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

Co-headline division ready to tackle Las Vegas Motor Speedway

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 Senior

2019 winner Zachary Claman-DeMelo returns to defend his crown (Photo: On Track Promotions – otp.ca)

The TaG (Touch and Go) concept was introduced in the early 2000s here in the United States, and brought into the SuperNationals in 2003. It wasn’t until the 2008 edition outside the RIO that the TaG Senior division really became a headline category, welcoming 95 entries. Since then, the class has been open up to the 88-max drivers and welcomed a number of experienced, successful pilots from all across the world. In fact, USA drivers have only won six of the last 17 main events on SuperSunday with eight different countries represented over that time. At 86 drivers, this year’s SuperNationals field is among the deepest in terms of talent, experience, and the among those who could be in contention.

In the 17-year history of the X30 Senior (TaG Senior) category at the SuperNationals, no driver has been able to repeat or win for a second time. There are three drivers who have that opportunity. Defending race winner Zachary Claman-Demelo comes in with a solid resume at the SuperNationals. A runner-up in 2016 and 11th in 2018, ZCD pulled off a third to first move on the final circuit to claim his first SuperNationals victory in 2019. The Canadian is coming in with a new team and different chassis, running under the history Genesis Racing name aboard their Atomica chassis brand. Jake Craig and Marco Maestranzi are the other two race winners in the field. Craig (RPM / Tony Kart) has not missed a SuperNationals since 2011 with five top-10 results, including a dramatic win in 2016 and ninth in 2019. In the last five SuperNats, the winner has come from starting inside the top-10. In 2014, Italian Maestranzi started 24th and knifed his way forward to a 3.2-second margin of victory. He has two other podium results, with his last race coming in 2018 with a 13th position. He now joins PSL Karting aboard the Birel ART chassis, different from the Top Kart colors we are used to seeing.

Connor Zilisch among the former SuperNats winners and top rookies in X30 Senior (Photo: EKN)

The other three former SuperNationals winners in the field came in the Mini Swift category from 2015 to 2017. The latest is Connor Zilisch (Team Nitro Kart / Tony Kart), who is among the top rookies in the Senior for 2021. Zilisch, the 2020 FIA Academy Trophy champion representing the USA, won at nearly every event he attended, and sits third in the EKN TaG Driver Rankings heading into Vegas. He finished fifth and runner-up in the last two trips to Vegas in X30 Junior. Thomas Nepveu was the first Canadian to win in the Mini Swift category at the SuperNationals in 2016, and is in the top-10 for the EKN TaG Driver Rankings, racing under the Trinity Karting Group aboard a Kart Republic. British driver Jonny Edgar won the SuperSunday event in Mini back in 2016. Racing in the Formula 3 program as a Red Bull Junior Team Driver, Edgar (Benik / Kosmic) will make his first SuperNats start since 2017.

SKUSA Pro Tour champion Hannah Greenemeier vying to become the first female driver to win at the SuperNationals (Photo: EKN)

Making history in 2021 was Hannah Greenemeier, as the Rolison Performance Group driver became the second female to win on the SKUSA Pro Tour, first in a headline category, and the second female series champion. The Colorado driver has two starts in X30 at the SuperNationals, placing 12th in 2019, currently second in the EKN TaG Driver Rankings. She was able to better her teammates Branyon Tiner, Ryan Norberg and Nate Cicero in the championship standings. Tiner is scheduled to compete in Vegas, however, rumor is he will not be in attendance. Four-time SKUSA Pro Tour champion and reigning United States Pro Kart Series title winner Norberg won twice on the season but came up short with two DNF finishes. In his four starts at the SuperNats, the current #1 in the EKN TaG Driver Rankings finished in the top-10 three times with a podium result P5 in 2017. Cicero is a SuperNationals rookie, having only one temporary circuit start in his career. That start came at the ROK Vegas event earlier in November, ending with a victory. Momentum is on his side with that victory and winning at the Mazda Motorsports Spec MX-5 shootout in October.

2021 FIA KZ2 World Cup champion Lorenzo Travisanutto returns to the SuperNationals (Photo: Parolin)

Three former and current world champions reside in the X30 Senior field, all with SuperNationals experience. Italian Lorenzo Travisanutto is the current KZ2 World Cup champion, having won the FIA Karting World Championship in 2018 and 2019. It was in 2017 that Travisanutto helped to launch the Kart Republic brand at the SuperNationals, scoring the on-track victory to only be penalized for a starting infraction, dropping him to fourth. He finished sixth the next year, making his first start in Vegas since 2018 and joining Parolin USA having been factory driver and driver coach all season. The two previous world champions before him will both be in Vegas. 2017 champ Danny Kierle has two SuperNationals starts, placing 11th in 2017 and runner-up last year, fighting for the lead on the final circuit. Those starts were with Fullerton, now making the move to Kart Republic under the Trinity Karting Group tent. 2016 champ Pedro Hiltbrand made his SuperNationals debut in 2018, placing eighth. Racing with PSL Karting / Birel ART, the Spaniard helps add to the depth of the SuperNats 24 field.

IndyCar champion Will Power moves to X30 Senior category for SuperNats24 (Photo: EKN)

Two drivers will have spotlights on them all week long in Vegas, coming in as NTT IndyCar Series champions. Josef Newgarden and Will Power return to their roots, competing in the X30 Senior division. Newgarden (MPG / WPK) – a two-time IndyCar champ – is making his first start at the SuperNationals, using the USPKS series finale as a warm-up event. Power, the 2014 IndyCar champ, is set to make his fourth start at the SuperNationals. He made his debut in 2013, placing second in the X30 Master division in 2014. Last year, he was 18th after getting dropped to the tail of the field. Now, he’s going against the young guns of the world in X30 Senior for the first.

Aside from the top-two finishers, Brandon Jarsocrak is the only other returning podium finisher from 2019. The four-time USPKS champion finished fifth, his best result in his six starts at the SuperNationals. Jarsocrak has gone winless on the season in both SKUSA and USPKS competition. Other drivers to land on the podium at the SuperNationals without a win include Canadians Cedrick Lupien (RPG / Kosmic) and Ryan MacDermid (Tony Kart). Drivers with success in the lower categories with no victories consist of Colombian Diego Contecha (Orsolon / Tony Kart) placing runner-up in Mini back in 2017, Jace Park (TKG / Kart Republic) finishing fourth in Mini during the 2018 event, and Jamaican Alex Powell who was third that same year in Mini. Powell has been among the top drivers in Europe in the OKJ category, racing with the Kart Republic factory team all season. Now, he moves to the Senior ranks for the first time with Parolin USA.

Six-time SKUSA Pro Tour champion Carson Morgan making his Senior debut (Photo: EKN)

The one driver with the most SKUSA Pro Tour championships is also set to make his Senior debut at the SuperNationals. Carson Morgan (RPM / Tony Kart) has two Mini Swift titles under his belt and won both the X30 and KA100 Junior crowns over the last two seasons. Morgan was the provisional winner in 2017 in Mini Swift before he was removed from the results. Since then, he was 7th in 2018 and competed in X30 Junior for 2019 SuperNationals. Other top Junior drivers from the 2019 event include Max Opalski (RPM / Tony Kart), Canadian Jason Leung (RPG / Kosmic), John Burke (PSL / Birel ART) and Italian Cristian Domenico Bertuca (PSL / Birel ART).

SuperNationals Stats

2 – IndyCar drivers

3 – World Karting Champions in the field

3 – Podium finishers from 2019 returning

5 – Pro Tour champions in the field

6 – Former SuperNationals winners in the field (3 in Mini, 3 in Senior)

15 – Different countries represented in field

15 – Drivers who competed in X30J in 2019

18 – Drivers returning from 2019

35 – Competitors from outside of the USA

Provisional X30 Senior Entry List

No. Driver Team Chassis Hometown Nation
315 Thomas Annunziata Mike Doty Racing Kosmic Colts Neck NJ US
381 Gavin Bayliff Trinity Karting Group Kart Republic Batavia OH US
349 Finnegan Bayliff Trinity Karting Group Kart Republic Batavia OH US
373 Dylan Beckwith Mike Doty Racing Kosmic Riverside CT US
329 Aaron Benoit URace CompKart Jupiter FL US
362 Cristian Domenico Bertuca PSL Karting Birel ART IT
312 Trey Brown Ryan Perry Motorsport Tony Kart Lakeside CA US
304 John Burke PSL Karting Birel ART US
346 Josh Campbell GFC GFC Gilbert AZ US
344 Reilly Cann Crosslink Competition Exprit Van Alstyne TX US
341 Timothy Carel Ryan Perry Motorsport Tony Kart Pacific Palisades CA FR
382 Nathaniel Cicero Rolison Performance Group Tony Kart Pound Ridge NY US
396 Zachary Claman-DeMelo Genesis Racing Atomica CA
337 Diego Contecha Orsolon Racing Tony Kart CO
394 Mathieu Cousineau Racing Edge Motorsports Parolin CA
342 Jake Craig Ryan Perry Motorpsort Tony Kart Mission Viejo CA US
380 Adrian Cruz Cruz Racing Development Exprit Fort Worth TX US
386 Jake Drew GFC GFC Anaheim CA US
306 Colby DuBato Mike Manning Karting Redspeed Madera CA US
365 Wes Duchak Piquet Sports Tony Kart Jupiter FL US
317 Jonny Edgar Team Benik Kosmic GB
355 Ariel Elkin TB Kart TB Kart IL
391 Braden Eves MPG Motorsports/Will Power Kart WPK New Albany OH US
325 Lucas Fecury Rolison Performance Group Kosmic BR
311 Santiago Fernandez Alessandros Racing Kosmic Miami FL US
364 Marco Filice Prime Powerteam Birel ART CA
357 Josh Finer Kartplex JVKart CA
374 Aidan Fox Alonso Kart North America Alonso Kart Redding CT US
301 Hannah Greenemeier Rolison Performance Group Kosmic Parker CO US
370 Jonathan Guevara PSL Karting Birel ART CR
393 Dalton Hanes Hanes Motorsports Tony Kart High Point NC US
322 Noah Harmon Rolison Performance Group Tony Kart Orlando FL US
327 Pedro Hiltbrand PSL Karting Birel ART ES
368 Ethan Ho APM Racing Kosmic City of Industry CA US
331 Lewis Hodgson Crosslink Competition Exprit AU
366 Cole Hooton Prime Powerteam Birel ART CA
361 Jacob Hoover Alex Keyes Racing EOS Dana Point CA US
358 Brandon Jarsocrak Mike Doty Racing Kosmic Reading PA US
332 Jack Jeffers Speed Concepts Racing Tony Kart San Antonio TX US
316 Hayden Jones Rolison Performance Group Tony Kart Matthews NC US
331 Marco Kacic Racelab/Kartplex JVKart Kelowna BC CA
359 Alexander Kardashian AMK Race Products OTK St. Paul MN US
408 Danny Kierle Trinity Karting Group Kart Republic GB
328 Laurent Legault Birel ART CA
398 Jason Leung Rolison Performance Group Kosmic CA
397 Eamon Lowe Racing Edge Motorsports Kosmic CA
320 Cedrik Lupien Rolison Performance Group Kosmic CA
392 Samuel Lupien Rolison Performance Group Kosmic CA
360 Ryan MacDermid Tony Kart CA
352 Marco Maestranzi PSL Karting Birel ART IT
388 Pauly Massimino Ryan Perry Motorsport Tony Kart Indian Trail NC US
339 Tyler McIntyre Mottaz Sport Birel ART Palmetto FL US
371 Philippe Michelet Ryan Perry Motorsport Tony Kart EC
384 Carson Morgan Morgan Racing Tony Kart Newport Beach CA US
363 Cole Morgan Morgan Racing Tony Kart Newport Beach CA US
345 Frankie Mossman Team Benik Tony Kart La Verne CA US
350 Thomas Nepveu Coy Motorsport Kart Republic CA
313 Josef Newgarden MPG Motorsports/Will Power Kart WPK Nashville TN US
348 Ryan Norberg Rolison Performance Group Kosmic Orlando FL US
379 Connor O'Brien Fusion motorsport CompKart GB
321 Maximilian Opalski Ryan Perry Motorsport Tony Kart Conifer CO US
343 Oscar Panozzo Mottaz Sport Birel ART Bradenton FL US
356 Jace Park Trinity Karting Group Kart Republic Overland Park KS US
310 Diego Perez MX
351 Lucas Pernod Birel ART CA
376 Alex Powell Parolin USA Parolin Doral FL JM
308 Will Power MPG Motorsports/Will Power Kart WPK Troutman NC AU
353 Ryan Raffa Full Tilt Racing Exprit Washington Crossing PA US
413 Diego Ramos Racing Edge Motorsports Kosmic BR
367 Maxim Rehm Ryan Perry Motorsport Tony Kart DE
389 Brett Revetta SRE Tony Kart El Cajon CA US
390 Kellen Ritter Genesis Racing Atomica North Vancouver BC CA
378 Jonathan Rosado Alessandros Racing Doral FL
318 Octavio Rosales Parolin USA Parolin MX
400 Adam Rylance Mike Doty Racing Kosmic Arvada CO US
347 Kyriakos Sioukas Alex Keyes Racing Tony Kart Sacramento CA GR
375 Alex Stanfield Crosslink Competition Exprit Argyle TX US
340 Nicolas Taylor Aluminos Aluminos CA
369 Branyon Tiner Rolison Performance Group Kosmic Angleton TX US
336 Lorenzo Travisanutto Parolin USA Parolin IT
323 Santiago Trisini Nash Motorsportz Tony Kart Key Biscayne FL US
324 Aaron Walker Strawberry Racing Tony Kart GB
387 Colin Warren CDR EOS Naples FL US
314 Patrick Woods-Toth Prime Powerteam Birel ART CA
334 Dante Yu Phil Giebler Racing Ricciardo Temple City CA US
372 Connor Zilisch Team Nitro Kart Tony Kart Mooresville NC US

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