DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — Precision Performance Karting fielded a formidable duo at the World Karting Association’s 50th running of Daytona KartWeek Dec. 28-30 at the Daytona International Speedway infield kart track.
Riding 2024 Coyote Motorsports Zenith chassis with support from Brandon Jarsocrak Racing, PPK drivers James Overbeck entered 206 Featherweight and the headline 206 Senior 365, while team newcomer Lucas Thek of Miami, Fla., made his second start with PPK in the event’s largest class, 206 Junior.
Thek impressed throughout the three-day event beginning with fast time in both of Thursday morning’s timed practice sessions on a damp DIS kart track due to overnight and morning showers.
With limited practice on a dry track, Thek opened competition Thursday afternoon with a solid P6 qualifying run of 45 drivers to take time.
With two heat races on tap Friday, the Florida native was eager to improve and break into the top five. He’d do just that, recording finishes of P5 in heat 1 and P4 in heat 2.
Thek started Saturday with a bang, going purple in the 6-lap morning warmup and showing onlookers he’d be one of the top juniors to contend with in the prefinal and final.
A pair of P2s would close out KartWeek for Lucas. He’d finish a close second to fellow Florida Coyote driver Ronnie Klys in the prefinal, and back it up with a fine runner-up finish to Isaac Malcuit in the 16-lap main event.
An outstanding KartWeek for Thek backed up a solid showing at CKNA’s Winter Nationals earlier in December at NOLA Motorsports Park in Louisiana, where Lucas finished P4 in the final in his PPK / Coyote debut.
The pair of impressive performances at two national events plus a Sunshine State Karting Challenge win at his home track, AMR-Homestead, has PPK pleased to announce we have extended the Coyote Motorsports factory supported ride for Lucas Thek.
“In a very short period of time Lucas has shown tremendous progress while working with PPK and Brandon Jarsocrak Racing. We look forward to continuing Lucas’s development and helping him grow as a racer,” PPK’s John Seglem stated.
On the senior side at Daytona Sprint, James Overbeck was the class of the field 206 Featherweight and Senior 365 fields.
The Cincinnati, Ohio, racer capped a tremendous 2023 season that included a CKNA Grands Senior Light triumph with final wins in both divisions at the annual Daytona KartWeek.
In Featherweight, Overbeck drove the pink/blue No. 48 Coyote throwback to a 2.2-second win over the 18-kart field.
In Senior 365 — the headline 4-cycle division at Daytona Sprint — Overbeck continued his domination with a wire-to-wire convincing 3.9-second win over the 32-kart field.
Overbeck also won the prefinal earlier Saturday in both divisions, and led all 32 laps of competition in the pair of 16-lap finals.
In addition to Thek and Overbeck’s top finishes, other Coyote drivers on the podium included a win for A-Maxx Racing’s AJ Stoner on the Coyote Kryptonite in 206 Cadet Advanced, Ronnie Klys with a strong P3 finish in the 206 Junior final, and Adam Maxwell scoring the pole Thursday in 206 Senior 365 on his Zenith.
The next big race on the PPK calendar is the second round of the CKNA South Division Feb. 2-4 at 103rd Street Sports Complex in Jacksonville, Fla.