eKartingNews.com Driver of the Month: September 2023 – Noah Rosser
USA driver claims victory at Tillotson T4 Nations Cup
In a continued effort to highlight the many outstanding performances by drivers around the country, eKartingNews.com is proud to introduce the ‘Driver of the Month’ program. Each month, the staff at EKN will determine the one driver who stood out above the rest and give the viewers a chance to know exactly what they accomplished and who they are.
Anytime drivers from the United States travel across the big pond to compete in Europe or other countries around the globe, the karting community puts focus on their performance. Many times, we see success with those representing Team USA. Several drivers from the states traveled to the Kartodromo Internacional Lucas Guerrero outside Valencia, Spain for the 2023 Tillotson T4 Nations Cup during September 21-24.
Among the 17 drivers representing the USA was Senior driver Noah Rosser. The Florida driver was making his first international start. In the Senior category, a total of seven drivers were from the USA, with a number of them within the top-15 during qualifying. The 56-driver field was broken up into two groups for the timed session. Rosser was in the first group, and was two-tenths off the fast time set by fellow Team USA driver Camryn Reed. Seven-time CKNA Grand Nationals winner Colin Warren was in group two, finishing second in the session to put three USA drivers in the top four in the final qualifying classification. Rosser’s third overall put him in Group C for the heat races.
Rosser and Warren went 1-2 in the CvsD heat race to open up their racing action. Rosser led eight of the first nine laps in the BvsC heat race, only to lose out on the top spot on the final circuit to Dutch driver Tim Van Elleswijk, settling for second to complete the first day of action.
The final heat race for Rosser – AvsC – was held Sunday with Rosser once again fighting for the top spot. He led the opening two laps before Irish driver Andrei Dabija took control. Rosser tried on the final circuit to steal the lead, coming 36 thousandths short at the line. The win and two runner-up results landed him at the top of the heat points standings with Warren second and Reed in third. – each with a heat win of their own.
Rosser was put on the pole position for the Super Heat 1 race with Reed starting alongside on the front row. He used that to lead all 11 laps to claim the race win. That landed him on the pole position for the Final with Warren earning the front row position alongside.
The Final was a two driver fight with Rosser joined by Van Ellesvijk glued to his bumper for the first 12 laps. It was coming to the white flag that Van Ellesvijk drafted past to take the lead, but only briefly. As they negotiated the esses section leading onto the front straight, Van Ellesvijk lost momentum and Rosser was able to draft past into the first turn. A defensive path around the final circuit gave Rosser the lead to the final run to the checkered flag. At the line, Rosser took the victory by one tenth. USA gained four spots in the top-10 with Warren placing third, Tyler McIntyre sixth and Reed down to seventh.
Their results, along with a victory by Chase Buscaglia in the Junior division, helped Team USA earn the Nations Cup trophy for the event.
This is not the only international event for Rosser on the 2023 calendar as he will contest the WSK Final Cup event in the OK category. The first event is scheduled for November 16-19 at the South Garda Karting facility in Italy.
September 2023 EKN Driver of the Month – Noah Rosser
Born: January 31, 2006
Hometown: Bradenton, FL
Parents: Key Rosser and Kevin Logan (stepdad)
Siblings: Zane and Zoie
Height/Weight: 5’9 / 130 lbs
Education: Senior in highschool
Job: Pet Sitting
Engine/Engine Builder: Allison, Zanella
Sponsors: Allen Rosser Tile
Series You Compete In: United States Pro Kart Series, Superkarts! USA, Sunshine State Karting Challenge
Years Karting: Almost 5 years
How did you get started in karting? I started racing rental karts at Andersen Racepark due to my father and his car passion. He passed away in 2016 when I was 10 years old. I try my best to continue his legacy and love for cars as well as mine. My mom is also why I have grown so massively in karting because of her trust in me to keep funding my racing career.
What has been the high point in your racing career? My recent win in Valencia, Spain winning the Tillotson T4 Nations Cup
What are your goals in racing? To be a professional racing driver in any form of racing.
In a few words, how would you describe your driving style? I try my best to be as smooth as possible and to look like I’m “out for a Sunday drive.”
Funniest moment at the race track? N/A
Favorite Track: Kartodromo Valencia, My first time driving on a European track and it is unlike any other track in America.
Favorite form of professional motorsports: INDYCAR
Favorite karting driver: Alex Stanfield
Favorite professional driver: Max Verstappen
Favorite website: N/A
Favorite movie: Newest Top Gun
Favorite actor/actress: N/A
Favorite music/group: Drake
Favorite vacation/activity spot: N/A
Favorite food: Nashville Hot Chicken
The Real Deal
What do you do when not at the track? Hang out with my friends
What are your goals outside of karting? To be very strong mentally and physically
What type of street car do you drive? Ford F350 and Mini Cooper Countryman S
What type of street car would you like to drive? Toyota GR86
What are your pet peeves or things that irritate you? Chewing with your mouth open
What do you think could be done to improve the sport of karting? Make racing cheaper, less about money, more about skill like the old days.
What are your favorite aspects about the sport of karting? The best form of racing, teaches you the fundamentals of motorsport
September 2023 Driver of the Month – Honorable Mention:
– Chase Buscaglia: Tillotson T4 Nations Cup – Junior Winner
– Bryce Frank: Texas Sprint Racing Series – 206 Senior Winner
– Wesley Gundler: US Trophy Final – Junior Max Winner
– Chase Jones: Rock Island Grand Prix – King of the Rock 100 / King of the Rock Briggs Winner
– Cade Jaeger: Route 66 Sprint Series – 206 Junior Winner
– Drew Jensen: California ProKart Challenge – Micro Swift Double Winner
– Austin Jurs: Route 66 Sprint Series – KA100 Senior Winner
– Ethan Lampe: California ProKart Challenge – KA100 Senior Double Winner
– Race Liberante: Rock Island Grand Prix – Briggs 206 Heavy / Senior 100cc Winner
– Jesus Vasquez Jr.: Texas Sprint Racing Series – KA100 Senior Winner
– Oliver Warner: US Trophy Final – Mini Max Winner