SKUSA Supernats Saturday

Nov 21-01

Today we have another huge gallery from the SKUSA nationals in Las Vegas courtesy of Tom Donoghue. This set includes a variety of different classes, but obviously the main focus is on the big boys. Michael Schumacher, Nelson Piquet Jr, Buddy Rice and a few others.

You can find the full results from yesterday at the SuperNats site, but in the SuperPro series there are a few interesting stats. Following all the heat races, Schumacher will be starting 27th out of 44 karts in today’s big finale while Sebastian Buemi is way up in 8th. Not bad for guys who don’t race karts all that often any more. Ontario guy Mike Vincec is starting in 19th, ahead of Piquet.

Huge gallery after the break
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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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