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.
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.
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.
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
|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|
|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|