EKN Trackside: 2016 Superkarts! USA Pro Tour SpringNationals Preview – Part 1

Mini and Micro Swift divisions make their debut on Pro Tour

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SKUSA Pro Tour 2016-logoThe seventh season of the Superkarts! USA Pro Tour is set to get underway this weekend at the Phoenix Kart Racing Association in Glendale, Arizona. The 2016 season is projected to be another exciting and record breaking year. Full television coverage is returning thanks to the partnership with CBS Sports Network and MotorTrendOnDemand for another season, and another large prize package well worth over $150,000. A total of nine categories in eight race groups are set to compete over the Pro Tour journey, traveling to Phoenix before a return to Indiana for the SummerNationals with the celebration of the 20th SuperNationals set for November in Las Vegas.

The PKRA ‘Formula K Raceway’ circuit is among the most challenging layouts in North America with Superkarts! USA history with the facility dating back to the first ever national event held in 1999. Its fast, tight, and for the first time in SKUSA Pro Tour history, the track will be contested in the counter-clockwise direction. The ‘full course’ measures out to 7/10 of a mile at 12 turns with the popular banked ‘Daytona’ corner.

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A new era begins this season with the youngest categories of the SKUSA Pro Tour splitting up the ‘TaG Cadet’ division into Mini Swift and Micro Swift divisions with IAME power. The split is based on experience, helping to put the younger drivers (7-10 years old) in their own division with Micro with elder Cadet kids (9-13) staying in the Mini class.


Top Kart USA Mini Swift

Anthony Willis is among the many contenders in the MIni Swift division (Photo: DromoPhotos.com)

Anthony Willis is among the many contenders in the MIni Swift division (Photo: DromoPhotos.com)

Last year the TaG Cadet category was very unpredictable with four different winners in five main events. It’s a time of graduation with 2015 champion Lachlan DeFrancesco moving up to the Junior ranks, and SuperNationals winner Jonny Edgar is not scheduled to make the trek across the Atlantic back to the states for another shot at the title. This has put Jak Crawford, the final podium finisher in the 2015 championship, as the top contender entering 2016. Crawford drove to victory in the opening round of the SpringNationals last year, unable to return to the podium until a third-place effort at the SuperNationals. For 2016, Crawford is joining the Koene USA / Tony Kart outfit as their lead Cadet driver, coming off a Florida Winter Tour Mini Rok championship and two victories at the Challenge of the Americas series finale.

Also riding momentum heading into the SpringNationals is PKRA driver Anthony Willis. The Nash Motorsportz / Benik driver has not finished outside second place in three California ProKart Challenge starts this season, earning one victory and leading the series championship. Two fourth-place finishes at last year’s SpringNationals left him off the podium in his home event, with plans to better those results heading into this weekend. Jason Welage was the only two-time winner last year on the SKUSA Pro Tour, winning a main event at both PKRA and New Castle. A dismal SuperNationals took Welage out of the title chase after entering Vegas just 15 points behind DeFrancesco. The Top Kart USA driver has bounced back, winning two of the six races toward the WKA Winter Cup championship.

Provisional Mini Swift Entry List

No. Driver Team Chassis Engine State Country
81g Caleb Bacon CB Motorsports CompKart Allison Racing Engines TN USA
5d Joey Brienza Nash Motorsportz Benik P1 Racing Engines CO USA
555c Cole Cotham Musgrave Racing Company Tony Kart Tru Tech Racing Engines CA USA
3 Jak Crawford Nash Motorsportz Energy P1 Racing Engines TX USA
53a Enrico de Lucca NF Sports Benik Woltjer Racing Engines BRA
108c Jace Denmark-Gessel Pure Karting Tony Kart P1 Racing Engines AZ USA
48f James Egozi Team Benik Kart Benik FL USA
312s Rylee Engel Patrick Karting Tony Kart Woltjer Racing Engines NC USA
18j Riley Erickson Motorsports Driver Development Top Kart Allison Racing Engines OH USA
3t Chase Gardner Gardner Motorsports Praga TX USA
911c Kasey Gillis Top Kart USA / Grand Products Top Kart Fleming Racing Engines CA USA
455f Reece Gold Team Benik Kart Benik AM Racing Engines FL USA
44s Devin Gomez Team Benik Kart Benik Supertune Racing Engines NC USA
52y Dominic Gorden Ryan Perry Motorsport Tony Kart JO Racing Engines CA USA
72x AJ Hernandez Ruthless Karting KGB P1 Racing Engines AZ USA
154c Daniel Inzunza PKS Kart Supplies Top Kart P1 Racing Engines CA USA
198x Jace Jones Ryan Perry Motorsport Tony Kart Woltjer Racing Engines AZ USA
56x Diego LaRoque Team Benik Kart Benik KDS Racing Engines AZ USA
33b Jalen Mack Phil Giebler Racing Ricciardo Mack Motorsports CA PER
044a Zane Maloney Kartsport North America Praga FL BRB
888n Luca Mars J3 Competition CompKart Allison Racing Engines PA USA
79c Rylee Martinez Nash Motorsportz Benik Phil Carlson Racing Engines CA USA
74s Tyler Maxson Team Benik Kart Benik Woltjer Racing Engines GA USA
441f Jordan Menge Team Benik Kart Benik FL USA
333a Rafael Modonese PER
88x Carson Morgan JO Motorsports Benik JO Racing Engines CA USA
10z Jonathon Portz Rolison Performance Group OTK P1 Racing Engines OR USA
99t Aden Rudolph PSL Karting BirelART P1 Racing Engines TX USA
152x Tyler Ruth Ruthless Karting KGB P1 Racing Engines AZ USA
83y Dustin Salaverria Nash Motorsportz CRG Precision Works Racing CA USA
041a Francisco Soldavini 2Wild Karting Top Kart P1 Racing Engines ARG
55c Bryce Stevens CRG Hyper Racing Engines CA USA
36j Kyle Thome Franklin Motorsports Merlin Woltjer Racing Engines WI USA
063c Tommy Traylor Team Arizona Karting BirelART P1 Racing Engines AZ USA
15j Jason Welage Top Kart USA / Grand Products Top Kart Woltjer Racing Engines OH USA
141j Kaden Wharff Top Kart USA / Grand Products Top Kart Allison Racing Engines IN USA
73c Anthony Willis Nash Motorsportz Benik Phil Carlson Racing Engines AZ USA


Benik Kart Micro Swift

Kai Sorenser is among the 26 drivers vying for the inaugural Micro Swift winners on the Pro Tour (Photo: DromoPhoto.com)

Kai Sorenser is among the 26 drivers vying for the inaugural Micro Swift winners on the Pro Tour (Photo: DromoPhoto.com)

History will be made when the first practice session opens up for the new Micro Swift category. Utilizing the same IAME Swift engine, the Micro division restricts the power of the 60cc engine for the drivers 10 years or younger while giving them a chance to learn and educate themselves on race craft within their age range. The inaugural field will feature over 20 drivers from coast to coast, bringing in a new generation of future karting stars. Kai Sorensen (Praga), Tuesday Calderwood (Tony Kart) and Frankie Mossman (Benik) are among the stars from the west coast, leading title contenders in the California ProKart Challenge. Coming from the east, you have Eli Trull (Fullerton), Caleb Gafrarar (Parolin) and Sebastian NG (Top Kart). The category has some international flavor with Florida Winter Tour champion Oliver Denny (Benik) and Brandon Carr hailing from Great Britain. Other names will come to the top of the order as the young driver figure out the challenging PKRA circuit during Friday’s official practice day.

Provisional Micro Swift Entry List

No. Driver Team Chassis Engine State Country
171c Delaney Adamo Mack Motorsports Benik Precision Works Racing CA USA
7m Ian Aguilera GP VCI Mexico Ricciardo Fisher Racing Engines MEX
12c Graysen Andrews Ruthless Karting Benik AZ USA
217y Piers Aspiras Cambrian Go-Karts Ricciardo JO Racing Engines CA USA
020b Brock Boyse Boyse Automotive Benik AZ USA
63x Tuesday Calderwood Tony Kart Woltjer Racing Engines AZ USA
16a Brandon Carr GBR
33m Jesse Carrasquedo Jr. GP VCI Mexico GP Fisher Racing Engines MEX
151j Elliot Cox Benik Allison Racing Engines IN USA
25t Davis Cunningham Trackside Karting Services CompKart TX USA
3n Sofia D'Arrigo Checkered Motorsports PCR Allison Racing Engines PA USA
17c Enzo Deligny 2Wild Karting Tony Kart Tru Tech Racing Engines CA FRA
43a Oliver Denny Team Benik Kart Benik Woltjer Racing Engines GBR
8s Danny Dyszelski Motorsports Driver Development OTK Allison Racing Engines SC USA
07f Emmo Fittipaldi GP VCI Mexico GP Fisher Racing Engines FL BRA
44s Caleb Gafrarar Russell Karting Specialties Parolin Woltjer Racing Engines NC USA
717t Miles Hewitt J3 Competition CompKart Woltjer Racing Engines TX USA
181c Cooper Hicks Ryan Perry Motorsport Tony Kart JO Racing Engines CA USA
20c Dane Idelson Musgrave Racing Company Praga JO Racing Engines CA USA
98j Ryker Mattes Team Koene USA Tony Kart Team Koene USA USA
777c Frankie Mossman Nash Motorsportz Benik Precision Works Racing CA USA
09a Sebastian Ng Top Kart USA / Grand Products Top Kart Woltjer Racing Engines PAN
80f Alex Powell Kartsport North America Praga FL USA
15y Kai Sorensen Leading Edge Motorsports Praga Woltjer Racing Engines CA USA
48s Eli Trull Team Fullerton Fullerton Allison Racing Engines NC USA
13y AJ Zarcone Sanner Racing Tony Kart Sanner Racing Engines NV USA
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