Mike Vincec Takes on headline KZ2 class in Las Vegas

November 11, 2011

Karting Ace Ready for SuperNationals XV

Stouffville, Ontario - November 11, 2011 - After a one year hiatus from the "race of the year," Stouffville, Ontario's Mike Vincec is set to return to the 15th running of the SuperKarts! USA SuperNationals. Taking on the headline KZ2 class against some of the top shifter kart pilots from around the world, Vincec will look to cap off his 2011 season with a strong result at the Las Vegas, Nevada event.

"My goal is to finish off the season with a podium at the SuperNats," noted Vincec on his return to the famed temporary circuit, held in the parking lot of the Rio All-Suites Hotel and Casino.

With a storied history at the event, and in the shifter kart ranks as a whole, 20-year-old Vincec will certainly be in contention once karts hit the track starting next week Wednesday. Vincec was on the podium at the ninth running of the SuperNats back in 2005, taking second place in the 125 Semi Pro class. A fifth place run in the 2008 SuperPro class will have Vincec looking to make ultimate SuperNats history in 2011.

"I think we have been able to put together a very good, complete package that will enable me to have a better shot with a higher podium finish than we have ever had before," continued Vincec.

Now teamed with powerhouse PSL Karting with factory support from CRG and Tec-Sav Engines, Vincec and his team will be a potent pair as they pursue SuperNationals glory. The 2008 Stars of Karting ICC National Champion and 2006 Canadian National ICC Champion has all the pieces in place to come home with a strong result. With European shifter kart experience also to his advantage, having run the CIK European KZ2 Championship in 2008 as a CRG factory driver, Vincec has been preparing to take on the stout international line-up.

"I have spent numerous days in the shifter at the local tracks and worked on my overall physical fitness level," explained Vincec. "I also raced in the Monaco of Trois-Rivierès street race where we hit the top step of the podium so we're hoping for a similar finish at the SuperNats."

Vincec will descend upon Sin City next week, hitting the track for practice starting Wednesday, November 16. Friday will see official qualifying and the first of three heat races, followed by the final two heats on Saturday. It will all come down to Super Sunday, with main events starting at 10:30am PST. Fans can follow all the action via eKartingNews.com's Trackside Live coverage at www.ekartingnews.com/live/.

About Mike Vincec:
Mike Vincec was the 2008 Snap-On Stars of Karting National ICC Champion. He also raced select events in 2008 for the CRG Racing Team in Europe going on to being named the 2008 eKartingNews.com Driver of the Year. In 2007, Vincec represented Team Canada at the Rotax Max Challenge Grand Finals in Al Ain, UAE. In 2006, Vincec was the Canadian National ICC Champion. He is also a six-time Sunoco Ron Fellows Karting Championship class champion and the only driver in the series history to win three championships in one season in three different classes. Vincec is proud member of the PSL Karting race team and races with support provided by CRG Italy and Team Sparco.

Mike Vincec will look to score a similar finish at this year's SuperNationals after taking the shifter win at the Monaco of Trois-Rivierés in July
(Photo by: Cody Schindel - Autosports Media Group)

Mike Vincec Ready for ECKC Finale

April 15, 2011

Talent heads to Mont-Tremblant for ECKC finale and preps for 2011 Canadian Nationals

With the 2011 Eastern Canadian Karting Championship (ECKC) series scheduled to wrap its season this weekend, Canadian karting standout Mike Vincec along with his PSL Karting.com crew is set to descend on the scenic Mont-Tremblant Karting Circuit in Quebec. With the 2011 Canadian National Championships just around the corner at the same facility, Vincec will make the most of his track time in preparation for the biggest and most prestigious event on the Canadian karting calendar.

Vincec heads to Mont-Tremblant on the heels of rounds four and five at Mosport International Karting just a few weeks prior. Tricky weather conditions on Saturday for round four saw the PSL Karting / CRG pilot clock the fifth quickest time during a wet qualifying session in the Rotax Senior class. Vincec worked his way up during the prefinal to secure the outside front row starting position for the day's final, although his solid effort would prove inconsequential during the final racing action. Battling misty conditions all day, drivers and tuners were forced with the decision of wets or slicks for the final, as the mist started to intensify. With the final turning into a full wet race by lap three, those who gambled on slicks began to drop down the running order, with Vincec being one who lost the bet. Struggling for grip on the wet surface, Vincec managed to keep his kart on track and eventually crossed the stripe in the ninth position.

As the weather cleared out for Sunday's round five, Vincec began the day in fine form by bettering Saturday's qualifying position to off-pole. Putting his CRG chassis in the lead on the start of the prefinal, the 2008 eKartingNews.com Driver of the Year went flag-to-flag to take the win. Things looked promising for the 20-year-old during the final, until disaster struck when the airbox broke free as he led the contingent of senior drivers. Attempts by the champion to reattach it were futile and although he led uncontested and took the checkers in first place, the technical infraction upon post-race inspection would relegate him down the running order.

Vincec's ECKC results have him sitting ninth in the overall class championship and as he battles in one of the most competitive and highly regarded fields in North America, the former ICC Canadian National champion will work laps and fine tune his PSL powered CRG at this weekend's ECKC finale to prep for the upcoming Nationals. Set for August 12-14 at the same Mont-Tremblant track, Vincec will look to add another national title to his resume, this time on the Rotax platform. With his trip to the Rotax Grand Finals with Team Canada already in hand courtesy of his Florida Winter Tour DD2 championship, Vincec will have nothing to lose in hopes of a repeat title.

Vincec is also pleased to announce a new partnership with Team Sparco. Sparco's rich history and dedication to providing state-of-the-art karting suits and accessories perfectly suit the championship driver's need for safety and quality. Vincec is proud to bear the Sparco name and looks forward to a lasting partnership with the Italian brand.

Mike Vincec heads to Mont-Tremblant this weekend for the Eastern Canadian Karting Championship finale
(Photo by: Cody Schindel - Autosports Media Group)

Mike Vincec is Florida Winter Tour DD2 Champion

April 15, 2011

With championship comes invite to 2011 Rotax Max Challenge Grand Finals

Coming into the final rounds of the Florida Winter Tour with a commanding lead in the Rotax DD2 championship standings, 20-year-old Mike Vincec had his eye on the prize: securing the DD2 championship and earning a repeat invite to the 2011 edition of the Olympics of karting, the Rotax Max Challenge Grand Finals. With the tour wrapping up at the Ocala Gran Prix facility in Ocala, Florida all eyes would be on Vincec and his PSL Karting.com crew as they looked to secure the feat and add Vincec as the third member named to Team Canada.

Setting the stage for the Saturday run, Vincec placed his PSL prepared CRG in the third position during qualifying. An uneventful prefinal saw the 2008 eKartingNews.com Driver of the Year steer himself to a smart and respectable fourth place finish.

With an often time difficult outside second row starting position for the final, Vincec was able to get through the first corner melee and even managed to move up one position. Disaster would strike however on the next corner as Vincec ran into trouble after being hit from behind attempting to pass for another position, sliding off track and falling down the running order. Now last on track, Vincec had major ground to make up to keep his championship hopes alive.

With the championship on his mind, yet not knowing exactly where he needed to finish to wrap it up, Vincec had the next 24 laps to regain his composure. An epic drive would ensue, as Vincec climbed his way through the pack picking off thirteen karts in a mere nine laps. Clocking the fastest lap of the race, Vincec didn't have enough to catch the leaders but his fourth place finish earned him enough points to be proclaimed the Florida Winter Tour DD2 champion.

"This is a great start to our 2011 campaign for both myself and the entire PSL Karting team. Having the opportunity to go to the Grand Finals for a second time to represent Canada is just awesome and we hope to have the opportunity to bring another world championship home," commented Mike.

With the championship securely in hand, Vincec sat out for Sunday's events except for podium presentations where he took top honors in the headline class at the Florida Winter Tour. Crowned the Rotax DD2 champion, Vincec was presented with the coveted invitation to the Rotax Max Challenge Grand Finals, set for November 19-26 at Al Ain Raceway in Al Ain, United Arab Emirates. This will mark Vincec's second trip to the Grand Finals, as he represented Canada in 2007 at the same circuit.

Up next for Vincec will be the Eastern Canadian Karting Championship at the first event at Goodwood, ON. For more information on Mike Vincec, please visit www.mikev.ca.

Michael Vincec Dominates Rotax DD2 Action in West Palm Beach

March 14, 2011

Double victories and championship leader heading into final rounds

Stouffville, Ontario - March 14, 2011 - Mike Vincec once again has impressed at the Florida Winter Tour (FWT), this time during the second round at the Palm Beach International Raceway (PBIR) in Jupiter, Florida. Coming away with two second place results in Orlando, the Stouffville, Ontario resident was thirsty for victory at PBIR and would not disappoint.

Nearing perfection, Vincec's only hiccup on the weekend was the qualifying session for Saturday's event. Earning the second fastest time of his competitors in the Rotax DD2 class, Vincec placed his PSL Karting.com CRG a mere 0.012 seconds off pole. Flexing his Rotaxian muscles, the Canadian standout wouldn't look back the rest of the weekend.

After swapping the lead throughout Saturdays' prefinal, Vincec was able to secure the win setting himself up with the pole position for the final event. Losing the lead in the opening laps of the 20 lap final, Vincec was able to use the draft to his advantage tucking in behind the leader. The 2008 eKartingNews.com Driver of the Year regained the lead on lap six, ducking in to make a clean pass through turn three coming off the ultra-fast front straight. Pulling a gap off the second place kart as a battle for position ensued behind him, Vincec lead the remainder of laps and crossed the stripe 2.392 seconds ahead of second. With this commanding win, Vincec would look to Sunday to continue his power streak.

Earning P1 in qualifying for Sunday's events, Vincec would again steer himself to another prefinal victory. After a clean start in the final, the PSL Karting team member would fall back to the third position on the first lap. Fighting his way back to second briefly only to fall back to third again, Vincec and the second place kart would work together to hunt down the leader who had pulled away from the pack. Quickly closing in on the pace setter, Vincec would bide his time as first and second battled it out. Slipping into the second position midway through the final and with the front three wheel-to-wheel, the fans packed the grandstands to witness the action on track. With the laps winding down, the Canadian karting standout would position himself at just the right time to put his PSL Karting.com powered CRG into P1 and put an exclamation mark on the weekend with a second feature win.

"We came into this weekend to improve on our performance from Orlando and it began with two good starting positions for the races. We stayed focused and tried to make sure nothing happened on the starts that would take me out of the race and in the end we were able to capitalize on it," commented Mike. "All in all it was a fantastic weekend!"

Heading into the final rounds of the Florida Winter Tour, Vincec holds a commanding lead in the overall DD2 championship standings, 117 points clear of second. With his eye on another trip to the Rotax Max Challenge Grand Finals, the 2007 Team Canada member will be on top of his game at the Ocala Gran Prix facility, host of the FWT finale March 25-27.

About Mike Vincec:
Michael Vincec was the 2008 Snap-On Stars of Karting National ICC Champion. He also raced select events in 2008 for the CRG Racing Team in Europe going on to being named the 2008 eKartingNews.com Driver of the Year. In 2007, Vincec represented Team Canada at the Rotax Max Challenge Grand Finals in Al Ain, UAE. In 2006, Vincec was the Canadian National ICC Champion. He is also a six-time Sunoco Ron Fellows Karting Championship class champion and the only driver in the series history to win three championships in one season in three different classes.

Michael Vincec Impresses in Team PSL Karting Debut

February 11, 2011

Canadian standout earns two podiums in Orlando

Stouffville, Ontario - Canadian karter Mike Vincec made a splash in his debut with powerhouse operation, Team PSL Karting, at the opening round of the Formula Kart Productions Florida Winter Tour (FWT) at the Orlando Kart Center in mid-January in the Rotax DD2 class. Scoring solid results all weekend, the 2007 Rotax Max Challenge Grand Finals Team Canada member was never outside the top-five in any official on-track session.

"Being the new member of the team it was great working with everyone at PSL Karting in Orlando. The team atmosphere was unbelievable with everyone gearing up for the first event of the Florida Winter Tour," commented Vincec following the opening event in Orlando. "PSL Karting/CRG provided us with great equipment throughout the weekend and the battles on track were intense."

After qualifying in the wet on Friday, Vincec managed a fifth place starting position for Saturday's racing action, but then took it up a notch scoring the pole position during Sunday's qualifying effort. After a successful drive in the prefinal to second and also setting the fastest lap of the race, engines issues plagued Vincec in the final on Saturday. Matching his prefinal result, the talent from Stouffville, Ontario nabbed the second step on the blocks, earning his first podium result for 2011.

Sunday would see Vincec start on pole for the day's prefinal, crossing the stripe in the same position and setting up an inside first row starting position for the final. Losing the lead early in the race, Vincec fought throughout the 20 lap main, slicing and dicing looking for a way back to the lead. With his PSL CRG chassis dialed in, Vincec managed to score the fastest lap of the race. However, after a last ditch effort to take the lead on the last lap, the 2008 eKartingNews.com Driver of the Year came up just short and would have to settle for another second place finish.

Vincec heads into the second round of the Florida Winter Tour February 25-27, 2011 at Palm Beach International Raceway in Jupiter, Florida, with a solid second place in the overall DD2 championship points standings. A mere 40 points out of first place, the up-and-coming motorsports star is in fine form towards ensuring a place on Team Canada for the 2011 Rotax Max Challenge Grand Finals.

"I'm really excited and can't wait for round 2. After the first round I know the racing will only get more fierce but with the support of PSL Karting/CRG we're hoping to improve even more and continue to fight for the top spot on the podium," continued Mike. "WIth some luck and the great equipment PSL Karting/CRG provides us were aiming for the win and the championship this season."

Michael Vincec Kicks Off New Year with a New Team and a New Website

January 7, 2011

Canadian motorsports racer redesigns online home and confirms a new partnership as he looks toward the 2011 season

Stouffville, ON - Canadian motorsports driver Michael Vincec is proud to announce the launch of his redesigned online website, http://mikevincec.com. The website has been refocused personally on Vincec, a past National Shifter Kart Champion in North America. Working together with Autosports Media Group, the site underwent a complete revision from top to bottom, including updating the long list of accomplishments Vincec has earned in his short career.

"It's been quite a long time since we've made changes to my site so I'm really excited about the re-launch. Cody Schindel of Autosports Media worked with us and has done a tremendous job in putting it all together," commented Mike.

The launch comes at a perfect time as Vincec looks towards the 2011 season.

On New Years Eve, Vincec confirmed that he will be competing this season aboard a Team PSL Karting CRG in the Rotax DD2 class with the 2011 Florida Winter Tour up first.

"We've been working on the details of the 2011 season for a couple of months and have just recently had the plans finalized with PSL Karting/CRG so am really excited and looking forward to start the season off at the Florida Winter Tour," Mike said.

The deal places Vincec under the tent of one of North America's most dominant karting teams. PSL Karting has a long reputation of producing great drivers and results. Recently PSL Karting was announced as CRG’s top-selling dealer in the world, showing a true passion for promoting and developing kart racing in North America.

Built to today's web standards, one of the main features of the website is the use of the social networking Twitter application. This key tool will be great for viewers to keep up with Vincec on the fly with real-time updates from wherever Vincec is racing around the world. The site also features plenty of updated content along with new photo galleries.

Last year, Vincec completed a relatively slower season that he’s used to. Competing in only select events throughout the year, the past Canadian Champion’s season was highlighted by a victory in Orlando at the opening rounds of the Florida Winter Tour in the Rotax DD2 class. That result and consistent runs among the top five at every race led to an eventual runner-up finish in the overall standings.

Back home, Vincec competed in the new Eastern Canadian Karting Championship, finishing the year in seventh place. Vincec also sought after another Canadian National Championship, winning the pre-final in the Rotax Max Senior class before finishing an eventual fifth in the Final race.

"We've had a bit of a roller coaster season in 2010 racing for two different teams and with many mechanical, on-track and off-track woes but hope that that is behind us," remarked Mike. "But I'm really excited about the 2011 race season around the corner and doing a lot more racing with the support from PSL Karting and CRG."

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About Mike Vincec:
Michael Vincec was the 2008 Snap-On Stars of Karting National ICC Champion. He also raced select events in 2008 for the CRG Racing Team in Europe going on to being named the 2008 eKartingNews.com Driver of the Year. In 2007, Vincec represented Team Canada at the Rotax Max Challenge Grand Finals in Al Ain, UAE. In 2006, Vincec was the Canadian National ICC Champion. He is also a 6-time Sunoco Ron Fellows Karting Championship class champion and the only driver in the series history to win three championships in one season in three different classes.

2010 starts strong at Florida Winter Tour

January 18, 2010

The season got underway for Mike Vincec and the Pserra Racing Team this weekend in Orlando, Florida with the first round of the Florida Winter Tour. Mike would be contesting in both Rotax Senior and Rotax DD2 classes.

While Mike had a good run in Senior with two top-ten finishes - coming from 30th to finish 8th on Saturday, it was in DD2 that the Stouffville, Ontario native had his best showing. In Saturday's final, Mike would take the second spot after battling throughout the race, falling back to fifth after starting from the third spot on the grid.

Sunday's race was an even tougher battle as Mike would start from tenth in the very competitive field but he worked his way to the front and eventually into the lead to take the top step of the podium. With the win and second place, this should put Mike into the points lead after round one (Unofficial - points yet to be posted).

The next round in the Florida Winter Tour for Rotax and DD2 takes place at the Palm Beach International Raceway, February 19-21.

Vincec's 2009 season winds down

November 11, 2009

The 2009 racing season is coming to an end with everyone heading to Las Vegas next week for the SKUSA SuperNationals. Mike Vincec, the 2008 Stars of Karting ICC National Champion, is looking forward to finishing off what has been a rather quiet year in karting, with a strong performance for Pserra Racing. Mike will be competing in the highly competitive SuperPro class. After securing the ICC National Championship last year, Mike received a scholarship to compete in the Skip Barber National Championship. He started the season in Sebring last March and continued through some disappointing races but pulled out of the final races as he prepared to once again attend the European Karting Championships and also concentrate on a run at joining Team Canada for the Rotax World Final. The return to Europe came courtesy of a mid-season switch to Pserra Racing and it would be to run under the Birel factory tent.

"When Pserra Racing approached us with the opportunity to help build the team and get back into competition in Europe, we jumped at the chance" commented Vincec. "There was some restructuring at my current team with the focus shifting away from international competition, and I had reached a point where stepping back was not an option. Peter Serravalle offered us a great package. Pserra Racing was very focused on what we could do across the US and at FIA events. The time was right for a change and I can't thank Peter enough for the opportunity and support he has given me."

Running a program limited only by the schedule at hand, Vincec first tackled the ASN Canadian Nationals where he just missed the podium in Senior Rotax finishing fourth. Not the result he might have hoped for, but not bad considering the change to a new team and chassis.

Mike and the team learned more about setup and working together at the CIKFIA event in Sarno, Italy where they ran in the KZ1 class. They will now put those lessons into practice at the SKUSA SuperNationals taking place in Las Vegas, November 18-22 at the Rio Suites Hotel and Casino.

Following the event in Las Vegas, Vincec and Pserra Racing will concentrate on doing some extensive testing over the winter and also participate in the Florida Winter Tour.

"We are starting to gel as a team" offered Vincec, "and it is great that we will have plenty of opportunities over the next few months as we go into the 2010 season with the goal of taking some championships along the way.

Mike heads to Sarno-Napoli for CIK K1Z World Cup

August 1, 2010

Pserra Racing will head to Italy this weekend to prepare to contest the CIK FIA World Cup in the ultra competitive KZ1 class. The Ontario-based Birel Team will join the Birel factory team for the event to take on the world's best shifter kart pilots. The event will take place at the track in Sarno-Napoli, Italy from September 3rd to 6th. The 1,700m long track is especially well suited to shifter karts and will make for some incredible racing action.

The field will have all the best KZ racers including current two-time World Champion Jonathan Thonon. Also in the field will be current F1 drivers Robert Kubica of BMW-Sauber running his RK Kart and Jaime Alguersauri of Renault F1 on an Intrepid kart. Kubica will tent under the Birel factory tent working with the company that is building his RK Kart.

"It has been part of our plan from the start to take Canadian drivers to Europe to race against the world's best drivers," comments Peter Serravalle, team principal of Pserra Racing. "What they will bring back to the team in terms of experience and knowledge will benefit everyone under our tent."

Vincec will be the only Canadian in the field of 78 drivers looking to take the title of world's best. This marks Vincec's second trip to Europe to compete in a gearbox class, having competed in KZ2 in 2008. This will be the first time the 2008 Stars of Karting ICC Champion will race in KZ1, one level up from KZ2 he raced last year. To gain entry into the top level KZ1 a driver must meet a strict criteria to secure the necessary licensing to compete.

"I am really looking forward to heading back to Europe to race in the premier KZ1 class," states Vincec. "There is no one missing from the list of entries with as many as five World Champions in the field."