Sometime IndyCar Series driver Jay Howard ended a tough season on a high note by winning the third annual PRI All-Stars Karting Classic in Orlando.
Ranged against several IndyCar rivals, as well as stars from other series and karting experts alike, the 2006 Indy Pro Series champion took the chequers with a 3.203secs advantage over his nearest challenger after 40 laps on the seven-turn 0.25-mile course at the Orange County Convention Centre, as the race highlighted the Performance Racing Industry Trade Show.
“The race wasn't easy by any means, but we were unchallenged the whole time,” Howard, who competed in five IndyCar Series events in a truncated and frustrating 2008 campaign, said.
“I got in the lead early and led the whole way. There are a lot of top drivers from different series there, so it's nice to kind of make a point that I think I'm good enough to get a ride [in the IndyCar Series in 2009].”
Eight other IndyCar Series drivers competed in the Masters Division event, including Buddy Rice, who finished ninth, Alex Tagliani (tenth), Dan Wheldon (13th), Ryan Hunter-Reay (15th), Ed Carpenter (23rd), Will Power (24th), Townsend Bell (25th) and Vitor Meira (26th).