The East End Kart Racing will hold the third annual Jason Trinca Memorial Race at Riverhead raceway this Saturday in honor of the 7-year old Go-karter who lost his life in a car crash on his way to the track Oct. 8, 2011. Jason’s mom, Keri, 30, was also killed when the vehicle she was driving was broad-sided by a van near their home in Manorville, NY.
“We are doing this to never forget Jason and Keri,” stated Linda Solomito, 52, Club secretary and a close family friend who helped organize the event. “We still feel the loss to this day. Last September, my son Shawn dedicated his win at the 2012 NASCAR Modified Championship at Riverhead Raceway to the mother and son.”
“Jason was a good racer,” Solomito said, adding that he won the 2010 Kid Champ Kart Championship for his age group. “He would have gone far. It’s a shame he was taken from us. I remember Jason cheering on my son. We were all so close.”
Go-Karting has always been a major stepping-stone for kids who may aspire to become professional NASCAR and Formula 1 drivers, teaching those as young a 5-years old how to handle high-speed wheel-to-wheel racing and developing skills in precision car control, quick reflexes and how to make quick decisions, etc. as they progress until they reach senior status at 15-16 years old.
While there are several different categories including sprints and endurance races, speedway racing is done on asphalt or clay courses of 1/6-1/4 mile long featuring two straight and four left turns. Races in this category range from 4 laps for a trophy dash to 20 laps for a main event.
Riverhead Raceway pit gates will open at 7 am tomorrow morning, with the qualifying race at noon, followed by preliminary junior and senior races leading up to the 48-lap memorial race at 2 p.m. The memorial race will be run in three segments on the historic quarter-mile oval, with the winner pocketing $1,500.
Drivers and teams pay an entry fee and general admission is $10. In its first year, the memorial race raised funds to financially assist Jason’s father, Jay and siblings Marialena (4) and Christopher (2). However, the fee has gone to the racetrack in subsequent years.