First Kart puts Together Legendary Team for SuperNat's
TORONTO, ON. (NOVEMBER 11, 2003) -- First Kart Team Manager Tony Ventresca has put together the present and future stars of shifterkart racing to form a legendary team for this week's Superkarts! USA (SKUSA) SuperNationals. The SuperNationals will take place during the week of November 12-16 on the temporary circuit at the RIO All-Suites Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, NV. With the announcement of SPEED channel coverage and several motorsports celebrities who will be in attendance, this karting festival is turning out to be one of the biggest races in the history of North American karting. First Kart drivers are aiming high and will look to be at the top of the podium.
First Kart factory pilot Bobby Wilson (Nike Racing/Mechanix Wear) of Dousman, WI, strong off his Stars of Tomorrow ICC championship, will be looking to redeem himself after last year's second place finish. Wilson is not the type of competitor who likes to finish second and will utilize his experience and Hi-Tech power to lead the all-star team to victory on Sunday. Joining the Rock Island Grand Prix race winner in the SuperPro division is multi-time karting champion Alan Rudolph (Shift/RBI Diamond Tools) and the always likable, yet threatening A.J Whisler (Whisler Racing Services/ C.A. Kustoms/B. Litteral Enterprises/SKI). Already packed with experience and loads of talent, Ventresca has acquired the skills of long time shifterkart star Joe Janowski (National Karting Alliance/Corby Concepts). Janowski, who was forced to look for a new team after the closure of McGrath Motorsports, will be making his debut with the First Kart team as he looks to make a move towards the front of the pack. Young guns James Hinchcliffe (Mobil 1/NOCO Racing) and Marco Di Leo (Select Auto Collision/Di Leo Autosports) of Ontario, Canada as well as gearbox rookie Darin Marcus of Northbrook, IL will look to turn their luck around and aim their fast qualifying efforts into strong runs to the front. Always a peril at any track, the First Kart contingent will be gunning for the overall win as well as looking to secure several of the top ten positions in the headline SuperPro class.
Joining the ICC drivers will be G1 standout and recent SKUSA race winner Howie Idelson (Nike Racing/Mechanix Wear). Idelson made the move to the G1 division earlier in the year and has been one of the drivers to watch at every event. Always a threat for the win, Idelson usually turns the fastest race lap while remaining consistent throughout the race. Look for Idelson to be in the hunt for the win as he is determined to show that he is the man in the over 35 class. Nelson Mason will be the lone 80cc Jr. competitor as he looks to turn his bad luck and misfortune around. Mason, who is a previous National race winner, has had the equipment and speed to win on several different occasions but bad luck forced him to retire early. Both Mason and Idelson will look to utilize the knowledge and experience of fellow team members to solidify their runs to the SuperNat's title.
"It has been a lot of work but I believe that we have one of the most talented teams that will be in competition," stated First Kart Director of Operations Tony Ventresca. "As a team, we will utilize every driver's information to ensure that the team goes quicker as a group. I really believe that with a little racing luck, we can walk a way with race wins in several different classes this weekend." Along with the drivers, Ventresca has established one of the most respected mechanically inclined race teams in the sport. Leading the tuners is '02 Shifter Kart Illustrated Tuner of the Year Terry Ventresca. The elder Ventresca will work together with Hi-Tech's Paul Leary to ensure the potent Leary power is running perfect. Ventresca will also act as chief tuner for SuperPro favorite Bobby Wilson as well as team engineer to ensure that all team mechanics equipment is in perfect working order.
Interested parties can view Superkarts! USA up-to-date schedules, race results, point standings and press releases online at www.skusaonline.com