Sunshine State Karting Challenge: Andersen RacePark Preview

The 5th and 6th Rounds of the 2019 Sunshine State Karting Challenge take racers to the Andersen RacePark in Palmetto, Florida. The facility located roughly 15 minutes south of St. Petersburg is among the most challenge courses in the state of Florida, ready to host the start of the second half of the SSKC championship chase.

IAME Micro Swift

Enzo Vidmontiene (Benik / America Parts Motorsports) was the driver to beat in Homestead, but he has never visited Andersen RacePark. Kai Johnson (Energy / AKT), on the other hand, had a breakout weekend here in 2018, scoring a podium in his Micro Swift debut. Johnson and Vidmontiene are joined by championship contender Oliver Wheldon (Kosmic / JC Karting) and national-frontrunner Carson Weinberg (Nitro), along with rookies Alessandro Truchot (Exprit / Pole Position Motorsports) and Asher Ochstein (Benik).

NO. DRIVER CHASSIS TEAM HOMETOWN NAT
4 Oliver Wheldon Kosmic JC Karting St. Petersburg, FL USA
7 Kai Johnson Energy AKT Racing Team Gulfport, FL USA
20 Alessandro Truchot Exprit Pole Position Motorsports Miami Beach, FL FRA
49 Asher Ochstein Benik Benik Miami, FL USA
84 Carson Weinberg Nitro Nitro Kart Carrollton, GA USA
95 Enzo Vidmontiene Benik America Parts Motorsports Ft. Lauderdale, FL USA

 

Shifter

We very well could see some more drivers enter the Shifter category, but with National #1 plateholder AJ Myers (CRG / CRG Nordam) entered, the competition is already top-notch. He’s joined by Andersen Racing Team driver Michael McCarthy (BirelART / Andersen), OGP Team driver Zachary Hollingshead (TB Kart / TB Kart USA), and TB Kart USA patriarch Farshad Bagheri (TB Kart / TB Kart USA).

NO. DRIVER CHASSIS TEAM HOMETOWN NAT
1 AJ Myers CRG CRG Nordam Palm Harbor, FL USA
70 Michael McCarthy BirelART Andersen Racing Team Clearwater, FL USA
456 Zachary Hollingshead TB Kart TB Kart USA Lake City, FL USA
505 Farshad Bagheri TB Kart TB Kart USA St.Petersburg, FL USA

 

IAME KA100 Junior

Kyffin Simpson (Tony Kart / Speed Concepts Racing) remains undefeated in KA100 Junior competition. Back to challenge the Caribbean driver are Homestead local drivers EJ Tamayo (Praga / DucTard) and Beckham Jacir (Kosmic / Team ORION). Both have the upper-hand on Simpson coming into Andersen, as they competed in the track’s inaugural SSKC event back in 2018.

NO. DRIVER CHASSIS TEAM HOMETOWN NAT
22 EJ Tamayo Praga DucTard Racing / JP Star Miami, FL USA
127 Beckham Jacir Kosmic Team ORION Miami, FL USA
877 Kyffin Simpson Tony Kart Speed Concepts Racing Bridgetown BAR

 

Briggs Senior

Colin Warren (VLR / TSRacing) maintained his dominance in spectacular fashion in Homestead, going head-to-head with Dylan Amundsen (MGM) all weekend. Elmer Edmonson (MGM) was extremely close to battling with the pair, and he returns this weekend with double-duty action in both Briggs Senior and Briggs Heavy. Meanwhile, home track advantage falls in favor of local series champion Jed Perkins (Margay). We very well could see double-digit entries for the third race in a row in Briggs Senior, as the class continues to grow inside SSKC.

NO. DRIVER CHASSIS TEAM HOMETOWN NAT
7 Elmer Edmonson MGM MGM Lehigh Acres, FL USA
9 Zach Holden Margay   Gainesville, GA USA
15 Jed Perkins Margay Perkins St. Petersburg, FL USA
27 Watt Icely Comet Eagle   St. Petersburg, FL USA
29 Miguel Ruiz TB Kart JaM Racing Orange Park, GA PUR
136 Dylan Amundsen MGM   Brooksville, Florida USA
187 Jose Malbran TB Kart SLA Kart Racing Miami, FL USA
211 Colin Warren VLR TS Racing Naples, FL USA
755 Ruben Caceres TB Kart   Daytona Beach, FL USA

 

Briggs Heavy

The Briggs Heavy division has been very strong all season. Jorge Ruiz (TB Kart / JaM Racing), James Perkins (Margay), Neil Breitenbach (MGM), and Gabe Kuret (Tony Kart / JaM Racing) all have scored podiums this season, and we’ll keep an eye on each of them as they look to solidify championship hopes. Briggs Senior driver Elmer Edmonson (MGM) has also joined the class for the weekend, and he will be the perfect gauge as to how competitive these Briggs Heavy drivers are compared to their Senior counterparts.

NO. DRIVER CHASSIS TEAM HOMETOWN NAT
2 Josh Olson VLR   Gainesville, FL USA
4 Chase Holden Margay   Gainesville, GA USA
5 James Perkins Margay Perkins Racing St.Petersburg, FL USA
7 Elmer Edmonson MGM MGM Lehigh Acres, FL USA
12 Gabe Kuret Tony Kart JaM Racing Orlando, FL USA
14 Roy Avery TB Kart HRA Motorsports Tarpon Springs, FL USA
21 Manny Sola BirelART RYSA Racing Miami, FL USA
27 TJ Scott VLR   West Palm Beach, FL USA
52 Heath Baker Comet Eagle   Yulee, FL USA
88 Neil Breitenbach MGM MGM Tampa, FL USA
92 Jorge Ruiz TB Kart JaM Racing Savannah, GA USA

 

IAME Mini Swift

Jorge Ortiz (Tony Kart / SuperTune USA) and Max Garcia (Kart Republic / KartSport North America) are at the top of the leaderboards in IAME Mini Swift. Sebastian Wheldon (Kosmic / JC Karting) sits third in the championship, returning to a racetrack where he found decent success at in the Micro Swift division last year. They’re joined by the national-level talents of Nitro Kart driver Cameron Weinberg (Nitro) and Benik Kart driver Michael Costello (Benik), who did battle with the trio on opening weekend back in Ocala.

A number of new and young faces have joined the grid over the past six months, and we’ll keep tabs on each of them as they look for a weekend to put themselves “on the map”.

NO. DRIVER CHASSIS TEAM HOMETOWN NAT
100 Caleb Duenas Benik Karting Experience Miami, FL USA
101 Beckham Toupikov Energy AKT Racing Team Kingston JAM
110 Jorge Ortiz Tony Kart SuperTune USA Orlando, FL USA
112 Christian Quijano Tony Kart Zanella Racing St. Cloud, FL USA
121 Sebastian Newberg Kart Republic   St. Petersburg, FL USA
123 Michael Costello Benik Benik Dallas, PA USA
129 Tom Shoecraft Energy AKT Racing Team Port Charlotte, FL USA
137 Cameron Weinberg Nitro Nitro Kart Carrollton, GA USA
140 Max Garcia Kart Republic KartSport North America Coconut Grove, FL USA
198 Sebastian Wheldon Kosmic JC Karting St. Petersburg, FL USA

 

TaG Senior / TaG Master

Colin Warren (TB Kart) holds a commanding lead in the championship point standings coming into Rounds 5 and 6. However, Tampa-based driver Nick Andries (Fullerton) was strong in Ocala and has quite a few laps around the Andersen RacePark. Warren’s closest rival on the season, Brandon Simeone (Kart Republic), is also back in action. Along with some potential walk-up entries, Warren may see his most challenging weekend yet on the tour.

NO. DRIVER CHASSIS TEAM HOMETOWN NAT
7 Xavier Carde BirelART Carde Motorsports Tampa, FL USA
8 Luigi Lucciani Kosmic Team ORION Miami, FL USA
311 Nick Andries Fullerton   Tampa, FL USA
311 Colin Warren TB Kart USA TB Kart USA Naples, FL USA
345 Brandon Simeone Kart Republic   Jupiter, FL USA
380 Andrew Burley Tony Kart   Melbourne, FL USA

 

IAME X30 Junior

Jeremy Fletcher (Tony Kart / Zanella Racing) salvaged a solid weekend in Homestead, but he once again will face some stout competition in Tampa. Aaron Benoit (Comp Kart / URace) had an unprecedented showing down south, and he is looking to back up that podium run with a win in Andersen. Kyffin Simpson (Tony Kart / Speed Concepts Racing) also had a great run, coming away with a big-time victory on Sunday.

They’ll all be joined by recent reigning IAME International Final Champion Brent Crews (Kart Republic / KartSport NA), who Fletcher went wheel-to-wheel with just two weeks ago. At already 14 drivers strong and stacked to the brim with talent, the X30 Junior division will once again be the class to watch in Palmetto.

NO. DRIVER CHASSIS TEAM HOMETOWN NAT
82 Nathaniel Cicero Tony Kart   Pound Ridge, NY USA
204 Bobby Bears Tony Kart   Oldsmar, FL USA
207 Nikita Johnson FA Kart AKT Racing Team Gulfport, FL USA
222 Jeremy Fletcher Tony Kart Zanella Racing St. Cloud, FL USA
225 Aaron Benoit Comp Kart URace Jupiter, FL USA
229 Kekai Hauanio TB Kart Ocala Gran Prix Riverview, FL USA
305 Kevin Raventos Tony Kart K-1 Racing Miami, FL USA
711 Brent Crews Kart Republic KartSport North America Denver, NC USA
727 Hayden Bradley BirelART Andersen Racing Team Seminole, FL USA
728 Michael Mallardi BirelART Andersen Racing Team St. Petersburg, FL USA
738 Tyler McIntyre BirelART Andersen Racing Team Palmetto, FL USA
777 Kyffin Simpson Tony Kart Speed Concepts Racing Bridgetown BAR
795 Lucas Rodriguez Kart Republic KartSport North America Miami, FL USA
800 Jimmie Lockhart Kart Republic Karting Experience Ft. Lauderdale, FL USA

 

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