EKN Trackside: 2019 Superkarts! USA Pro Tour WinterNationals – Preview Part 2

Big X30 Senior / Junior fields with KA100 making series debut at CalSpeed

The 2019 season marks the 10th year of the Superkarts! USA Pro Tour. It all began in California with a trip to Sonoma for the inaugural event in 2010. Everything comes full circle as the Pro Tour kicks off the 10th season in the Golden State, making its first ever visit to the CalSpeed Karting facility in Fontana. The third edition of the WinterNationals moves cross-country from NOLA to outside the Auto Club Speedway, with 200 pre-registered drivers set to do battle on the newly revised ‘Grande’ circuit.

eKartingNews.com remains the official online partner for the SKUSA Pro Tour, having broadcast every race since its inception. Those karting enthusiasts not in attendance can listen from home or on the road to the EKN Live broadcast page at www.ekartingnews.com/live with EKN’s own Rob Howden providing the play-by-play call. This weekend’s broadcast is brought to you by Mad Old Nut Racing, Alan Rudolph Racing Academy and Courtney Concepts. Daily reports and updates on the EKN Social Media network will fill up your timeline throughout the weekend.

The first of two previews was published on Wednesday, with our second taking a look at the X30 and KA100 Senior and Junior divisions along with Mini and Micro Swift.


X30 Senior

Ryan Norberg begins his quest for a fourth straight X30 Senior title (Photo: On Track Promotions – otp.ca)

There is no doubt the X30 Senior division under Superkarts! USA remains the largest category. The WinterNationals field features 48 drivers, set to begin a run at a podium, possibly a victory, and even a chance at the championship. All eyes, as they have been for the past three seasons, remain on Ryan Norberg. The three-time SKUSA Pro Tour champion is eyeing a fourth-straight, and momentum is on his side with a solid start to 2019. Norberg made the move to Rolison Performance Group / Kosmic just after the calendar turned over, coming away with three straight wins at the SKUSA Winter Series to claim the championship. He and AJ Myers are the only drivers in 2019 that can repeat their titles from the 2018 season. Myers is doing double duty with Croc Promotion, running both Pro Shifter and X30 Senior.

They are not the only former Pro Tour champions in the X30 Senior field with 2014 champion Jake Craig (RPM / Tony Kart). Craig left last season leading the championship heading into the SummerNats with his car schedule conflicting with the weekend. Add in former Junior champions Alex Bertagnoli (J3 / CompKart) in 2016 and last year’s champ Arias Deukmedjian (LEM / Praga) making the jump this year. Austin Garrison rounds out former champions in the field, as he won the S2 title in 2014 and is set to make his SKUSA Pro Tour debut with CRG Nordam.

SuperNationals winners fill up the field as well, including 2017 winner Joshua Car (Crosslink / Exprit). The Aussie native, who now lives in Texas, won the LAKC event last weekend in preparation for his return to SKUSA competition. Jak Crawford (Nash / FA Kart) and Arthur Leist (PSL / Birel ART) are former SuperNationals Junior winners in Vegas with Crawford making his Senior debut this weekend.

Regular class contenders include SKUSA national #3-plate holder Dante Yu (J3 / CompKart), Brandon Jarsocrak (KSNA / Kart Republic), Hannah Greenemeier (RPG / Kosmic), Ryan MacDermid (Prime / Birel ART) and Thomas Nepveu (PSL / Birel ART). International drivers are making the trek to Fontana with former Rotax and IAME world champion Oliver Hodgson (J3 / CompKart) along with Sebastian Montoya (Tony Kart) – son of two-time Indy 500 winner Juan Pablo Montoya.

No. Driver Team Chassis Hometown Country
305 AJ Myers Croc Promotion USA Croc Promotion Palm Harbor FL US
342 Alan Tang Parolin Parolin San Marino CA US
304 Alex Bertagnoli J3 Competition CompKart Lakewood IL US
331 Alex Garcia RPL Ricciardo MX
301 Arias Deukmedjian Leading Edge Motorsports Praga Merritt Island FL US
378 Arthur Leist PSL Karting Birel ART BR
329 Austin Garrison CRG Nordam CRG Davie FL US
338 Brandon Jarsocrak Kartsport North America Kart Republic Reading PA US
309 Brenden Baker CRG Nordam CRG Celina TX US
343 Brendon Cramer Formula Works CompKart Yorba Linda CA US
353 Brian Van Cleve Kart Racing Solutions Tony Kart Prosper TX US
340 Christian Brooks Nash Motorsportz FA Kart Santa Clarita CA US
379 Colin Neal Rolison Performance Group Kosmic Peebles OH US
391 Cooper Becklin PSL Karting Birel ART West Linn OR US
N3 Dante Yu J3 Competition CompKart Temple City CA US
376 Declan Matthews Ricciardo AU
300 Edward Portz Nash Motorsportz Exprit Corvallis OR US
354 Emiliano Carricarte RPL Ricciardo MX
320 Emiliano Richards RPL Ricciardo MX
316 Emma Delattre Nash Motorsportz Kosmic Wilton CT US
308 Hannah Greenemeier Rolison Performance Group Kosmic Parker CO US
318 Jace Denmark-Gessel Ryan Perry Motorsport Tony Kart Phoenix AZ US
374 Jace Matthews Ricciardo AU
315 Jacob Gulick Rolison Performance Group Kosmic Vancouver WA US
352 Jak Crawford Nash Motorsportz FA Kart Conroe TX US
360 Jake Craig Ryan Perry Motorpsort Tony Kart Mission Viejo CA US
394 Jake Drew Phil Giebler Racing Ricciardo Fullerton CA US
313 Jenson Altzman Ruthless Karting Exprit Phoenix AZ US
335 Joey Brienza Nash Motorsportz FA Kart Golden CO US
325 Joseph Daniele Ryan Perry Motorsport Tony Kart Long Beach CA US
395 Joshua Car Crosslink Competition Exprit AU
388 Justice Lepe Nash Motorsportz Tony Kart San Diego CA US
355 Lane Vacala J3 Competition CompKart Antioch IL US
327 Liam Rhodes Team Benik Kosmic CA
302 Michael Tejeda Kartsport North America Kart Republic DO
399 Nick Persing Nash Motorsportz FA Kart Morgan Hill CA US
321 Nick Ramirez Yesnick Racing Enterprises Fullerton Riverside CA US
319 Oliver Hodgson J3 Competition CompKart GB
312 Pablo Perez De Lara RPL Ricciardo MX
344 Reilly Cann Crosslink Competition Exprit Van Alstyne TX US
351 Ricardo Mattar Nash Motorsportz Tony Kart AR
369 Ryan MacDermid Prime Power Team Birel ART Brooklin ON CA
N1 Ryan Norberg Rolison Performance Group Kosmic Orlando FL US
358 Sebastian Montoya Team Montoya Tony Kart Key Biscayne FL CO
377 Sonny Cervelli Pickett Racing GFC Benicia CA US
324 Thomas Nepveu PSL Karting Birel ART Oka QC CA
322 Travis Wiley IRM Tony Kart Austin TX US
328 Trey Brown Nash Motorsportz FA Kart Lemon Grove CA US


KA100 Senior

WKA champion Blake Hunt is among those vying for the inaugural KA100 Senior title at SKUSA (Photo: EKN)

Another new part of the SKUSA Pro Tour is the addition of the KA100 package to the championship program. The Senior category is welcoming 12 drivers to the inaugural event, with 10 of them competing at the SuperNationals in either Senior or Junior divisions. Nick Ramirez (Yesnick / Fullerton) and Austin Osborne (LFM / Kosmic) were among those in contention in Vegas, with Ramirez landing on the podium in fifth. Blake Hunt (KSNA / Kart Republic) is the 2018 WKA Manufacturers Cup Series champion, set for a bid at the inaugural SKUSA Pro Tour title this year. Senior rookies include 2018 IKF Grand Nationals champions Oliver Calvo (PKS / Parolin) and Aiden Kempf (Fullerton), along with LAKC X30 Junior champion Alan Tang (Parolin). Calvo is coming off victory at the LAKC event last weekend.

No. Driver Team Chassis Hometown Country
975 Aiden Kempf Fullerton Visalia CA US
912 Alan Tang Parolin Parolin San Marino CA US
921 Austin Osborne Leadfoot Motorsports Kosmic Houston TX US
917 Blake Hunt Kartsport North America Kart Republic Mooresville NC US
939 Cesar Campos, Jr. Yesnick Racing Enterprises Fullerton Canyon Country CA US
911 Christopher Martin The Karting Collective / Crosslink OTK Daly City CA US
915 Daniel Eaton HRT Driver Development Kosmic Carlsbad CA US
933 Jalen Mack Mack Motorsports FA Kart Chino Hills CA US
902 Nathan Martin Nash Motorsportz FA Kart Westminster CO US
924 Nick Persing Nash Motorsportz FA Kart Morgan Hill CA US
905 Nick Ramirez Yesnick Racing Enterprises Fullerton Riverside CA US
978 Oliver Calvo Team PKS Parolin Stockton CA US


X30 Junior

Branyon Tiner is among those in contention in X30 Junior this season (Photo: On Track Promotions – otp.ca)

The next largest category – X30 Junior – is 42 strong with a number of returning drivers in addition to some high profile Junior rookies. Many of those who finished toward the top of the standings have graduated, leaving a void for others to fill in 2019. If you look at those who were strong at the SKUSA Winter Series, it begins with Luke Lange and MacKenzie Clark. The two were among the four different drivers to win in Florida, with Lange (SCR / Tony Kart) placing third in the standings and Clark (Prime / Birel ART) in fifth.

Rolison Performance Group has a number of drivers under its tent riding on some momentum. Josh Pierson (Kosmic) and Jason Leung (Kosmic) ran 1-2 at the recent LAKC event this past weekend, with Branyon Tiner (Kosmic) winning the Prefinal before leaving early to head back to Texas. All are into their second season in the Junior ranks. Also winning at the CalSpeed facility in February at Challenge of the Americas was Jonathon Portz (Nash / FA Kart). Podiums at WKA Daytona KartWeek and COTA put him among the contenders at the WinterNats. CRG Nordam’s Noel Leon was among the quick drivers at the second event of the Florida Winter Tour, with the Mexican driver making his SKUSA Pro Tour debut at the WinterNats.

Others coming into the new season with Junior experience include USPKS champion Nicholas Terlecki (Franklin / Merlin), CIK Academy Trophy drivers Ethan Ho (APM / Tony Kart) and Colin Queen (IRM / Tony Kart), SuperNationals winner Connor Zilisch (TF / Tony Kart), and LAKC regular Cole Morgan (TF / Tony Kart).

Leading the Junior rookie squad are two-time SKUSA Pro Tour champion Carson Morgan (TF / Tony Kart) and two-time IAME International Final winner Brent Crews (KR / Kart Republic). Their resumes speak for themselves and 2019 marks the first Junior seasons for each. Last year’s vice-champion in Mini Swift Jace Park (JRJK / Parolin) is advancing up along with Texas standouts Alex Stanfield (TF / Tony Kart) and Chase Gardner (Crosslink / Exprit). UK driver Freddie Slater (Supertune / Tony Kart) is another rookie to watch in his Junior debut.

No. Driver Team Chassis Hometown Country
716 Adrian Cruz Crosslink Competition Exprit Fort Worth TX US
779 Aidan Fox Mike Doty Racing Exprit Redding CT US
713 AJ Zarcone Yesnick Racing Enterprises Nitro Kart Las Vegas NV US
705 Alex Stanfield Team Felon / Alex Stanfield Racing Tony Kart Argyle TX US
768 Alexander Berg Ryan Perry Motorsport Tony Kart Calgary AB CA
704 Blake Nash Nash Motorsportz Nash Motorsportz Riverside CA US
769 Branyon Tiner Rolison Performance Group Tony Kart Angleton TX US
770 Brent Crews Kart Republic Kart Republic Denver NC US
721 Caleb Shrader Rolison Performance Group Kosmic Tigard OR US
787 Carson Morgan Team Felon Tony Kart Anaheim CA US
733 Chase Gardner Crosslink Competition Exprit Prosper TX US
763 Cole Morgan Team Felon Tony Kart Anahaim CA US
762 Colin Queen Iron Rock Motorsports Tony Kart Cota de Caza CA US
772 Connor Zilisch Team Felon Tony Kart Matthews NC US
791 Dale Curran Nash Motorsportz Kosmic Bowmanville ON CA
783 Dustin Salaverria Nash Motorsportz Nash Motorsportz San Francisco CA US
753 Ericko Zuniga Team Montoya Tony Kart MX
789 Ethan Ho APM Racing Tony Kart City of Industry CA US
780 Frankie Mossman Formula Works CompKart La Verne CA US
727 Freddie Slater Supertune Tony Kart GB
703 Ignacio Montenegro Nash Motorsportz Tony Kart AR
756 Jace Park Jim Russell Jr Karting Parolin Overland Park KS US
711 Jacob Yesnick Yesnick Racing Enterprises Fullerton Rancho Palos Verdes CA US
798 Jason Leung Rolison Performance Group Kosmic Richmond BC CA
743 Joey Atanasio Croc Promotion USA Cro Promotion Windermere FL US
774 John Burke Iron Rock Motorsports Tony Kart Carrollton TX US
700 Jonathon Portz Nash Motorsportz FA Kart Corvallis OR US
758 Jorge Garciarce Team Montoya Tony Kart MX
799 Jose Garfias RPL Ricciardo MX
714 Josh Pierson Rolison Performance Group Kosmic Wilsonville OR US
777 Kyffin Simpson Speed Concept Racing Tony Kart Middletown NY BB
761 Luke Lange Speed Concept Racing Tony Kart Dallas TX US
765 Mackenzie Clark Prime Power Team Birel ART Campbellville ON CA
712 Marcello Paniccia Team Benik Kosmic Aurora ON CA
718 Mateo Llarena RPL Ricciardo GT
722 Mathias Coito Croc Promotion USA Croc Promotion Los Angeles CA US
702 Maximilian Opalski FA Kart Conifer CO US
788 Nicholas Terlecki Franklin Motorsports Merlin Elgin IL US
719 Noel Leon CRG Nordam CRG Celina TX MX
766 Ryan Newton J3 Competition CompKart Meridan Plains QLD AU
776 Ryan Shehan Crosslink Competition Exprit Cedar Park TX US
778 William Cox Team Felon/ Late Apex Tony Kart Raleigh NC US


KA100 Junior

Connor Zilisch is among the many double duty drivers in KA100 Junior (Photo: EKN)

Along with the KA100 Senior division, KA100 Junior class makes its SKUSA Pro Tour debut. Six of the 15 driver competed at the SuperNationals in November, only two from the Winter Series making the haul to CalSpeed. It also holds a number of drivers doing double duty on the weekend. Connor Zilisch (TF / Tony Kart) – SuperNats runner-up – will do both along with Kyffin Simpson (SCR / Tony Kart), Ethan Ho (APM / Tony Kart), Jacob Yesnick (YRE / Fullerton), William Cox (TF / Tony Kart), and Caleb Shrader (RPG / Kosmic). Add in Rotax champion Diego LaRoque (Ruthless / FA Kart) and the field is deep with talent.

No. Driver Team Chassis Hometown Country
821 Caleb Shrader Rolison Performance Group Kosmic Tigard OR US
803 Cole Schroeder Ruthless Karting Tony Kart Bozeman MT US
872 Connor Zilisch Team Felon Tony Kart Matthews NC US
856 Diego LaRoque Ruthless Karting FA Kart Phoenix AZ US
849 Dylan Peck Rolison Performance Group Kosmic Sandy UT US
868 Ethan Ho APM Racing Tony Kart City of Industry CA US
848 Gabe Tesch Phil Geibler Racing Ricciardo Mica WA US
882 Hallie Schroeder Ruthless Karting Tony Kart Bozeman MT US
811 Jacob Yesnick Yesnick Racing Enterprises Fullerton Rancho Palos Verdes CA US
877 Kyffin Simpson Speed Concept Racing Tony Kart Middletown NY BB
847 Noah Baker Speed Concept Racing Tony Kart Pinehurst TX US
860 Rye Myers Nash Motorsportz Energy Loveland CO US
813 Steven Grafton Sanner Racing Fullerton Jamul CA US
852 Tyler Ruth Exprit Glendale AZ US
878 William Cox Team Felon/ Late Apex Tony Kart Raleigh NC US


Mini Swift

SKUSA Winter Series champion Kai Sorensen is the top returning driver in the Mini Swift division (Photo: On Track Promotions – otp.ca)

The Mini Swift category is going into the weekend with 33 drivers registered. Over half of the drivers have chance at a podium, winning or to be in contention for the SKUSA Pro Tour title. It all begins with the top returning driver Kai Sorensen. The 2016 SKUSA Pro Tour Micro Swift champion carries the SKUSA #3-plate this year after a solid 2018 season. The Supertune / Tony Kart driver started out 2019 with the SKUSA Winter Series title, scoring two wins.

One of the other two winners from the SKUSA Winter Series is Christian Miles. The KartSport North America / Kart Republic driver is into his second Mini season, beginning 2019 with a sweep of the WKA Daytona KartWeek. Other returning SKUSA Pro Tour drivers include Sebastian Ng (Nitro Kart), Parker DeLong (Nitro Kart), Texas ProKart Challenge champion Jack Jeffers (Benik) and Challenge of the Americas winner at CalSpeed Enzo Deligny (Tony Kart). 2017 Micro Swift champion Elliot Cox (Vemme) is among the three former Micro champions in the field this weekend.

The third is 2018 SKUSA Pro Tour champion Max Garcia (Kart Republic), who leads a strong rookie squad into the 2019 season. Caleb Gafrarar (Birel ART) finished third at the SKUSA Winter Series standings. Cameron Weinberg is moving up to Mini under the Nitro Kart tent. And SKUSA Winter Series Micro Swift champion Matias Orjuela (Praga) is jumping up to Mini for the WinterNationals.

No. Driver Team Chassis Hometown Country
124 Anderson Leonard Supertune USA Tony Kart St. Petersburg FL US
144 Caleb Gafrarar PSL Karting Birel ART Midland NC US
137 Cameron Weinberg Team Nitro Kart Nitro Kart Carrollton GA US
170 Christian Miles Kartsport North America Kart Republic Paloma IL US
199 Cole Newton Prime Power Team Birel ART Brantford ON CA
114 Cooper Shipman Iron Rock Motorsports FA Kart Austin TX US
120 Dane Idelson Idelson Racing Ricciardo Pacific Palisades CA US
168 Dewey Richards RPL Ricciardo MX
180 Donovan Bonilla RPL Ricciardo MX
151 Elliot Cox Vemmekart USA Vemme Indianapolis IN US
174 Enzo Deligny 2 Wild Karting / Supertune Tony Kart Los Angeles CA FR
178 Ethan Ayars Kart Republic Kart Republic Weatherby Lake MO US
125 Fernando Luque RPL Ricciardo MX
136 Hayden Huelsman Velocity Karting Benik Kart Corona CA US
127 Helio Meza Odin Motorsports Parolin Spring TX US
112 Ivanna Richards RPL Ricciardo MX
101 Jack Jeffers Orsolon Racing Benik Kart San Antonio TX US
177 Jesus Vasquez, Jr. Team PKS Ricciardo Rancho Cucamonga CA US
N3 Kai Sorensen Supertune USA Tony Kart Lodi CA US
192 Kane Martin 2 Wild Karting Tony Kart Rancho Santa Margarita CA CA
126 Matias Orjuela Praga Praga Miami FL US
140 Max Garcia Kartsport North America Kart Republic Coconut Grove FL US
121 Michael Costello Team Benik Benik Kart Dallas PA US
107 Miles Hewitt CRG Nordam CRG Houston TX
117 Oscar Iliffe Iron Rock Motorsports Tony Kart Austin TX US
129 Parker Delong Team Nitro Kart Nitro Kart Glendale AZ US
111 Patrick Molnar JH Motorsports Kart Mini Santa Monica CA US
109 Ryan Persing Nash Motorsportz Benik Kart Morgan Hill CA US
176 Santiago Duran SMA Nitro Kart League City TX US
190 Sebastian Ng Team Nitro Kart Nitro Kart PA
146 Tristan Young Team Nitro Kart Nitro Kart Mesa AZ US
159 Wyatt Vidovich Vidovich Racing Tony Kart Lakeside CA US
133 Xander Reed Supertune Tony Kart Granbury TX US


Micro Swift

A new list of contenders are set for the Pro Tour level in Micro Swift, including Graham Trammell (Photo: EKN)

The youngest category of the SKUSA Pro Tour features a number of new names to the national scene. A number of last year’s contenders have graduated up, leaving for these young drivers to establish themselves as future SKUSA stars. Graham Trammell (Kosmic) was the 2018 California ProKart Challenge champion and is fresh off a sweep of the LAKC event last weekend. Texas ProKart Challenge 2018 champion Ethan Thomason (Parolin) is making his SKUSA Pro Tour debut on the weekend. Third generation driver Rocky Moran (Benik) is another notable name in the 10-driver field.

No. Driver Team Chassis Hometown Country
87 Alex Mercado Parolin Washington UT US
57 Charlie Bradbury Parolin Parolin Dallas TX US
33 Ethan Thomason Jim Russell Jr Karting Parolin Southlake TX US
99 Graham Trammell Rolison Performance Group Kosmic Springfield OR US
44 Jack Iliffe Iron Rock Motorsports Tony Kart Austin TX US
13 Logan Chambers Team PKS Ricciardo Bakersfield CA US
30 Mario Said Team Montoya Tony Kart Culver City CA MX
71 Rocky Moran Ryan Perry Motorsport Benik Kart Ladera Ranch CA US
88 Salim Hanna Team Montoya Tony Kart CO
11 Tristan Murphy Formula Works CompKart San Clemente CA US

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