Kartel Motorsports Poised to Take SKUSA SuperNats by Storm; Former Indy 500 Champ Dan Wheldon Joins Team Leading Northern California Team Aims for Multiple Class Wins at Season-Ending Karting Classic SACRAMENTO, Calif. (Nov. 17, 2008) --...
Kartel Motorsports Poised to Take SKUSA SuperNats by Storm; Former Indy 500 Champ Dan Wheldon Joins Team
Leading Northern California Team Aims for Multiple Class Wins at Season-Ending Karting Classic
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (Nov. 17, 2008) -- Kartel Motorsports announced today that it will compete in this year's SKUSA SuperNationals in Las Vegas Nov. 20-23.
The team will feature the most competitive driver lineup in the Northern California company's history. Ten Kartel TopKart chassis will compete in S3 and S5 125, TaG Pro, TaG Jr., and Jr. HPV. The event marks the culmination of Kartel's breakthrough 2008 season that included seven championships among five drivers.
The Kartel Motorsports team will include 2008 JICA National Champion and NorCal IKF HPV 2 and HPV 4 Champ Brendan Phinny as well as the 2008 Stars of Karting Main Event Finale winner Neil Alberico, 2008 Stars of Karting West Champion Chris Scribner, 2008 IKF NorCal Tag Jr. Champ Kelsey Nilsson as well as race winners Cody Kay, Tyler Thomas, Devin Mauk and Kyle Weigand. In addition, Panther Racing driver Dan Wheldon, the 2005 Indianapolis 500 winner and IndyCar Series Champion, has joined Kartel Motorsports to compete in the TaG Pro class and will be flying the National Guard colors on his kart.
"Everyone at Kartel is excited to bring such a strong team to the 2008 SKUSA SuperNationals" said Kartel Motorsports co-founder Joey Hand. "This is the premier event in the United States and we feel we have brought a premier lineup of drivers. With the combination of their talent and our rigorous testing program, we feel we will compete for the win in every class."
The addition of IndyCar Series star Dan Wheldon brings star power to the lineup as well. "Obviously having Dan and National Guard on the Kartel Motorsports team is a big deal" Hand continued. "He's won the Indy 500 and the IndyCar Championship and we're going to do our best, as we do with all our drivers, to give him the most competitive package we can."
"I told everybody at the National Guard and Panther Racing that anytime they give me the opportunity to race a go-kart, I'm going to do it," Wheldon said. "And obviously I'm extremely excited to represent them and join Kartel Motorsports for the SKUSA SuperNationals. We've got a very competitive team and we're going to do our best to help earn a victory this weekend. I'm excited to be a part of it."
The National Guard will not only be the main livery on Dan Wheldon's kart, but also the title sponsor of the SuperNationals. SFC. John Metzler Army National Guard Bureau NGB-ASM was quoted, "I am very proud to have Joey Hand and Kartel Motorsports support Dan Wheldon at the SuperNationals this year. Knowing that Joey and his team are going to field the Karts, gives the National Guard and Dan a good chance to win.
While Brendan Phinny will be the sole S3 125 competitor, Neil Alberico, Chris Scribner, Kyle Weigand, and Dan Wheldon will all compete for TaG Pro honors. Kelsey Nilsson, Cody Kay, and Tyler Thomas will compete in both the TaG Jr. class as well as the Jr. HPV class and Devin Mauk will run the S5 class.
In 2007 Kartel Motorsports led a smaller contingent to the SuperNats with driver Brendan Phinny taking S5 honors while drivers Neil Alberico and Chris Scribner put in strong runs in the TaG Pro class.
About Kartel Motorsports: Kartel Motorsports was founded in 2006 by multi-time IKF National Champion Erik Bartolero and Professional Race Car Driver and seven-time National Karting Champion Joey Hand. In 2008 Kartel was named the official TopKart USA karting team and remains the exclusive Northern California TopKart dealer. Kartel's official partners include TopKart/Comer, Grand Products, Bridgestone, Kovers, Douglas Wheel, High-Rev Engineering, Swedetech, Gatorz Eyewear AIM Sports, and Muscle Milk.