The Superkarts! USA SuperNationals has pulled off a major coup by persuading seven-time Formula 1 World Champion Michael Schumacher to come out of retirement to compete in the upcoming SuperNationals at the Rio Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, scheduled for Nov. 18-22. The F1 ace will compete in the SuperPro category against the top 125cc drivers from North America and the world, running with the factory Tony Kart team aboard a Vortex-powered Racer EVR.
“Having Michael on the grid for this year's SuperNationals is such an exciting addition for everyone on the SKUSA staff,” SKUSA CEO Tom Kutscher told eKartingNews.com. “The simple fact that he contacted us to be part of the race is huge! We've had the opportunity to watch some big name drivers run with us in the past, but there is no comparison with Michael. He's widely considered the finest driver in the history of the sport, and it will be an honor to have him take the green in Las Vegas. This is going to fire this year's race up to a whole new level!”
Before advancing to cars, Schumacher cut his teeth racing karts, beginning at his parent's track in Kerpin, Germany. Michael won the German Junior Kart Championship in 1983 and '84, and then the Senior title in 1986. He also scored the European 100cc Championship in 1986.
Schumacher has continued to use karting as a way to keep sharp and has made occasional returns to official competition, winning the Formula A event at the Monaco Karting Cup in 1996. He also jumped back into the deep end of the pool in 2001 when he ran in the Formula Super A class at the World Championships, finishing 21st overall.
Other former and current karting stars set to compete in the event for Tony Kart include Indy 500 winner Buddy Rice and Alex Speed, who'll race KF2 karts.