EKN Exclusive: Superkarts! USA SuperNationals 25 – Preview Series – X30 Junior

Historic list of former winners to welcome 14th different name

eKartingNews.com is proud to present our Preview Series for the SKUSA SuperNationals 25. Leading up to the on-track action of the silver anniversary edition of the marquee SKUSA event, EKN will preview each of the 10 categories that will compete on the temporary circuit located outside the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas from November 16-20.

Trackside coverage is set to begin on Tuesday, November 15 as we set up our SuperNationals 25 home, roaming the Rio grounds with Paddock Insider and social media content while attending the 2022 SKUSA Pro Tour Awards Presentation ceremony that evening. Our coverage continues into Wednesday as karts hit the track for the first time. EKN Live begins on Thursday, November 17 as qualifying is conducted for both the morning classes and the afternoon divisions. Listen LIVE to the heat races throughout Friday, November 18 and into Situation Saturday, November 19, including the four Last Chance Qualifiers held on the day. That sets everything up for SuperSunday, with the main events for SuperNationals 25 audio streamed live on eKartingNews.com/live.

Complete coverage of the Superkarts! USA SuperNationals 25 can be found at the EKN EVENT PAGE.

X30 Junior

SKUSA Pro Tour and USPKS champion Caleb Gafrarar is among the favorites heading into SuperNats 25 (Photo: EKN)

The Touch and Go (TaG) engine platform took the USA karting scene by storm in the early 2000s, but it was not until 2008 that Superkarts! USA introduced the Junior category to the SuperNationals. Since then, 13 different drivers have claimed victory on SuperSunday – including two current Formula 1 drivers (George Russell in 2011 and Lance Stroll in 2012). Logan Sargeant won the class in 2014 before becoming the only USA driver to win the FIA World Championship in Junior competitionin 2015. Now, he’s set to be on the grid in F1 for 2023. Others make this list a very well-established group of former winners, including last year’s victor Jeremy Fletcher, who became only the second driver in SuperNationals history to win twice in the same event – taking the top honors in both KA100 and X30 Junior.

Fletcher’s graduation into the Senior ranks opens the door for any of the 49 drivers to take the next spot in line by winning SKUSA SuperNationals 25. Among the most experienced at the SuperNats in the field is 2022 SKUSA Pro Tour and USPKS champion Caleb Gafrarar (RPG / Kosmic). He will make his sixth SuperNationals start having raced in the event since 2016 in the Micro Swift category. Gafrarar earned a podium in Micro and was on the podium last year after placing fourth in the main event. The top returning driver from last year’s SuperNationals is Max Garcia (MPG / Kart Republic). Garcia placed runner-up in his Junior debut to log a third-straight podium result at the SuperNationals coming off his Mini and Micro top-five results in 2019 and 2018. The Florida driver finished fourth in the SKUSA Pro Tour standings and was runner-up to Gafrarar in the UPSKS championship chase.

Last year’s runner-up Max Garcia is attempting to earn a fourth straight SuperNationals podium (Photo: EKN)

Ayden Ingratta was the third leg of this battle throughout the season in the Junior ranks, however, the Canadian is moving up to Senior ranks for the SuperNationals. Others who have been among the front runners on the season include Florida Winter Tour champion Steven Miller (CDR / Kosmic), double SummerNationals winner Sebastian Wheldon (JC / LN Racing Kart), SpringNationals victor Max Taylor (RPG / Kosmic) and USPKS race winner Cameron Brinkman (MDR / Kosmic).

A total of 24 drivers will be pulling double duty, trying to repeat the feat that Jeremy Fletcher was able to pull off last year. Many of those mentioned already are racing both KA100 and X30 along with Jesus Vasquez Jr. (Nash / EOS), Ernesto Rivera (RPG / Kosmic) Oscar Iliffe (IRM / Tony Kart), Diego Guiot (Supertune / Tony Kart), Valentino Garbarino (RPM / Tony Kart), and Christian Cameron (AKR / Tony Kart).

Strangely, nearly half the field is making their SuperNationals debut, many of them from Australia with 14 in the field. Eight drivers are making their Junior debut at the SuperNationals, moving up from Mini Swift a year ago. SKUSA SuperNationals 24 Mini Swift winner Enzo Vidmontiene (MottazSport / Kart Republic) is among those. He has developed throughout the season, ending with a top-five performance at the USPKS finale in September.

Last year’s Mini Swift winner Enzo Vidmontiene is among the top Junior rookies in the field (Photo: EKN)

SuperNationals Stats

1 – Former SuperNationals winner in the field

6 – Different countries represented in field

23 – Drivers from outside of the USA

23 – First time SuperNationals competitors

24 – Double duty drivers in the field

Provisional X30 Junior Entry List

No. Driver Team Chassis Hometown Nation
719 Chris Aitken SpeedSense Motorsports Tony Kart Ponte Vedra Beach FL US
718 Colin Aitken SpeedSense Motorsports Tony Kart Ponte Vedra Beach FL US
709 James Anagnostiadis Kosmic Murrumbeena VIC AU
725 Xavier Avramides PSL Karting Ricciardo Kart AU
746 Peter Bouzinelos KartSport North America AU
788 Cameron Brinkman Mike Doty Racing Kosmic Springfield IL US
781 Ky Burke Energycorse Australia Energy AU
729 Christian Cameron Alex Keyes Racing Tony Kart Sonoma CA US
799 Pip Casabene Team Benik Kosmic AU
779 Sydney Cassels Catalyst Driver Development Italkart CA
732 Lorenzo Castillo Orsolon Racing Tony Kart MX
764 Alexander Chartier Ryan Perry Motorsport Tony Kart Scottsdale AZ CA
755 Victor De Alencar Zanella Racing Tony Kart Windermere FL US
720 Isaac Demellweek Trinity Karting Group Kart Republic AU
789 Nathan Dupuis Goodwood Kartways Exprit CA
756 Leonardo Escorpioni Zanella Racing Tony Kart Windermere FL BR
791 Logan Eveleigh Trinity Karting Group Kart Republic AU
701 Caleb Gafrarar Rolison Performance Group Tony Kart Midland NC US
704 Valentino Garbarino Ryan Perry Motorsport Tony Kart Martinez CA US
759 Max Garcia MPG Motorsports Kart Republic Coconut Grove FL US
748 Diego Guiot Supertune USA Tony Kart Shenandoah TX US
780 Oscar Iliffe Iron Rock Motorsports Tony Kart Austin TX US
744 Liam Kerper Mike Doty Racing Kosmic Langhorne PA US
771 Cooper Lisle Fusion Motorsport Kart Republic AU
775 Fernando Luque Supertune USA Tony Kart MX
790 Ryan MacMillan Parolin USA Parolin AU
742 Anthony Martella Racing Edge Motorsports Kosmic CA
747 Isaac McNeill Parolin AU
787 Alex Mercado Speed Concepts Racing Tony Kart Washington UT US
773 Steven Miller CDR Kosmic Tierra Verde FL US
710 Teddy Musella Rolison Performance Group Tony Kart Orlando FL US
721 Daniel Quimby Leading Edge Motorsports Praga AU
782 Ivanna Richards HRI Tony Kart MX
724 Ernesto Rivera Rolison Performance Group Kosmic MX
708 Emma Kate Scarbrough Rolison Performance Group Kosmic Peachtree City GA US
706 Hudson Schwartz Speed Concepts Racing OTK Arlington VA US
733 Rodrigo Seabra Orsolon Racing Tony Kart Oporto Pt PT
714 Cooper Shipman Iron Rock Motorsports Tony Kart Austin TX US
712 Charlie Smith Nash Motorsportz OTK Corona del Mar CA US
715 Nicolas Stati Energycorse Australia Energy AU
736 Zachary Taylor Aluminos GP Kart CA
703 Max Taylor Rolison Performance Group Kosmic Hoboken NJ US
770 Jesus Vasquez, Jr. PKS Birel ART Rancho Cucamonga CA US
795 Enzo Vidmontiene MottazSport Kart Republic Saint Cloud FL US
793 Jack Webster Trinity Karting Group AU
798 Sebastian Wheldon JC Karting Kosmic Coral Gables FL US
705 Gavin Whitt Team Benik Kosmic Littleton CO US
794 Jackson Wolny MottazSport Tony Kart Glen Ellyn IL US
796 Brodie Yendle Rolison Performance Group Kosmic AU

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