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

Third straight year visiting Briggs & Stratton Motorplex at Road America

The second half of the season for the 2022 United States Pro Kart Series is set to begin this weekend as the 10th season of the championship program continues. The Badger State Grand Prix will be contested on July 7-10 at the Briggs & Stratton Motorplex at Road America in Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin. This is the seventh straight event, dating back to the 2020 finale, where the series is welcoming over 200 entries. This weekend’s pre-entry total is at 227 with walk-ups expected on Thursday during at track registration. Thankfully, another perfect weekend of weather is forecasted for the fifth and sixth rounds of the 2022 program.

The newly renamed Briggs & Stratton Motorplex at Road America is one of the hidden gems of the sport in North America. The track is situated inside the famous 4-mile road course that is labeled ‘America’s National Park of Speed’. The Motorplex hosts an 8/10-mile circuit that is contested in the clockwise direction, featuring elevation changes throughout, including off-camber and banked corners. It was originally constructed in 2000 and was repaved at the end of 2017. This will be the third straight year USPKS has visited Road America.

What will be different about this weekend is the format reverting back to the original style after the opening two events of the year featured qualifying on Friday. Thursday and Friday will be practice only, with Fast Friday hosting five sessions. Qualifying is now moved to their respective days with Round Five on Saturday hosting warm-up, qualifying, Prefinals, Last Chance Qualifiers and Finals. Sunday for Round Six will have the same format with the KA100 Senior class the only scheduled to run split Prefinals and an LCQ.

Four straight to begin his title defense in X30 Pro for Ryan Norberg (Photo: EKN)

The story going into the weekend for the headline X30 Pro division is the winning streak of 2021 series champion Ryan Norberg (RPG / Kosmic). Including the first four rounds of the United States Pro Kart Series program and the recent SKUSA SpringNationals, Norberg is six for six in main events, which began in March at Orlando. He holds a 295-point lead over Pauly Massimino (RPM / Tony Kart), who has one podium finish after four rounds, a runner-up result in Round Three. The same for Cameron Weinberg (SCR / CRG), who is third in the standings and was second to Norberg in Round Four. Jack Jeffers (SCR / Redspeed) and 2019 FIA KZ World Champion Marijn Kremers (PSL / Birel ART) round out the top-five in the standings, all needing perfect weekends to put themselves closer to Norberg in the standings. Among the 28 drivers entered is Brazilian Diego Ramos, who is making his debut with PSL Karting aboard the Birel ART brand. Ramos ran X30 at Orlando and then KA100 at GoPro.

The KA100 Senior class is the largest of the event with 53 drivers already registered to compete over the two rounds at Road America. Alex Stanfield (GWR / Tony Kart) is the leader at the halfway point of the championship with two victories, one at Orlando and one at GoPro. He holds a 163-point advantage over former series champ and Round One winner Brandon Lemke (FMS / Merlin). Only one point back is Round Three victor Jeremy Fletcher, making his USPKS debut with Ryan Perry Motorsport. Stanfield and Fletcher each have two podium finishes while Lemke has just the lone victory to his podium trips. Anything can happen in this category with Chase Hand (RPG / Kosmic) and Aiden Levy (Harvick / Alonso Kart) sitting fourth and fifth in the title chase, along with the many drivers looking for victory on the weekend. One of them could be Diego Contecha (Orsolon / Tony Kart), making his class debut and running double duty on the weekend. That is just one of the stories that could develop throughout the event.

Alex Stanfield has two wins in four rounds in the KA100 Senior class (Photo: EKN)

One driver is leading both Junior championships heading into the second half of the season. EKN Driver of the Month for May 2022 Max Garcia holds tight advantages in both the X30 Junior and KA100 Junior categories. Garcia (MPG / WPK) has yet to win in X30, however, his consistency at the front has him leading by 48 points over two-time winner Caleb Gafrarar (RPG / Kosmic) with two-time winner Ayden Ingratta (SCR / CRG) 87 points back. Sebastian Wheldon (JC / LN Racing Kart) and Jorge Ortiz (Supertune / Tony Kart) sit fourth and fifth, all within 200 points in the very competitive 22-driver category. The KA100 standings has Garcia with two victories and leading by 55 points ahead of Parker DeLong (RPM / Tony Kart). Recent TSRS race winner Cooper Shipman (IRM / Tony Kart) is third with Round three winner Helio Meza (IRM / Tony Kart) in fourth. Caleb Gafrarar (RPG / Kosmic) is fifth, over three hundred points back with Round Two winner Steven Miller (CDR / Kosmic) in sixth. The driver who is the most consistent over the second half of the season could come away with the championship, beginning at Road America against the 43-driver field.

Three wins to open the season put first-year USPKS driver Danillo Ramalho (REM / Kosmic) into the driver’s seat for the championship. The chase remains close with the top-four all within 120 points, including last year’s runner-up Mario Barrios (RPG / Kosmic), two-time defending champion Scott Kopp (FMS / Exprit) and former race winner Scott Roberts (SCR / Redspeed). Add in the regular contenders, including Martin Stone (REM / Kosmic), who just won at the TSRS, along with new Masters drivers Niki Coello (Exprit) and Jake Feder (FMS / Merlin) filling up the 13-driver roster for the weekend.

Max Garcia leads the championship in both X30 and KA100 Junior Prix (Photo: EKN)

All seven of the categories at the USPKS has seen at least one driver win more than once on the season already. That driver in Mini Swift is last year’s Micro champ Keelan Harvick (Harvick / Parolin). The North Carolina driver defended his home turf at GoPro in May, and now is the championship leader by 129 points over Georgia’s Carson Weinberg (SCR / CRG). Asher Ochstein (Supertune / Tony Kart) is third with Round Two victor Tyler Roberts (Parolin USA) in fourth. Oliver Wheldon (JC / LN Racing Kart) completes the top five, just over 200 points out of the championship lead. Harvick is making a return to the USA from his first European trip to compete in Italy, hoping to extend his win streak against the 34 drivers entered on the weekend.

The two victories at GoPro Motorplex for Ashton Woon (Nitro Kart) put him on top of the championship standings at the halfway point in the Micro Swift chase. Jackson Gibson (RPG / Kosmic) has been consistent over the first four rounds, and only trails by 32 points with Round Two winner Rocco Simone (Parolin USA) a close third. 2022 Round One winner Marco Sammut (MDR / LN Racing Kart) is 161 points back in fourth with Benja Fernandez (TKG / Kart Republic) sitting fifth. Jaxon Porter made news prior to the event, joining Parolin USA with the Road America weekend his debut with the team and the chassis as one of the 34 drivers entered on the weekend.

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Provisional X30 Pro Entry List

No. Driver Team Chassis Hometown Country
318 Justin Adakonis LN Racing Kart Ridgefield CT US
371 Paul Bocuse Rolison Performance Group Kosmic Orlando FL US
337 Diego Contecha Orsolon Racing Tony Kart
372 Dylan DenHaese Mike Doty Racing Kosmic Port Byron NY US
335 Wes Duchak Rolison Performance Group Kosmic Jupiter FL US
369 Santiago Fernandez AJF Racing Kosmic Miami FL US
322 Jeremy Fletcher Ryan Perry Motorsport Tony Kart St. Cloud FL US
376 Aidan Fox Fox + Son Karting Alonso Kart Redding CT US
333 Jack Jeffers Speed Concepts Racing Redspeed San Antonio TX US
316 Hayden Jones Tony Kart Matthews NC US
300 Gabriel Kawer PSL Karting Birel ART Ft. Lauderdale FL US
302 Marijn Kremers PSL Karting Birel ART
367 Tyler Lemp Kosmic Charter Township of Clinton MI US
340 Pauly Massimino Kosmic Indian Trail NC US
341 Adam Maxwell A-Maxx Racing Tony Kart Greenwood IN US
338 Tyler McIntyre MottazSport Birel ART Palmetto FL US
1 Ryan Norberg Kosmic Orlando FL US
366 Alex Nowysz Redspeed Adel IA US
343 Oscar Panozzo MottazSport Birel ART Bradenton FL US
373 Kevin Quevedo AJF Racing Kosmic DORAL FL US
313 Diego Ramos PSL Karting Birel ART Kissimmee FL US
375 Nalin Shah Kosmic Ottawa ON CA
330 Ryan Vincent Nash Motorsportz EOS San Diego CA US
397 Colin Warren CDR Kart Republic Naples FL US
301 Cameron Weinberg CRG Carrollton GA US
323 Justin White Gillard Hunlock Creek PA US
387 Presley Whitney Alan Racing Tony Kart Davison MI US
344 Dante Yu Nash Motorsportz EOS Temple City CA US


Provisional KA100 Senior Entry List

No. Driver Team Chassis Hometown Country
955 Kyla Anderson Merlin Shakopee MN US
949 Finnegan Bayliff Trinity Karting Group Kart Republic Batavia OH US
964 Gavin Bayliff Trinity Karting Group Kart Republic Batavia OH US
925 Brooke Berry Tony Kart Katy TX US
916 Keegan Bosch Race Factory USA Race Factory Franksville WI US
903 Tanner Bunney Mike Doty Racing Kosmic Glenshaw PA US
974 John Burke Tony Kart Carrollton TX US
943 Gia Cicero Rolison Performance Group Kosmic Pound Ridge NY US
918 Zach Collins Will Power Kart Roscoe IL US
911 Diego Contecha Orsolon Racing Tony Kart
973 Adam Crepin Franklin Motorsports Merlin Bridgeton MO US
967 Adrian Cruz CRD Exprit Fort Worth TX US
959 Oliver Cunningham Exprit River Hills WI US
937 Nickolay Doukhov Kart Republic Mason OH US
942 Alex Feldstein Merlin Madison WI US
902 Connor Ferris Team Ferris Racing Kart Republic Hackettstown NJ US
909 Jeremy Fierke Kart Republic Joliet IL US
922 Jeremy Fletcher Ryan Perry Motorsport Tony Kart St. Cloud FL US
927 Chase Hand Kosmic Wilton CA US
920 Jonah Hanrahan Trinity Karting Group Kart Republic New Richmond OH US
992 Collin Hayes Team Nitro Kart Tony Kart Cornelius NC US
994 Kendall Hedge MPG Motorsports Will Power Kart Indianapolis IN US
958 Grace Hemmerde Rolison Performance Group Tony Kart Miami Beach FL US
905 Kingston Himes Tony Kart Sanger TX US
929 Drew James GWR Tony Kart Mooresville NC US
938 Austin Jurs Redspeed Union IL US
968 TJ Koyen Korsasport Exprit Sun Prairie WI US
912 Gabe Lee Franklin Motorsports Kosmic Madison WI US
901 Brandon Lemke Merlin Eagle WI US
990 Aiden Levy Alonso Kart Charlotte NC US
900 Pj Lyda Mike Doty Racing LN Racing Kart Plain City OH US
945 Emory Lyda Franklin Motorsports Merlin Lexington NC US
951 Robert Maier Rolison Performance Group Kosmic Oakland FL US
978 Adam Maxwell A-Maxx Racing Tony Kart Greenwood IN US
948 Vinnie Meskelis GWR Redspeed Dallas TX US
907 Logan Mueller Trinity Karting Group Kart Republic Taylor Mill KY US
930 Brooke Nachtmann Speed Concepts Racing Redspeed mooresville NC US
996 James Overbeck Tony Kart Cincinnati OH US
950 Caleb Patrie Hotz Driver Development Exprit Waukesha WI US
952 Kyle Raymond Kart Republic Chagrin Falls OH US
946 Zander Rogers Tony Kart Lavon TX US
979 Aden Rudolph Birel ART New Caney TX US
984 Gracian Rzedzian TecnoKart USA TecnoKart Bloomingdale IL US
981 Shayen Sehgal Franklin Motorsports Merlin Middleton WI US
915 Lydia Small Tony Kart Glendale AZ US
906 Alex Stanfield GWR Tony Kart Argyle TX US
923 Cameron Steller Iron Rock Motorsports Tony Kart Celina TX US
965 Tyler Stephens Redspeed Bixby OK US
947 Koen Summers Tony Kart Lavon TX US
941 Mason Surgener Kart Republic Lansing MI US
988 Nicholas Terlecki Merlin Gilberts IL US
957 Luke Welcome Orsolon Racing Tony Kart Miami FL US
933 Tyler Wettengel Speed Concepts Racing Davidson NC US


Provisional X30 Junior Entry List

No. Driver Team Chassis Hometown Country
764 Cooper Beasley Valrico FL US
799 Cameron Brinkman Mike Doty Racing Kosmic Springfield IL US
719 Christian Cameron Speed Concepts Racing Tony Kart Sonoma CA US
755 Leonardo Escorpioni Tony Kart Windermere FL US
704 Caleb Gafrarar Rolison Performance Group Kosmic Midland NC US
759 Max Garcia Will Power Kart Coconut Grove FL US
771 JAVIER HERRERA Tony Kart MTY NL MX
750 Ayden Ingratta CRG
746 Jakub Kolar CDR Alonso Kart Key West FL US
742 Anthony Martella Racing Edge Motorsports Kosmic
707 Christian Miles Kosmic Paloma IL US
773 Steven Miller CDR Kosmic Tierra Verde FL US
725 Teddy Musella Rolison Performance Group Tony Kart Orlando FL US
711 Jorge Ortiz Supertune USA Tony Kart Orlando FL US
751 Luke Powers Jimmy Simpson Racing Redspeed Indianapolis IN US
724 Ernesto Rivera Rolison Performance Group Tony Kart
708 Emma Kate Scarbrough Rolison Performance Group Kosmic Peachtree City GA US
733 Max Taylor Rolison Performance Group Kosmic Hoboken NJ US
786 Joao Vergara Orsolon Racing Tony Kart Sunny Isles Beach Fl US
795 Enzo Vidmontiene Team Benik Tony Kart Saint Cloud FL US
798 Sebastian Wheldon JC Karting Kosmic Coral Gables FL US
715 Gavin Whitt Team Benik Kosmic Littleton CO US


Provisional KA100 Junior Entry List

No. Driver Team Chassis Hometown Country
834 Shea Aldrich Ryan Perry Motorsport Tony Kart Orange CA US
888 Indy Andersen Trinity Karting Group Kart Republic Indianapolis IN US
823 Cameron Brinkman Mike Doty Racing Kosmic Springfield IL US
871 Gian Buffomante BRE Redspeed Naperville IL US
891 Christian Cameron Speed Concepts Racing Tony Kart Sonoma CA US
825 Davis Cunningham Speedsportz / ARRA Tony Kart Richmond TX US
899 Parker DeLong Tony Kart Glendale AZ US
876 Ava Dobson Franklin Motorsports Redspeed Brookfield WI US
855 Brayden Domingue Iron Rock Motorsports Redspeed Duson LA US
845 Nixx Eggleston Race Factory Scottsdale Az US
803 Joey Friend Iron Rock Motorsports Tony Kart Burleson TX US
804 Caleb Gafrarar Rolison Performance Group Kosmic Midland NC US
859 Max Garcia Will Power Kart Coconut Grove FL US
895 Ryan Giannetta Speed Concepts Racing GFC Redondo Beach CA US
848 Diego Guiot Tony Kart Shenandoah TX US
807 Oscar Iliffe Tony Kart Austin TX US
869 Jake James GWR Tony Kart Mooresville NC US
841 Keagan Kaminski Formula Works GFC San Dimas CA US
837 Michael Leavitt Tony Kart Marion TX US
879 Quinten McPherson Exprit New Berlin WI US
840 Diego Mendeztorres Rolison Performance Group Kosmic CDMX CM MX
827 Helio Meza Iron Rock Motorsports Tony Kart Spring TX US
838 Ryan Miller Trinity Karting Group Kart Republic Batavia OH US
873 Steven Miller CDR Kosmic Tierra Verde FL US
851 Mateo Naranjo Trinity Karting Group Kart Republic Edwards IL US
850 Austin Olds MPG Motorsports Will Power Kart Terre Haute IN US
863 Cash Perkins Merlin Bristol WI US
874 Jase Petty Redspeed Oakland IL US
805 Olivier Piatek DULUTH GA US
854 Luke Powers Jimmy Simpson Racing Redspeed Indianapolis IN US
809 Camryn Reed Kosmic Youngsville LA US
864 Mason Rick Nitro Kart west bend WI US
822 Ernesto Rivera Rolison Performance Group Tony Kart
829 Ragan Saville Speedsportz / ARRA Birel ART Conroe TX US
814 Cooper Shipman Iron Rock Motorsports Alonso Kart Austin TX US
817 Landon Skinner Redspeed Scurry TX US
884 Charlie Stines Tony Kart Franklin IN US
833 Max Taylor Rolison Performance Group Kosmic Hoboken NJ US
811 Christopher Wakefield Team Benik Exprit Fort Lauderdale FL US
802 Henry Wheeler MPG Motorsports Kart Republic Chagrin Falls OH US
898 Oliver Wheldon JC Karting Kosmic Coral Gables FL US
896 Jackson Wolny Tony Kart Glen Ellyn IL US
839 Brayden Zirves Merlin Trevor WI US


Provisional X30 Masters List

No. Driver Team Chassis Hometown Country
511 Mario Barrios Rolison Performance Group Kosmic Miami Beach FL US
503 Evan Batt Will Power Kart Indianapolis IN US
581 Niki Coello Exprit Dousman WI US
527 Jake Feder Franklin Motorsports Merlin Lawrencevillie GA US
1 Scott Kopp Exprit Mukwonago WI US
529 Robert Maier Rolison Performance Group Kosmic Oakland FL US
577 Miguel Mier Racing Edge Motorsports LN Racing Kart Celina TX MX
565 Paul Montopoli Kart Republic RIVER VALE NJ US
595 S.H. Moon Rolison Performance Group Kosmic Seoul Kor KR
528 Scott Roberts Redspeed Winter Park FL US
509 Danny Robertson Rolison Performance Group Kosmic Ocala FL US
526 Martin Stone Kosmic Dallas TX US
583 Cristian Vomir TecnoKart USA TecnoKart Hoffman Estates IL US


Provisional Mini Swift Entry List

No. Driver Team Chassis Hometown Country
107 Benym Abernethy Franklin Motorsports Merlin Elm Grove WI US
181 Forest Adams Team Nitro Kart Nitro Kart Snoqualmie WA US
153 Robert Arana Birel ART San Antonio TX US
117 Carson Barry Redspeed Colleyville TX US
122 Mason Barry Redspeed Colleyville TX US
136 Turner Brown Speed Concepts Racing CRG Alamo CA US
101 Mateo Calderon Team Nitro Kart Nitro Kart San Jose CA US
106 Salvador della Vecchia Energy Doral FL US
177 Acen Dramaliev TecnoKart USA TecnoKart Lincolnwood IL US
103 Ty Fisher Speed Concepts Racing TB Kart
162 Keelan Harvick Parolin Harrisburg NC US
149 Davis Henry GWR Birel ART Wichita KS US
164 Cade Jaeger Team Nitro Kart Nitro Kart Kewaskum WI US
141 Tyrone Kemper, Jr. PSL Karting Birel ART New Orleans LA US
155 William Kim Team Nitro Kart Nitro Kart Darien CT US
133 Gage Korn Race Factory Aurora CO US
172 Isaac Malcuit Kart Republic Strasburg OH US
161 Michael McGaughy Ryan Perry Motorsport Parolin Park City UT US
140 Carter McMurray CompKart Mooresville NC US
130 Tristan Murphy Parolin USA Parolin College Grove TN US
194 Asher Ochstein Tony Kart St. Petersburg FL US
125 Lucas Palacio Trinity Karting Group Kart Republic Vienna VA US
129 Travis Pettit TAP Racing Magik Kart Mullica Hill NJ US
199 Travis Roberts Iron Rock Motorsports Parolin Bertram TX US
119 Nico Sarphati GFC San Ramon CA US
108 Lillian Scarbrough Kosmic Peachtree City GA US
165 Brady Schad Team Nitro Kart Nitro Kart Plymouth WI US
148 Fion Shi Gillard Montclair NJ US
100 Henry Taylor Timmy Tech CompKart Boston MA US
113 Ethan Tovo Tovo Motorsports Nitro Kart Warrenville IL US
131 Jackson Tovo Tovo Motorsports Parolin Warrenville IL US
134 Austin Warner Speed Concepts Racing CRG Dallas GA US
188 Max Weiland Magik Kart Westlake OH US
187 Carson Weinberg Speed Concepts Racing CRG Carrolton GA US


Provisional Micro Swift Entry List

No. Driver Team Chassis Hometown Country
42 Pasha Ali Parolin USA Parolin Trophy Club TX US
83 Slaton Baldock Team Nitro Kart Nitro Kart Kiel WI US
87 Rj Brown R3 SpeedFab GFC Smithville MO US
78 Rafael Canas Supertune USA Tony Kart Doral FL US
45 Sawyer Chambers Team Nitro Kart Nitro Kart Rosharon TX US
26 Alex Chandler Tony Kart Houston TX US
59 Lincoln Davis Nitro Kart Mequon WI US
99 Enzo DiGennaro Kart Republic Poughkeepsie NY US
43 Troy Ferguson Team Benik Benik Seal Beach CA US
18 Benja Fernandez Kart Republic Coral Gables FL US
11 Jackson Gibson Rolison Performance Group Kosmic Lake Oswego OR US
68 Luke Giglio MottazSport Birel ART Milton GA US
41 Bowen Greene Timmy Tech CompKart Gainesville GA US
16 Pierson Gulseth Hotz Driver Development Merlin Manitowoc WI US
48 Parker Ives Team Nitro Kart Nitro Kart Davidson NC US
50 Emerson Laine Birel ART Colleyville TX US
23 Kai Mars Trinity Karting Group Kart Republic Roswell GA US
14 Cameron Marsha Team Nitro Kart Nitro Kart Granger IN US
77 Jacob Modjeski Franklin Motorsports Merlin Oak Creek WI US
80 Liam Nachawati CRD Birel ART Dallas TX US
94 Isaac Nowlin Franklin Motorsports Merlin Dousman WI US
58 Nicolas Orbezo Iron Rock Motorsports Tony Kart San Antonio TX US
20 Antonio Pizzonia Neto Orsolon Racing Birel ART Manaus Am BR
32 Jaxon Porter Parolin USA Parolin Scottsdale AZ US
75 Marco Sammut Mike Doty Racing LN Racing Kart locust valley NY US
17 Colton Schniegenberg GWR Redspeed Colleyville TX US
95 Rocco Simone Parolin USA Parolin Venice FL US
12 AJ Stoner A-Maxx Racing Tony Kart Columbus IN US
15 Caleb Tarter Nitro Kart Winchester IN US
96 Liam Van Beek CDR Benik ELLENTON FL US
33 Royce Vega Team Benik Benik Rockwall TX US
46 Wes Witt R3 SpeedFab GFC Lee's Summit MO US
89 Ashton Woon Team Nitro Kart Nitro Kart Scottsdale AZ US
21 Aston Wyatt Speedsportz / ARRA Birel ART Huntsville TX US

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