CRG-USA Leaves SuperNationals with Victory and Two Pro Tour Titles

Wimsett doubles up with victory to clinch S1 title, Schureman bags S2 crown

The CRG-USA team celebrates the success of the SuperNationals and Pro Tour titles (Photo: On Track Promotions - otp.ca)

The CRG brand continues to be among the top brands in the United States and around the world. Colorado-based CRG-USA carried the name proudly at the recent Superkarts! USA Super Nationals XVII in Las Vegas, supporting 33 drivers at the largest karting event in the world. As the team left the Rio All-Suite Hotel and Casino the following Monday, the CRG-USA hauler carried back home some prestigious hardware following a victory and championship in the S1 category, title in S2, and a third place finish in headline KZ2 category.

Joey Wimsett clinched the S1 Pro Stock Moto title with the SuperNationals victory (Photo: On Track Promotions - otp.ca)

Joey Wimsett clinched the S1 Pro Stock Moto title with the SuperNationals victory (Photo: On Track Promotions – otp.ca)

“We are very proud with the performance of our team at the 2013 SKUSA Super Nationals XVII. With two national titles and three podium finishes, we could not be happier,” stated CRG-USA owner Stacey Cook upon arriving back in Colorado. “Every driver and mechanic on our team worked very hard all week to conquer the difficult track conditions, and we are proud of how all of our drivers did.”

In the S1 Pro Stock Moto class, CRG-USA supported five drivers. Leading the way all weekend from Portland, Oregon was Joey Wimsett. The 21-year old was just coming off a stellar week in New Orleans, Louisiana at the Rotax Grand Finals where he finished runner-up in the DD2 category.

Upon arriving in Vegas, Wimsett was fast during the first day of practice. Relying on his vast knowledge and years of experience in wet weather racing he gained back home in the Northwest, Wimsett scored the pole in qualifying – an impressive four tenths of a second ahead of second place. Through the three heat races spanning over Friday and Saturday, the CRG-USA driver scored a win, a fifth and a third place finish, earning Wimsett the pole for SuperSunday. When the lights went out, so did the rest of the field’s chances at winning. Wimsett grabbed the holeshot and went wire-to-wire to score his first ever Super Nationals win, as well as CRG-USA’s first win at the Las Vegas event. Wimsett left Vegas earning the SKUSA #1 plate with the Pro Tour championship, along with a decent payday totaling over $20,000 in cash and prizes.

Behind Wimsett was hometown favorite, Matt Jaskol. The veteran returned for his annual one-off event with CRG-USA. Jaskol would not let his 14th place qualifying effort define his weekend as he improved with each session, putting on a show in the main event as he drove to a podium finish in the fourth position.

Christian Schureman went runner-up on SuperSunday in S2, helping him score the SKUSA Pro Tour championship (Photo: On Track Promotions - otp.ca)

Christian Schureman went runner-up on SuperSunday in S2, helping him score the SKUSA Pro Tour championship (Photo: On Track Promotions – otp.ca)

Following up CRG-USA’s excellent weekend in S1, the S2 roster would not fail to impress either. Christian Schureman entered the Super Nationals as a podium contender after a very impressive SummerNationals. Schureman ran near the front all weekend and earned a row two starting spot on SuperSunday. Schureman got a terrific start off the lights and led the opening circuits. As the race waged on, Schureman would fall to second but would fight off a track full of challengers as he drove to a hard fought second place in the main event. Schureman’s SuperNats results would earn him enough points to be crowned the SKUSA Pro Tour champion, giving CRG-USA its second straight title in the category following Sabré Cook’s championship last year. Tace Flores in his first SuperNats event ran very well all week and finished a very solid 12th in the main event.

CRG-USA had a strong presence in the headline KZ2 category this past weekend, none more popular than multi-time world champion Davide Fore. The CRG factory driver announced his presence in qualifying when he threw down the fourth quickest lap and won the first of the three heat races. The Italian did not back off any as he stayed hot through the next two heats posting back-to-back runner-up finishes. In the feature, Fore struggled with a motor issue, bringing home a third place finish for CRG-USA.

Brazilian Felipe Fraga on the new CRG Blackstar X2 TaG chassis partnered with CRG-USA for the Super Nationals and his efforts paid off with a top-10 finish. Fraga, piloting the new CRG TaG chassis had a carburetion issue in qualifying but still laid down the 18th best lap. The first heat of the weekend, Fraga ran very well running times over a full second faster than the leader to end up third, followed by a sixth in heat two. Sadly for Fraga he would not take the green flag in his third heat, dropping him down the order for the main event grid. Starting the feature race 28th, the former TaG Junior Super Nationals winner ran all the way up to sixth before a hub slid in as he hung on to finish in the ninth spot.

2014 plans are underway back in Grand Junction, Colorado as the CRG-USA race team is set for another busy 12 months of racing. Arrive-and-Drive programs for the Rotax Challenge of the Americas, Superkarts! USA Pro Tour, and many other events next season will be available in all categories aboard all models of the CRG chassis brand. For more information on being part of the CRG-USA operation, visit www.crg-usa.com.

CRG factory driver Davide Fore drove to third in KZ2 under the CRG-USA tent (Photo: On Track Promotions - otp.ca)

CRG factory driver Davide Fore drove to third in KZ2 under the CRG-USA tent (Photo: On Track Promotions – otp.ca)

KZ2:
Davide Fore – 3rd
Alec Gumpfer – 19th
Matt Jaskol – 21st
Phillip Orcic – 13th
Christian Schureman – 20th

S1:
Sabre Cook – 13th
Alec Gumpfer – 15th
Matt Jaskol – 4th
Jimmy McNeil – 18th
Joey Wimsett – 1st

S2:
Lindsey Brewer – DNQ
Tase Flores – 12th
Zach Herrin – DNQ
Myles Marlot – DNQ
Jerry Rhodes – DNQ
Christian Schureman – 2nd

S4:
Levi Bennett – DNQ
Jet Davis – 32nd
Victor Jiminez – DNQ
Ben Johnston – 27th
Robert Marks – 19th
Steve McCaffrey – DNQ
Roy Montgomery – DNQ
Darrell Tunnell – DNQ
Tim Ulmen – DNF

Vegas driver Matt Jaskol landed on the podium in S1, and drove from last to 21st in KZ2 with CRG-USA (Photo: On Track Promotions - otp.ca)

Vegas driver Matt Jaskol landed on the podium in S1, and drove from last to 21st in KZ2 with CRG-USA (Photo: On Track Promotions – otp.ca)

S5:
Evan Roshak – 20th
Hannah Williams – 22nd

TaG Senior:
Felipe Fraga – 9th
Michael Schmid – DNQ
Gordon Wilson – DNQ

TaG Master:
Sandrei Da Silva – 13th

TaG Cadet:
Tomas Gasperak – DNQ

DD2 Masters:
Scott Campbell – 11th

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