Rapidly becoming one of the most important karting events in North America in only its second year, the Super Karts U.S.A.(SKUSA) SuperNationals brings together the cream of the crop of shifter-kart racers from across the continent. Skip Barber...
Rapidly becoming one of the most important karting events in North America in only its second year, the Super Karts U.S.A.(SKUSA) SuperNationals brings together the cream of the crop of shifter-kart racers from across the continent. Skip Barber grad and Formula Dodge Regional Championship racer Jason LaPoint took the first crown in 1999 in the top Formula S1 class. This year Scott Speed, a Skip Barber grad and ’99 Skip Barber Karting Scholarship nominee upheld the trend, winning in the S1 class.
The aptly named Speed took the victory ahead of a contingent of Skip Barber trained drivers and Karting Scholarship nominees. Third through sixth places were filled with 2000 Skip Barber Karting Scholarship nominees Jonathan Bomarito (3rd), Ward Imrie (4th) and A.J. Allmendinger (5th), with 1997 scholarship nominee Kyle Rassuchine in sixth. Kyle Martin a ‘98 Karting Scholarship nominee came home ninth while Josh Schreiber, a ’99 Karting Scholarship nominee just missed the Top-10 with an 11th-place finish.
Speed took the win by four and half seconds in the 25-lap event securing the fastest lap of the race on his seventh lap.
Michael Valiante started the race from fourth and was in contention when an engine problem forced him to retire, finishing 22nd from 31 starters. Valiante represents a prime example of how the Skip Barber Scholarship ladder propels young drivers onto success in the world of mototrsports. After winning a Skip Barber Karting Scholarship in 1997, Valiante went on to win a Formula Dodge Regional Championship title in 1998, a Barber Dodge Pro Series “Big Scholarship” award in 1998, a Barber Dodge Rookie of the Year honor in 1999 and a race win and sixth-place overall finish in the 2000 Barber Dodge Pro Series. Presently, Valiante is exploring options in the CART Dayton Indy Lights Series as well as a return and quest for the crown in the 2001 Barber Dodge Pro Series.
In the S2 category, 2000 Karting Scholarship nominee Juliana Chiovitti took the runner-up spot only three-tenths of a second behind the race winner. 1998 Karting Scholarship nominee Phil Carlson captured the final step on the podium.
- George Tamayo