Kart king takes on Las Vegas
It's all happening pretty quickly for Kel Treseder.
No more than a week after securing a grid position at Las Vegas's Super National, the Bundaberg kart king has already paid his registration, secured the services of equipment giant CRG and raised several thousand dollars.
It hasn't been easy though, and it's meant a lot of help from friends, family and business contacts in the area.
No amount of work is too great for Treseder it seems, with the multiple Australian champion determined not to miss out on the opportunity of a lifetime.
It will be the first time the Bundaberg driver has raced in an internationally-classed race.
“I guess it's a big deal and big honour. I'm excited because you really can't go any further in our sport than this race.”
Cruising the 1.2km street circuit around Las Vegas with 40 of the world's best kart drivers is not something you get to do every day.
“It's the who's who race for karting. And the potential to secure a full-time driver contract over there next season is very realistic,” he said.
He will race with the same team that world champion Jonathan Thonon is signed to, with Thonon likely to be on the grid alongside Treseder.
Formula One and NASCAR drivers will also feature in the special event, with Michael Schumacher still booked to compete in the race.
“If I was to get tapped on the shoulder and someone was to say they required my services I'd jump at the chance,” he said.
“It's huge over there and this is a great chance to get seen.”
He will take long-time supporter Ray Fulton and mechanic John Targett, who has 10 years of experience working on the European circuit.
The local hero also has connections with many V8 Supercar drivers who used to race alongside Treseder.
“I've got 10 or 12 of them to sign a shirt to raffle off and they've all really got behind me,” he said.
If you think you can assist Treseder in getting to Las Vegas, drop into Kel's Karts and Parts on Walla Street and have a chat with him.