SKUSA: Team Aluminos SuperNationals preview

TEAM ALUMINOS TO INVADE LAS VEGAS FOR SKUSA SUPERNATIONALS XIII Northern California-based professional operation continuing to build and improve on accomplished program DANVILLE, CA (November 12, 2009) -- The 2009 season will come to an end for...

Northern California-based professional operation continuing to build and improve on accomplished program

DANVILLE, CA (November 12, 2009) -- The 2009 season will come to an end for the Team Aluminos squad at the upcoming Superkarts! USA SuperNationals XIII outside the Rio All-Suites Hotel and Casino on November 18-22. The past 11-months have been a successful one for the Aluminos drivers with many victories and a couple championship trophies earned. The hard work and dedication of the experienced Aluminos staff and its drivers now lead into what can be considered as the biggest karting event of the season. Thirteen drivers will strap on the helmet under the Aluminos banner in five respective classes in hopes of taking home the gold from Vegas.

Aluminos was on top in the S3 division just two years ago with lead driver coach Tom Dyer. The karting veteran took home the big victory in 2007 and returns to the driver's seat this year in hopes of scoring a second SuperNationals victory. Alongside representing Aluminos will be Steven Reasoner and Brad Dunford. Reasoner currently sits 12th in the Stock Moto Driver Rankings thanks in part to his campaign in the ProKart Challenge North program where he finished third in the season standings. At last year's event, Reasoner was fighting it out for the win until contact put him further back in the field and eventually out of the race. Dunford is 17th in the EKN Driver Rankings with his core results coming from the ProKart Challenge South series, where he ended up fifth in the point chase. Dunford over came a poor qualifying effort in the '08 SuperNats edition to challenge near a top-10 position.

Three drivers will also contest the S4 category for the Stock Moto Heavy division - Phil Dunford, Kyle Hathcox and Peter Workum. Dunford - father of S3 driver Brad - will be making his first SuperNationals start after contesting selected events in the 2009 season. Hathcox finished a solid 13th in his first start at the SuperNationals in the S3 category last year and will make the transition over to the S4 division. Workum ran 17th in the 2008 SuperNationals for the S4 category but has made significant strides this past season under the Aluminos tent. The Arizona driver will also contest the TaG Masters class as the lone double duty driver for Aluminos.

In the headline SuperPro (KZ2) category, three international drivers will join the Aluminos Arrive and Drive program in Vegas. New Zealander Daniel Bray stood on the podium last year as the runner-up in the S1 (Semi-Pro) class. This year, Bray will battle against the best the world has to offer in the SuperPro category. One of Denmark's top shifter kart drivers - Michael Bo Andersen - will make a return to Vegas with Aluminos. In 2008, Andersen ran to a 14th place finish and will look to improve on that this time around. Joao Jardim is an accomplished karter hailing from Brazil and will make his first SKUSA SuperNationals start next week.

Just like the other four divisions, the Aluminos squad as a stellar chance at the top of the podium in the G1 division with five drivers under the tent. California's Fernando Diaz has been a contender all season, scoring the big win at the PKC West Coast Shootout. Fellow Californian Jim Holloway will make his debut with Team Aluminos at the SuperNationals, returning to the Vegas event for the first time since 2006. Also returning are Denmark's Michael Zakrisen and Henrik Hojman. Zakrisen is the Denmark GP Kart importer and both will be making their second straight trip to the SuperNats. Rounding out the G1 lineup for Aluminos is Brazilian Sergio Machado. In 2006, Machado was on the podium in the class after finishing fifth with the goal of returning the podium again this year.

For its third SKUSA SuperNationals, Team Aluminos owner Rob Soares is very optimistic with the team's chances this year, "I am truly excited for the drivers we have on board for this year's SuperNationals. We have been hard at work all season long and especially the past month preparing for the event. With myself, tech guru George Tavares, Tom Dyer coaching the drivers, and the others we have on board, Aluminos will be providing the best there is for our driver's search for a SuperNationals win."

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Drivers Peter Workum , Tom Dyer