Article By: Ekartingnews.com
Simply put, the Superkarts! USA SuperNationals has just stepped to the next level. SKUSA CEO Tom Kutscher is thrilled to confirm to the North American karting community that seven-time Formula 1 World Champion Michael Schumacher has officially entered the upcoming SuperNationals at the Rio Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas. The former Ferrari F1 driver will compete in the SuperPro category against the top 125cc drivers from North America and the world, running with the factory Tony Kart team aboard a Vortex-powered Racer EVR. Schumacher’s participation will certainly explode the global interest in the annual event, which was already closing in on selling out the paddock.
“Having Michael on the grid for his year’s SuperNationals is such an exciting addition for everyone on the SKUSA staff,” offered Kutscher. “The simple fact that that he contacted us to be part of the race is huge! We’ve had the opportunity to watch some big name drivers run with us in the past, but there is no comparison with Michael. He’s widely considered the finest driver in the history of the sport and it will be an honor to have him take the green in Las Vegas. This is going to fire this year’s race up to a whole new level!”
Just like a vast majority of the top professional race car drivers in the world, Schumacher cut his teeth racing karts, beginning at his parent’s track in Kerpin, Germany. Before going on to win seven World Championship in Formula 1, Michael won the German Junior Kart Championship in 1983 and 1984, and then the Senior title in 1986. He also scored the European 100cc Championship in 1986. Car racing beckoned in 1988, and the rest his history. The superstar never strayed too far from the sport in which is got his start and since retiring from F1 in 2006, Schumacher has continued to use karting as a way to keep sharp and has made occasional returns to official competition, winning the Formula A event at the Monaco Karting Cup in 1996. He also jumped back into the deep end of the pool in 2001 when he ran in the Formula Super A class at the World Championships, finishing 21st overall.
For the official announcement from the Tony Kart Racing Team, click here.
eKartingNews.com will begin its previewing the November 18-22 event starting Tuesday with a look at the S5 and TaG Junior field set to compete. Each day following will examine another class, leading up to the SuperPro division and the overall event preview. The EKN Trackside Live coverage will begin Wednesday, November 18 when the karts hit the track for the first time with a full day of practice.