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

Stellar field of IAME drivers continue fight for titles at Utah Motorsports Campus

This weekend marks the 10th edition of the Superkarts! USA Pro Tour SpringNationals. The event is set for May 3-5 at the Utah Motorsports Campus as SKUSA returns to the Erda, Utah facility for the second time in series history. Formerly known as Miller Motorsports Park, SKUSA first visited the facility outside Salt Lake City back in July 2012 for the SummerNationals that year. The 9/10-mile Alan Wilson-designed karting circuit is named ‘Star Trek’, which will be contested in the clockwise direction – the opposite of the 2012 visit.

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, Rolison Performance Group and Courtney Concepts. Daily reports and updates on the EKN Social Media network will fill up your timeline throughout the weekend.

The opening event of the 2019 Superkarts! USA Pro Tour took place at the beginning of March with the WinterNationals contested at the CalSpeed Karting facility in Fontana, California. Competitors battled wet weather all weekend to decide the winners in the opening two rounds of the series. Now, drivers hope for perfect racing conditions at over 4,300 feet above sea level.

The first of two previews was published on Wednesday, reviewing the shifterkart divisions along with the Master categories. Today is a look at the IAME ‘TaG’ divisions competing in Utah this weekend.


X30 Senior

Joshua Car enters Utah as the X30 Senior championship leader (Photo: EKN)

Two drivers solidified themselves as the top title contenders following the action at the WinterNationals. Christian Brooks and 2017 SuperNationals winner Joshua Car placed inside the top-four in both main events, each taking a win in March. That has boosted them well out in front of the championship standings, with Car (Crosslink / Exprit) leading by 76 points over Brooks (Nash / FA Kart). Brooks has history with the Utah facility, winning the US Rotax Grand Nationals back at the 2011 edition in the Mini Max class. The two have similar paths for the 2019 season as they are both contesting the F4 US Championship, sitting second and sixth in the standings after the opening event in Georgia. Looking ahead, the SummerNationals weekend is the same as a F4 event at Mid-Ohio and thus, if either are leading the championship after this weekend, they could vacate that position with F4 trumping karting.

Behind those two, the next driver in the title chase is Austin Garrison, trailing Car by 181 points. Garrison was runner-up in the rain behind Car, and is coming off his first victory with CRG Nordam at the USPKS event in Ocala. Garrison also has history in Utah, capturing his only US Rotax Grand Nationals victory at UMC, winning Junior Max in 2014. Five other drivers sit within 100 points of Garrison, including Brit Oliver Hodgson (J3 / CompKart) – who made his SKUSA Pro Tour debut at the WinterNats, placing third in the Sunday Final. Nick Ramirez (PGR / Ricciardo) and Jacob Gulick (RPG / Kosmic) are among those in early contention for the title needing to remain at the front end of the field throughout the weekend in Utah.

Rounding out the top-five of the standings heading into Utah are Arthur Leist and three-time defending champion Ryan Norberg. Each had a top-five result in Fontana, with Leist (PSL / Birel ART) trailing Garrison by only seven points. Norberg (RPG / Kosmic) had a podium finish taken away for passing under the yellow flag. The next four rounds are crucial for Norberg to capture a fourth-straight SKUSA title.

Driver notes heading into the weekend include the return of Braden Eves. The three-time SKUSA Pro Tour race winner, who is currently the point leader for the Cooper Tire USF2000 championship, is joining Crosslink Competition aboard an Exprit for his first series start of 2019. Jake French is pulling off the double duty program with Croc Promotion USA / Mad Old Nut Racing. This will be the first SKUSA Pro Tour start for the 2017 SKUSA Pro Tour S1 champion in the X30 Senior division. Brandon Jarsocrak is changing teams and chassis, departing from KartSport North America and Kart Republic, joining Mike Doty Racing aboard a Tony Kart for this weekend. Add in Jake Craig (RPM / Tony Kart) as a former winner in Utah. The 2014 SKUSA Pro Tour champion won the Senior Max US Grand Nationals title that season on the ‘Star Trek’ course.

No. Driver Team Chassis Hometown Nat.
313 Jenson Altzman Ruthless Karting Exprit Phoenix AZ US
309 Brenden Baker CRG Nordam CRG Celina TX US
391 Cooper Becklin PSL Karting Birel ART West Linn OR US
335 Joey Brienza Nash Motorsportz FA Kart Golden CO US
340 Christian Brooks Nash Motorsportz FA Kart Santa Clarita CA US
328 Trey Brown Nash Motorsportz FA Kart Lemon Grove CA US
344 Reilly Cann Crosslink Competition Exprit Van Alstyne TX US
360 Jake Craig Ryan Perry Motorpsort Tony Kart Mission Viejo CA US
312 Pablo Perez De Lara RPL Ricciardo MX
316 Emma Delattre Nash Motorsportz Kosmic Wilton CT US
318 Jace Denmark-Gessel Ryan Perry Motorsport Tony Kart Phoenix AZ US
341 Braden Eves Crosslink Competition Exprit New Albany OH US
361 Jake French Croc Promotion USA/MONR Croc Promotion Garland TX US
331 Alex Garcia RPL Ricciardo MX
329 Austin Garrison CRG Nordam CRG Davie FL US
339 Kaden Gray Team Felon Tony Kart Fort Worth TX US
308 Hannah Greenemeier Rolison Performance Group Kosmic Parker CO US
315 Jacob Gulick Rolison Performance Group Kosmic Vancouver WA US
319 Oliver Hodgson J3 Competition CompKart GB
380 Alejandro Jaramillo Crosslink Competition Exprit Dallas TX US
338 Brandon Jarsocrak Mike Doty Racing Tony Kart Reading PA US
375 Ricardo Lechuga Orsolon Racing Tony Kart MX
378 Arthur Leist PSL Karting Birel ART BR
379 Colin Neal Rolison Performance Group Kosmic Peebles OH US
324 Thomas Nepveu PSL Karting Birel ART Oka QC CA
N1 Ryan Norberg Rolison Performance Group Kosmic Wilsonville OR US
399 Nick Persing Nash Motorsportz FA Kart Morgan Hill CA US
300 Edward Portz Nash Motorsportz Exprit Corvallis OR US
321 Nick Ramirez Phil Giebler Racing Ricciardo Riverside CA US
320 Emiliano Richards RPL Ricciardo MX
385 Tevin Robbins Robbins Racing Kosmic Riverton UT US
355 Lane Vacala J3 Competition CompKart Antioch IL US
322 Travis Wiley Iron Rock Motorsports Tony Kart Austin TX US

X30 Junior

Branyon Tiner is the driver to beat in Utah for X30 Junior (Photo: EKN)

The X30 Junior category takes the honor of the largest division heading into Utah with 39 drivers, very similar to the number that contested the WinterNationals. The winners in CalSpeed were Dale Curran and Branyon Tiner, each taking home their first SKUSA Pro Tour victory. Tiner has the advantage over everyone, leaving the event as the championship leader. The Rolison Performance Group / Kosmic driver leads by 25 points over Mexican driver Noel Leon (CRG Nordam). Leon placed inside the top-five in both main events, the only driver to do so in Fontana.

A total of six drivers stood on the podium at the WinterNationals. Connor Zilisch (LAK / Tony Kart) was runner-up on Saturday in the rain, sitting third in the standings. Ethan Ho (APM / Tony Kart) stood third, earning his first podium finish in the category at the SKUSA Pro Tour. Jason Leung and Josh Pierson were part of a podium sweep for RPG on Sunday, as they joined Tiner on the steps. Leung sits seventh in the points with Pierson fifth. Throw in Brit Freddie Slater (Supertune / Tony Kart) sitting fourth in the points with Curran back in eighth.

Drivers coming into the event with some momentum include USPKS race winner John Burke (IRM/ Tony Kart). The Texan won the Sunday main event in his series debut, and earned a best finish of fifth at the WinterNationals. Winning at the Great Lakes ProKart Challenge event was Tennessee driver Bryson Morris, who joins Rolison Performance Group for his first Pro Tour start of 2019. Adrian Cruz doubled up in the win column at the Texas ProKart Challenge opener in Denton, and currently sits ninth in the Pro Tour standings with two ninth-place finishes.

No. Driver Team Chassis Hometown Nat.
749 Noah Baker Speed Concepts Racing Tony Kart Pinehurst TX US
768 Alexander Berg Ryan Perry Motorsport Tony Kart Calgary AB CA
717 Paul Bocuse Speed Concepts Racing Tony Kart Orlando FL US
774 John Burke Iron Rock Motorsports Tony Kart Carrollton TX US
745 Matthew Christensen Supertune Tony Kart Orlando FL US
770 Brent Crews KartSport North America Kart Republic Denver NC US
716 Adrian Cruz Crosslink Competition Exprit Fort Worth TX US
791 Dale Curran Nash Motorsportz Kosmic Bowmanville ON CA
720 Andres Perez De Lara RPL Ricciardo MX
779 Aidan Fox Mike Doty Racing Exprit Redding CT US
758 Jorge Garciarce Team Montoya Tony Kart MX
733 Chase Gardner Crosslink Competition Exprit Prosper TX US
799 Jose Garfias RPL Ricciardo MX
789 Ethan Ho APM Racing Tony Kart City of Industry CA US
761 Luke Lange Speed Concepts Racing Tony Kart Dallas TX US
719 Noel Leon CRG Nordam CRG Celina TX MX
798 Jason Leung Rolison Performance Group Kosmic Richmond BC CA
709 George Megennis Orsolon Racing Tony Kart Cortlandt Manor NY US
703 Ignacio Montenegro Nash Motorsportz Tony Kart AR
787 Carson Morgan Team Felon Tony Kart Anaheim CA US
763 Cole Morgan Team Felon Tony Kart Anahaim CA US
739 Bryson Morris Rolison Performance Group Kosmic Old Hickory TN US
780 Frankie Mossman Formula Works CompKart La Verne CA US
704 Blake Nash Nash Motorsportz FA Kart Riverside CA US
702 Maximilian Opalski FA Kart Conifer CO US
756 Jace Park Speed Concepts Racing Tony Kart Overland Park KS US
714 Josh Pierson Rolison Performance Group Kosmic Wilsonville OR US
700 Jonathon Portz Nash Motorsportz FA Kart Corvallis OR US
797 Emiliano Rodriguez Orsolon Racing Tony Kart MX
783 Dustin Salaverria Nash Motorsportz FA Kart San Francisco CA US
776 Ryan Shehan Crosslink Competition Exprit Cedar Park TX US
721 Caleb Shrader Rolison Performance Group Kosmic Tigard OR US
777 Kyffin Simpson Speed Concepts Racing Tony Kart Middletown NY BB
727 Freddie Slater Supertune Tony Kart GB
705 Alex Stanfield Team Felon / Alex Stanfield Racing Tony Kart Argyle TX US
725 Dawson Svoboda Crosslink Competition Tony Kart Prosper TX US
769 Branyon Tiner Rolison Performance Group Tony Kart Angleton TX US
772 Connor Zilisch Team Felon Tony Kart Matthews NC US
753 Ericko Zuniga Team Montoya Tony Kart MX

KA100 Senior

Nick Persing is leading the KA100 Senior championship chase (Photo: EKN)

The KA100 Senior division made its debut on the SKUSA Pro Tour at the WinterNationals, welcoming two first-time winners. Alan Tang (PKS / Parolin) and Austin Osborne (IRM / Kosmic) came away with victories at CalSpeed, both earning their first SKUSA Pro Tour triumphs. The driver, however, leading the championship chase is Nick Persing (Nash / FA Kart), who placed runner-up in both main events. His advantage is 40 points over Osborne with Nick Ramirez (PGR / Ricciardo) sitting third after two fourth-place results at CalSpeed. Tang sits fourth in the standings but is not scheduled to compete in Utah. A total of seven drivers from Utah will compete in the KA100 Senior division. A notable entry is Walker Hess (Tony Kart), a former top-50 ranked driver in the EKN TaG Driver Rankings and recent top-10 finisher in the Briggs Weekly Racing Series USA program. Expect the locals to contend for positions on the podium all weekend.

No. Driver Team Chassis Hometown Nat.
907 Evan Concepcion Eleven Racing Team Kosmic Salt Lake City UT US
920 Joshua Fine Real Fine Racing Kosmic Park City UT US
918 Walker Hess Tony Kart Park City UT US
917 Blake Hunt Tony Kart Mooresville NC US
919 Ayrton Littel Scuderia Littel Kosmic Tooele UT US
911 Christopher Martin Crosslink Competition FA Kart Daly City CA US
902 Nathan Martin Nash Motorsportz FA Kart Westminster CO US
982 Andy Nish Nash Motorsportz Kosmic Centerville UT US
921 Austin Osborne Iron Rock Motorsports Kosmic Houston TX US
924 Nick Persing Nash Motorsportz FA Kart Morgan Hill CA US
923 Ryan Pool Msquared Racing Kosmic South Jordan UT US
932 Ethan Raap Msquared Racing Tony Kart Salt Lake City UT US
905 Nick Ramirez Phil Giebler Racing Ricciardo Riverside CA US

KA100 Junior

Two wins at the WinterNats puts the target on Ethan Ho in KA100 Junior (Photo: EKN)

As did the KA100 Senior class, the KA100 Junior category made its SKUSA Pro Tour debut at the WinterNationals. This class saw only one new SKUSA Pro Tour winner, as Ethan Ho (APM / Tony Kart) was able to grab both victories on the weekend. It was a near sweep for the SoCal driver, heading into Utah with an 85-point advantage in the standings. Connor Zilisch (LAK / Tony Kart) was runner-up on Saturday for a best finish at the WinterNats. Kyffin Simpson (SCR / Tony Kart) is third in the championship chase, placing third in Sunday’s main event. A number of the same drivers from March will be racing in Utah. New to the driver roster is two-time IAME International Final winner Brent Crews. The KartSport North America / Kart Republic driver will add his name to the list of double duty drivers, making his SKUSA KA100 Junior debut at the SpringNats.

No. Driver Team Chassis Hometown Nat.
822 Alexander Berg Ryan Perry Motorsport Birel ART Calgary AB CA
870 Brent Crews KartSport North America Kart Republic Denver NC US
868 Ethan Ho APM Racing Tony Kart City of Industry CA US
856 Diego LaRoque Ruthless Karting Tony Kart Phoenix AZ US
863 Cole Morgan Team Felon Tony Kart Anahaim CA US
860 Rye Myers Loveland CO US
802 Maximilian Opalski FA Kart Conifer CO US
849 Dylan Peck Rolison Performance Group Kosmic Sandy UT US
803 Cole Schroeder Ruthless Karting Tony Kart Bozeman MT US
882 Hallie Schroeder Ruthless Karting Tony Kart Bozeman MT US
821 Caleb Shrader Rolison Performance Group Kosmic Tigard OR US
877 Kyffin Simpson Speed Concepts Racing Tony Kart Middletown NY BB
888 Enzo Swan Nash Motorsportz Centennial CO US
872 Connor Zilisch Team Felon Tony Kart Matthews NC US

Mini Swift

Sebastian Ng has the lead in the Mini Swift title chase heading into Utah (Photo: EKN)

Numbers surpassed the 30-driver mark once again in the Mini Swift category, with everyone looking to grab their first SKUSA Pro Tour victory. The only driver to win thus far is Sebastian Ng as the Nitro Kart driver ended up on the top step of the podium both days at the WinterNationals. Ng leads the championship by only 20 points over Kai Sorensen (Tony Kart). The SKUSA Winter Series champion was classified runner-up on Saturday and placed fifth on Sunday. Other podium finishers from the WinterNationals include Jack Jeffers (Tony Kart) and Anderson Leonard (Tony Kart) from Sunday’s main event. They sit fourth and fifth in the standings. Parker DeLong (Nitro Kart) was third in Saturday’s Final, and comes into Utah seventh in title chase. Enzo Deligny (Tony Kart) is third in the standings after two top-six finishes in Fontana. With the large field, there will be a number of drivers that did not stand out at the WinterNats who may become players throughout the weekend at the SpringNats.

No. Driver Team Chassis Hometown Nat.
193 John Antonino Tony Kart Bakersfield CA US
161 Dylan Archer FDM Karting Exprit Henderson CO US
178 Ethan Ayars KartSport North America Kart Republic Weatherby Lake MO US
123 Michael Costello Team Benik Benik Dallas PA US
151 Elliot Cox CRG Nordam CRG Indianapolis IN US
174 Enzo Deligny 2 Wild Karting / Supertune Tony Kart Los Angeles CA FR
129 Parker Delong Team Nitro Kart Nitro Kart Glendale AZ US
176 Santiago Duran SMA Nitro Kart League City TX US
188 Danny Dyszelski Team Nitro Kart Nitro Kart Charlotte NC US
122 Archer Eversman Forward Direction Motorsports Tony Kart Henderson CO US
144 Caleb Gafrarar PSL Karting Birel ART Midland NC US
140 Max Garcia KartSport North America Kart Republic Coconut Grove FL US
185 Salim Hanna Team Montoya Tony Kart CO
107 Miles Hewitt CRG Nordam CRG Houston TX
120 Dane Idelson PSL Karting Ricciardo Pacific Palisades CA US
155 Ayden Ingratta Speed Concepts Racing Tony Kart CA
101 Jack Jeffers Orsolon Racing Tony Kart San Antonio TX US
124 Anderson Leonard Supertune Tony Kart St. Petersburg FL US
125 Fernando Luque RPL Ricciardo MX
192 Kane Martin 2 Wild Karting Tony Kart Rancho Santa Margarita CA CA
170 Christian Miles KartSport North America Kart Republic Paloma IL US
139 Joseph Moss Speedsportz Birel ART Houston TX US
190 Sebastian Ng Team Nitro Kart Nitro Kart PA
109 Ryan Persing Nash Motorsportz Benik Morgan Hill CA US
112 Ivanna Richards RPL Ricciardo MX
104 Collin Ruess Ruess Racing Tony Kart Farmington UT US
114 Cooper Shipman Iron Rock Motorsports FA Kart Austin TX US
121 Cooper Simpson Team Benik Benik Toronto ON CA
N3 Kai Sorensen Supertune Tony Kart Lodi CA US
142 Jay Urwin Benik NZ
177 Jesus Vasquez, Jr. Team PKS Ricciardo Rancho Cucamonga CA US
137 Cameron Weinberg Team Nitro Kart Nitro Kart Carrollton GA US

Micro Swift

Logan Chambers has the hold of the Micro Swift standings after winning in Fontana (Photo: EKN)

The title chase is tight in the Micro Swift category with the top two drivers separated by 10 points. WinterNationals winners Logan Chambers (Ricciardo) and Graham Trammell (Kosmic) each grabbed their first SKUSA Pro Tour victory, with Chambers leaving as the point leader. Jack Iliffe (Tony Kart) and Ethan Thomason (Exprit) both had runner-up finishes at the WinterNats, sitting third and fifth in the standings. Alex Mercado (Parolin) enters Utah fourth in the standings. The field has increased to double digits, which could bode for more drivers contending for the podium positions on the weekend.

No. Driver Team Chassis Hometown Nat.
14 Truly Adams Troy Adams Coaching Riverside CA US
63 G3 Argyros Speed Factory Nitro Kart Newport Beach CA US
57 Charlie Bradbury Crosslink Competition Exprit Dallas TX US
13 Logan Chambers Team PKS Ricciardo Bakersfield CA US
44 Jack Iliffe Iron Rock Motorsports Tony Kart Austin TX US
87 Alex Mercado Parolin Washington UT US
56 James Moss Iron Rock Motorsports Benik Houston TX US
11 Tristan Murphy Formula Works CompKart San Clemente CA US
27 Alfie Slater Supertune Tony Kart GB
33 Ethan Thomason Crosslink Competition Exprit Southlake TX US
99 Graham Trammell Rolison Performance Group Kosmic Springfield OR US
22 Zachary Walrod Nash Motorsportz Benik Yorba Linda CA US
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