Caymanian chases US championship

Caymanian Karyll Iton is pursuing a racing crown in the United States. Karyll, who is a graduate of the Panoz Racing School in Sebring, Florida, and the holder of a SCCA regional competition license, is hoping to qualify for the 2005 US Nationals in September at the Mid Ohio Sportscar course. The Nationals, which are also known as the runoffs, are the pinnacle of amateur racing in America seeing seven hundred plus competitors vie for championships across twenty four classes.

Karyll will be campaigning his Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution 8 in the Touring 2 class in a host of events throughout Florida and the Southeastern US while attempting to qualify for the Nationals. The road has been difficult for Karyll as his family, like so many others, suffered significant losses as a result of hurricane Ivan somewhat eroding his support base. Refusing to let the events of the last year derail him, Karyll still made it to his first test session in mid January at Sebring Raceway, and produced very encouraging results lowering his lap times from 2 minutes 52 seconds to 2 minutes 36 seconds in a single day, with only minor adjustments in the tire pressures. As a reference point, only one competitor in his class was able to better the 2 minute 36 second mark in the National competition held at Sebring on January 8th.

With the cost of this campaign mounting, Karyll is seeking support from the local community in raising funds to finish the season. ‘I think it will be very encouraging for Caymanians involved in motorsports to see one of their own racing at that level, especially considering the toll that the hurricane has taken on the local scene. I had always intended to pursue my dreams of racing, but I feel that now it is even more important for me as I am representing Cayman as a whole. People are always pleased to meet someone from the islands at the track and are quick to relate their desire to visit or past experiences visiting the island. Since the hurricane, the concern shown among the racing fraternity for the island’s well being has been overwhelming.’

Anyone interested in finding out more about Iton and his season can reach him at [email protected] or via phone on 345-925-6806.