Making the twenty plus hour trek to Las Vegas for the annual Superkarts! USA (SKUSA) SuperNationals, Dallas Karting Complex and Sodikart chalked the trip up as a successful one. Entering four drivers in three different shifterkart classes, the Texas based program left Sin City with three podium results, as well as motivation and momentum as they head towards the 2020 racing season.
"It was not easy for us, but I am pretty happy with the results and the efforts put forth by the team," explained Mike Jones. "Looking to have a strong run, and with only four drivers, we cut some expenses to provide a better effort for our Sodikart competitors. I personally drove the truck and trailer, making the twenty-hour drive by myself, and worked to make sure everything was prepped and ready to go each and every day. In the end, our results proved to be successful and made the entire week a satisfying experience. Looking forward to 2020."
With not one American driver, DKC focused on the international quartet of Sam Claes, Emilien Denner, Kye Cavedon and Johnny Grother. Three of the four drivers would stand on the podium at the end of Super Sunday and bring home some hardware.
Competing in the Pro1 category, Sam Claes competed in his first career SuperNationals event and proved to be very fast early on in the race week. Have never driven the IAME 175 SSE platform and part of a sponsorship program from Belgium, Claes utilized a SKUSA supplied engine and drove to a fifth place result in the main event. With the goal of just being able to compete, Claes felt that his fifth place finish felt just like a race win on the international stage of the SKUSA SuperNationals.
Entering Las Vegas as the reigning KZ2 World Champion, Emilien Denner travelled to the United States for his first career event on this side of the pond. Showing great pace, Denner drove his Sodikart to the fastest lap in the main event en route to a fourth place finish.
G1 pilot Johnny Grother was also a first-time attendee of the SKUSA SuperNationals and another first-time driver of the potent IAME 175 SSE engine package. Steering his Fischer Race Engines Sodikart to excellent results in qualifying and the heat races, Grother was able to start on the front row on Super Sunday and garner a top-five finish coming home in fifth.
Kye Cavedon put his Sodikart in contention in the KZ category as he hoped that his second trip to Las Vegas would be a victorious one. Progressing through the heat races nicely and running in the top-five in the main event, a broken wheel forced him to the sidelines ruining a four-podium weekend for Dallas Karting Complex.
Jones continued, "There were a lot of bigger teams with double or triple the number of drivers that claimed less podium results than we did. It was a great weekend for DKC and the Sodikart brand, and I am super stoked about all of our finishes."
For more information on Dallas Karting Complex, Sodi Kart, and the DKC race team, please contact Mike Jones via e-mail to [email protected].