Team News: Checkered Motorsports – SKUSA SuperNationals XVIII Preview
Building on championships and victories in the 2014 season, Checkered Motorsports expects to leave nothing on the table in the upcoming SuperNationals XVIII. The Girard, Ohio based team utilizing the PCR chassis will be hosting a talented group of 8 pilots. With the experience and knowledge developed over the years the team’s objective are to stand on top of the podium come SuperSunday.
“The team and drivers are excited to tackle the streets of the Rio,” explained team owner Csaba Bujdoso. “The PCR product has been done nothing but bring success to the table, and we look to complete the 2014 season with a bang.”
Tough competition is an understatement in the Tag Jr. field. Checkered Motorsports is hosting 3 pilots out of the experience 66 entries. John Paul Southern Jr. is coming off a stellar 2014 season where the young driver has already clinched three WKA national titles. Making his first start in the Junior division, Southern Jr. is humbled to put his PCR Superstrillo chassis to work. Making a second start in the SuperNats will be Sasha Brun-Wibaux. Last year saw the young 15 year old quick in the dry, but could not grasp the wet conditions. With a SuperNats race under her belt, Wibaux seeks to capitalize from last year’s experience. Nolan Ruocco is making his first start on the streets of Rio. Ruocco has proved to be a national caliber driver where he has recently clinched back to back titles in the F-Series and front runner in the United States Pro Kart Series (USPKS). Ruocco and Wibaux will both be aboard a BBS engine power plant to ensure strong results.
Returning to SuperNats is Florida driver Francois Brun-Wibaux. Competing in TaG Masters he looks to improve upon his 20th place finish back in 2011. Contending in the USPKS series and Rok Cup events, the Frenchman should display the black and yellow colors along with his freshly painted Arai up front.
In Tag Senior veteran Michael Politis is making his comeback. Politis has seen limited track time this year, but when on track he is a consistent threat. Aboard a PCR Mxk8 powered by BBS engines, the fine tune adjustment should get the veteran back to his winning ways.
In the stock moto class brothers Andrew and Robert Bujdoso will make their starts in S2. Both pilots have been contesting in the Northeast Shifter Series to get accustomed to banging gears. Working alongside of former WKA champion Noah Stark, the Bujdoso brothers have done continuous testing throughout the 2014 season in preparation for Las Vegas.
Rounding out the diverse set of drivers is AJ Myers. Myers has seen all types of racing this season, but has yet to contest in the KZ2 category. Guiseppe Peppo Morcia, a PCR factory mechanic, is excited to work with Myers. The two saw great success in the Rok Cup International Finals, and will push to keep the momentum going. A recent Leopard Pro and Rok Shifter Champion, the 18 year old is excited for the opportunity.