EKN Exclusive: Superkarts! USA SuperNationals 24 – Preview Series – X30 Junior

A 13th name to be added to historic winner’s list after 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.

X30 Junior

Kai Sorensen to make his X30 Junior debut at the SuperNats, having won Mini in 2019 (Photo: K. Sorensen)

The list of former winners in the X30 Junior (formerly TaG Junior) division is very much like an all-star roster in motorsports. It includes two current Formula One drivers (George Russell-2011, Lance Stroll-2012), F3 drivers Logan Sargeant (2014) and Jak Crawford (2017), Brazilian stars Felipe Fraga (2008), Joao Vieira (2010) and Arthur Leist (2015), and more. Over the 12 years of the category, a new driver has emerged as victor on SuperSunday, with a 13th name set to be added to those historic names on December 5 with no former winner in the 48-driver field. Defending winner James Wharton is set to be racing Italian F4 in 2022 under the eyes of the Ferrari Driver Academy.

While there may be no former Junior winners in the field for X30 Junior, there are two former SuperNationals winners competing in the class. SuperNationals 23 Mini Swift winner Kai Sorensen (Supertune / Exprit) returns to the USA after competing all season long in Europe. His 2021 began with a championship at the SKUSA Winter Series program to open up his first season in the Junior ranks. The other is British driver Vinnie Phillips (Tony Kart), set to make his fourth start at the SuperNationals. His debut in 2017 ended with victory in the Micro Swift class, before moving to Mini the last two SuperNationals with a best finish of fourth in 2019. Both drivers have been busy competing throughout Europe in 2021.

Max Garcia finished second in the SKUSA Pro Tour standings, and third in USPKS points (Photo: EKN)

The advancement of Carson Morgan to Senior means no SKUSA Pro Tour champion in the field for X30 Junior. That leaves Max Garcia and Jeremy Fletcher to carry the flag for the Pro Tour contenders. Garcia (MPG / WPK) finished vice-champion in his Junior rookie season while also placing third in the final United States Pro Kart Series standings. The Florida driver has stood on the podium at the SuperNationals the last two times, finishing third in Micro and fifth in Mini. Fletcher (TF / Tony Kart) is among the more experienced drivers in the field, having raced in four SuperNationals. 2021 saw Fletcher finish third in the SKUSA point standings while claiming both the X30 and KA100 Junior titles at USPKS. He is one of only three drivers in the field to race in X30 Junior at the 2019 SuperNationals. Florida Winter Tour champion and USPKS race winner Paul Bocuse (SCR / Redspeed) along with Logan Toke (RPM / Tony Kart) are the other two drivers from the 2019 field.

Several drivers could be in contention throughout the week. Already winning in Vegas recently is Ayden Ingratta (SCR / Redspeed) with the Canadian scoring victory at ROK Vegas. Ingratta was Fletcher’s top challenger for the title at the USPKS program and finished second to Bocuse in the FWT standings. Caleb Gafrarar has three podium finishes in the three main events since moving to Rolison Performance Group in October. Coming off representing the USA at the FIA Academy Trophy in 2021, he won at the USPKS finale and stood on the podium at ROK Vegas. In 2018, he was P5 in Micro at the SuperNationals.

Jeremy Fletcher is the most experienced driver in the field, coming off double championships at USPKS (Photo: EKN)

Double duty racers include Fletcher, Ingratta, Parker DeLong (RPM / Tony Kart), Noah Baker (Supertune / Tony Kart), G3 Argyros (SCR / Redspeed), Chase Hand (RPG / Kosmic), Cole Kleck (Arcane / Tony Kart), California ProKart Challenge champion Alex Mercado (Tony Kart), Ivanna Richards (HRI Mexico / Parolin) and others. Add Sebastian Wheldon (JC / Kosmic) to that list and the many SuperNationals rookies in the field. Wheldon is son of the late IndyCar driver Dan Wheldon, who last raced at the SuperNationals in 2010. Another rookie to watch is Mathias Orjuela (Parolin USA). The Florida driver won the SKUSA Winter Series Mini Swift title and spent majority of the season racing in Europe. He recently moved up to the Junior division overseas, ready for his debut here in the USA at the SuperNationals.

SuperNationals Stats

0 – Former class winners in the field

2 – Former SuperNationals winners in the field

3 – Drivers who raced in class at SuperNationals

9 – Different countries represented in field

14 – Drivers racing both KA100 Junior and X30 Junior

20 – Competitors from outside of the USA

Provisional X30 Junior Entry List

No. Driver Team Chassis Hometown Nation
718 Justin Adakonis Mike Doty Racing Kosmic Ridgefield CT US
763 G3 Argyros Speed Factory Redspeed Newport Beach CA US
749 Noah Baker Supertune USA Tony Kart Pinehurst TX US
764 Cooper Beasley Mottaz Sport Birel ART Valrico FL US
771 Paul Bocuse Speed Concept Racing Redspeed Orlando FL US
780 Donovan Bonilla Orsolon Racing Tony Kart MX
775 Caleb Campbell JC Karting Kosmic Cambridge ON CA
730 Brandon Carr Team Benik Benik GB
723 Michael Costello Team Benik Kosmic Naples FL US
778 Julian DaCosta Ryan Perry Motorsport Tony Kart Myakka City FL US
729 Parker DeLong Ryan Perry Motorsport Tony Kart Glendale AZ US
788 Danny Dyszelski Magik Kart USA Magik Charlotte NC US
755 Leonardo Escorpioni Zanella Racing Tony Kart Windermere FL BR
703 Jeremy Fletcher Team Felon Tony Kart St. Cloud FL US
744 Caleb Gafrarar Rolison Performance Group Kosmic Midland NC US
702 Max Garcia MPG Motorsports/Will Power Kart WPK Coconut Grove FL US
774 Rowan Gill Mike Doty Racing Kosmic Fairfield CT US
728 Inaki Goicoechea Supertune USA Tony Kart MX
727 Chase Hand Rolison Performance Group Kosmic Wilton CA US
758 Salim Hanna Team Montoya Tony Kart CO
705 Ayden Ingratta Speed Concept Racing Redspedd CA
731 Gaston Irazu DRK UY
712 Beckham Jacir Parolin USA Parolin Miami FL US
772 Cole Kleck Arcane Motorsports Tony Kart San Antonio TX US
710 Austin Lee Tony Kart DE
797 Frederique Lemieux PSL Karting Birel ART CA
725 Fernando Luque Supertune USA Tony Kart MX
781 Apolo Madrigal CRG MX
787 Alex Mercado Alex Mercado Racing Tony Kart Washington UT US
748 Vinnie Meskelis Core Karting Redspeed Dallas TX BR
737 Christian Miles Mike Doty Racing Kosmic Paloma IL US
773 Steven Miller CDR Renspeed Tierra Verde FL US
756 Teddy Musella Zanella Racing Tony Kart Orlando FL US
769 Matias Orjuela Parolin USA Parolin Miami FL US
711 Jorge Ortiz Supertune USA Tony Kart Orlando FL US
741 Hernandez Pacheco Kosmic MX
717 Evagoras Papasavvas Trinity Karting Group Kart Republic Loveland OH US
707 Vinnie Phillips Tony Kart GB
784 Diego Polanco HRI MEXICO Parolin MX
716 Guilherme Quinteiro Racing Edge Motorsports Kosmic BR
706 Ivanna Richards HRI MEXICO Parolin MX
724 Ernesto Rivera HRI MEXICO Parolin MX
738 Mauro Santamar Ryan Perry Motorsport Tony Kart PA
715 Kai Sorensen Supertune USA Exprit Lodi CA US
721 Sergio Tapia, Jr. Kosmic Tigard OR US
733 Max Taylor Full Tilt Racing Exprit Hoboken NJ US
757 Logan Toke Ryan Perry Motorsport Tony Kart San Luis Obispo CA US
798 Sebastian Wheldon JC Karting Kosmic St. Petersburg FL US

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