SPORT NEWS – Penske’s Energy and Newgarden headed to the Supernats

Penske’s Energy and Newgarden headed to the Supernats

As soon as they’ve gotten via Thanksgiving and awoken from their turkey comas, Group Penske’s Will Energy and Josef Newgarden will flip their consideration to one thing enjoyable and barely daunting because the NTT IndyCar Sequence teammates head to Las Vegas for subsequent week’s Supernationals karting occasion.

The world-famous gathering attracts the most well liked younger karters and a few of the sport’s greatest stars — seven-time System 1 world champion Michael Schumacher competed within the 2009 version — participate within the multitude of courses and age teams.

For Energy, IndyCar’s most energetic karter who additionally sells his personal line of karts, the Supernationals are nothing new. Newgarden, however, is ready for loads of surprises on the fiercely aggressive occasion.

“I’m very excited to go to Vegas and I’ve by no means been to the Supernats,” the two-time IndyCar champion instructed RACER. “I’ve all the time heard about it, however I haven’t been in knowledgeable kart race, I suppose you’d name it, in seven, eight years; possibly longer. So I did a warm-up race in Charlotte at GoPro Motorplex, and that was a little bit of a wake-up name.

“I confirmed up late as a result of I used to be testing in Mid-Ohio the Thursday earlier than, so I confirmed up Friday morning and didn’t notice how substantial of a bonus they’d and I used to be actually type of shocked by the enormity of it, however it was nice enjoyable. It actually re-ignited my enthusiasm to go kart racing and do it properly. And there’s nobody higher to expertise that enthusiasm with than Will Energy proper now.”

Energy and Newgarden might be thrown in among the many younger lions who hope to succeed in IndyCar or System 1 within the coming years.

“I did the Supernats in 2019 within the Masters class, which is for individuals 30 and over, so this 12 months we’re gonna do Senior, which is the X30 Professional class, 80 karters in that class,” Energy stated. “The ages are 15 and up, and it’s going to be principally 15-year-old youngsters which can be simply next-level. A few karting world champs are gonna be racing. Finest individuals from around the globe are operating this occasion. We’re each gonna have a troublesome time. There’s no query.”

The presence of an Indy 500 winner and IndyCar champion in Energy, and a double IndyCar title winner in Newgarden might make for some aggressive driving as humbling the Penske drivers would solely add to the reputations of the rising karters within the subject. Newgarden isn’t prepared to totally concede the truth that a beatdown is coming his means, however he’s additionally ready to just accept no matter destiny comes his means through the December 1-5 contest.

“Nicely, we have been opponents — we love racing, and Will has gotten so concerned within the karting neighborhood during the last variety of years. We actually need to go there and have an excellent time however I do know Will’s very severe about attempting to win,” Newgarden stated.

“I’m type of simply tagging together with him, if you’ll; he’s actually put in all of the work, and hopefully I may be in place to assist rejoice with him indirectly. It’s an enormous problem. It’s definitely one thing you can’t simply pop again into any day of the week, having been out of it for a number of years, and anticipate to win.

“And if I used to be a better driver, I positively would have put in additional check time earlier than committing to this Supernats occasion! I’m gonna have a whopping three days in a automobile below my belt earlier than I present as much as Vegas. So it’s a tall order, for certain to leap into this aggressive subject and anticipate you realize high outcomes. I do know Will’s been coaching for it and actually needs to win. However I’m a race automobile driver and I need to discover success. I’m this 12 months extra as a studying 12 months and exploration 12 months after which possibly I can come again subsequent season and possibly do it somewhat bit higher if I don’t do properly this time round.”


SPORT NEWS – Penske’s Energy and Newgarden headed to the Supernats


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