SKUSA: Team Aluminos SuperNationls preview

ALUMINOS READIES FOR SKUSA SUPERNATIONALS XII 20 drivers from around the world to run with Northern California team DANVILLE, CA (November 18, 2008) -- Team Aluminos is preparing to end the 2008 season on a high note as they load their...

ALUMINOS READIES FOR SKUSA SUPERNATIONALS XII
20 drivers from around the world to run with Northern California team

DANVILLE, CA (November 18, 2008) -- Team Aluminos is preparing to end the 2008 season on a high note as they load their trailer bound for Las Vegas to compete at the 12th annual Superkarts! USA SuperNationals, which will take place at the Rio Hotel and Casino. Drivers from all different backgrounds and nationalities, 20 in total, will compete with Aluminos support in seven different divisions, in cooperation with the GP Kart factory and their associate dealers. The full Aluminos staff will be on-hand, including additional help for this huge weekend.

Seven international drivers will be aboard Aluminos-prepped GP Karts at this year's SuperNats. Two competitors will make the long journey from New Zealand as Daniel Bray and Brad Alexander will represent their country at the annual event. Bray is returning to Vegas after retiring early during last year's S1 final while running at the front, while Alexander will be making his SuperNats debut in the S4 category. The country of Denmark will be represented by three drivers. Michael Zakrisen of MZ Racing - the Denmark GP Kart importer - will race in G1 while fellow countrymen Henrik Hojman and Michael Anderson will race in the headline SuperPro category. Sergio Machado from Brazil and Nicola Galloni of Italy have competed with Aluminos this year during the ProKart Challenge season and they will continue at the SuperNats in the S4 and TaG Senior divisions.

Team Aluminos PKC journeymen will be in attendance. Running S3 will be Brad Dunford, Harley Owen, and Kyle Hathcox. The trio finished fourth, fifth and sixth respectively in the PKC South championship during their first season aboard a shifter kart. Blair Chang was third in the PKC South G2 championship, running in the G1 category at the SuperNats. Aluminos owner Rob Soares will look to turn his PKC North TaG Masters championship into a victory in Las Vegas as, when he's not helping under the tent, he'll be on track racing for the win.

Joining Aluminos for the first time in Vegas will be fellow PKC runners Steven Reasoner (S3), Bill Cox, Jonathan Allen, Ken Schilling, and Steve Baumhoff, the final four running in S4. Schilling and Cox finished 1-2 in the PKC South S4 Heavy standings while Allen and Baumhoff will be making their S4 debuts. Reasoner participated in three PKC North events on the year, running near the front each time. Also under the Aluminos tent is Jason Toft, the number six-ranked driver on the eKartingNews.com TaG Driver Rankings, who will look for victory in the 100-kart TaG Senior field.

Making his debut aboard a GP Kart at the SuperNats will be the 1999 S1 winner and current Daytona Prototype driver Memo Gidley. The co-author of Memo Gidley's Secrets of Speed, a series of books written to help newcomers to the sport of karting, will return to his karting roots to compete in the competitive S3 division. Also under the tent will be 2005 SuperPro winner Lorenzo Mandarino. A regular driver coach for the Aluminos squad, the talented Canadian will also be returning to the seat aboard a personally-designed kart that he has developed with his father, Vince.

-credit: www.aluminos.com

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Series Kart
Drivers Memo Gidley , Lorenzo Mandarino , Jonathan Allen , Blair Chang , Michael An