Penske’s Energy and Newgarden headed to the Supernats
As soon as they’ve gotten by Thanksgiving and awoken from their turkey comas, Workforce Penske’s Will Energy and Josef Newgarden will flip their consideration to one thing enjoyable and barely daunting because the NTT IndyCar Collection teammates head to Las Vegas for subsequent week’s Supernationals karting occasion.
The world-famous gathering attracts the most popular younger karters and a number of the sport’s greatest stars — seven-time Components 1 world champion Michael Schumacher competed within the 2009 version — participate within the multitude of lessons and age teams.
For Energy, IndyCar’s most energetic karter who additionally sells his personal line of karts, the Supernationals are nothing new. Newgarden, alternatively, 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 at all times heard about it, however I haven’t been in knowledgeable kart race, I assume you’d name it, in seven, eight years; perhaps 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 form 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 effectively. And there’s nobody higher to expertise that enthusiasm with than Will Energy proper now.”
Energy and Newgarden will likely be thrown in among the many younger lions who hope to achieve IndyCar or Components 1 within the coming years.
“I did the Supernats in 2019 within the Masters class, which is for folks 30 and over, so this 12 months we’re gonna do Senior, which is the X30 Professional class, 80 karters in that class,” Energy mentioned. “The ages are 15 and up, and it’s going to be largely 15-year-old children which can be simply next-level. A few karting world champs are gonna be racing. Greatest folks from world wide are operating this occasion. We’re each gonna have a tricky 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 may make for some aggressive driving as humbling the Penske drivers would solely add to the reputations of the rising karters within the area. Newgarden isn’t prepared to completely concede the truth that a beatdown is coming his manner, however he’s additionally ready to just accept no matter destiny comes his manner in the course of the December 1-5 contest.
“Effectively, we have been opponents — we love racing, and Will has gotten so concerned within the karting group during the last variety of years. We actually need to go there and have a great time however I do know Will’s very critical about making an attempt to win,” Newgarden mentioned.
“I’m form 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 have a good time with him not directly. It’s an enormous problem. It’s actually one thing you could’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 undoubtedly 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 positive to leap into this aggressive area and anticipate you understand prime 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 perhaps I can come again subsequent season and perhaps do it a little bit bit higher if I don’t do effectively this time round.”