

Jacob Pearlman at California Speedway Jacob Pearlman at California Speedway
During the brief qualifying session JP and two other lead karts caught unexpected lapped traffic on the last circuit. He quickly turned his car into the infield to avoid the traffic jam as the qualifying session ended. “Even though he had to throw away his last qualifying lap he still managed to earn his first pole position of the year,” said Richard Pearlman, Jacob’s father. “My son was a full 6/10ths of a second ahead of the 2nd place qualifier.”
Jacob Pearlman at first HPV-2 race of 2007 Jacob Pearlman at first HPV-2 race of 2007

After three warm up laps the green flag waved for the heat race. JP jumped out to the lead as the field dove into the first turn. He won by .34 seconds. “My engine was running great,” said Pearlman. “But my kart setup needed to be better for the main.”

In the 16 lap main event JP jumped out to an early lead. On lap 9 his kart tossed the drive chain. “We’ve been running strong all year, but we’ve had some tough breaks,” Pearlman said. “I know things are going to balance out very soon.”

JP’s next race will be Round 4 of the Gatorz Karting Cup Rotax Max Challenge Presented by Champ Car. “We travel to many different tracks for Jacob’s kart racing,” said Richard Pearlman. “Our GMC Yukon tow vehicle averages 23,000 miles a year, most of it pulling our trailer. Our K&N Engineering Filters and cold air induction system are key parts to making sure that we have the power and reliability to get over steep grades while towing 5000 pounds.”

Follow Jacob Pearlman's progress throughout the racing season at the K&N news site. Find K&N products for your vehicle using the K&N application search then use the K&N dealer search to find a K&N dealer in your part of the world.

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