EKN Exclusive: Superkarts! USA SuperNationals 24 – Preview Series – Mini Swift

Competitive field of drivers looking to claim first victory on SuperSunday

eKartingNews.com, the Official Media Partner of Superkarts! USA, is proud to present our Preview Series for the SKUSA SuperNationals 24. Leading up to the on-track action of the 24th edition of the marquee SKUSA event, EKN will preview each of the nine categories over six days that will compete on the temporary circuit located just outside the Las Vegas Motor Speedway from December 1-5.

Trackside coverage is set to begin on Tuesday, November 30 as we set up our SuperNationals 24 home, roaming the LVMS grounds with Paddock Insider and social media content. Our coverage continues into Wednesday as karts hit the track for the first time. EKN Live begins on Thursday, December 2 as qualifying is conducted for both the morning classes and the afternoon divisions. Listen LIVE to the heat races throughout Friday, December 3 and into Situation Saturday, December 4, including the three Last Chance Qualifiers held on the day. That sets everything up for SuperSunday, with the main events for SuperNationals 24 streamed live on eKartingNews.com/live.

Complete coverage of the Superkarts! USA SuperNationals 24 can be found at the EKN EVENT PAGE.

Mini Swift

Enzo Vidmontiene has put in a solid 2021 season with both SKUSA and USPKS championships (Photo: EKN)

Like the Micro Swift category, the Mini Swift division will welcome a first-time winner at the SuperNationals on SuperSunday. The 66-driver field is full of young talent, many we have seen over the course of the 2021 season compete at the front to provide a full slate of contenders for this year’s SuperNationals. Less than half of the field has competed at the SuperNats in the past, making this a rookie filled roster that is one-third international drivers.

One name that has stood out throughout the season in Enzo Vidmontiene (Benik). Three wins in the first four rounds of the SKUSA Pro Tour helped the Florida driver secure enough points on the season to claim his first series championship. Enzo also secured the title at the United States Pro Kart Series, and vice-champion of the Florida Winter Tour. Vidmontiene is among the more experienced Mini drivers, having competed in Vegas twice in the Micro division, finishing 8th in 2019.

The only driver to race at the SuperNationals in Mini Swift is Oscar Iliffe (IRM / Tony Kart). Iliffe finished 21st in 2019 and comes in with momentum and lots of experience, racing in Cadet for the final time. Oscar was runner-up both days at the SummerNationals and claimed the Texas Sprint Racing Series championship. His brother Jack Iliffe (IRM / Parolin) is the 2020 SKUSA Pro Tour Micro Swift champion and finished as the top Mini rookie with the vice-champion position in 2021 SKUSA Pro Tour. They both had success at ROK Vegas, with Jack taking the victory and Oscar placing third.

Texas Sprint Racing Series champion Oscar Iliffe looks to close out his Cadet career with success at the SuperNationals (Photo: Studio52.us)

Another driver coming into the Vegas with odds on his side is Diego Ardiles (Supertune / Tony Kart). Ardiles won both main events at the USPKS finale at GoPro Motorplex, winning three in total on the season. Kai Johnson (SCR / Energy) rounds out the race winners from the USPKS program in 2021. Diego Guiot (Parolin USA) is the Texas Sprint Racing Series vice-champion behind Iliffe, scoring victory at the series finale in Amarillo. Each should be considered a contender in Vegas.

Leading the way for drivers making their first SuperNationals start includes Oliver Wheldon (JC / Kosmic), the 2021 Florida Winter Tour champion. Wheldon’s father, IndyCar driver Dan Wheldon, last competed at the SuperNationals in 2010 where he placed 11th in TaG Senior. Brazilian Augustus Toniolo (RPG / Kosmic) was among the top Micro drivers all season, claiming the Florida Winter Tour title and winning three times at USPKS, set to make his SuperNats and Mini debut. Ragan Saville (ARRA / Birel ART) adds to the Lone Star State roster, coming in as a Texas Sprint Racing Series Briggs 206 champion and IKF Sprint GrandNationals winner. Helping to fill out some of the notables from the west coast include Jackson Glendenning (Nash Motorsportz / Kart Republic) and William Rasmussen (HRT / Tony Kart) – both winners at the California ProKart Challenge program.

Of the international drivers, one stands out from Canada. Jensen Burnett is the 2021 ROK Cup Superfinal Mini ROK winner, scoring victory in October in Italy. Three pairs of brothers are competing in the Mini category, including one from Romania. David Cosma Cristofor and Bogdan Cosma Cristofor are under the PSL Karting / Birel ART tent.

Jack Iliffe – top Mini rookie in 2021 – is fresh off victory at the ROK Vegas event (Photo: CKN)

SuperNationals Stats

0 – Former winners in the field

1 – Driver with SuperNationals Mini Swift experience

11 – Different countries represented in field

14 – Drivers who race Micro Swift in 2019

24 – Competitors from outside of the USA

Provisional Mini Swift Entry List

No. Driver Team Chassis Hometown Nation
126 Cypress Andruss GFC Karting GFC Sebastopol CA US
153 Robert Arana Arcane Motorsports Kart Republic San Antonio TX US
197 Diego Ardiles Supertune USA Tony Kart Doral FL US
187 Gabriel Balog Checkered Motorsports Magik CA
192 Alan Bonilla Orsolon Racing Tony Kart MX
141 Sarah Bradley Team Nitro Kart/SBRacing Nitro Kart Fishers IN US
177 Gian Buffomante EOS Naperville IL US
115 Jensen Burnett AKT Energy CA
127 McLaren Carroll Ryan Perry Motorsport Tony Kart San Dimas CA US
172 Alexander Chartier Team Nitro Kart Nitro Kart Scottsdale AZ CA
136 Nicolas Cortes HRI MEXICO Parolin MX
195 Bogdan Cosma Cristofor PSL Karting Birel ART RO
196 David Cosma Cristofor PSL Karting Birel ART RO
112 Christian Costoya Parolin USA Parolin ES
150 Victor De Alencar Zanella Racing Benik Windermere FL US
146 Salvador della Vecchia San Antonio Racing Parolin Miami FL US
143 Erik Doan West Coast Motorsports Birel ART Elk Grove CA US
170 Zade Fimbres Kart Mini Indio CA US
137 Ty Fisher Kartplex TB Kart Surrey BC CA
147 Ryan Giannetta Phil Giebler Racing/PSL Karting Birel ART Redondo Beach CA US
113 Jackson Glendenning Nash Motorsportz Kart Republic Los Angeles CA US
138 Noah Gros-Baglin Oliver Rowland Motorsport Benik GB
148 Diego Guiot Parolin USA Parolin Shenandoah TX US
152 Javier Herrera EOS MX
144 Jack Iliffe Iron Rock Motorsports Tony Kart Austin TX US
103 Oscar Iliffe Iron Rock Motorsports Tony Kart Austin TX US
140 Maximo Jauregui Praga Karts Praga MX
157 Kai Johnson Speed Concepts Racing Energy Gulfport FL US
182 Gabriel Kafka HRI MEXICO Parolin MX
106 Roman Kamyab Fusion motorsport Exprit GB
122 Vivek Kanthan Mike Doty Racing Kosmic Westport CT US
158 Oliver Kinnmark Parolin USA Parolin SE
185 Bobby Klein Birel ART Georgetown TX US
184 Jackson Lachapelle Ben Cooper Racing Birel ART CA
132 Ethan Lennon APM Racing Tony Kart US
175 Isaac Malcuit AKT Kart Republic Strasburg OH US
131 Roman McCurdy Christian Bird Motorsports Energy Maple Valley WA US
161 Michael McGaughy PSL Karting / RDX Birel ART Park City UT US
194 Asher Ochstein Team Benik Benik St. Petersburg FL GB
151 Austin Olds MPG Motorsports/Will Power Kart WPK Terre Haute IN US
163 Cash Perkins Merlin Bristol WI US
107 Jase Petty Kart Republic Oakland IL US
124 Indy Ragan Franklin Motorsports Merlin Eagle Lake MN US
173 David Ramirez Speed Concepts Racing Tony Kart Fresh Meadows NY US
125 William Rasmussen HRT Tony Kart Huntington Beach CA US
180 Matthew Roach Prime Powerteam Birel ART CA
199 Tyler Roberts Parolin USA Parolin Leander TX US
119 Ragan Saville Alan Rudolph Racing Academy Birel ART Conroe TX US
121 Jacob Schaible AKT Nitro Kart Cleves OH US
183 Rodrigo Seabra Parolin PT
154 Jenson Sofronas Nash Motorsportz Energy Villa Park CA US
118 Johnie Stamps Nitro Kart Eastvale CA US
130 Thiago Strazzolini Zaffaroni Kart Miami FL AR
142 Augustus Toniolo Rolison Performance Group Kosmic BR
189 Beckham Toupikov Team Benik Benik CA
178 Luis Umana Supertune USA Tony Kart CO
101 Enzo Vidmontiene Team Benik Benik Windermere FL US
145 Pearce Wade Prime Powerteam Birel ART CA
181 Devin Walz PSL Karting / RDX Birel ART Meridian ID US
191 Drew Walz PSL Karting / RDX Birel ART Meridian ID US
108 Carson Weinberg Supertune USA Nitro Kart Carrolton GA US
104 Oliver Wheldon JC Karting Kosmic St. Petersburg FL US
105 Gavin Whitt Forward Direction Motorsports CompKart Littleton CO US
188 Jackson Wolny Tony Kart Glen Ellyn IL US
160 David Ybarra Core Karting Tony Kart Carrollton TX US
109 Brayden Zirves Franklin Motorsports Merlin Trevor WI US

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