Aluminos Chassis Wins at SKUSA SuperNationals XVII

Kiwi drivers Daniel Bray, Marcus Armstrong and Matthew Hamilton put the Aluminos chassis on the podium at the SKUSA SuperNationals XVII (Photo:

Making history this year, the Aluminos operation introduced their own chassis to the North American market and found success right out of the box. Debuting at the Superkarts! USA SummerNationals three months earlier, the Aluminos chassis made its SuperNationals debut this past November at the 17th annual SKUSA SuperNationals in Las Vegas, Nevada. The final stop on the SKUSA Pro Tour and the second national race for the new chassis went very well as the team left with a SuperNats victory, two podium finishes as well as a collection of strong performances from all Aluminos team drivers.

“It’s been a great five months for Aluminos,” stated owner Rob Soares. “We earned victory at our first national event with the new chassis, and it has continued to win at the regional and national level, including the Red Line Oil Karting Championship here in Northern California and the SKUSA Pro Tour. The Sonoma chassis has proven well in the shifterkart categories, and the new Estorli for TaG competition is now ready to contend for major titles in 2014. I couldn’t be happier with the performances we had in Las Vegas for the SuperNationals with all the weather issues, and it’s great to see Aluminos on top once again. An interesting fact, seven drivers have won their first race aboard the Aluminos chassis, including myself, Fraser, Bray, Toft, Buckwalter, Calderon and now Hamilton. It’s an exciting time for us here at Aluminos.”


Team Aluminos Finishes 2013 Red Line Oil Karting Championships

The New Aluminos chassis earned a second victory at the Red Line Oil Karting championship finale, and is primed for its debut at the SKUSA SuperNationals XVII

The 2013 season is finishing up, and the Aluminos program is rolling strong. Recently, the Northern California operation finished up the 2013 Red Line Oil Karting Championship at the Simraceway in Sonoma, California (November 2-3). Aluminos contested the full season, earning victories each and every round, ending with another victory with veteran Brett Buckwalter. And looking ahead to next week, the race team and chassis brand will field 24 drivers for the Superkarts! USA SuperNationals XVII.

Aluminos owner Rob Soares and his team made some noise in the final round of the RLOKC season, and no where else was that more evident than in the Pro Stock Honda class. A quartet of talent drivers carried the banner for Aluminos that included Tom Dyer, Jason Toft, Brett Buckwalter and Will Preston. Dyer, with Toft and Buckwalter swept the top three positions in qualifying, all aboard the Aluminos chassis. Finishing second in the prefinal, Buckwalter bought his time in the main event, taking the lead on the final lap to score Aluminos chassis its second straight victory in the series. Toft came from the back after engine trouble in the prefinal, driving his way to third. Preston ran as high as third in the feature, ending up with a solid fourth while Dyer overcame a poor start to place fifth – putting all four Aluminos drivers in the top-five.


Team Aluminos Has Impressive Weekend at Red Line Oil Karting Championship

Jason Toft garnered another victory in the early months of the new Aluminos chassis (Photo:

Success has been synonymous with the Aluminos operation. During the October 12-13 weekend, the ninth round of the Red Line Oil Karting Championship took place at the SimracwayPerformanceDrivingCenter. The home track for Aluminos, its drivers felt right at home when racing at the historic Sonoma, California facility. The team saw great results on the weekend, including another victory for the new Aluminos chassis behind the talent of Jason Toft in the premiere Pro Stock Honda class and podium finish with Billy Scott in the Rotax Masters.

Petaluma, California’s Toft kicked things off Sunday morning when he beat out Aluminos teammate Will Preston for the pole position by just over a tenth of a second in Pro Stock Honda. In the first heat race, Toft led every lap but the last, as he was edged out for the win by new Aluminos chassis driver Brett Buckwalter. In the second heat race, Toft and Preston dueled in the opening laps, as Preston led the first lap. Toft would move into the lead and hold it for the rest of the race to secure the heat two win with Preston in second. Starting the main event on the pole position, Toft was set up to succeed in the feature race. Toft dominated as he led all 15 laps to score the victory, exactly one second ahead of the runner-up finisher. Preston, also aboard the new Aluminos chassis, was unable to shake off the bad-luck, and recorded an eighth place finish, just behind Andrew Vargas driving an Aluminos GP while Buckwalter struggled with engine issues in the main event.


New Aluminos Kart Gaining Momentum Off SKUSA SummerNationals Win

If you were debuting a brand new kart at a national event, a chassis that had your own blood, sweat and tears poured into its development, and was adorned with your team name, you couldn’t ask for a better outcome than to score a dominating victory in one of the toughest classes out there, at one of the biggest races of the year. For Rob Soares and his Aluminos squad, this was the exact result that was delivered when they rolled out their new Aluminos chassis for the S1 Pro Stock Moto main event at the fourth annual Superkarts! USA SummerNationals in Grand Junction, Colorado back in July. Long-time Aluminos lead pilot Daniel Bray – the 2011 SKUSA Pro Tour S1 champion – passed the #1 ranked Fritz Leesmann early on in the final and powered away to a thrilling victory, signaling the arrival of Aluminos as a leading chassis brand. The race was held at the ultra-racy Grand Junction Motor Speedway and fight in the S1 class was epic.

Soares actually debuted the new kart himself earlier in the year at a Red Line Oil Championship event at Simraceway in Sonoma, California, which is the home of the Aluminos headquarters. Soares won in his debut as well, sweeping the day in the Rotax Masters class.

“We’ve worked very closely with the GP Kart factory for years, providing detailed input and feedback from our drivers and staff in regards to chassis design and requirements specific to the tracks we run and the tires we are mandated to use,” offered Soares, who is looking forward to the fall and winter chassis sales season, as he hopes to put many drivers in new Aluminos karts for 2014. “We’ve taken all that knowledge and have worked up a design that will be the basis for our new Aluminos karts. Daniel’s win at the SummerNationals was a huge deal for us, as it verified that we’ve got a great product that’s capable of winning at the highest level.”

The overall design of the new chassis is six years in the making, and includes significant input over the year by the Aluminos team and many of the top-notch drivers who have run under Soares’ banner over the years. Veterans like Tom Dyer, Daniel Bray and Fritz Leesmann have all played roles in the design approach. Aluminos will offer three different models for 2014. The Sonoma and Rio options are both the 32mm chassis targeted at the shifterkart and TaG categories. The Sonoma uses the same tubing throughout the design, while the Rio utilizes tubing of mixed stiffness to deliver a different ride and unique tuning capabilities. The 30mm Estoril will be ideal of Rotax and TaG competition.

Team Aluminos is currently setting up shop in California for the Streets of Lancaster Grand Prix and will then be looking forward to this year’s SKUSA SuperNationals. The introduction of the new Aluminos chassis will be seamlessly into a proficient operation that formulates arrive-and-drive programs, driver coaching services, or customized tailored programs to fit the needs of their customers in either Stock Moto or TaG categories. If you are already planning for events in 2014, be sure to visit for more information on their professional race team operation and also for new and used chassis listings. Details for the entire chassis line, as well as all the trackside services, will be available on a brand new website that will be launching very soon.

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