More from SKUSA Supernats in Las Vegas

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While obviously there is no new news from Vegas yet this morning, Tom Donoghue has been hard at work editing his shots from yesterday and has been kind enough to share more of his incredible work with our readers.

As we hear more today, we’ll be sure to share.

Another huge gallery after the break.
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Even the best end up on the trailer sometimes…

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Yes, that is Michael Schumacher with his steed on the rollie stand. A friend commented tonight that it would be fun to see the local boys put Mikey on the trailer. It really isn’t a fair comparison though, as many of the regular competitors are driving their own kart, working with their own tuner. Michael (and most of the other big guys) at the SKUSA SuperNationals is using an off the rack machine and I’d be willing to bet that he’s never worked with his tuner and nor have they. The home town boys have an advantage. The ace in the hole for the pros is their ability to bring it all together for the big race. Schumacher broke in qualifying and the MyLaps numbers don’t look so good from today’s heat race but you can be sure that he’s learning in each session. You can’t count him out on Sunday!

After the break, we have a huge gallery of incredible photos from the past 2 days in Vegas.
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Michael Schumacher racing karts this weekend, IN LAS VEGAS!

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The general public here in North America doesn’t really have a concept of how huge kart racing is in Europe, but they even the most motoring oblivious soccer mom knows the name Schumacher. She may not know why she knows it, but she does. Just Like the Andretti name, Schumacher is a household name.

What most North Americans also don’t realize is that just about every pro racer in Europe, whether they race Formula 1 or Porsche Supercup, began racing karts as a child. Many of them continue to race karts even though they earn their living in cars. Karts keep their skills sharp and are a heck of a lot of fun too.

This weekend in Las Vegas is the Superkarts USA Nationals (SKUSA) and the entry lists not only read like a who’s who of North American racing but also include some Formula 1 royalty. When I heard this morning that M. Schumacher was there I assumed it was for a media race, but nothing could be further from the truth. King Michael of Germany is racing him in the SuperPro class along with one of the princes of the sport, Nelson Piquet Jr. Also from F1 is Sebastian Buemi. The IRL is represented by Dan Wheldon and Buddy Rice. In other words, the depth of talent here is very deep as are the photo ops for fans.

Unlike the Formula 1 paddock, there is a very good chance that spectators can get up close and personal with these racing superstars. Perhaps even better is the opportunity to see the young stars of motorsport who are the champions of the not too distant future. Of course we’re keeping our eyes on Canadian talents like Mike Vincec, Daniel Morad and Michael Valiente.
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What’s new in The Garage?

Whenever a blogger misses their stride, they always seem to post some sort of apology to their readers. In most cases, life has just caught up with them and the blog suffers. In The Garage, it really isn’t all that much different, except for the fact that it really is garage stuff that has been catching up with things.

Over the last week, I’ve been busy moving from the Nissan store to the Mazda store & the change has been fairly time consuming, not to mention a bit stressful. The up side to this is all the new road test candidates! First up will be my new 2006 Mazda6 wagon. I know it’s got all the toys & a gearbox, but I don’t know what colour it is or even how many gears it has!

Kart racing season truly starts for our house this weekend, with the arrival of the new engine, fresh from Arnold Racing Engines. Both days this weekend will see the Grant family invading Mosport once again.

Last weekend saw me cleaning a winters worth of kid crap out of Mamma’s Protege5.

Occasional contributor Petri has been getting caught up in the IRL world lately. The daily grind of highway management has been interrepted with schmoozing with the likes of Dan Wheldon and Buddy Rice, not to mention Scott Pruett and a certain Nascar champ. Hopefully he’ll have some time to bang off a few words here and there in the near future.

As for The Garage, we should be back up to our normal pace soon, as life settles in at the dealership.

Watch soon for opinions on street racing penalties from The Garage, along with more road tests and maybe an interview or two.