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.
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 ekartingnews.com. “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.
“I’m so excited to join Andretti United Extreme E,” Munnings said in a release. ““I was really intrigued when I first heard about Extreme E, I just knew I had to be involved. The male / female racing partnership is a fantastic and exciting new concept. The season has incredible locations and the racing will be very exciting. It will be a new challenge for the teams and drivers, and I’m so thrilled to be working with such a strong team.
“The championship is a really innovative concept, it’s combining motorsport and science and will produce an important legacy in each race location. Bringing the platform that motorsport has in line with the awareness that the planet needs right now is awesome and a really important message.”
Said Hansen: “Going into the Extreme E will be a new chapter in my career, one that I am extremely excited about. It is something brand new, not only for me, but the whole of motorsport. The format is something
we’ve never seen before. I’m also delighted to be able to carry the message of something bigger – talking about the environment and doing something good for the world – that’s something that really drives me. It’s going to be a big adventure in life to see these locations and I’m going to do my best in carrying this responsibility and hopefully making people aware of the challenges we have in the world, together with our passion for racing.”