Marco Andretti, Will Power, AJ Allmendinger go back to roots in big karting race this weekend in Las Vegas

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Marco Andretti, reigning IndyCar champ Will Power and NASCAR driver AJ Allmendinger, are all going back to their racing roots this weekend in Las Vegas.

Namely: go-karting.

Andretti, Power and Allmendinger are among 500 drivers from around the world that will take part in the ultra-competitive and season-ending 18th Superkarts USA SuperNationals.

Power is competing in the Supernationals for the second consecutive year, coming close to almost winning last year’s race in his class.

Marco Andretti, son of team owner Michael and legendary grandfather Mario, is a last-minute addition, replacing three-time Supernationals division winner Scott Speed, who had a schedule conflict (racing in Germany this weekend).

“It’s going to be a great challenge, as there is some great talent there,” Andretti told “It’s different muscles than IndyCar. It will be a great warm-up for (Juan Pablo) Montoya’s kart race in Colombia on Thanksgiving weekend.”

Andretti, along with Helio Castroneves, Indy Lights champ Gabby Chaves and Sebastian Saavedra will take part in next week’s kart race in Bogota, Colombia that benefits Montoya’s Family Smiles charity.

Other notables entered in this weekend’s racing action include:

  • Former Indy Car driver and 1995 Toyota Atlantic champ Richie Hearn, who earned several national kart championships in the early 1990s before moving on to the open-wheel world.
  • Former TaG Cadet Pro Tour champ Colton Herta, 14-year-old son of IndyCar team owner and former driver Bryan Herta.
  • Former IndyCar driver Enrique Bernoldi, Indy Lights drivers Zack Meyer and Matthew Di Leo, 2006 Indy Lights champ Phil Giebler, IndyCar driver Jay Howard, 2014 Pro Mazda runner-up Scott Hargrove and former Indy Lights driver Matt Jaskol.

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