MAY 30, 2016 — The four-man team named Junior Karting won today’s Gateway 500 at the Gateway Kartplex at Gateway Motorsports Park in Madison, Illinois. The team of Grant Palmer (St. Louis), Evan Stamer (Glen Carbon, Illinois), Gage Rucker (Truxton, Missouri) and Aidan Roosevans (O’Fallon, Illinois) finished 36.775 seconds ahead of the second-place team. At one point late in the race Junior Karting held a one-lap lead over its closest competitors.

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Nine four-man teams competed in the 500-lap karting marathon on the challenging half-mile road course, which took approximately six hours to complete.

Stamer drove the final leg of the race, roaring under Keith Scharf’s checkered flags at 5 p.m.

“We kept it consistent,” said Stamer. “We changed drivers about every 50 laps. It just turned out that I ran the last laps of the race.”

Palmer, a native of Chicago who now resides in St. Louis, was a rookie in the annual 500-lap race. Being a first-timer in a 500 is not always a handicap: Another rookie, Alexander Rossi, won the 100th Indianapolis 500 the day before.

“This is my first time doing this,” said Palmer. “It was fun.”

“This feels pretty good,” Rucker said. “We’re all ringers so we decided we’d get in the same group to form this team.”

“I race with these guys normally, with really good karts, so we formed this team. It feels great to win,” said Roosevans.

Gateway 500 results:

  1. Junior Karting (500 laps)
  2. Pole Position (500 laps)
  3. Blade Runners (498 laps)
  4. S.T. (494 laps)
  5. FSU (492 laps)
  6. GMP Dream Team (488 laps)
  7. Champion Motorsports (485 laps)
  8. Dynamite (484 laps)
  9. Anytime Plumbing (474 laps)