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F1’s Buemi and Alguersuari Confirmed for SKUSA SuperNationals in SuperPro
Wednesday, 21 October 2009 07:14
eKartingNews.com has learned from Superkarts! USA that Formula One drivers Sebastien Buemi and Jaime Alguersuari are confirmed entries for the upcoming SKUSA SuperNationals XIII at the Rio All-Suites Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas - November 18-22. The Scuderia Toro Rosso drivers will compete in the SuperPro (KZ2) division, representing Italian kart manufacturer Intrepid.

“It is certainly great to have two current Formula One drivers make the trip over to the SuperNationals,” commented SKUSA CEO Tom Kutscher from his home office. “It certainly speaks volumes for the event itself when it can attract current international karters and former world champions, along with NASCAR, IndyCar, and now Formula One drivers. I have heard that a few more F1 drivers are rumored to be making the trip as well, but are not yet confirmed.”

Buemi hails from Switzerland and is currently completing his first season in Formula One. After earning numerous Swiss Karting titles, Buemi’s highest achievement in karting came via European Junior Intercontinental A Championship in 2002 aboard a CRG. Two years later, the soon-to-be 21-year old (October 31) began his progression up the formula car ranks in Europe before landing the test/reserve driving position for Red Bull in 2008.

Alguersuari recently made a return to karting having competed at the KZ1 World Cup in Sarno, Italy during an off-weekend from Formula One. The 19-year old competed in the upper level of European karting for three years - two as a Junior before becoming an official member of the Intrepid factory team competing once in the Senior ranks.

The duo will be joined by current Intrepid factory drivers Jeremy Iglesias, Bas Lammers, and Norman Nato, who finished second, third, and fourth respectively at the KZ1 World Cup back in early September. While Buemi, Iglesias, Lammers and Nato have officially entered, SKUSA’s Kutscher has spoken with Intrepid and United States importer Champion Racing who both confirm that Alguersuari will indeed race. Announcements regarding more headline entries for the SuperPro division will be seen in the next 30 days leading up to the SuperNats week.

Additional updates from the SKUSA offices regarding the upcoming SuperNationals, aside for the new official event logo that has now been released, include the TaG Masters and S4 classes recently selling out, joining the 80-strong, fully subscribed TaG Senior division. Both TaG Masters and S4 are filled at 40, but a waiting list has been created for those who are still looking to compete in case of any cancellations. Now on the verge of reaching the maximum entry count are the SuperPro, G1, S3, and TaG Junior fields. The headline shifter division and the Masters shifter category was just a couple competitors away from the 40-driver mark as of Tuesday, while both S3 and TaG Junior are each closing in on their maximum of 80 karters.

“I’m very pleased to see a number of classes reaching their maximum entry limits,” commented Kutscher. “We certainly gave plenty of time and encouraged drivers to enter when we opened up registration back in July, as we had a feeling classes would fill up. We hope that those on waiting lists are able to find a way to race, be it from some cancellations or moving into a class that is not yet filled.”

As a reminder, the deadline to pre-register for the SuperNats is October 31. Entries received after October 31 will be rejected and must be submitted at the event with acceptance contingent on sufficient openings in your specific class. In addition, entries received after October 31 will be subject to a $200 post-entry fee (in addition to the normal fees).