OKA, QC – Thomas Nepveu is eager to get back behind the wheel over the two coming weekend aboard top-level karts where he is aiming for podium results every time out. The new season, his 10th in karting, will be a reprise of his 2021 season, when he took part in 18 top-level SuperKarts! USA (SKUSA) and ROK Cup USA (ROK) kart races even while changing support teams, kart manufacturer and engine supplier midway through the season.
“I’m super excited to get back to racing so quickly after our excellent result at the last race of the 2021 season and I expect that we will be competitive right from the start of the season. I know that the kart is quick at Homestead as that machine has already won there. We have some work to do for Pompano Beach to find one or two tenths of a second in order to move up to the lead pack and go for a solid top-5 finish or better. We know the kart will be good, we just need to work harder and find that extra speed in a very competitive field,” said the young professional driver ready to apply 2021’s lessons and learn new one in this coming season.
Thomas Nepveu and his Sporting Manager, Coy Arbour, worked hard in practice sessions and in races to make the team into a competitive entity in the latter part of the season after discovering the characteristics of their new Kart Republic machine and engines in the X30 Senior class, the most competitive one in top level kart racing in America. The team closed out the season on a promising note, as Thomas Nepveu won two qualifying Heat races and finished 5th in his last kart race of the season, against an entry of more than 80 kart in his class.
The young driver plans to participate in at least 11 kart races over the coming season, starting over the next two weekends with the SuperKarts! USA “Winter Series” in the X30 Senior class (January 8 to 10, two rounds – SKUSA) and followed with the ROK Cup USA “Florida Winter Tour” in the ROK Senior class (January 15 to 17). His program in the USF2000 series has already been announced separately.
1. SuperKarts! USA “Winter Series” – Senior X30 class (January 7 to 9, two rounds – SKUSA)
• January 7: Practice 9:10 AM – 10:30 AM – 11:50 AM – 2:10 PM – 4:05 PM
• January 8: Warm Up 8:56 AM | Qualifying 10:50 AM | Pre-Final 1:20 PM (12 laps) | Final #1 4:30 PM (22 laps)
• January 9: Warm Up 8:56 AM | Qualifying 10:50 AM | Pre-Final 1:20 PM (12 laps) | Final #2 4:30 PM (22 laps)
Live timing: app SKUSA or RaceHero | superkartsusa.com/live.html
2. ROK Cup USA “Florida Winter Tour” – Senior ROK class (January 13 to 16 – detailed schedule to follow on ROK)
• January 13: Official practice
• January 14: Official practice sessions, Qualifying & Heat 1
• January 15: Warm Up, Heat 2 – 3 & Pre-Final
• January 16: Warm Up & Final
Participating in the two to four days of a major karting event normally involves more than ten on-track sessions. The driver and the team use warm-up and practice sessions to find the best settings and manage the tires to optimize the qualifying session(s), and then take part in the pre-final(s) and final(s) as appropriate. The significant time spent on the track, in addition to the time spent on the simulator, accelerates Thomas Nepveu’s learning process and the accumulation of high-level experience.
As part of his development as a professional racer, Thomas Nepveu also ran the full 18-race season in the USF2000 series, a part of the IndyCar Road to Indy Program. As a rookie in single seaters, Thomas Nepveu moved another step up his learning ladder, as he discovered the effects of aerodynamics and adjustability of the sophisticated USF2000 race cars, as well as the overall discipline and competitive level in a first level professional series.
Thomas demonstrated his increasing skills and knowledge every time out in both race cars, even winning a race in USF2000 at Elkhart Lake (June 20, 2021, Road America circuit, Wisconsin, USA) at his first visit there, as well as securing three top-5s, ten top-10s finishes in his rookie season in the class.
Thomas Nepveu is looking forward to continuing to develop his skills over the coming season, once again in kart with his burgeoning team and in USF2000 with a top-level team, always aiming at a top-3 finish with wins as a stretch objective.
2022 Thomas Nepveu Karting Schedule*
Date Track Location Series Event Final 1 Final 2
January 7 to 9 AMR Homestead-Miami Motorplex Homestead, FL SKUSA Winter Series Round 1 & 2
January 13 to 16 Isle Casino Racing Pompano Park Pompano Beach, FL ROK Florida Winter Tour Round 1
February 11 to 13 AMR Homestead-Miami Motorplex Homestead, FL SKUSA Winter Series Round 3 & 4
February 17 to 20 Tropicana Field St Petersburg, FL ROK Florida Winter Tour Round 2
March 10 to 13 Orlando Kart Center Orlando, FL ROK Florida Winter Tour
April 1 to 3 Nola Motorsport Park New Orleans, LA SKUSA Pro Tour – WinterNationals
July 29 to 31 New Castle Motorsports Park New Castle, IN SKUSA Pro Tour – SummerNationals
TBA Planet Hollywood/Paris/Bally’s Las Vegas, NV ROK ROK Vegas
TBA Rio All-Suites Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas Las Vegas, NV SKUSA SuperNationals
- From Thomas Nepveu Motorsport