Rossi Races Through Illness At Calspeed

press release

Canadian pilot Scott Rossi claimed another strong podium result at the Prokart Challenge event held this past weekend at the Calspeed Karting facility in Fontana, California. Rossi was able to battle wheel-to-wheel with some of the nation’s best to score another podium result.

Deciding to head to the event at the last minute, Rossi and his tuner boarded a plane north of the border and headed to the Calspeed facility. With the last minute decision and a flight delay, the Canadian driver arrived late Friday evening missing the entire day of open practice.

Looking to get in the groove early, Rossi arrived at the track with very little sleep and turned the second quickest time of the two morning warm-up sessions, only being beat by former national champion Alex Speed.

Even though the Vancouver resident was suffering from nausea and severe headaches he continued to persevere through the pain to qualify his Aluminos chassis on the outside of the front row. Things remained static through the two heat races as Rossi circuited the facility in P2 crossing the strip in second both times, which would set up another front row starting position for him in the main event.

Looking to get the jump early, Rossi did just that and jumped out to an early lead. Looking as if he was going to run away with the victory, he once again felt the illness coming on which was a major distraction for the 16-year-old. Although he was unable to focus and had difficulty keeping his stomach down, Rossi finished the event in the third position claiming the final podium step.

“I have to admit that was the hardest race I have ever run,” stated Rossi after the event. “It just goes to show how much concentration is going on when you are out there and how physically demanding it is. A touch of the flu really hurt me today and probably took away our shot at the victory. I wanted to make sure I finished the race for my tuner Vince Mandarino and my Aluminos team.”

Rossi would like to thank Vince Mandarino for all the hard work and little sleep this past weekend as well as the Aluminos racing team. Scott Rossi would also like to thank all of his sponsors for their support through 2007 and onwards into 2008: United Rentals of Canada IRRENTS.COM, Remple Bros. Concrete. Eagle West Cranes, Canadian Western Bank, AVIVA of Canada, Mcquarrie Hunter Law Firm, Fasken Martineau Dumoulin, Scmidt Berg Accountants, Canstar Mechanical, Glenco Electric, Wiffen Financial, DGS Construction, Rossi Motorsports Formula Mazda, 450 Taurus Ventures, Excessive Properties and Excessive Racing Services. These gracious people and company are what make racing possible for the Canadian driver.