EKN Trackside: 2018 United States Pro Kart Series – Hoosier Grand Prix Preview

$70,000 in prizes and IAME International Final tickets on the line at New Castle

(Photo: EKN)

The 2018 United States Pro Kart Series presented by MG Tires, IAME USA East and Nitro Kart is set to close this weekend. The New Castle Motorsports Park in New Castle, Indiana will host the Hoosier Grand Prix with Round Five and Six contested around the 1-mile circuit. Roughly $70,000 in prizes is available on the weekend with the championship chases coming to a close in the seven IAME divisions, including four tickets to the IAME International Final, IAME engines and parts, and of course the custom USPKS champion ring.

The 1-mile New Castle Motorsports Park circuit is among the favorites in North America. Opening in late 2003, many national and regional programs have visited the facility located about 45 minutes away from the Racing Capital of the World – the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. With the SKUSA SummerNationals two weeks after, many competitors are using this weekend as a warm-up for the August event, with pre-entry numbers up to 144. The event record for USPKS came in 2015 with 178, while the series best at New Castle was in 2016 with 160 for the season opener. This year is the first for a six-round, zero drop championship. This means each and every session, especially this weekend, is vital to anyone’s title hopes and dreams.

Brandon Jarsocrak leads the IAME Pro title chase heading to New Castle (Photo: EKN)

EKN continues its long-term partnership with the USPKS, providing unmatched Trackside Live coverage throughout the weekend and the season. The entire Hoosier Grand Prix will be available at the EKN Live page – www.ekartingnews.com/live – with USPKS announcer Tim Koyen providing the play-by-play call. Daily reports and updates on the EKN Social Media network will fill up your timeline throughout the weekend. We’re thrilled to have K1 RaceGear, Franklin Motorsports and CRG Nordam on-board as Broadcast Partners for our live coverage of the event.

The championship in the IAME Pro division is down to two drivers, with Brandon Jarsocrak and Austin Garrison at the point. Jarsocrak (KSNA / Kart Republic) swept the two rounds in Mooresville while Garrison (Fullerton) dominated the weekend in Ocala, only to have a win taken away on Sunday for a pushback bumper penalty. Jarsocrak holds the championship lead by 70 points over Garrison entering the weekend. Senior rookie Austin Schaff (FMS / Merlin) was runner-up to Jarsocrak at GoPro, and sits third with Ocala runner-up Armin Cavkusic (FMS / FA Kart) in fourth. Add in fellow Franklin Motorsports teammates Alex Bertagnoli (Kart Republic) and Maks Kowalski (Merlin), and the battle for a spot on the championship podium will be heated all weekend.

The advantage in the IAME Junior standings is in the hands of Nicholas Terlecki (Photo: EKN)

The point battle in the KA100 Senior division is even closer with the two weekend winners going head-to-head. Zach Hollingshead used home track advantage to double up in Ocala while veteran TJ Koyen grabbed his first series victories during the GoPro weekend. Hollingshead (OGP / Tony Kart) leads by a scant 39 points over Koyen (Innovative / Exprit). Josh Hotz (FMS / Merlin) is carrying the momentum with him, earning the Franklin Motorsports Throwdown victory at Norway two weeks ago, sitting third in the standings. Colton Ramsey (Innovative / Kart Republic) is fourth with veteran Adam Crepin (Tony Kart) in fifth.

The top five drivers in the IAME Junior championship have zero wins and only two podium finishes. That is due to the two different winners on the year having competed in only one event. Tyler Gonzalez won both rounds in Ocala with Jeremy Fairbairn sweeping the Finals at GoPro. Fairbairn (MDD / Kosmic) is scheduled to compete at New Castle, only 243 points out of first. Gonzalez (CRG Nordam), sitting seventh in the standings, could be an at-track entry, making things interesting. Leading the title chase is Junior rookie Nicholas Terlecki, holding a 65-point advantage over Franklin Motorsports / Merlin teammate Kyle Thome. Aaron Benoit (J3 / CompKart), Lucas Smalec (FMS / Merlin) and Matthew Christensen (FA Kart) round out the top-five.

Laurentiu Mardan holds the lead in IAME Masters (Photo: EKN)

Inaugural KA100 Junior winner Jacob Graham (Kosmic) has not relinquished the top spot in the championship chase. Graham leads Donald Whorton II (FA Kart) by 93 points heading into the two-round season finale. Erikson Evans (Kosmic) is only back by 100 points with Round Two winner Spencer Lofton (Tony Kart) and Westin Workman (CompKart) waiting in the wings.

Added just days ago was a ticket to the IAME International Final in France for the IAME Masters champion. The class, making a return to the program since the inaugural season in 2013, has been a very exciting four rounds of racing up to now. Four different winners and multiple podium finishers has put the championship into a whirlwind. Entering the weekend, Round Three winner Laurentiu Mardan (Tecno) leads the championship by 160 points over Danny Robertson (OGP / Tony Kart). Round Two winner Todd Shambo (FA Kart) is third, only five points back of Robertson. Scott Roberts (SCR / Tony Kart) dominated the Final in Round Four, and if not for two DNF finishes in Ocala, could be leading the title chase. He trails by 215 points, needing a lot of help. It is not out of the question with the way the season has gone. Former point leader Scott Falcone (KSNA / Formula K), Ocala front-runner Jonathan Silva (CompKart) and GoPro podium finisher Scott Kopp (Innovative / Exprit) will keep things exciting. Add in new Masters driver Darrin Marcus (Fullerton), and there is no guessing what will happen.

Kai Sorensen is the point leader in Mini Swift (Photo: EKN)

The fourth ticket to be awarded on the weekend goes to the Mini Swift champion. This category has seen some crazy finishes with three race winners not currently in the title chase. The point lead resides with California driver Kai Sorensen (Tony Kart), with a best finish of runner-up on Sunday in Ocala. Christian Miles (Kart Republic) is the only race winner in the hunt entering the weekend, trailing Sorensen by 41 points. Noah Baker and Jeremy Fletcher (Kart Republic) are nearly tied for the third spot with Jace Park (Parolin) in fifth. Race winners Adam Brickley (Energy), Sebastian Ng (Nitro Kart) and Paul Bocuse (Kart Republic) will be in attendance in New Castle along with a number of top Cadet drivers from across the country.

The championship in Micro Swift is Ben Maier’s to lose. Maier (Nitro Kart) has swapped wins with Caleb Gafrarar (Parolin) in the first two events. Gafrarar will not be in New Castle, thus, leaving Maier with a 193 point advantage over Gavan Boschele (Nitro), who is not listed on the pre-entry sheet. Next in line is Cameron Brinkman (Merlin) at 282 points back. Maier is coming off two wins in Norway, and remains the driver to beat in the category. Nicholas Daniell (FA Kart) sits fifth in the standings.

IAME Pro Provisional Entry List

006 JACOB ANDREW TONY KART CRESTON, OH
376 PIERCE BALDUS PAROLIN BELTON, MO
304 ALEX BERTAGNOLI KART REPUBLIC VILLAGE OF LAKEWOOD, IL
4 JAMES BISER FA KART BROOKVILLE, OH
97 KYLE CARTY VEMME GOSHEN, OH
61 ARMIN CAVCUSIC FA KART CHICAGO, IL
77 STEPHEN DIAL COMPKART ELWOOD, IL
123 MICK GABRIEL FA KART LOCKPORT, IL
91 DAVID GALOWNIA COMPKART LOUISVILLE, KY
301 BIJOY GARG EXPRIT ATHERTON, CA
329 AUSTIN GARRISON FULLERTON CORNELIUS, NC
333 JACOB HEAVLOW KART REPUBLIC GALENA, MD
222 MAX HEWITT CRG HOUSTON, TX
386 ZACH HOLLINGSHEAD TONY KART
3 BRANDON JARSOCRAK KART REPUBLIC SHILLINGTON, PA
320 MAKS KOWALSKI MERLIN BARRINGTON, IL
308 PAULY MASSIMINO KART REPUBLIC
306 AUSTIN McCUSKER KOSMIC GLEN HEAD, NY
370 COLIN NEAL TONY KART PEEBLES, OH
6 ALEX NOWYZ TONY KART ADEL, IA
648 ANDREW PATTERSON TONY KART DAYTON, OH
116 KRISTIN RHEAUME TOP KART MOORESVILLE, NC
18 AUSTIN SCHAFF MERLIN SUSSEX, WI
155 LUKE STROUD COMPKART MOORESVILLE, NC
355 LANE VACALA COMPKART ERIE, PA
17 BEN VARNER BIREL ART METAMORA, MI

KA100 Senior Provisional Entry List

52 JAMES BROCK BIREL ART FLUSHING, MI
37 ADAM CREPIN TONY KART ST. LOUIS, MO
96 GREG DELLA EXPRIT HARTLAND, WI
95 ZACH DELLA KOSMIC HARTLAND, WI
13 AARON HACHMEISTER DR KART NEW BERLIN, WI
386 ZACHARY HOLLINGSHEAD TONY KART
22 JOSH HOTZ MERLIN MUKWONAGO, WI
68 TJ KOYEN EXPRIT SUN PRAIRIE, WI
91 BEN LYDA MERLIN PLAIN CITY, OH
941 EMORY LYDA MERLIN CONCORD, NC
10 JEFF LYDA MERLIN PLAIN CITY, OH
9 PJ LYDA MERLIN PLAIN CITY, OH
1 MIKE MCANDREWS FULLERTON WEST BEND, WI
17 BRENNAN MCINTOSH TOP KART MIDDLETOWN, OH
699 AUSTIN MORRIS FA KART OLD HICKORY, TN
11 MAX MUIR KOSMIC ATLANTA, GA
920 ROGER MYERS DR KART VERONA, PA
03 MICHAEL PATERNO KOSMIC WILLOWBROOK, IL
48 ANDREW PATTERSON TONY KART DAYTON, OH
388 COLTON RAMSEY KART REPUBLIC

IAME Junior Provisional Entry List

04 GARRETT ADAMS FA KART GREENFIELD, IN
707 BRYCE ARON KOSMIC WINNETKA, IL
773 JUSTIN ARSENEAU TONY KART MORIN HEIGHTS, QB, CAN
718 CALEB BACON CRG MOORESVILLE, NC
745 ISAAC BEEKMAN KOSMIC ROUND HILL, VA
725 AARON BENOIT COMPKART ERIE, PA
212 AMELIA CANGIALOSI TONY KART CHESTER, NJ
245 MATTHEW CHRISTENSEN FA KART ORLANDO, FL
720 DYLAN CHRISTIE KOSMIC PRINCETON, NJ
761 MATTHEW DUNCOVICH KART REPUBLIC ISLIP TERRACE, NY
787 JEREMY FAIRBAIRN KOSMIC WELLINGTON, FL
279 AIDEN FOX TONY KART REDDING, CT
14 JACOB GRAHAM KOSMIC GARNER, NC
222 KEKAI HAUANIO TONY KART RIVERVIEW, FL
716 HAYDEN JONES TONY KART MATTHEWS, NC
761 LUKE LANGE TONY KART DALLAS, TX
812 GRAY LEADBETTER TONY KART MORGANTON, NC
888 LUCA MARS TONY KART SEWICKLEY, PA
774 TYLER MAXON CRG MONROE, GA
739 BRYSON MORRIS FA KART OLD HICKORY, TN
56 NATHAN NICHOLSON ENERGY UNIONVILLE, IN
782 MAXIMILLIAN OPALSKI OTK CONIFER, CO
721 KYFFIN SIMPSON TONY KART MIDDLETOWN, NY
710 LUCAS SMALEC MERLIN GLENVIEW, IL
188 NICHOLAS TERLECKI MERLIN ELGIN, IL
361 KYLE THOME MERLIN DOUSMAN, WI
123 SANTIAGO TRISINI KART REPUBLIC MIAMI, FL
722 TRAVIS WILEY FA KART AUSTIN, TX
789 HUNTER YEANY EXPRIT VIRGINIA BEACH, VA

KA100 Junior Provisional Entry List

722 DYLAN CHRISTIE KOSMIC PRINCETON, NJ
604 WILLIAM COX TONY KART RALEIGH,NC
29 ERIKSON EVANS KOSMIC ALPHARETTA, GA
14 JACOB GRAHAM KOSMIC GARNER, NC
716 HAYDEN JONES TONY KART MATTHEWS, NC
623 SPENCER LOFTON TONY KART HENDERSON, TN
95 DRU LYDA MERLIN RAVENNA, OH
19 MATT LYDA MERLIN PLAIN CITY, OH
782 MAXIMILLIAN OPALSKI OTK CONIFER, CO
23 GRAYSON UPCHURCH PRAGA DENVER, NC
42 DONALD WHORTON II FA KART Montpelier, VA
13 WESTIN WORKMAN COMPKART CHARLOTTE, NC

IAME Masters Provisional Entry List

5 KIM CARAPELLATTI COMPKART OLEAN, NY
512 SCOT CARAPELLATTI TONY KART OLEAN, NY
112 PETER COOK TONY KART ORLAND PARK, FL
9 LOGAN COZZIE TOP KART SHERRILLS FORD, NC
99 SCOTT FALCONE FORMULA K LONE TREE, CO
98 STEVE FRANK FA KART SUWANEE, GA
35 CHUCK KOCAN HAASE NAPERVILLE, IL
38 SCOTT KOPP EXPRIT BIG BEND, WI
6 DARRIN MARCUS FULLERTON CHICAGO, IL
82 LAURENTIU MARDAN TECNO ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, IL
2 BRIAN McEVOY MERLIN OREGON, WI
543 SCOTT ROBERTS TONY KART WINTER PARK, FL
509 DANNY ROBERTSON TONY KART OCALA, FL
557 JOHN ROBICHEAUX KOSMIC GULFPORT, MS
55 TODD SHAMBO FA KART MONROE, GA
500 JONATHAN SILVA COMPKART CORONA, CA
16 RYAN SPIEROWSKI TOP KART FOREST PARK, IL
28 CRISTIAN VOMIR TECNO Hoffman Estates, IL

Mini Swift Provisional Entry List

171 PAUL BOCUSE KART REPUBLIC ORLANDO, FL
1 ADAM BRICKLEY NITRO MOORESVILLE, NC
14 SAM CORRY KART REPUBLIC CORNELIUS, NC
105 MIGUEL COSTA BENIK MIAMI BEACH, FL
125 MICHAEL COSTELLO BENIK DALLAS, PA
51 ELLIOT COX VEMME INDIANAPOLIS, IN
113 SOFIA D’ARRIGO NITRO CLOVER, SC
129 PARKER DELONG BENIK GLENDALE, AZ
88 DANNY DYSZELSKI PAROLIN CHARLOTTE, NC
7 EMMO FITTIPALDI
122 JEREMY FLETCHER KART REPUBLIC
176 FRANKIE IADEVAIA NITRO SEAFORD, NY
181 ANDERSON LEONARD TONY KART ST. PETERSBURG. FL
100 JIMMIE LOCKHART BENIK FT. LAUDERDALE, FL
127 HELIO MEZA MERLIN SPRING, TX
177 CHRISTIAN MILES KART REPUBLIC PALOMA, IL
160 RYE MYERS KART REPUBLIC LOVELAND, CO
09 SEBASTIAN NG ALLISON KANNAPOLIS, NC
148 JAMES OVERBECK NITRO CINCINNATI, OH
156 JACE PARK PAROLIN OVERLAND PARK, KS
12 KYLE RAYMOND DR CHAGRIN FALLS, OH
115 KAI SORENSEN TONY KART LODI, CA
146 ALEX STANFIELD ENERGY LEWISVILLE, TX

Micro Swift Provisional Entry List

99 CAMERON BRINKMAN MERLIN SPRINGFIELD, IL
14 VINCENT CAPITILLO NITRO MARIETTA, GA
77 SPENCER CONRAD NITRO SUFFOLK, VA
6 LEVI COPASS BENIK MIDDLETOWN, IN
42 NICHOLAS DANIELL FA KART KENNESAW, GA
86 AVA DOBSON MERLIN FRANKLIN, WI
7 SANTIAGO DURAN NITRO LEAGUE CITY, TX
44 CALEB GAFRARAR PAROLIN MIDLAND, NC
021 ARYTON GRIM NITRO HILLIARD, OH
96 KOLIN KIEFER BENIK EFFINGHAM, IL
67 BEN MAIER NITRO STEVENSVILLE, MD
03 HOYT MOHR NITRO WAMPUM, PA
11 JT NOVOSIELSKI PCR RICHFIELD, OH
5 CALEB TARTER BENIK WINCHESTER, IN
137 CAMERON WEINBERG NITRO CARROLLTON, GA
84 CARSON WEINBERG NITRO CARROLLTON, GA

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