SKUSA: Gustavo Menezes SuperNationals preview

MENEZES TRAVELS TO VEGAS FOR SKUSA SUPERNATIONALS Tony Kart pilot looking to earn third victory at historic Las Vegas event COTO DE CAZA, CA (November 18, 2008) -- With his eyes now set on Las Vegas and a chance to add another win to his ...

MENEZES TRAVELS TO VEGAS FOR SKUSA SUPERNATIONALS
Tony Kart pilot looking to earn third victory at historic Las Vegas event

COTO DE CAZA, CA (November 18, 2008) -- With his eyes now set on Las Vegas and a chance to add another win to his record, two-time Stars of Karting Junior Intercontinental A (JICA) vice-champion Gustavo Menezes is closing in on the end of a long and busy season that saw him log thousands of air miles traveling around the world to compete in international karting. The 14-year old will now make the short journey from his California home to Las Vegas, Nevada to compete in the 12th annual National Guard Superkarts! USA SuperNationals, the biggest karting event in this country. A former winner at the race in the K3 (Cadet Shifter) category in 2003 and 2004, Menezes will look to add a third victory at the SuperNats to join names like Scott Speed and Michael Valiante near the top of the all-time winners list.

Before competing in the TaG Junior division over the coming November 20-23 weekend in Las Vegas, Menezes was last at the kart track participating at the Monaco Kart Cup for KF3 in Monte Carlo. Menezes raced against many of the pilots he battled during the European Championship and WSK International Series events, running with the Sweden-based Ward Racing throughout the season. With the stout field and his first visit to the historic facility, Menezes was just off the pace in qualifying, placed 26th in the final tally. Improving during each heat race, the Californian scored finishes of 14th, 11th, and eighth to start 21st in the Prefinal.

During the 14-lap Prefinal, Menezes advanced up to 15th and he would start the main event from that position. Battling hard, he managed to get as high as 12th during the second half of the race until getting shuffled back to 18th on lap 17 of the 22-lap race. At the line, Menezes was a solid 16th, logging yet another important on-track experience.

With the TaG Junior category making its debut at the SKUSA SuperNationals this year, Menezes would like nothing more than to put his name in the record books as being the first winner of the category. Returning back to the Rio Hotel and Casino, the site of his first SuperNats victory in 2003, Menezes is already accustomed to temporary circuits and working with the Tony Kart USA team.

Following the Vegas event, Menezes and his family will jump on a plane to trek across the Pacific Ocean toward China to compete at the CIK-FIA Asia-Pacific KF3 Championship on November 27-30 in Macau. On this outing, he will be under the Tony Kart Junior tent.

-credit: www.gustavomenezes.com

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Series Kart
Drivers Scott Speed , Gustavo Menezes