Max Weiland turned in a fantastic effort in Florida this month. As one of the youngest drivers competing in the United States Pro Kart Series at Orlando Kart Center at 11, Max stole the show early in the weekend after qualifying P7 out of 56 karts in his Checkered Motorsports-Magik Kart USA KA 100 Jr.
Racing in a challenging field, Max focused and worked hard, and it showed on the track. During the Final race on Sunday, he encountered an initial setback when he was shuffled back to 28th place in the first few laps due to contact.
But he fought through the field and reached 16th place with just a few laps remaining. Despite a damaged kart due to contact and a bumper penalty, Max finished in P18 out of 56 drivers.
He was only a few seconds off the front in the 26-lap race. As he said in the post-qualifying session interview, Max’s team put him in a position to succeed, and he was grateful for the opportunity.
On Saturday, Max raced his Magik Kart USA KA 100 Jr to P5, P15, and P6 in the three split field Heats. Based on points, he started the Final race in P15 out of 46 karts.
Max’s strength was tested with the 26-lap race pulling as much as 2.5 g’s. However, he rose to the challenge and delivered a fantastic performance.