ProKart Challenge - Round 6 - Willow Springs Kart Track,
Rosamond, CA - May 12, 2007
ProKart Challenge revists the famous Willow
Round 6 of the ProKart Challenge returned to the traditional Karting track at Willow
Springs Raceway, Rosamond California. Over 110 entries took the track, 4 of which under the FX Racing tent. Claiming
wins in the last two rounds, FX Racing continued their winning ways posting the team's first 1-2 finish in PKC competition.
Cutler fill out the Second Step on the Podium for a 1-2 finish for FX Racing
Cutler continued his championship effort posting
a solid second place finish, in his enVista powered Trackmagic/Hi-Tech Honda. Qualifying forth in the twenty Kart field, Cutler
looked to pick up his winning ways after coming off his first series victory at the previous round at Grange Motor Circuit.
Cutler showed his pace on track all weekend finishing third and second in the two heat races. Cutler picked up the pace in
the Main Event, charging into first place exiting Turn 1 and held the lead position for almost half the race, until FX Racing
teammate Brad Dhesi put on a bold move to pass for the lead. With Cutler and
Dhesi running nose-to-tail, things got a little crazy when another competitor lost power and left his Kart sitting in the
racing line on the Pit Straight. Dhesi veered around the stalled Kart, but Cutler was unsighted until being right on top of
the Kart, which led to an off-track excursion into the dirt to avoid the collision, which allowed third place runner at the
time, Wally Wright to pass while Cutler was re-entering the track and trying to regain traction. After chasing down Wright, Cutler made the best out-braking pass of the race diving underneath Wright going
into turn 9 to reclaim second place. Cutler nipped at Dhesi’s tail the remainder of the race, yet was unable to make
a clean pass without risking taking himself and his teammate out of the race. Picking up 285 points on the weekend, Cutler
firmly is positioned in second in the championship 153 points out of the lead.
ProKart Challenge - Round 5 - Grange Motor Circuit, Apple Valley, CA - April 21, 2007
ProKart Challenge makes annual trek to Grange
Wind, Sand Sun…It's
always a difficult trip to Grange Motor Circuit, located 5 miles down a dirt road in the midst of Apple Valley's high desert.
The FX Racing team set off to continue its strong results from the previous round to maintain its winning ways. Three entries
in the G2 class, FX Racing clearly had its sites on the three podium positions.
First - Cutler comes from the back of the pack to take 1st Place!
Craig Cutler has consistently showed his speed, scoring several podium finishes since making
the switch to the G2 class late last season. Putting in testing time at Grange on Easter Sunday, Cutler has been committed
to his race program in 2007.
The enVista driver's weekend
started off well, consistently near the top of the time charts through Friday practice. With Qualifying up, Cutler posted
a strong time missing the pole, which was secured by Wally Wright. Maintaining a consistent pace, Cutler worked through
Heat 1 on the tail of FX Racing teammate Brad Dhesi to finish third.
In Heat 2, Cutler kept
pushing his Trackmagic/Hi-Tech Honda to cross the line in second place; however an inadvertent technical infraction
and ensuing disqualification forced Cutler to
start the Main event from the rear of the field. Starting in the last position, Cutler set his goals of having fun passing
traffic and collecting points. The fun factor greatly increased as a turn 1 melee occurred, which Cutler managed
to find his way around, posted Cutler into P6 as the race went on. Cutler put in a drive to remember as he passed by point's
leader and Pole qualifier Wright, as well as several others.
Moving into the second
spot, Cutler set sights on leader Harris Koenig, while lapping almost a full second faster. Koenig had a major cushion built
up as he cleared the turn 1 accident early. Cutler tracked down the leader and made a bold pass on the inside
of the fast sweeper at the end of the front straight to move into the lead. Cutler finished out the final few laps mistake
free to claim his first win in ProKart Challenge. The win puts Cutler into second position in the championship standings.
ProKart Challenge - Round 4 - CalSpeedway, Fontana, CA -
March 30, 2007
ProKart Challenge returns to CalSpeedway
FX Racing put five karts
on track for the 4th Round of the ProKart Challenge at CalSpeed. As the series continues to grow, the competition gets tougher
and tougher. Getting back to the California Speedway in Fontana,
the team was looking to put an end to the challenges of the first part of the season. Monster Energy powered the team through
the weekend, putting all 5 drivers in the top ten.
Craig Cutler put his enVista powered Trackmagic Honda in a strong position all weekend, scoring
valuable points. Entering the CalSpeed event as the points leader in G2, Cutler kicked things off well qualifying 6th. Cutler
raced his FX Racing teammate Jim Barnes through the first heat to finish 3rd. The FX crew was put to the test as a questionable
axle was found while prepping for the second heat, which needed to be changed, with the job being completed just in the nick
of time, arriving last at pre-grid. Unfortunately,
Cutler however was forced to retire from the second heat due to a mechanical failure. With Cutler forced to start from
the rear of the field in the Main he showed his performance scoring 9th out of the twenty
kart field. Cutler now sits 3rd in championship points.
Getting back to their winning
ways of last season, the FX Racing team will look to continue the preparation for the next round a Grange Motor Circuit.
- Round 3 - Buttonwillow Raceway Park, Buttonwillow, CA - March 3, 2007
ProKart Challenge makes the trek north to Buttonwillow
for Round 3
and beautiful weather welcomed the third round of the ProKart Challenge to Buttonwillow,
California. Located just off the I-5 halfway up the state, Buttonwillow is not
exactly a tourist attraction; that's unless you're a hardcore racer. The 0.7 mile 10 turn kart track, with an almost 1000
foot straightaway where top speeds reached 90+ mph, is one of the most enjoyable on the schedule and it did prove for
excellent racing. Stocked with Monster Energy Drinks, FX Racing's team of 6 drivers were in full form putting their stamp
on the event.
Craig Cutler, had a solid
weekend making steady progress to score valuable championship points. Strapped to the enVista powered Trackmagic FTR, Cutler
qualified 7th in a red flagged shortened session. Cutler stayed steady in the first heat making progress to finish 5th. Another
solid run in the second heat kept Cutler in contention as he held off pressure from FX Racing teammates finishing 3rd.
As the Main started,
running at the full scheduled distance, Cutler needed to balance his equipment while holding off the pressure from behind.
Cutler did just that in fact challenging Northern California driver Rocky Allen for the lead.
Settling in to the race pace, Cutler finished 2nd out of the 25 kart field, for his best finish of the 2007 season. The podium
finish has moved Cutler into the G2 Championship points lead.
ProKart Challenge - Round 2 - Moran Raceway, Beaumont,
CA - February 3, 2007
ProKart Challenge returns to Moran Raceway
for Round 2
With a late change to the schedule,
PKC returned to race again at the famed Moran Raceway with a change, running the track backwards. Supporting no less than
7 drivers, the FX crew overcame the challenges of the first race to have decent results.
enVista powered driver Craig Cutler
steered his new '07 Trackmagic FTR to a 7th place finish after overcoming a mechanical issue in the first heat. The new
FTR showed promise leading into the second round as Cutler lapped over a full second quicker than previous best in testing.
Coming off a podium in Round 1, Cutler qualified 3rd besting the other FX Tean drivers.
Pacing the first heat in third, Cutler lost time as a plug wire came off mid-race forcing him off the track and to the rear
of the field. Repairing the power loss, Cutler salvaged a 23rd finishing position. Cutler was on the move in Heat 2,
and aggressively raced up to a 9th place finish, passing
14 drivers in just 10 laps Heat 2. With a decent starting position for the Main, Cutler
battled amongst the combined class move up to 7th place for day. The finish moves Cutler to 4th in G2 championship points.
ProKart Challenge - Round 1 - Moran Raceway, Beaumont, CA -
January 6, 2007
ProKart Challenge Kicks Off 2007 Season at Moran Raceway
The first round of the 2007 karting season came early with the ProKart Challenge and 184 drivers kicking
off their schedule at the southern California home of karting, Moran Raceway in Beaumont. With the support of Monster Energy,
FX Racing had a full assault on hand with 6 drivers under the tent, four of which competing in the G2 class. The team was
challenged, finishing the day with mixed results, 4 drivers scoring top ten results.
Returning FX driver Craig Cutler scored the team's best result of the weekend putting in consistent laps
all day to sit second in the season championship points standings. After making only one start in the G2 class last year,
Cutler got off to a decent start, qualifying 4th with the aide of new tuner Kyle Kuntze. A stalled kart on the grid cost Cutler
a few spots in the first heat, but the Trackmagic/enVista driver made aggressive passes at speed to move up the field.
Due to delays throughout the day and ensuing darkness, the Main Event was shortened from the normal 15 laps
to just 6 laps, which cost Cutler's chances at the race win, as he was rapidly catching the first and second place
drivers, while turning the fastest lap of the race, but had to settle for a 3rd place finish out of the 27 G2 entries.
Fast race lap in the main, along with solid points throughout the day in the Heat Races moved Cutler into 2nd place in
the Championship Standings.
ProKart Challenge - Round 9 - Streets of Willow, Rosamond, CA -
September 23, 2006
ProKart Challenge Season Finale at the Fast
"Streets of Willow"!
The 2006 ProKart Challenge wrapped up its championship with the annual
trek to the Streets of Willow, a 1.8 mile road course in Rosamond, California. Speeds soared to over 105 mph on the ultra-fast
circuit. Winners were decided and champions were crowned at round 9, the finale of the 2006 championship.
Craig Cutler, making only his second start in the V2 class, scored his first
podium of the season, but not with out a struggle!
Piloting his enVista powered Trackmagic FTR with the newly updated Hi-Tech
Honda, Cutler was set to make a mark on the very fast, Streets circuit. The day started out rough with a clogged pilot jet
causing a major engine failure forfeiting Cutler's practice period.
The FX crew worked diligently to restore the damage to operation form
getting Cutler back ontrack for the qualifying session. With no practice, Cutler was able to qualify 4th in the 23 kart V2
field. Driving with caution, Cutler raced the first and second Heats to a 3rd and 2nd place finish respectively.
The 15 laps main proved to be a tough fight for Cutler as he exchanged
positions with Richard George, Dick Herrara and Blair Chang however eventual race winner Wally Wright cleanly drove away from
the fight. Cutler settled in to follow George across the line in third. George was later disqualified for a technical infraction
promoting Cutler to a 2nd place finish - his first podium with FX Racing.
ProKart Challenge - Round 8 - Did not enter event
ProKart Challenge - Round 7 - Santa Maria Kart Track, Santa Maria,
CA - July 8, 2006
ProKart Challenge Runs the Santa Maria Kart
Track under cooler temperatures then previous races!
The FX Kart Racing Team made
the trek up to beautiful Santa Maria for the seventh round of Southern
California's ProKart Challenge Saturday.
FX Racing's Craig Cutler, who had
been competing in the Spec class with his enVista powered Trackmagic, made the big decision to move up to V2 (Spec is
a stock engine, where the V class allows modifications). Cutler competing with his virtually stock engine, made an impressive
splash by finishing 6th overall. Much can be said for Cutler's competitiveness in the always challenging V2 field as he posted
the 4th quickest time in qualifying. With an upgraded power plant, Cutler will be a top contender next year.
ProKart Challenge - Round 6 - CalSpeedway, Fontana, CA - June 3,
ProKart Challenge Runs CalSpeedway with more 100+
Extreme temperatures greeted the participants at this weekend's 6th stop
of the Prokart Challenge; the second race at CalSpeed in Fontana, CA. Reaching temperatures of 106+ degrees in the shade the
drivers had their work cut out for them on and off the track. As the competition heated up, staying properly hydrated became
the story of the day.
Craig Cutler continues his fight to climb the point standings in the Spec 2 field driving his enVista/Trackmagic/Hi-Tech
Honda kart to a 10th place finish in the 22 Kart field on Saturday. Cutler currently sits in 9th place in the points in his
first full season of ProKart Challenge competition with FX Racing. Cutler overcame an electrical issue at practice's end to
run both heats finishing as high as 7th in the heats. Currently behind Brad Dunford by 31 points, Cutler will be looking to
continue his progress next month at Santa Maria where competition is sure to be as stiff, as usual.
Challenge - Round 5 - Grange Motor Circuit, Apple Valley, CA - May 13, 2006
ProKart Challenge Runs Grange in 100+ Degree
The FX Kart Team took to the track at Grange Motor Circuit in the High Desert
of Victorville, CA in what turned out to be a dry, hot days at the races. With temperatures reaching the 100-degree mark the
FX Racing crew worked through the conditions to have a successful weekend.
"Setting up to handle the high grip conditions was a challenge. Getting
the kart to a good balance, while making the front tires last was our biggest challenge of the year" explained FX Racing's
Frank Bain. "Our pre-event testing really helped us make the right decisions for race day."
FX pilot Craig Cutler, coming off a flu-like illness, continued to improve
ontrack in his enVista/Trackmagic/Hi-Tech Honda Kart. Starting in 7th position in the Main Event, Cutler was able to move
up and contend for 4th before lapped traffic helped shuffle him back to a 6th place finish in the 22 Kart field, making
it his best finish to date. Cutler has been able to steadily improve with consistent finishes continuing to climb in the overall
points race where he currently sits in 9th place.
ProKart Challenge - Round 4 - Moran Raceway, Beaumont, CA -
April 1, 2006
ProKart Challenge Runs Moran Backwards
The FX Kart Racing Team took to the fourth round of the ProKart Challenge
in full force. The team of four drivers battled again through varying conditions which meant switching between rain and dry
FX Racing's Craig Cutler worked hard through the packed Spec
2 class. Qualifying on rains tires on a drying track hurt the driver as half the field gambled and went out on slicks. Positioned
at the rear of the field, Cutler wisely elected to sit out the first heat, which would have run in full wet conditions.
In the second heat, Cutler was able to prove his speed in dry conditions,
quickly moving up through the field. His enVista/Trackmagic/Hi-Tech Honda motored him from the back of the 26 kart field to
a 12th place finish. With a decent starting position for the main, Cutler's chances of moving to the front were very good,
as he had the speed to do it.
In the Main Event, another driver in front of Cutler balked at the
start, allowing several other karts to get past, causing the loss of several positions, making him fight his way
back through the field. In all, the enVista supported driver managed to climb back to 9th place finish. Cutler is currently
11th in the Spec 2 championship points.
ProKart Challenge - Round 3 - Willow Springs Kart Track, Rosamond,
CA - March 11, 2006
Snow Covers SoCal's ProKart Challenge
The Snow didn't stop the third round of ProKart Challenge at Willow
Springs. The unusual weather striking southern California in March did little to slow down the ontrack action. The FX Racing
boys took the weather in stride and made things work in the tricky track conditions.
With a weekend of preparation under their belts, drivers Philip Conte and
Craig Cutler were set to take on the field in qualifying. Cutler had a strong performance scoring his best
qualifying position of the season, a 3rd place start in the 18 kart Spec 2 field.
Starting on the second row for Heat 1, Cutler balked a bit on the start
which forced him back in the field ending up in contact by the first turn. Cutler survived unscathed...however he was a lap
down by the time he restarted. Heat 2 was an adventure in the wet, also Cutler first time in those conditions. Fighting the
wet track, Cutler settled for a 14th place finish.
A drying track improved conditions for the Main, but Cutler still battled
the difficult conditions. Finishing 10th, Cutler moves into 10th in the championship points.
ProKart Challenge - Round 2 - CalSpeedway, Fontana, CA - February
Craig Cutler Debuts a '06 Trackmagic FTR
for Round 2 of the 2006 ProKart Challenge at CalSpeedway in Fontana, CA, Craig Cutler debuted his new enVista supported
Trackmagic / Hi-Tech Honda racing kart.
The new package proved to be a valuable asset for Cutler, scoring
a top 10 finish in the highly competitive Spec 2 field.
Cutler fought mechanical difficulties, first in qualifying and then
in the first heat. In qualifying, Cutler’s top speed was hindered by a
fuel line that was not at a 100%.
In the first heat, Cutler had a quick exit, as his right rear wheel
came off at speed, causing the kart to spin violently. Fortunately, Cutler did
not make contact with the wall or any other drivers. The DNF put Cutler at the
rear of the field for the start of Heat 2.
In the second heat, Cutler made aggressive and decisive moves to
propel himself to a 16th place finish from the rear of the 28 kart field.
Cutler continued to move forward in the main event, passing 6 more
karts to bring home a 10th place finish.
The finish moved Cutler into ninth in the championship standings.
ProKart Challenge - Round 1 - Moran Raceway, Beaumont, CA - January 7, 2006
Craig Cutler Debuts with FX Racing
Craig Cutler returned to the track after a 2 ½ year hiatus from racing and made a strong debut
at the first round of the 2006 ProKart Challenge at Moran Raceway in Beaumont,
CA, supported by FX Racing.
Competing in the Spec Category,
Cutler was new to both engine and chassis (a several year old borrowed chassis) surprising many by running at the head
of the pack through the weekend.
FX Racing chief mechanic, Josh Huff worked with Cutler get the package
up to speed over the Friday test day. Throughout the test day, Cutler put in
a solid progression getting himself to lap times competitive enough to be in the top 5.
Race day came with the crew ready to go. Cutler qualified
respectably, splitting the field scoring 10th starting spot on the grid. In the
first heat race, Cutler quickly proved his race craft moving up to a 6th place finish.
The second heat proved even more exciting when the crafty driver
moved from his 6th place starting spot to take the lead by turn two! Cutler led
the pack before fighting a shifter mechanism problem preventing him from downshifting properly, which resulted in him slipping
back to an 8th place finish.
With the mechanical problems corrected, the main event began strong
with another great start, with Cutler settling into a good rhythm and holding off pole-sitter Bill Cox when the two made contact
heading into the Montreal turns with the impact cutting the
right rear tire on Cutler's machine. The cut tire along with a steering issue that had begun to arise, forced Cutler to an early departure from the main with a disappointing DNF.