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June 17, 2014 > Local LeMans Karting driver debuts in Nascar

Local LeMans Karting driver debuts in Nascar

Submitted By Jan Christopher Narciso

Former LeMans Karting-Fremont employee, Michael Shawhan, will be starting his first professional car race on June 21st. By recently passing both his oval and road race tests conducted by Jack Sellers Racing, a well established NASCAR race team, Shawhan earned his chance to start in the K&N West Pro Series stock car race held at Sonoma County Raceway.

While working at LeMans Karting, Shawhan repaired go-karts and participated in local league races, giving him Ôseat-timeÕ practice. Shawhan expanded his race knowledge into wins with the United States Touring Car Championship and the SCCA BMW Spec E30 race series, where he is currently the 2014 points leader.

"I got my start in wheel-to-wheel racing at LeMans Karting in Fremont, and continue to race there to stay sharp between my BMW and now pro-series racesÓ, said Michael Shawhan.Ê

"We do our best to create as real a motorsport experience as possible for all levels of drivers - from novice to pro - and to do it affordablyÓ, said Rick Gaan, co-owner at LeMans Karting. ÒPro-level drivers like Michael appreciate our use of European-designed and manufactured E85-powered karts because they mimic the feel of real racing. ÊOur community of drivers participate in weekly league racing, not only for the sport, but also to meet with their friends while improving their race craft.Ó

For more information about LeMans Karting, call 510.770.9001, or visit

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