EKN Trackside: 2022 United States Pro Kart Series – Carolina Grand Prix Preview

Another record-setting weekend scheduled at GoPro Motoplex

The 10th season of the United States Pro Kart Series continues with the second event of 2022 set for the unofficial home of the program. The Carolina Grand Prix will take place on April 28-May 1 at the GoPro Motorplex in Mooresville, North Carolina. History was made at the season opener in Orlando with a record-setting 323 entries over the seven IAME categories. Coming off a full season of four events over the 250-entry mark, USPKS is nearing a second straight above the 300-mark with 298 pre-entries.

Defending X3o Pro champion Ryan Norberg heads into the weekend with a large points lead with his two wins in Orlando (Photo: EKN)

GoPro Motorplex, known as the Mooresville Motorplex when it was constructed in late 2012, served as the inaugural event location for the United States Pro Kart Series in April 2013. The USPKS has visited the Mooresville, North Carolina facility every season, making this the 10th visit. The 7/10-mile circuit is a duplicate of the Parma kart track in Italy, featuring elevation changes and unique 13 turns.

The new event format was introduced at the Southern Grand Prix at the Orlando Kart Center in March to raving reviews. With the large number of entries, qualifying for both rounds is moved to the end of Friday. Sunday qualifying opens up the official timed sessions followed by Saturday qualifying. Four of the seven classes (X30 Pro, KA100 Senior, KA100 Junior, Mini Swift) are broken up into two Prefinals, with the top-18 transferring directly into the Final. The rest of the field will battle in the Last Chance Qualifier for one of the four transfer positions. The Prefinal and Finals will be conducted on Saturday (Round Three) and Sunday (Round Four).

Ryan Norberg (RPG / Kosmic) opened his X30 Pro title defense with two victories at his home track of Orlando Kart Center. The 2021 champion established a 60-point advantage over Alessandro de Tullio (Parolin USA) with Aaron Benoit (URace / Tony Kart) and Canadian Thomas Nepveu (TKG / Kart Republic) the top challengers. All three are not scheduled to compete in Mooresville, giving Norberg even more of a gap in the standings before Round Three begins. The next top challenger is Dutch driver and 2019 FIA KZ World Champion Marijn Kremers (PSL / Birel ART), who now sits inside the top-10 of the EKN TaG Driver Rankings after a busy 2022 winter. RPG teammates Nate Cicero, last year’s winner Hayden Jones and Paul Bocuse are among those that should be in contention and in all the categories, those who call GoPro their home track. Pauly Massimino (RPM / Tony Kart), Dalton Hanes (LEM / Tony Kart) and Tyler Wettengel (SCR / Kart Republic) are among the locals that will be quick all weekend.

Former champion Brandon Lemke is the leading driver in the KA100 Senior standings (Photo: EKN)

The KA100 Senior division is at 65 drivers competing to be in the 40-karts to make the main event each round this weekend. Former champion Brandon Lemke (FMS / Merlin) and Alex Stanfield (GWR / Tony Kart) started out with wins in Orlando, and leading the championship standings. Lemke has the advantage by 35 points. Jeremy Fletcher (GWR / Tony Kart) is third with Connor Ferris (TFR / Kart Republic) in fourth. Massimino won both main events at last year’s series finale at GoPro and running double duty. He leads a lot of locals set to compete including Hanes, Mazda Shootout winner Westin Workman (TimmyTech / CompKart) and Aiden Levy (Harvick / Tony Kart), who all finished inside the top-five at the club race last weekend. Add in Brooke Nachtmann (Tony Kart), Wettengel, Will Robusto (TimmyTech / CompKart) and many others that call GoPro home.

The X30 Junior division is capped at 42 drivers set to battle at GoPro. Caleb Gafrarar (RPG / Kosmic) and Ayden Ingratta (SCR / Redspeed) won the opening two rounds in March, with Gafrarar holding a 10-point advantage over the Canadian entering the weekend. Leonardo Escorpioni (Orsolon / Tony Kart) sits third after two solid third place results in Orlando with Max Garcia (MPG / WPK) fourth. Gafrarar won the club race last weekend at his home track with Escorpioni in fourth and Garcia fifth. Last year’s Mini Swift champion Enzo Vidmontiene (Benik / Kosmic) was second with Ernesto Rivera (RPG / Kosmic) third. Adam Brickley (TKG / Kart Republic) joins Gafrarar as the local contingent battling on the weekend with a host of others from across North America challenging for the podium positions over the two rounds.

Caleb Gafrarar looking to defend home turf in both X30 Junior and KA100 Junior (Photo: EKN)

KA100 Junior has 52 drivers entered on the weekend and the championship chase is far from over. Max Garcia (MPG / WPK) came away with the victory in Round One at Orlando while Steven Miller (CDR / Kosmic) picked up his first USPKS win, named EKN Driver of the Month for March. Garcia enters the Carolina Grand Prix with the point lead while Miller is fifth. Parker DeLong (RPM / Tony Kart), Cooper Shipman (IRM / Tony Kart) and Luke Welcome (Orsolon / Tony Kart) sit in between. Caleb Gafrarar (RPG / Kosmic) won on track Saturday but was penalized for last lap contact fighting for the win with Helio Meza (IRM / Tony Kart). Gafrarar and Meza sit sixth and seventh in the point heading into the weekend. Gafrarar won the club race at his home track ahead of local driver Wesley Gundler (Tony Kart), Rivera, local Mason Walters (OTK) and Beckham Toupikov (Benik / Kosmic), with all four racing this weekend.

Heavy hitters are in the 20-driver field for the X30 Masters class this weekend. Two-time Orlando winner and point leader Danillo Ramalho (REM / Kosmic) is not on the entry list but confirmed he will be in Mooresville to attempt an extension of his win streak. Ramalho holds a 103 point lead over multi-time race winner Scott Roberts (SCR / Redspeed) with two-time defending champion Scott Kopp (FMS / Exprit) in third and last year’s championship runner-up Mario Barrios (RPG / Kosmic) in fourth. 2021 race winner Renato Jader David (Orsolon / Tony Kart) is back, making his 2022 series debut after missing Orlando along with Road America winner Miguel Mier (SCR / Redspeed) and ROK Vegas victor Martin Stone (Exprit).

Two-time Orlando winner Danillo Ramalho is scheduled to compete in X30 Masters (Photo: EKN)

The Mini Swift category is shaping up to be a fight to the very end in the championship. Two different drivers won in Orlando with Salvador della Vecchia (Parolin) and Tyler Roberts (Parolin USA) while Asher Ochstein (Supertune / Tony Kart) leads the championship standings by 24 points over Keelan Harvick (Parolin). Roberts is third with Oliver Wheldon (JC / LN Racing Kart) fourth and Carson Weinberg (SCR / CRG) fifth, all within 58 points. Weinberg won the club race last weekend over Harvick with fellow GoPro regular Carter McMurray (TimmyTech / CompKart) in third. Nitro Kart calls GoPro home, and has a number of drivers under the tent this weekend, including Ethan Tovo, Jackson Tovo, Cade Jaeger and others. 2020 Micro Swift champion Jack Iliffe (IRM / Parolin) is making his 2022 series debut after missing Orlando, along with Vivek Kanthan (Parolin USA).

The Micro Swift class is nearly maxed out with 37 drivers set to compete over the two rounds in ‘Race City USA’. Rocco Simone (Parolin USA) won Round Two and enters the weekend as the point leader in the championship by 57 points over Benja Fernandez (Kart Republic) with Jackson Gibson (RPG / Kosmic) third, Ashton Woon (Nitro Kart) fourth and Kai Mars (Kart Republic) in fifth. Round One winner Marco Sammut (MDR / LN Racing Kart) is seventh behind Drew Walz (Mottaz / Birel ART), all scheduled to compete this weekend.

Be sure to tune in all weekend to www.ekartingnews.com/live for the PA race call for qualifying on Friday, and both rounds of racing on Saturday and Sunday. Follow updates, photos and videos throughout the weekend on EKN Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Provisional X30 Pro Entry List

No. Driver Chassis Hometown
318 Justin Adakonis LN Racing Kart Ridgefield CT
349 Noah Baker Tony Kart Pinehurst TX
381 Gavin Bayliff Kart Republic Batavia OH
371 Paul Bocuse Kosmic Orlando FL
315 Brian Boly Kosmic Troutman NC
328 Donovan Bonilla Kosmic
326 Josh Campbell Tony Kart Gilbert AZ
314 Timothy Carel Tony Kart Pacific Palisades CA
388 Sam Cate EOS Richmond IN
382 Nathaniel Cicero Kosmic Pound Ridge NY
337 Diego Contecha Tony Kart
339 logan cusson Kosmic Port Hope Ont
396 Nicholas D'Andrea Tony Kart Boca Raton FL
372 Dylan DenHaese Kosmic Port Byron NY
399 Cade Downes Fullerton Evans GA
335 Wes Duchak Kosmic Jupiter FL
369 Santiago Fernandez Kosmic Miami FL
322 Jeremy Fletcher Tony Kart St. Cloud FL
374 Aidan Fox FA Kart Redding CT
312 Matheus Garcia Davenport FL
392 Austin Garrison Tony Kart Davie FL
317 Dalton Hanes Tony Kart Greensboro NC
368 Leonardo Hassan Tony Kart Miami FL
333 Jack Jeffers Redspeed San Antonio TX
316 Hayden Jones Tony Kart Matthews NC
300 Gabriel Kawer Birel ART Ft. Lauderdale FL
302 Marijn Kremers Birel ART trois-rivieres qc
360 race liberante Race Factory rosamond CA
340 Pauly Massimino Kosmic Indian Trail NC
338 Tyler McIntyre Birel ART Palmetto FL
348 Ryan Norberg Kosmic Orlando FL
353 Ryan Raffa Exprit Washington Crossing PA
342 Rylie Ramroop Tony Kart Parkland FL
370 Noah Rosser Birel ART Bradenton FL
398 Gianluca Savaglio Kosmic Woodbridge ON
375 Nalin Shah Kosmic Ottawa ON
330 Ryan Vincent EOS San Diego CA
357 Josh Ward LN Racing Kart Boone NC
397 Colin Warren Kart Republic Naples FL
311 Tyler Wettengel Kart Republic Davidson NC
344 Dante Yu Tony Kart Temple City CA
331 Haopeng Zhang Tony Kart Kalamazoo MI

Provisional KA100 Senior Entry List

No. Driver Chassis Hometown
971 Abbie Adams Tony Kart Sherrills Ford NC
949 Finnegan Bayliff Kart Republic Batavia OH
924 Brooke Berry Tony Kart Katy TX
916 Keegan Bosch Race Factory Franksville WI
993 Vance Bowersock Kosmic Huntersville NC
964 Nicholas Brueckner Tony Kart Hockley TX
903 Tanner Bunney Kosmic Glenshaw PA
974 John Burke Tony Kart Carrollton TX
926 Josh Campbell Tony Kart Gilbert AZ
998 Andre Castro Kosmic Charlotte NC
976 Jack Chmura Birel ART Saint Petersburg FL
943 Gia Cicero Kosmic Pound Ridge NY
967 Adrian Cruz Exprit Fort Worth TX
960 Byron Daley Kosmic Charlotte NC
910 Garrett Davis Exprit Mentor OH
937 Nickolay Doukhov Kart Republic Mason OH
957 George Feghali Kosmic North Andover MA
942 Alex Feldstein Merlin Madison WI
902 Connor Ferris Kart Republic Hackettstown NJ
922 Jeremy Fletcher Tony Kart St. Cloud FL
913 Bryce Frank Birel ART Richmond TX
989 Zack Frank Exprit Suwanee GA
927 Chase Hand Kosmic Wilton CA
975 Dalton Hanes Tony Kart Greensboro NC
992 Collin Hayes Tony Kart Cornelius NC
994 Kendall Hedge Will Power Kart Indianapolis IN
958 Grace Hemmerde Tony Kart Miami Beach FL
905 Kingston Himes Tony Kart Sanger TX
982 Josh Hotz Merlin Mukwonago WI
929 Drew James Tony Kart Mooresville NC
938 Austin Jurs Redspeed Union IL
901 Brandon Lemke Merlin Eagle WI
990 Aiden Levy Tony Kart Charlotte NC
936 Collin Lloyd Tony Kart Pembroke Pines FL
900 Pj Lyda LN Racing Kart Plain City OH
980 Pauly Massimino Kosmic Indian Trail NC
948 Vinnie Meskelis Redspeed Dallas TX
966 Matthew Mockabee Eagle Dayton OH
907 Logan Mueller Kart Republic Taylor Mill KY
961 Alex Murray Tony Kart Concord NC
930 brooke nachtmann mooresville NC
963 Ethan Oring Kosmic Yardley PA
956 Oscar Panozzo Birel ART Bradenton FL
928 Peyton Phillips Tony Kart Austin TX
904 Nikita Poneris Kart Republic West Chester OH
986 Ian Quinn Birel ART Chardon OH
985 Diego Ramos Kosmic Kissimmee FL
954 Will Robusto CompKart Fort Mill SC
946 Zander Rogers Tony Kart Lavon TX
979 Aden Rudolph Birel ART New Caney TX
984 Gracian Rzedzian Tecno Kart Bloomingdale IL
915 Lydia Small Tony Kart Glendale AZ
906 Alex Stanfield Tony Kart Argyle TX
923 Cameron Steller Tony Kart Celina TX
932 Seth Stowe CompKart Concord NC
947 Koen Summers Tony Kart Lavon TX
941 Mason Surgener Kart Republic Lansing MI
988 Nicholas Terlecki Merlin Gilberts IL
919 Jake Walker Kosmic Phoenixville PA
931 Trevor Watson Redspeed Marysville OH
953 Ethan Weiss Birel ART Parrish FL
933 Tyler Wettengel Kart Republic Davidson NC
991 Andrew Wilson Redspeed Denver CO
939 Westin Workman CompKart CHARLOTTE NC
987 Zain Zaidi Tony Kart Montclair NJ

Provisional X30 Junior Entry List

No. Driver Chassis Hometown
796 Diego Ardiles Tony Kart Doral FL
763 G3 Argyros Redspeed Newport Beach CA
764 Cooper Beasley Birel ART Valrico FL
717 Adam Brickley Kart Republic Mooresville NC
752 Chase Buscaglia Birel ART Bradenton FL
719 Christian Cameron Tony Kart Sonoma CA
775 Caleb Campbell Birel ART
788 Isaac Canto Tony Kart Boca Raton FL
732 Lorenzo Castillo Tony Kart Aventura Florida
720 Amelia Chandler Kart Republic Cavan ON
727 Alexander Chartier Tony Kart Scottsdale AZ
723 Michael Costello Kosmic Naples FL
700 Davis Cunningham Tony Kart Richmond TX
778 Julian DaCosta Tony Kart Myakka City FL
709 Parker DeLong Tony Kart Glendale AZ
755 Leonardo Escorpioni Tony Kart Windermere FL
704 Caleb Gafrarar Kosmic Midland NC
759 Max Garcia Will Power Kart Coconut Grove FL
716 Christian Garduno Tony Kart
771 Javier Herrera Tony Kart
750 Ayden Ingratta Redspeed Kingsville ON
737 Beckham Jacir Parolin Miami FL
740 Liam Kerper Kosmic Langhorne PA
746 Jakub Kolar FA Kart Key West FL
729 Aidan Lourenco FA Kart newtown CT
745 Fernando Luque Tony Kart
707 Christian Miles Kosmic Paloma IL
773 Steven Miller Kosmic Tierra Verde FL
725 Teddy Musella Tony Kart Orlando FL
711 Jorge Ortiz Tony Kart Orlando FL
712 Olivier Piatek Tony Kart DULUTH GA
777 Yash Rampal CompKart Allentown PA
724 Ernesto Rivera Kosmic
708 Emma Kate Scarbrough Kosmic Peachtree City GA
705 Hudson Schwartz OTK Arlington VA
784 Charlie Stines Tony Kart Franklin IN
733 Max Taylor LN Racing Kart Hoboken NJ
786 Joao Vergara Tony Kart Sunny Isles Beach Fl
795 Enzo Vidmontiene Tony Kart Saint Cloud FL
731 Alejandro Wall Birel ART Cary NC
798 Sebastian Wheldon Kosmic Coral Gables FL
715 Gavin Whitt Kosmic Littleton CO

Provisional KA100 Junior Entry List

No. Driver Chassis Hometown
834 Shea Aldrich Tony Kart Orange CA
893 John Antonino Race Factory Bakersfield CA
811 Adam Brickley Kart Republic Mooresville NC
877 Spencer Conrad Tony Kart Suffolk VA
852 Michael Costello Kosmic Naples FL
830 Gabrielle DaCosta Tony Kart Myakka City FL
899 Parker DeLong Tony Kart Glendale AZ
876 Ava Dobson Merlin Brookfield WI
855 Brayden Domingue Tony Kart Duson LA
803 Joey Friend Tony Kart Burleson TX
804 Caleb Gafrarar Kosmic Midland NC
810 Valentino Garbarino Tony Kart Martinez CA
859 Max Garcia Will Power Kart Coconut Grove FL
806 Christian Garduno Tony Kart
868 Jake Giordano Exprit Wellington FL
889 Aryton Grim EOS Hilliard OH
848 Diego Guiot Tony Kart Shenandoah TX
846 Wesley Gundler Tony Kart Holly springs NC
807 Oscar Iliffe Tony Kart Austin TX
869 Jake James Tony Kart Mooresville NC
841 Keagan Kaminski GFC San Dimas CA
837 Michael Leavitt Tony Kart Marion TX
887 Alex Mercado Tony Kart Washington UT
827 Helio Meza Tony Kart Spring TX
838 Ryan Miller Kart Republic Batavia OH
873 Steven Miller Kosmic Tierra Verde FL
851 Mateo Naranjo Kart Republic Edwards IL
813 Sebastian Newberg Kosmic St. Petersburg FL
850 Austin Olds Will Power Kart Terre Haute IN
863 Cash Perkins Merlin Bristol WI
805 Olivier Piatek Tony Kart DULUTH GA
809 Camryn Reed Kosmic Youngsville LA
822 Ivanna Richards Tony Kart
821 Anthony Rivera Kart Republic Columbia MD
823 Ernesto Rivera Kosmic
883 Austin Roy Redspeed Cypress TX
829 Ragan Saville Birel ART Conroe TX
818 Emma Kate Scarbrough Kosmic Peachtree City GA
836 Gabby Selden Tony Kart Heath TX
814 Cooper Shipman FA Kart Austin TX
817 Landon Skinner Redspeed Scurry TX
884 Charlie Stines Tony Kart Franklin IN
801 Lucas Szabo Tony Kart Ridgewood NY
833 Max Taylor LN Racing Kart Hoboken NJ
885 Beckham Toupikov Benik
816 Mason Walters OTK Sherrills Ford NC
897 Eli Warren Redspeed Louisville KY
800 Luke Welcome Tony Kart Miami FL
802 Henry Wheeler Kart Republic Chagrin Falls OH
812 Cole Wilson Kart Republic Emmaus PA
896 Jackson Wolny Tony Kart Glen Ellyn IL
839 Brayden Zirves Merlin Trevor WI

Provisional X30 Master Entry List

No. Driver Chassis Hometown
511 Mario Barrios Kosmic Miami Beach FL
503 Evan Batt Will Power Kart Indianapolis IN
524 Shane Burkett Gillard Gonzales LA
505 Kim Carapellatti CompKart Olean NY
502 Scot Carapellatti FA Kart Olean NY
515 Ryan Casner Maranello Tacoma WA
588 Shane Connolly Redspeed Harrisburg NC
555 Renato Jader David Tony Kart North Miami FL
538 Scott Kopp Exprit Mukwonago WI
533 Mundy Loyer orlando fl
577 Miguel Mier Exprit Celina TX
565 Paul Montopoli Kart Republic RIVER VALE NJ
528 Scott Roberts Redspeed Winter Park FL
509 Danny Robertson Kosmic Ocala FL
521 John Robicheaux EOS Gulfport MS
501 Frank Runco Tony Kart Carmel NY
500 John-Michael Shenette Tony Kart Concord NC
526 Martin Stone Exprit Dallas TX
583 Cristian Vomir Tecno Kart Hoffman Estates IL

Provisional Mini Swift Entry List

No. Driver Chassis Hometown
126 Cypress Andruss Sebastopol CA
118 Gabriel Balog Magik Kart Maple Ridge BC
105 Race Beckman CRG Fenton MO
192 Alan Bonilla Espinosa Kosmic
147 Rhys Bowman CompKart Commerce City CO
114 Sarah Bradley Parolin Brooksville FL
120 Landon Buher Nitro Kart Danville IN
101 Mateo Calderon Nitro Kart San Jose CA
151 Thomas Chrisman Tony Kart Horsham PA
139 Max Cristea Birel ART Buford GA
106 Salvador della Vecchia Parolin Doral FL
177 Acen Dramaliev Tecno Kart Lincolnwood IL
103 Ty Fisher TB Kart
116 Paul Hart Benik Cortlandt Manor NY
162 Keelan Harvick Parolin Harrisburg NC
112 Nathan Holy Kosmic Upper Saddle River NJ
163 Jack Iliffe Parolin Austin TX
164 Cade Jaeger Nitro Kart Kewaskum WI
157 Kai Johnson Energy Kart Gulfport FL
175 Vivek Kanthan Parolin Westport CT
168 Maxim Kirwan Parolin Auckland 11
176 Bronson Koustas Parolin Newport Beach CA
121 Roman McCurdy Race Factory Maple Valley WA
161 Michael McGaughy Birel ART Park City UT
140 Carter McMurray CompKart Mooresville NC
130 Tristan Murphy Parolin College Grove TN
194 Asher Ochstein Tony Kart St. Petersburg FL
125 Lucas Palacio Kart Republic Vienna VA
129 Travis Pettit Nitro Kart Mullica Hill NJ
142 Marthin Ramirez Kart Republic BRADENTON FL
199 Tyler Roberts Parolin Leander TX
128 Javier Rodriguez Tony Kart Mexico MX
108 Lillian Scarbrough Kosmic Peachtree City GA
100 Henry Taylor CompKart Boston MA
113 Ethan Tovo Nitro Kart Warrenville IL
131 Jackson Tovo Nitro Kart Warrenville IL
183 Alessandro Truchot Parolin Miami Beach FL
111 Devin Walz Birel ART Meridian ID
188 Max Weiland Magik Kart Westlake OH
187 Carson Weinberg CRG Carrolton GA
104 Oliver Wheldon Kosmic Coral Gables FL

Provisional Micro Swift Entry List

No. Driver Chassis Hometown
8 Forest Adams Nitro Kart Snoqualmie WA
42 Pasha Ali Parolin Trophy Club TX
26 Alex Chandler Tony Kart Houston TX
7 Gavin Dakay Benik Orlando FL
59 Lincoln Davis Nitro Kart Mequon WI
88 Riley Dobbelaer Nitro Kart Fort Mill SC
43 Troy Ferguson Benik Seal Beach CA
18 Benja Fernandez Kart Republic Coral Gables FL
31 Jaime Garcia Parolin
11 Jackson Gibson Kosmic Lake Oswego OR
68 Luke Giglio Birel ART Milton GA
41 Bowen Greene CompKart Gainesville GA
48 Parker Ives Nitro Kart Davidson NC
44 Edward Kennedy Kart Republic
5 William Kim Nitro Kart Darien CT
9 Jake Manalio Benik New York NY
23 Kai Mars Kart Republic Roswell GA
14 Cameron Marsha Nitro Kart Granger IN
77 Jacob Modjeski Merlin Oak Creek WI
36 Holden Myers CompKart Denver NC
80 Liam Nachawati Birel ART Dallas TX
92 J.J. O'Neil Nitro Kart Hudson OH
58 Nicolas Orbezo Tony Kart San Antonio TX
20 Antonio Pizzonia Neto Birel ART Manaus Am
32 Jaxon Porter Nitro Kart Scottsdale AZ
66 Alexander Procuna Parolin Aventura FL
81 Joseph Saddington Magik Kart Norcross GA
75 Marco Sammut LN Racing Kart locust valley NY
27 Colton Schniegenberg Redspeed Colleyville TX
95 Rocco Simone Parolin Venice FL
24 Austin Taylor Will Power Kart Indianapolis IN
33 Royce Vega Benik Rockwall TX
19 Drew Walz Birel ART Meridian ID
30 Maverick White Italkart Marietta GA
52 Cade Wolfe CompKart Mooresville NC
89 Ashton Woon Nitro Kart Scottsdale AZ
21 Aston Wyatt Birel ART Huntsville TX

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