A busy and intense day of action at the 2024 United States Pro Kart Series presented by IAME USA East and MG Tires at the Trackhouse Motorplex for the Carolina Grand Prix. Three heat races for the seven categories were contested at the Mooresville, North Carolina facility that was hit with rain Friday evening after qualifying. Rain was forecasted all day, and thankfully missed the area, pushing north until the final checkered flag on the day with the clouds opening up once again roughly an hour later. A couple of red flags were thrown on the day, which saw some heated action on track in all categories, including the headline class where multiple contenders were involved in contact throughout the day.

The Rolison Performance Group X30 Pro division did not see one driver dominate over the three heat races rather multiple names involved in the battle for the top position. Top qualifier Austin Garrison (SCR / Gillard) was consistent and calm throughout the day, able to fight off outside pole sitter Dalton Hanes (Sodi Racing USA) for the top spot in the opening heat. FIA Karting European Championship point leader Joe Turney (Trinity / Kart Republic) – making his first USA start of 2024 – worked his way forward in the second heat, only to have contact with Hanes on the final circuit to allow Garrison to slip past for the win. Turney held off that late charge in the third heat race, taking the race win ahead of Garrison with Hanes in third. Garrison will lead the field to the green flag with Turney now on the outside of the front row. Pauly Massimino (BJR / LN Racing Kart) pulled off three top-five results to move up from seventh on the grid to third with Brandon Carr (Trinity / Kart Republic) showing speed all day, improving from sixth to now fourth for the start of the Final. Hanes and last year’s winner Hayden Jones (RPG / Kosmic) make up row three. Speedsportz winner and three-time defending series champion Ryan Norberg (RPG / Kosmic) qualified fourth and fell back in all three heats, including contact in the final two motos. He will go from P9 in the 25-lap Final.

Pauly Massimino (BJR / LN Racing Kart) continues to be a threat at Trackhouse in the Brandon Jarsocrak Racing KA100 Senior division. Missing out on the top time in qualifying on Friday, he responded with two heat wins and a fourth to claim the pole position for the main event on Sunday. James Overbeck (BJR / Tony Kart) was consistent all day, taking home one win, a second and a fourth to make it a BJR front row for the final. AJ Myers (Magik Kart USA) calls Trackhouse home, and has put a full effort into the KA class this time instead of making the last minute move over after Pro Shifter was cancelled for Speedsportz. He was at the front in his first two heats, taking the opening race win, finishing second and placing seventh in the final moto to start third. Carson Weinberg (CDR / Kart Republic) was the fourth different to win a heat race and will start the final in fourth with Oliver Calvo (SpeedSense / Exprit) and Christian Miles (Racelab / TB Kart) filling up row three. Top qualifier Stephen Eisert (Sodi Racing USA) fell back in all three heats and will now start the final in 11th, alongside the fifth different heat race winner Luke Welcome (RRC / Kart Republic). Championship leader coming into the weekend Cooper Shipman (IRM / Tony Kart) had a two top-five results and starts seventh while Speedsportz winner Alan Isambard (Sodi Racing USA) starts back in 22nd after qualifying 14th.

Turner Brown (RPG / Kosmic) will lead both Junior categories to the green flag for the main events on Sunday. Two wins in the X30 Junior presented by Speed Concepts Racing division moves him from second in qualifying to the pole position. Davin Roberts (RPM / Tony Kart) had three top-five results to land him on the outside of the front row. Carter McMurray (TimmyTech / CompKart) won the opening heat race and will start third after qualifying fourth. Enzo Vidmontiene (Trinity / Kart Republic) qualified ninth and improved to two top-five finishes to land himself outside the second row for the start of the Final. Victor de Alencar (RPG / Kosmic) and top qualifier Ty Fisher (Racelab / TB Kart) will make up row three. Fisher had results of 11th, fourth and second over the three heats. Speedsportz winner and championship leader Diego Ardiles (RPG / Kosmic) is set to go from seventh, with a best finish of third over the three heat races.

Brown (RPG / Kosmic) will lead the field for KA100 Junior presented by BBS Race Engines to the green flag. After qualifying second, he won two of heat races with a runner-up to advance from qualifying second to the pole position for Sunday’s main event. Top qualifier Diego Ardiles makes it an RPG / Kosmic front row. Ardiles won a heat race and finished fourth and third in the others to start alongside Brown. Charlie Smith (Nash / EOS) maintains the third slot on the grid with a string of top-five finishes on the day as did Sebastian Garzon (Orsolon / Tony Kart) – who moves from fifth to fourth on the grid. Davin Roberts (RPM / Tony Kart) improved to fifth from qualifying 14th with three top-five results on the day. Carter McMurray (TimmyTech / CompKart) won two of his heat races and improved from 16th to start sixth in the Final. Championship leader and Speedsportz winner Enzo Vidmontiene (Trinity / Kart Republic) was the fourth different heat race winner, and goes from seventh.

A total of eight drivers took to the track on the day in the Nash Motorsports KA100 Masters division. Max Papis (Orsolon / Tony Kart) was the top qualifier on Friday and was unable to make the start after the formation lap in the opening heat. Former series champion Laurentiu Mardan (Tecno Kart USA) took the race win, while Papis returned in the final two heats to take the win in both. Mardan has the better heat race point total, and will lead the field to the green flag with Papis on the outside. Martin Stone (RPM / Tony Kart) and Niki Coello (FMS / Merlin) have been close all day, and make up row two while Ryan Casner (Prodigy / Maranello) and Scot Carapellatti (Kosmic) go from row three.

Three different drivers took the checkered flags in the heat races for Mini Swift presented by Sodi Racing USA. Top qualifier Parker Ives (RPM / Nitro Kart) took the first heat with championship leader and Speedsportz winner Ashton Woon (Supertune / Parolin) earning the second while JohnJohn McLellan (Nash / EOS) came up from 12th on the grid to win the third heat. Ives and Woon will lead the field to the green flag with Bowen Greene (TimmyTech / CompKart) and Royce Vega (Team Benik) going from row two – each with two top-five results. Lourenco Varela (Sodi Racing USA) and Callen Berghoefer (Zanella / Energy) make up row three. McLellan is set to start the Final from 10th.

There were three different winners in Micro Swift presented by Team Ferris Racing. Penalties decided the opening heat with Jake Manalio (TFR / Kart Republic) earning the win. Zayne Burgess (Sodi Racing USA) earned the second heat while Parker Stewart (BJR / LN Racing Kart) came through on the final lap to win the third moto. Cameron Johnson (FMS / Merlin) qualified third and recorded three top-five results to earn the pole position for the main event on Sunday. Stewart is set to go from outside the front row. Jayden Francisco (RPM / Parolin) and Burgess make up the second row with Easton Kubinski (AEM / Kosmic) and Santiago Orioli (MPG / Kart Republic) in row three. Speedsportz winner and championship leader Miguel Manzano Suarez (RPG / Kosmic) was involved in contact in the opening heat as well as the third heat and will go from P12 after qualifying first on Friday.

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