The first annual Superkarts! USA SummerNationals is promising to provide an early look at the on-track battles that the organization will likely see at its SuperNationals in November. The SKUSA staff will be heading for USA International Raceway in Shawano, WI in just about two weeks (June 16-18) and they are thrilled that the SummerNationals is expected to see a solid influx of local drivers for the race, pitting them up against the top drivers from their own ProKart Challenge, Mountain and the Central States regional programs. Add in the confirmed participation of NASCAR stars Jamie McMurray and AJ Allmendinger, and this race could be a solid pre-cursor of things to come in Las Vegas. SKUSA has an assortment of plans in place to make the SummerNationals an enjoyable experience for everyone who treks to Shawano to join in on the party.
“We’d love to officially welcome everyone to come and join us in Shawano for the SummerNationals,” offers Tom Kutscher, SKUSA President. “There’s a lot of crazy stuff going on in karting right now and as I am watching it unfold, I can remember exactly why we started our ProKart Challenge program in 2005. Karting should be about having fun, and that’s what we try to offer our customers when they come race with us. We had a great time at Infineon in April during the SpringNationals, and our approach to the SummerNats is no different. It’s going to be a fun summer vacation! We’ll do a little golfing, enjoy some BBQ with our karting friends, new and old, and we’ll get the chance to hit a great racetrack for some hardcore competition. That’s what the Pro Tour is all about!”
The pre-entry discount for the SummerNationals will end this Sunday, July 4, but drivers can still take advantage of these savings by entering on SKUSA’s website – www.superkartsusa.com. SKUSA is also offering a reserved entry at the SuperNationals with payment deferred until August 15 for any competitor who wants to race in Shawano but is strapped for available funds right now. As entries for the SKUSA SuperNationals in Las Vegas opened on June 1 and seeing as many competitors have already committed an investment to enter the season-ending race, this opportunity has been offered in an effort to ease the financial strain on SKUSA customers. Any racer wishing to take advantage of this offer should contact the SKUSA head office directly.
The entry list for the SummerNationals is shaping up to be an incredible weekend of racing. Not only will the racers get the chance to rub shoulders with NASCAR stars Jamie McMurray and AJ Allmendinger, but a growing number of local drivers have confirmed their entries, which will be exciting as they’ll be set to take on SKUSA top competitors from all of their regions. McMurray, the reigning Daytona 500 champion, is primed and ready to battle the S1 establishment, which will include a who’s who of shifter kart racing, including round two winner Clinton Schoombee, Alex Speed, Jason Toft and current Pro Tour point leader Fritz Leeseman. Add in the entry of Texan Nick Lucido, NorCal’s Brett Felkins, SoCal hotshoe Jimmy McNeil and Kiwi transplant Daniel Bray, and the shootout for Pro Stock Moto supremacy will be huge.
Like the S1 competitors, the TaG Senior pilots will be gunning for the $1000 event winner’s paycheck, which will certainly turn things up a notch. Phil Giebler leads the point hunt coming into Shawano and he will be focused on maintaining his position up top as he is set to dice with a field that will enjoy the attendance of some very quick drivers from the local racing community. Top WKA Manufacturer’s Cup pilots TJ Koyen and Tommy Andersen have confirmed their entries, and several others have also voiced their intentions on being in the paddock at Shawano. The Great Lakes region is a hotbed for fast TaG drivers, and this could certainly develop into one of the strongest fields of the year.
If anyone is still looking for shipping options for their kart and equipment, there are still a number of teams from both California and the Pacific Northwest who will be traveling to Shawano and still have room in their trailers. Interested competitors are asked to contact SKUSA headquarters to be connected with the right team or check out some available options listed on the website.
Early entry line-ups are looking good as a majority of the frontrunners from the SpringNationals remain fixed on securing the #1 plate for 2011. One of SKUSA’s primary projects for this new season was the development of a TaG Cadet program for both the Pro Tour and the SuperNationals, and the decision to go with the Vortex Mini Rok has been very popular as the class debuted with 12 drivers at Infineon. Most of the top guns from Infineon have already entered for Shawano, so the racing is sure to be intense. Vortex stepped up this spring with a special engine program that would provide 10 motors for complimentary use by interested Cadet families at the Spring and SummerNationals, and SKUSA still has a few of these engines available for Shawano. And as a reminder, the weekend winner of the TaG Cadet class in Shawano will also receive a complete Mini Rok engine package. If you are the parents of a Cadet driver who would like to sample this new category at the SummerNationals, you are urged to contact the SKUSA head office to sign up for the program. The TaG Cadet class will be the only opportunity for a young driver aged 9-12 to participate at this year’s SuperNationals in Las Vegas, so getting a taste of the new powerplant at the SummerNats has many advantages.
This inaugural Mothers Polish SummerNationals is set to go on the July 16-18 weekend at USA International Raceway in Shawano, WI. Registration remains open via www.superkartsusa.com and the pre-entry cutoff is Sunday, July 4.