EKN Exclusive: Superkarts! USA SuperNationals 23 – Preview Series – X30 Senior

All eyes on Cooper to become first ever repeat winner in category come SuperSunday

eKartingNews.com, the Official Media Partner of Superkarts! USA, is proud to present our Preview Series for the SKUSA SuperNationals 23. Leading up to the on-track action of the 23rd edition of the marquee SKUSA event, EKN will preview each of the 12 categories in the 10 race groups that will compete on the temporary circuit located just outside the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino from November 20-24.

Complete coverage of the Superkarts! USA SuperNationals 23 can be found at the EKN EVENT PAGE. EKN Live will provide play-by-play and live timing from qualifying through to the final checkered flag on SuperSunday at ekartingnews.com/live

For more preview coverage, be sure to check the EKN Radio Network for the airing of two shows that will be broadcast leading up to the SKUSA SuperNationals 23. These two shows will provide EKN’s Rob Howden and David Cole with the opportunity for a more in-depth look at each of the entry lists and top-five predictions for all 12 classes.

Defending winner Ben Cooper switches colors to the PSL / Birel ART for SuperNationals 23 (Photo: EKN)

It seems the level of competition continues to increase year after year in TaG competition at the SKUSA SuperNationals. Beginning in 2003, the Senior category was quick to grab the attention of top drivers from around the country and eventually from around the world. The main event at last year’s SuperNationals in X30 Senior went down in the history books as one of the wildest finishes to date.

Ben Cooper, a three-time RMCGF champ, gave Canada its third different winner as he claimed the victory on SuperSunday in the X30 Senior category. Cooper took advantage of a fierce battle between FIA World Karting Champion Lorenzo Travisanutto and USA driver Christian Brooks, who made contact when Brooks attempted to lunge for the lead. The British-born Canadian earned his second SuperNationals triumph after winning DD2 in 2013. Cooper, who came in to race with Rolison Performance Group / Kosmic last year, has been out of the seat until recently, and has signed with PSL Karting / Birel ART for the SuperNationals. He competed at ROK the RIO at the beginning of November, placing second, most definitely showing that he still has the world championship drive to compete at the front.

You cannot deny the effort that Brooks (Nash / FA Kart) put in on the final lap, battling with the world champ. The door was open in turn four and Brooks took the opportunity. The ‘California Kid’ eventually finished 14th and is set to make his 10th straight start at the SuperNationals, dating back to a P5 result in TaG Cadet in 2010. This is his fifth year in X30 Senior, with a best finish of fifth in 2015. Brooks is fresh off victory at Circuit of the Americas during his F4 US Championship performance during the same weekend as the Formula One US Grand Prix, catching the eyes of many from around the world.

2017 SuperNationals winner Joshua Car won at the WinterNationals this past March (Photo: EKN)

Cooper and fellow Canadian Ryan MacDermid (RPM / Tony Kart) are the only two drivers returning from last year’s podium. MacDermid drove to victory in the SKUSA Pro Tour SummerNationals in 2018 and put his focus into a F4 program for 2019, making limited starts in karting. They will lead a strong Canadian contingent that includes 2016 SuperNats Mini Swift winner Thomas Nepveu (PSL / Birel ART), SKUSA Winter Series top contender Patrick Woods-Toth (Prime / Birel ART), and IndyCar driver Zachary Claman-Demelo (REM / Kosmic).

To make things very interesting, the last three winners of the X30 Senior category are in the field. 2016 winner Jake Craig (RPM / Tony Kart) is back behind the wheel after stepping away from the sport for most of the 2019 season. Craig was a top-five finisher at ROK the RIO earlier this month, and placed seventh in last year’s main event on SuperSunday. 2017 victor Joshua Car has been busy here in the United States over the last two years. Following a win at the SuperNats, Car (Crosslink / Exprit) committed full-time to the F4 US program, securing the series championship in 2019. The Aussie was a winner at the SKUSA WinterNationals in March before his car season began, and looks to rebound from a DNF in Vegas last year.

There are a number of international drivers to watch throughout the week who could be in contention come SuperSunday. British driver Taylor Barnard comes in with a big spotlight, having been one of the top drivers in Europe over the past two seasons – driving for Rosberg Racing Academy. The 2019 FIA Karting Vice World Champion will take over Travisanutto’s spot under the KartSport North America / Kart Republic spot. A driver who is a former world karting champion will be in the field once again, as well. 2017 champion Danny Keirle is set to make his return to the SuperNationals for the first time in two years. The Brit will drive for fellow countryman and world champion Terry Fullerton aboard the chassis bearing his name.

2019 FIA Karting Vice Champion Taylor Barnard is among the strong international contingent (Photo: TaylorBarnard.com)

Brazilian Olin Galli (CRG Nordam) has been among the best overall from the past two years, placing eighth and ninth at the SuperNationals. Fellow countryman Arthur Leist (PSL / Birel ART) won the 2015 Junior division in Vegas, and will be making his first start in the Senior class. Enrico de Lucca (NF / Kosmic) is set for his Senior debut at the SuperNationals, having won ROK the RIO in the Junior division to round out the Brazil spotlight.

The international driver with the most experience in the category at the SuperNationals is multi-time Australian champion David Sera (KSNA / Sera Kart). His first start came in 2009, with runner-up results coming in 2010 and 2013. This makes 2019 his 10th start in Vegas, attempting to rebound from two DNFs over the last two years. Making his first SuperNats start ever is Brit Oliver Hodgson (J3 / CompKart), a former RMCGF and IAME International Final winner, who finished fourth in the SKUSA Pro Tour championship chase this season.

There is a good handful of Senior rookies in the field at the SuperNationals. 2017 Junior winner Jak Crawford (Nash / FA Kart) leads the squad that comes in looking to make a stand against the big names. Jace Denmark-Gessel (RPM / Tony Kart) has performed well in 2019, including a top-10 at the RMCGF in Italy. Santiago Trisini (KSNA / Kart Republic) is a 2017 podium finisher in Mini Swift, and has spent the majority of his season racing in Europe. Ethan Ho (APM / Tony Kart) was among the top Junior in 2019, making his Senior debut. Also making a Senior debut is Canadian Mackenzie Clark (Prime / Birel ART), who is coming back for a Senior debut after focusing on open wheel car racing this season on Canada.

Four-time SKUSA champ Ryan Norberg and three-time USPKS title winner Brandon Jarsocrak lead Team USA at the SuperNationals (Photo: EKN)

Only 10 drivers are performing double duty from X30 Senior. Austin Garrison (CRG Nordam) and Billy Musgrave (Croc Promotion USA) are the only drivers to run Pro Shifter as well. Garrison, the 2014 SKUSA Pro Tour S2 champion is making his fourth straight start in the X30 class, with a best finish of 16th. Musgrave is seeking a third straight victory in Pro Shifter at the SuperNationals, set to make his third start at in the X30 Senior class with a best finish of 10th in 2017. The three-time SuperNats winner is the only driver to stand on the podium in two categories on the SKUSA Pro Tour. 2015 SKUSA Pro Tour Junior champion Brandon Lemke (Franklin / Merlin) is running both X30 and KA100 in his return to the SuperNationals. The Wisconsin driver sat out last year after six starts, including a P3 in TaG Cadet in 2012. His lone two starts in the Senior class have been a DNQ and a DNF. Jake Drew (FW / CompKart) is another double duty driver in X30 and KA100 to watch in both.

Last, but certainly not least, are the top two drivers from the four years of North American karting. Ryan Norberg secured his fourth straight SKUSA Pro Tour X30 Senior championship this summer, a record not matched by any in the current era. Norberg’s move to the Rolison Performance Group tent aboard the Kosmic went with very little hiccups, and he remains the EKN Driver Rankings #1 driver. In his three starts at the SuperNats, P5 was his best finish in 2017 and he carded a 25th result last year. Next to Norberg, Brandon Jarsocrak has been among the top in the USA for the past five years, earning his third straight United States Pro Kart Series championship this summer. The 2016 SuperSunday polesitter recorded his best SuperNats finish that year, dropping to ninth in a wild main event. Jarsocrak was among the lead group on the final lap last year until contact put him in the wall on the exit of turn six. After going winless for much of the first half of 2019, his season rebounded after a reuniting with Mike Doty Racing, putting him back aboard a OTK chassis. That led to a runner-up finish at SpringNationals and a third victory in three years at the SummerNationals.

By the Numbers:

1- Former winner to race in IndyCar (Chaves)

3 – Last X30 Senior winners in the field

4 – Number of drivers from 2018 top-10 returning

6 – Drivers who have competed in F4 US Championship

8 – Different countries represented by former winners

9 – Drivers racing both X30 Senior and KA100 Senior

12 – Countries represented in the entry list

16 – Junior drivers from last year’s SuperNationals making move up to Senior

16 – Different winner in the years of a TaG Senior class offered at the SuperNationals

33 – Drivers from last year in the field

Provisional X30 Senior Entry List

No. Driver Team Chassis Hometown Country
313 Jenson Altzman Ruthless Karting Exprit Phoenix AZ US
330 Nicholas Andries Pinellas Park FL US
391 Brenden Baker CRG Nordam CRG Celina TX US
321 Taylor Barnard KartSport North America Kart Republic GB
334 Felipe Barrichello Bartz HR Motorsports Tony Kart Orlando FL BR
349 Finnegan Bayliff Trinity Karting Group Tony Kart Batavia OH US
329 Aaron Benoit J3 Competition CompKart Jupiter FL US
393 Luka Berazategui SLA Karting Racing Tony Kart CL
304 Alex Bertagnoli KartSport North America Kart Republic Lakewood IL US
327 Miklas Born Rolison Performace Group Kosmic CH
335 Joey Brienza Nash Motorsportz FA Kart Golden CO US
344 Christian Brooks Nash Motorsportz FA Kart Santa Clarita CA US
333 Reilly Cann Crosslink Competition Exprit Van Alstyne TX US
395 Joshua Car Crosslink Competition Exprit AU
322 Dylan Christie Mike Doty Racing Kosmic Princeton NJ US
302 Zachary Claman-DeMelo REM Kosmic CA
365 Mackenzie Clark Prime Power Team Birel ART CA
328 Reece Cohen Rolison Performace Group Kosmic AU
331 Ben Cooper PSL Karting Birel ART GB
343 J Renato Corbellini Rolison Performace Group Kosmic BR
342 Jake Craig Ryan Perry Motorpsort Tony Kart Mission Viejo CA US
352 Jak Crawford Nash Motorsportz FA Kart Conroe TX US
361 Allan Croce CRG Nordam CRG BR
377 Adrian Cruz Crosslink Competition Exprit Frisco TX US
325 Joseph Daniele Ryan Perry Motorsport Tony Kart Long Beach CA US
312 Pablo Perez De Lara RPL Ricciardo MX
353 Enrico de Lucca NF Piquet Sports Kosmic BR
318 Jace Denmark-Gessel Ryan Perry Motorsport Tony Kart Phoenix AZ US
369 Jake Drew Formula Works CompKart Fullerton CA US
376 Ricardo Escotto Orsolon Racing Tony Kart MX
345 Scott Falcone Rolison Performace Group Kosmic Lone Tree CO US
305 Lucas Fecury NF Piquet Sports CRG BR
340 Olin Galli CRG Nordam CRG BR
337 Alex Garcia RPL Ricciardo MX
392 Austin Garrison CRG Nordam CRG Davie FL US
338 Kaden Gray Core Karting Tony Kart Fort Worth TX US
308 Hannah Greenemeier Rolison Performace Group Kosmic Parker CO US
315 Jacob Gulick Rolison Performace Group Kosmic Vancouver WA US
368 Ethan Ho APM Racing Tony Kart City of Industry CA US
359 Oliver Hodgson J3 Competition CompKart GB
380 Alejandro Jaramillo Crosslink Competition Exprit Dallas TX US
N2 Brandon Jarsocrak Mike Doty Racing Kosmic Reading PA US
310 Danny Keirle Yesnick Racing Fullerton GB
332 Robin Knutsson REM Kosmic SE
378 Arthur Leist PSL Karting Birel ART BR
301 Brandon Lemke Franklin Motorsports Merlin Eagle WI US
339 Adam Lindstrom Team Benik Kosmic AU
317 Luigi Luciani Team Orion Racing Kosmic Plantation FL US
316 Ryan MacDermid Ryan Perry Motorsport Tony Kart CA
360 Jalen Mack Mack Motorsports FA Kart Chino Hills CA US
371 Jonathon Marcusson Praga Praga AU
341 Sebastian Martinez CO
306 Austin McCusker Mike Doty Racing Kosmic Glen Head NY US
372 Alex Milan Tony Kart MX
355 Travis Mitchell Croc Promotion USA/Mad Old Nut Racing Croc Promotion Folsom CA GB
346 Billy Musgrave Croc Promotion USA/Mad Old Nut Racing Croc Promotion Riverside CA US
379 Colin Neal Rolison Performace Group Kosmic Peebles OH US
324 Thomas Nepveu PSL Karting Birel ART Oka QC CA
390 Andre Nicastro NF Piquet Sports Kosmic BR
N1 Ryan Norberg Rolison Performace Group Kosmic Orlando FL US
336 Alex Nowysz Nowysz Racing Tony Kart Adel IA US
311 Diego Ortiz GFC GFC Mexico CIty Mex MX
399 Nick Persing Nash Motorsportz FA Kart Morgan Hill CA US
314 Ksenia Phoenix REM Kosmic RU
350 Nick Ramirez Phil Giebler Racing Ricciardo Riverside CA US
348 Santiago Ramos RPL Ricciardo MX
320 Emiliano Richards RPL Ricciardo MX
307 Austin Self Mike Doty Racing Kosmic Austin TX US
396 David Sera KartSport North America Sera Kart AU
303 Santiago Trisini KartSport North America Kart Republic Key Biscayne FL VE
319 Branden Underwood Formula Works CompKart Henderson NV US
357 Isac Valtonen Fittipaldi Racing Team Tony Kart SE
394 Kevin Walti KartSport North America Kart Republic CH
326 Toby Webb Rolison Performace Group Kosmic AU
323 Travis Wiley Iron Rock Motorsports Tony Kart Austin TX US
300 Euan Wilson Fullerton USA Fullerton GB
309 Patrick Woods-Toth Prime Power Team Birel ART CA
388 Dante Yu J3 Competition CompKart Temple City CA US
383 Drew Zeller HRT Driver Development Kosmic Fullerton CA US

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