Top Kart USA Wins the most Highly Contested Race at the SKUSA SuperNationals by Seconds
Published: Wednesday, November 26th, 2014
The Top Kart USA team made its way across the Rockies to compete in the 18thSKUSA Super Nationals held last week in Las Vegas Nevada. With near perfect weather for the event it was just the start of an amazing weekend of racing.
“To showcase our new 2015 twister, a chassis that has had nearly 2000 hours of testing in the United States we chose this race to make its debut and what a debut it was. Going in after the first couple of rounds of practice all drivers where laying down very fast laps right out of the box. The tubing and new brake system allowed very late and most importantly stable braking in the important corners of the track, it was very clear in the data just how much of an improvement over our current model, which is very good, it was. The factory has been working very closely with us on our design change and the results speak for themselves.” According to Blake Deister, COO.
Blake goes on to say: “In the Junior TaG categories there were over 70 entries and all of the Team Drivers made the main despite on track incidents and mechanical failures during the heat races. In the feature we saw Abby McLaughlin come from 39th on the grid to 23rd and running laps just a bit off the leaders as she moved through traffic, we saw Zach Holden running so strong all weekend in position to win when the engine back fired and blew out the reed cage, and we saw David Malukas fight for the win and having to settle for second place and on that note we say David become the Number one Driver in the series winning the Pro Series Championship by a commanding victory. All of these results were on our new equipment.”
Top Kart USA driver Alexander Kardashian was quick in the large field throughout the week in most practice sessions leading up to qualifying which is where his luck turned. With a main bearing going out during lap 2 of qualifying his first completed lap would not be quick enough to give him any sort of track position to line up for the Heat races. With this vantage point, turn 2 was a great enemy as in itself due to the large pile ups of karts leaving Kardashian caught up in some incidents and unable to break through to gain points to make it to the main. Kardashian notes “This race is truly an awesome experience for me and I think from just the competition this week I have become and even better driver. Learning that there are no mistakes spared to be on top at this level I will work to come back and be a threat on the field in 2015.”
In the Internationally filled TaG Senior division, with the field stacked of 80+ drivers Top Kart was the only manufacture to have 3 karts within the top 10 in the main event. With Italian, Marco Maestranzi stretching a DEADLY 3+ second gap over Austin McCusker and David Sera the Twister chassis was on rails from beginning to end. Also, New Jersey native Garrett Johnston earns a solid 6th Place finish to give Top Kart it’s 2nd top 10 in the Tag Senior class running calm and consistent throughout the entire weekend with great finishes and no on track mishaps. Out of retirement, the Texan Mason Chelootz has an up and down start to the weekend getting back into the saddle. Quickly shaking out the bugs, his times begin to get him landed into the fast group of qualifying. From there, Chelootz works his way up into 8th to finish out the Main event on Sunday starting from 30th position on the grid.
“My margin of victory is a direct result of this team and chassis, I had to start in 24th position because of a wreck in the heat race, I told Billy McLaughlin that there was another 2 tenths in this chassis had we had that round back. Once I took the lead the kart just keep getting better each lap, I am so excited on my win it was a great way to demonstrate what the new kart is capable of in the American market. It will only become better and better with more testing and development. I look forward to competing again at the Las Vegas Super Nationals in 2015 in hopes of earning my second title at one of the greatest events in the world with the toughest competition.” According to Marco Maestranzi.
The German squad under Team Top Kart USA banner was yet an interesting battle for both Niklas Kry competing in TaG Senior, and Christian Dischner (German Top Kart Importer) competing in TaG Masters. Kry with consistent engine troubles throughout the practice rounds of the week fixed the issues and became a contender during the LCQ race. On a rail for the first half of the stint he made his way to the 6thcutoff position as he then battled hard with 3 other drivers that wanted that last spot into the main event on Super Sunday. Unfortunately his luck fell short and was unable to make it through but had his best run on track that race. As for TaG Masters driver, Christian Dischner was top 5 from practice day 1 to the main event starting 4thposition for the Final Event. Taking the green flag into turn 1 the bumper to bumper racing takes a turn and his race ends on lap 1 due to an on track incident unable to finish.
“We wanted to make a statement about just how good we felt the new material was, and did we ever. I am very pleased with the results, we have logged a hard drive full of data, we have used cases of every tire out there, hundreds of gallons of fuel and countless miles to deliver a race car that out performs itself just by driving it harder. I want to thank all of our drivers across the country for their support and dedication to the product.” Says Bill McLaughlin Jr., CEO
Top Kart USA is very proud of the work and effort they have put into developing the #1 chassis in the world that can compete and prove to win in every level of kart racing in the United States. In 2014 winning the Florida Winter Tour Championship, United States Pro Kart Championships, WKA Manufactures Cup Championships, and now SKUSA Pro Tour Championship along with a Win at the Super Nationals they have a premier chassis that works with drivers in all classes and age groups.