Bailey takes on New Castle
The widely renown New Castle Motorsports Park in New Castle, Indiana hosted rounds 3 and 4 of the 2015 SKUSA Fikse Wheels Pro Tour, also known as the 2015 Summernationals. Over 250 drivers from all over the country and the world traveled to this small town in Indiana to try their hand at the SKUSA Fikse Wheels Pro Tour.
After a strong showing in his Fikse Wheels Pro Tour debut in Phoenix, Kol was eager to put it on the top step this time around. The weekend got off to a good start, but quickly became a nightmare for any competitor on an OTK chassis. On Saturday, Bailey qualified 21st. In the first heat, he emerged 15th. For heat 2, they made an adjustment to the chassis which allowed him to continue up to 10th for the final. Going into the final, another adjustment was made which made the kart slower. On Saturday in the final, Kol ended up finishing 12th.
“Today was strange. We chased the set-up all day long. The kart definitely has potential, quite obviously because it’s a Tony Kart. Oddly enough, all of the OTK chassis are struggling at this track. I think once we get the set up right, we will be right there. There is no doubt in my mind about the OTK chassis, because it’s the best chassis around, and at Pure Karting, we have the best group of chassis tuners, so I’m feeling better about tomorrow”.
On Sunday, Kol and the Pure Karting team figured out something with the set up, because the kart was a lot faster. In morning warm-up, everyone was optimistic. In qualifying, Kol put the kart 11th on the grid.
For the first heat, Kol got caught up in a melee, allowing him to finish where he started, 11th.
“The kart is very good. After 6 0r 7 laps after the tires come in, the kart is on rails. The Pure Karting guys really figured something out.”
Starting 11th for the second heat, Kol was moving up when he had an accident with his teammate.
“I feel so terrible right now. That was probably one of the dumbest things I’ve ever done. I believe that we had a fast kart, and I totally messed it up. I feel really bad for Donnie [Whittington], I totally ruined his race as well. I just feel pretty low right now.”
For the final, this put Bailey 30th on the grid. Once the race started, Kol never looked back. He made his way up to 13th, almost with the fastest lap.
“I just drove my heart out. I knew we had a top 5 kart today. Unfortunately, I messed up. In the end, that’s why I’m in S2, to learn. We will learn from it, and it’ll make us stronger. It was just a blessing to even be here. I just want to thank God, and my parent for that. Also, a huge thank you to everyone at Pure Karting for giving me a great kart and believing in me, the Piccini’s for their help, Imune Clothing, Spy Optic, Dark Horse Pros, and Phoenix Solar Specialists. Without these people, it wouldn’t be possible. I can’t wait for Adams in August. I’m really anxious to get out and race again!”