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EKN Trackside: 2014 Streets of Lancaster Grand Prix – Sunday Report
Tuesday, 30 September 2014 08:24

Austin Elliott was awarded the Streets of Lancaster Driver Scholoarship program for 2015 (Photo: dromophotos.com)

It was an amazing day in the city of Lancaster on Sunday, as the California ProKart Challenge wrapped up the 2014 season at the sixth annual Streets of Lancaster Grand Prix. The southern California city welcomed over 100 racers for what is a three-day festival on the Boulevard. The Superkarts! USA racers on hand put on a show for the hundreds of spectators, making the main events Sunday afternoon a memorable one for those on and off the track.

TaG Senior
Hometown driver Brendan Baker (Tony Kart) set the tone in the final heat race, leading all 10 laps to score the pole position for the main event. Four drivers made up the lead group, with Andrick Zeen (Praga), Nathan Seegrist (Tony Kart) and Chris Cricca (ART GP). The fight was for second, with Cricca holding the spot and then Zeen, but it was Seegrist scoring the position. Zeen ended up third with Cricca back to fourth. Kyle Hayner (Birel) won the fifth spot over Austin Elliott (Kosmic).

It was three early on in the 20-lap main event, with Baker, Zeen, and Seegrist as Cricca fell back. The defending race winner closed back in as the trio shuffled for the top spot. Cricca began moving forward with Zeen helping, mixing up the group to take a turn at the point. By lap seven, Cricca was into the lead. After the halfway point, the shuffling continued with Baker and Seegrist getting a taste of the lead. Cricca eventually took over the position, and gapped the group. The fight for second heated up, as they did not stay in line to reel in Cricca. That allowed Stepanova Nekeel (Vemme) to close in and join the fight. Nekeel had worked his way into third, and tried for the second spot on lap 19, but slid too far at turn five, going off into the barriers and out of the race. Baker retired just before that, losing the brakes on his machine and went into the barriers as well. Out front Cricca drove away to his second straight Streets of Lancaster Grand Prix victory by four-seconds. Zeen secured the second spot over Seegrist with Elliott fourth and Josh Sarchet (ART GP) fifth.

Elliott, recovering from a major crash in Modesto, was honored after the podium ceremonies by the city of Lancaster. The NorCal pilot was name the Streets of Lancaster Grand Prix Driver Scholarship winner, earning a $12,000 program to promote the event as a competitor at the California ProKart Challenge and SKUSA Pro Tour in 2015.  Read full story on eKartingnews.com
 
EKN Trackside: 2014 Streets of Lancaster Grand Prix – Saturday Report
Tuesday, 30 September 2014 08:21

Ron White prevailed in the S1/S2 heat race (Photo: dromophotos.com)

Opening day of 2014 Streets of Lancaster Grand Prix was picture perfect. Clear skies, a big crowd and a hungry group of over 100 racers setting up for what was to be an exciting two days of racing in the downtown district of the Southern California city. Practice, qualifying and the first round of heat racing was completed Saturday, along with a number of VIP races under the lights for the city of Lancaster, and all of the Grand Prix supporters.

S1 Pro/S2 Semi-Pro
As we have seen all season long, the S2 Semi-Pro drivers have shown the speed to compete with the S1 Pro drivers in qualifying. Today was no different, as S2 point leader Kolton Griffin (Tony Kart) recorded the fast time in qualifying by over a tenth with a 40.498-second lap. The top S1 Pro was defending race winner Fritz Leesmann (CRG). Veteran Ron White (CRG) was third overall, with S2 rookie Jarred Campbell (Intrepid) in fourth. Ryon Beachner (Tony Kart) and Billy Musgrave (Tony Kart) completed the top six overall, with S2 drivers Carter Williams (FA Kart) in seventh.

The last race of the day was the S1/S2 heat race, with Leesmann and White putting on a show at the final corner. Nearly every lap, the two exchanged the lead. White eventually prevailed with the position and scored the race win. Leesmann had to settle for second, but recorded the fast lap of the race. Musgrave drove to third overall, with Griffin and Campbell the top S2 drivers. Beachner, Matias Podboj (ART GP) completed the S1 top-five with Blake Murdock (FA Kart), Williams and Alan Michel (Tony Kart) rounding out the S2 top-five.  Read full story on eKartingnews.com
 
Don’t Miss Tonight’s cutoff to Pre-register for the 6th annual Streets of Lancaster Grand Prix happening this weekend!
Tuesday, 23 September 2014 10:36
Pre-Enter at the SKUSA Store.

All important event Details are here, including page 2 that has the driving directions and track map, and page 3 that has our planned schedule.

Hope you have your hotel room! Page 4 lists our host hotels, and the SpringHill Suites still has double rooms available.

This RADIO AD is airing more than 4,000 times on 14 radio stations in the L.A. area leading up to the beginning of our races! Turn up your speakers and get pumped!

Hope to see you there,

Tom & Patti Kutscher
 
 
Streets of Lancaster Grand Prix to Host California ProKart Challenge Finale
Saturday, 20 September 2014 11:26

The city streets of Lancaster will be busy with action on September 27-28 when the California ProKart Challenge completes the 2014 season (Photo: dromophotos.com)

The final weekend of racing for Superkarts! USA’s California ProKart Challenge is quickly approaching. September 26-28 will mark the championship finale weekend for the series, taking place at the sixth annual Streets of Lancaster Grand Prix. The city of Lancaster, California – roughly an hour north of the Los Angeles metropolitan area – will welcome racers and teams from all across the country. This will be the fourth straight year for the California PKC program at this venue – working directly with the city to make this a fun event for both those on the track and the many spectators expected throughout the weekend at this city-wide street festival.

The final weekend of the California ProKart Challenge is run differently than the proceeding events of the 2014 season. The first five rounds of this season have offered single race days, including a full day of unofficial practice on Friday. The sixth and final round of competition in Lancaster will be a two-day event. Practice sessions, qualifying, and the first heat race will be contested on Saturday. The second heat, along with the feature races, will be held on Sunday. The format ensures maximum track time for all competitors, as well as ensuring a fun two-day festival for spectators to enjoy.
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Rule Clarifications and Upcoming Rule Changes: Honda cylinders, SKUSA TAG classes and IAME/X30
Friday, 19 September 2014 17:54

Honda Cylinders:

Many of the previous complaints regarding the 01/02 cylinders have subsided – as builders, tuners, and drivers have learned to deal with the differences in these cylinders. At this time, SKUSA is not planning on making any changes to the current rule structure for these engines/cylinders.

SKUSA TAG classes:

  • TAG Junior: This class will continue to be a Leopard engine only thru 2015. For 2016, the class will become an X30 engine only.
  • TAG Senior and TaG Master: Effective October 18, 2014 (30 days from this notice), the X30 engine weight will be reduced to 365 lbs in TaG Senior and 392 lbs in TaG Master. This will be the final weight adjustment for 2014.
    • A new X30 PDF published on the SKUSA website today, September 19, reflects the addition of carbon fiber reeds, along with a change of the minimum reed thickness to .010”. Only IAME reeds are allowed.
    • For 2015, both the Leopard and X30 engines will be allowed, and drivers will be able to switch between both engines without penalty. As previously announced, both the ROK TT and Motori 7 will be removed from the list of allowable engines in the SKUSA program starting in 2015.
    • For 2016, only the X30 engine will be allowed in these 2 classes.

Additional X30 information:

  • All X30 engines used in SKUSA competition must be purchased from an Authorized IAME USA Dealer. IAME USA is developing an Identity Card that will be supplied with each new engine, as well as making them available for engines previously purchased in North America. This should not cause any problems for legitimately-purchased USA engines, and will allow IAME USA and its customers to conform to the stringent EPA regulations regarding off-road competition engines.
  • Pricing on replacement parts for the Triton carburetors has reached an unacceptable level. IAME USA will be announcing a program that will replace all Triton carburetors on qualifying engines with a Tillotson carburetor at no cost to the competitor.
  • Both the new ID card and carburetor will be announced when available – targeted for the beginning of 2015 from your local IAME USA dealer.
 


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