EKN Exclusive: Superkarts! USA SuperNationals 25 – Preview Series – Pro Shifter
Purse of $25,000 on the line for headline shifterkart category at silver anniversary event
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.
Shifterkart racing was the basis of the Superkarts! USA organization when it began in the 1990s. The thrill and speed of six-gear machines an inch off the ground drew the attention gearheads across the country. The growth eventually led to a gathering in Las Vegas that would become the SKUSA SuperNationals.
From the opening event in 1997, history was made with three classes competing, all around the gearbox engine platform. The legendary status was established with Alex Barron the first name etched in history. Darren Elliott, Memo Gidley and Scott Speed joined as the four founding winners of the SuperNationals in the headline division of S1. The shifterkart craze expanded, bringing on the need for a SuperPro category to take the spotlight. Ron White, Wesley Boswell, Jason Bowles, Lorenzo Mandarino and Gary Carlton became the next names on the list as the top North American shifterkart drivers of their time. It was in 2007 with the welcoming of the factory drivers from Europe that opened the SuperNationals to the international stage. Marco Ardigo, Jonathan Thonon, Bas Lammers and Anthony Abbasse were the new stars of the show.
It would be Ardigo that set the record with three wins in the category during his tenure, only to be matched later by Paolo de Conto with three triumphs in four years. The one to stop him from getting four…GFC – Gary Carlton. Italian Leonardo Lorandi took honors in 2018 before Danny Formal stole the show in 2019.
Following the postponement of the SuperNationals in 2020, the event moved to the Las Vegas Motor Speedway in December 2021 where Matteo Vigano became the fifth different Italian driver to win the headline shifterkart category at the SuperNationals. Vigano (PSL / Birel ART) comes into the Pro Shifter category as the defending winner and runner-up in the 2022 FIA Karting European Championship. Last year was a 1-2 finish for PSL / Birel ART with 2019 FIA Karting World KZ Champion Marijn Kremers placing second. It was the third straight SuperNationals that Kremers found himself looking up at the winner from the second step of the podium. The Dutch was able to secure the SKUSA Pro Tour championship in 2022 with three victories in six races, competing for much of the season here in the USA.
The entire podium from last year is returning with Danny Formal, Riccardo Longhi and AJ Myers all in the field. Formal (RPG / Kosmic) was the defending winner last year, placing third in 2021. His three wins at the SuperNationals puts him on a list of 11 drivers to win as many times over the last 24 SuperNationals events. Longhi (PSL / Birel ART) finished fourth in his first SuperNationals after earning the FIA European Championship last year. Myers (Magik Kart USA) completed the podium, bouncing back from a DNF in the opening heat after setting fast time in qualifying to finish fifth on SuperSunday as the sun set over Vegas. He has four podium finishes in the last seven SuperNationals while placing second to Kremers in the SKUSA Pro Tour championship.
Third in the SKUSA Pro Tour championship for 2022 was former champion Jake French (PSL / Birel ART). French kept a consistent pace throughout the season, landing in the top-five in the final five races. The Texan came one spot away from the podium last year after finishing as Pro Shifter runner-up in 2019. This will be his 11th start at the SuperNationals, and for now, his final one as he announced his retirement from the seat following this year’s event.
In total, there are six former SuperNationals winners in the field. The two eldest winners are Matt Jaskol and Ron White. Jaskol (CRG Nordam) was a winner in the K2 category back in 1998. This will be his 17th start at the SuperNationals, with a best finish over his last three starts of sixth in Pro Shifter back in 2019. Twenty years ago, White (RWR / CRG) stamped his name into SuperNationals history with a win at the Rio debut in 2002. White is set for his 19th start at the SuperNats, looking for redemption after placing 23rd last year.
Another driver looking to make history at SuperNationals 25 is Billy Musgrave. This year marks his 10th start, coming in tied for the most victories at the SuperNationals with four. His debut victory in S2 at the 2012 event put his name on the map. Three straight victories from 2017-2019 further solidified his name in the record books, matching the total set by Connor De Phillippi and now Kip Foster as the only three drivers to win four times at the SuperNationals. Musgrave (Factory Karts) will have two chances this year, also competing in the KA100 Master class. He is coming off his only DNF at the SuperNationals, recorded last year on SuperSunday.
One of the youngest drivers in the field is among the favorites following his performance a year ago. Brent Crews continues to turn heads and the motorsports world is watching. The former Rotax Grand Finals winner, two-time IAME International Final winner and two-time SuperNationals victor will be making his second start in Pro Shifter. Crews (LEM / Formula K) was among the top contenders last year, ending up eighth on SuperSunday. Now a Trans Am Series race winner and Rookie of the Year title under his belt, the 14-year-old looks to back up his wins in KA100 Junior in 2019 and Mini in 2018.
The oldest in the field finished one spot ahead of Crews last year. Four-time FIA World Karting Champion Davide Fore (Italkart) will make his seventh start at the SuperNationals. His best finish was runner-up in S1 at the 2014 edition at the Rio. He’s stood on the podium five times in those seven starts. Hunter Pickett is the final driver returning that finished in the top-10. Pickett (PSL / Birel ART) is coming off a top-10 at the ROK Cup Superfinal event after earning another Challenge of the Americas championship earlier this year.
Some of the notable names in the field include former NTT IndyCar Series and 2022 Formula E driver Oliver Askew. The Florida driver is set for his fourth start at the SuperNationals, making his last appearance in 2015 in TaG Senior. He drove to sixth in S1 the year before. Askew is back with GFC, the brand he won ROK Vegas in 2020 with and drove to third at the 2022 edition last weekend. Joining him under the GFC tent are drivers Jacob Gulick and Kyle Wick. Gulick is finishing up his sophomore season in the shifterkart ranks, set for redemption after a DNF in his SuperNationals debut. Wick (Trackmagic) is a former Pro Tour and COTA champion, looking to improve on his 14th a year ago.
Other notables include Keawn Tandon (GFC), Vincenzo Sarracino (Magik Kart USA), Canadian Remo Ruscitti (Catalyst / Italkart), and two-time RIGP King of the Streets winner Andrew Bujdoso (Magik Kart USA).
A total of three female drivers will be in the Pro Shifter field at SKUSA SuperNationals 25. 2021 SKUSA Pro Tour X30 Senior champion Hannah Greenemeier (RPG / LN Racing Kart) will make her debut in the Pro Shifter category at the SuperNationals after placing top-6 multiple times over 2022 at the Pro Tour. Also making her debut in the category at the SuperNationals is Macy Williams (CB / Kosmic). The Colorado driver is one of nine drivers selected for the 2022 Spec MX-5 Shootout, which was postponed this week due to Hurricane Nicole. The third is Annie Rhule (Magik Kart USA). Rhule – a 2022 Heart of Racing Team Female Racer Shootout finalist – is hoping to improve on her DNF a year ago.
To cap it off, the largest headline shifterkart field in the 25-year history of the SuperNationals at 73 drivers will be competing for a $25,000 purse to reach the podium. A $15,000 check will be presented to the winner of Pro Shifter with second earning $5,000 and $2,500 for third. Fourth receives $1,500 with fifth-place podium finisher a cool $1,000.
3 – World Karting Champions in the field
4 – Former Pro Shifter / KZ / S1 winners in the field
6 – Former SuperNationals winners in the field
19 – Different countries represented in field
37 – Drivers from outside of the USA
Provisional Pro Shifter Entry List
|238||Oliver Askew||GFC||GFC||Tequesta FL||US|
|224||Ansel Baldovin||Factory Karts||Factory Karts||Seal Beach CA||US|
|291||Cooper Becklin||PSL Karting||Birel ART||West Linn OR||US|
|229||Axel Bengtsson||PSL Karting||Birel ART||SE|
|246||Cristian Domenico Bertuca||PSL Karting||Birel ART||IT|
|278||Andrew Bujdoso||Magik Kart USA||Magik Kart||Girard OH||US|
|261||Luca Burns||Tom Williamson Motorsport||Kart Republic||NZ|
|290||Andrew Byrne||Catalyst Driver Development||Italkart||Surrey BC||CA|
|237||Andy Cantu||MCP Motorsport||Birel ART||Spring TX||US|
|232||Giorgio Emiliano Carrara||International Motorsport||Tony Kart||IT|
|225||Fernando Casillas||Factory Karts||MX|
|264||Elliott Cleary||Kart Republic||AU|
|242||Mathias Coito||Croc Promotion USA||Croc Promotion||Los Angeles CA||US|
|254||Josh Conquer||Carblos Racing||Maranello||CA|
|215||Christian Cowie||TWM||Kart Republic||AU|
|270||Brent Crews||Leading Edge Motorsports||Formula K||Denver NC||US|
|210||Nicholas D'Andrea||Leading Edge Motorsports||Formula K||Boca Raton FL||US|
|268||Sam Dicker||Trinity Karting Group||Kart Republic||AU|
|218||Fabian Federer||Magik Kart USA||Magik Kart||IT|
|295||Davide Fore'||TM Racing||Italkart||IT|
|287||Danny Formal||Rolison Performance Group||Kosmic||Boca Raton FL||CR|
|203||Jake French||PSL Karting||Birel ART||Sanger TX||US|
|280||Pablo Garcia, Jr.||OK1||MX|
|296||Mario Gil||Catalyst Driver Development||Italkart||CA|
|231||James Golding||Parolin USA||Parolin||AU|
|208||Hannah Greenemeier||Rolison Performance Group||LN Racing Kart||Parker CO||US|
|216||Jacob Gulick||GFC||GFC||Vancouver WA||US|
|292||Scott Hargrove||Catalyst Driver Development||Italkart||CA|
|273||Micah Hendricks||Croc Promotion USA||Croc Promotion||Glendale AZ||US|
|255||Ayrton Hernandez||Leading Edge Motorsports||Formula K||San Antonio TX||US|
|262||Pedro Hiltbrand||PSL Karting||Birel ART||ES|
|253||Alan Isambard||ANSA Motorsports||Formula K||West Palm Beach FL||US|
|257||Matt Jaskol||CRG Nordam||CRG||Las Vegas NV||US|
|275||Jannik Julius-Bernhart||Maranello USA||Maranello||DE|
|209||Markus Kajak||Ryan Perry Motorsport||Tony Kart||EE|
|205||Gabriel Kawer||PSL Karting||Birel ART||Ft. Lauderdale FL||CR|
|201||Marijn Kremers||PSL Karting||Birel ART||NL|
|263||Nic LeDuc||The Karting Collective||Sodikart||Novato CA||US|
|235||Tom Leuillet||PSL Karting||Birel ART||FR|
|217||Rasmus Lindh||International Motorsport||Tony Kart||Boca Raton FL||SE|
|289||David Liwinski||TM Racing||Italkart||PL|
|244||Riccardo Longhi||PSL Karting||Birel ART||IT|
|299||Mitchell Mackay||Parolin USA||Parolin||AU|
|252||Kieran Madden||Italian Motors USA||Italkart||CA|
|267||Calvin Ming||Checkered Motorsports||Magik Kart||Miramar FL||GY|
|211||Billy Musgrave||Factory Karts||Factory Karts||Riverside CA||US|
|202||AJ Myers||Magik Kart USA||Magik Kart||Statesville NC||US|
|269||Filip Niemkiewicz||Performance Kartsport||Birel ART||Breckenridge CO||US|
|233||Federico Payero||SLA Kart Racing||Birel ART||AR|
|249||Nick Persing||Nash Motorsportz||EOS||Morgan Hill CA||US|
|236||Hunter Pickett||PSL Karting||Birel ART||Alamo CA||US|
|204||Annie Rhule||Magik Kart USA||Magik Kart||Beaver Falls PA||US|
|294||Remo Ruscitti||Catalyst Driver Development||Italkart||CA|
|226||Jack Ryan||Italian Motors USA||Italkart||Bellingham WA||US|
|293||Stefan Rzadzinski||Catalyst Driver Development||Italkart||CA|
|248||Vicente Salas||Factory Karts||Factory Karts||Temecula CA||US|
|222||Vincenzo Sarracino||Magik Kart USA||Naples FL||US|
|241||Michael Stevens||PSL Karting||Birel ART||Weeki Wachee FL||US|
|228||Keawn Tandon||GFC||GFC||Calabasas CA||US|
|277||Nicolas Taylor||Aluminos||GP Kart||CA|
|206||David Trefilov||Maranello USA||Maranello||DE|
|220||Jay Urwin||PSL Karting||Birel ART||NZ|
|266||Reece Ushijima||PSL Karting||Birel ART||JP|
|227||Matteo Vigano||PSL Karting||Birel ART||IT|
|212||Zane Walker||Italian Motors USA||Italkart||Bellingham WA||US|
|219||Ron White||Ron White Racing||CRG||American Canyon CA||US|
|250||Kyle Wick||GFC||Trackmagic||Auburn WA||US|
|245||Macy Williams||CB Motorsports||Kosmic||Littleton CO||US|
|213||Jacob Yesnick||Yesnick Racing||American Kart Worx||Rancho Palos Verdes CA||US|
|240||Tahlon Yockel||Magik Kart USA||Magik Kart||Mooresville NC||US|