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Event Page: Superkarts! USA SuperNationals XIII
 





Superkarts! USA SuperNationals XIII
November 18-22, 2009
Rio Hotel and Casino
Las Vegas, Nevada



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Results from the event can be found at the SKUSA SuperNats MyLaps Page

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Sunday Report

An amazing week along the Vegas Strip completed with SuperSunday at the Superkarts! USA SuperNationals XIII outside the Rio Hotel and Casino. Those who were actually on hand could feel the vibe throughout the paddock, in the full grandstands, and along the fence line surrounding the temporary circuit that saw nine divisions do battle around the 6/10-mile course. Certainly what can be considered the greatest and largest karting event in the over 50 years of karting in North America, the SuperNats saw great battles throughout the day with a number of great stories that will go into the history books. Aside from seven-time Formula One World Champion Michael Schumacher being in the SuperPro field along with current F1 drivers Sebastien Buemi and Nelson Piquet Jr., the best karters from around the world showed their talent in the headline division with Bas Lammers scoring the victory and the $10,000 payday.

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Saturday Report

The intensity picked up on day two of official action at the Superkarts! USA SuperNationals XIII. The parking lot outside the Rio Hotel and Casino was jammed pack full of spectators on hand to watch the action around the temporary circuit. Many karting enthusiasts, both past and present, were seen throughout the paddock. On track, the racing was more intense as drivers looked to hold their spots near the front while others were looking to make up for any early mistakes.

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Friday Report

It has begun…the Superkarts! USA SuperNationals XIII has begun as the first official day of action completed outside the Rio Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas. Qualifying and the first round of the nine classes were contested with the Vegas Strip in the back drop. Many thought the ’08 edition was the best karting event ever in North America. This year’s event however is shaping up to the biggest and brightest karters and motorsports enthusiast have ever seen. With the grids full, emphasis was put on the qualifying session while the opening round of heat races mapped out the type of racing and passing zones we would see throughout the weekend.

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EKN TRACKSIDE LIVE

There is no arguing the fact that this year’s Superkarts! USA SuperNationals has been kicked up to a new level in recent weeks with the exciting announcement that former and current F1 stars Michael Schumacher, Sebastien Buemi and Nelson Piquet Jr. will all be part of the stacked SuperPro field in Las Vegas. On the heels of this confirmation, eKartingNews.com has worked very closely with SKUSA to put together a live streaming coverage package for next week’s race, so that fans of the renowned SuperNationals karting event will be able to tune-in to all the action directly from the track. This exclusive live audio coverage will begin on Friday, November 20 and will be presented through the website’s new ‘EKN Live’ page, accessible via http://www.eKartingNews.com/live

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Coming off the WKA Manufacturer's Cup Series championship, Marco DiLeo will contend for SuperNats glory (Photo: On Track Promotions - otp.ca)
Coming off the WKA Manufacturer's Cup Series championship, Marco DiLeo will contend for SuperNats glory
(Photo: On Track Promotions - otp.ca)

Previews

Event Preview
SuperPro
TaG Senior
S3 & KF2
S4
G1 & TaG Masters
TaG Junior & S5














SuperKarts! USA SuperNationals – The Top-5 Canadian Performances

Number 1 - Lorenzo Mandarino Wins SuperPro at SuperNationals IX 

Lorenzo Mandarino - the 2005 SKUSA SuperNationals SuperPro Winner (Photo: Super Kart Illustrated)
Lorenzo Mandarino - the 2005 SKUSA SuperNationals SuperPro Winner
(Photo: Super Kart Illustrated)


What makes a great performance? While some may see that as a rhetorical question, we should go ahead and answer that right now. Beating the odds against a huge field of the top drivers to take the win when no one thought you would and doing so with heart and determination. That about sums it up. Now that’s a long list of conditions to meet and our top pick for the #1 performance by a Canadian at the Superkarts! USA SuperNationals covers it all. We need look no further back than the 2005 SuperNats and the victory by Lorenzo Mandarino in the stellar SuperPro field.

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Number 2 - Morad, Langlois and Jenn One-Two-Three in TaG Senior 

Daniel Morad took the win in TaG Senior in a great battle with fellow Canadian and teammate Brendon Langlois (Photo: On Track Promotions - otp.ca)
Daniel Morad took the win in TaG Senior in a great battle with fellow Canadian and teammate Brendon Langlois
(Photo: On Track Promotions - otp.ca)


Our next spotlight looks at a great battle between three of Canada’s best. Formula BMW USA Rookie-of-the-Year Daniel Morad stepped up to the plate and scored the big win after an epic battle with fellow Canadian’s Brendan Langlois and Colby Jenn, both from British Columbia. All three got to the battle in the closing lap in very different ways and brought to the party a different experience. In the end it was three great drivers having one great battle.

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Number 3 - Tyler Givogue Wins S1 

Tyler Givogue leads the S1 Semi Pro field into turn one at the '03 SuperNats
Tyler Givogue leads the S1 Semi Pro field into turn one at the '03 SuperNats


Just three years into the a new century, the sport of karting in North America was hitting it’s stride. Many young drivers were looking to make their mark in the fast growing sport of shifter kart racing, a class of karting seeing unprecedented growth and support. One such young driver headed to Vegas in the late fall of 2003 was looking to roll dice and come up 7’s. That young driver took a strong win in the Semi Pro S1 division in what was one of the sport’s biggest stages. The Ontario pilot came into the 125-gear box class the year before and was getting better and better with each performance.

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Number 4 – Northern Invasion 

The start of the S1 Semi Pro class for the 2005 SuperNats was dominated by Canadian drivers and teams (Photo: On Track Promotions - otp.ca)
The start of the S1 Semi Pro class for the 2005 SuperNats was dominated by Canadian drivers and teams
(Photo: On Track Promotions - otp.ca)


In 2005, SuperNationals IX should have been renamed the Northern Invasion as teams and drivers from north of the border arrived in Sin City and put on a devilishly good showing in several classes. Held for a second time in the expansive parking lot of Las Vegas, Nevada’s Sam Boyd Stadium, the home of the UNLV Runnin’ Rebels, the ninth edition of the Superkarts! USA SuperNationals was highlighted, as always, by amazing racing and some excellent results by Canadian drivers and Canadian-based teams. While Canadian-based teams always run well, 2005 saw some major hardware earned in some heavy weight classes, not regularly run in the land of ice and snow and yes, hockey.

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After karting Urlin tried his hand at open racing pictured here aboard an IPS car (Photo: otmmotorsports.com)
After karting Urlin tried his hand at open racing pictured here aboard an IPS car
(Photo: otmmotorsports.com)


Number 5 - Jonathan Urlin’s Heat Race Strategy

One of the great stories of the third annual SuperNationals unfolded for the driver who crossed the line in third place. Running with First Kart North America, Canada’s Jonathan Urlin, of London, Ontario began the weekend with an 11th in S2 qualifying, but found himself up against the wall in the heats following a DNF in the opening moto. Not to be held down while battling a staggering 82 competitors, Urlin dug deep to bounce back with a pair of fourths in the second and third heats, but a 13th in the fourth moto once again made making the A Main and a shot at the podium only an outside possibility.

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The Rio Hotel and Casino will be the site for Superkarts! USA SuperNationals XIII on November 18-22, 2009 (Photo: On Track Promotions - otp.ca)
The Rio Hotel and Casino will be the site for Superkarts! USA SuperNationals XIII on November 18-22, 2009
(Photo: On Track Promotions - otp.ca)

Team and Driver Previews

Pserra Racing/Birel
PSL Karting/CRG
Overdrive Motorsports/PCR
Tony Kart East
Prime Kartsport/CRG
VemmeKart

Jake Thompson
Cory Cacciavillani
Michael Vincec





PR

11.17.09 - Jim Murley Announced as SuperNationals Grand Marshal
11.10.09 - Nelson Piquet Jr. Joins F1 Contingent for SKUSA SuperNationals XIII
11.09.09 - Michael Schumacher Confirmed for SKUSA SuperNationals XIII
10.21.09 - F1’s Buemi and Alguersuari Confirmed for SKUSA SuperNationals in SuperPro
09.24.09 - SKUSA Bulletin: SuperNationals XIII Update
09.04.09 - SKUSA SuperNationals Update: Sold Out TaG Junior Class Re-Opened / CRG Factory Confirms Entry
08.17.09 - Oakley Confirmed as SKUSA SuperNationals XIII Sponsor
07.31.09 - Superkarts! USA SuperNationals XIII Classes Filling Up Fast
06.30.09 - Online Registration Opens Tonight for Superkarts! USA SuperNationals XIII
06.02.09 - SKUSA Opens Door for SuperNats Room Reservations at Rio
05.22.09 - Superkarts! USA Announces Return to Rio for 2009 SuperNationals
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