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Finale Weekend for Texas ProKart Challenge Set for June 29-July 1 in Denton
Tuesday, 26 June 2012 00:00
The Texas ProKart Challenge (TPKC) presented by 3G Kart Racing/Burger King™/Fernelius Alvarez Attorneys will close out its inaugural season on the June 29-July 1 weekend. The North Texas Kartways will be the site of rounds five and six as the North Texas Karters host competitors in the Superkarts! USA and United States Rotax Max Challenge programs under the TPKC banner. Racers will complete the three event series with the championships coming down to the best five of six rounds counted toward the final standings.

The North Texas Karters operate the North Texas Kartways circuit. The 1/2-mile course is nine turns, and provides a great challenge for racers. The facility hosted the Rotax Grand Nationals in 2003 and has groomed a number of top drivers in the sport today. On the line for the champions will be a paid entry and guaranteed starting spots for the SuperNationals XVI in Las Vegas on SuperSunday in the SKUSA categories, while Rotax drivers will earn a paid entry to the US Rotax Grand Nationals in August. With a drop race calculated into the final championship standings, anything can happen in the final two rounds to decide just who will stand on the P1 step of the championship podium.
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Midwest ProKart Challenge Brings SKUSA Back to Wisconsin
Thursday, 21 June 2012 08:39
Superkarts! USA returns to the state of Wisconsin after a long hiatus, with the second stop of the Midwest ProKart Challenge set to visit the Blain’s Farm & Fleet Motorplex inside the grounds of the famed Road America course on June 30-July 1. Over 10 years ago was the last visit by the then SKUSA Mid America region series. The new Midwest ProKart Challenge is committed to rejuvenating shifterkart and TaG racing throughout the Great Lakes region. Last month was a visit to the historic TNT Kartways along the Missouri/Illinois border. This month, racers in the Badger State are encouraged to travel to Elkhart Lake, WI for a great weekend of racing.

The 4-mile Road America facility has been a staple in the motorsports world since it was developed for competition in 1955, and has never changed from its original layout. The newly-named Blain’s Farm & Fleet Motorplex was constructed in 2001 inside the ‘Carousel’ and alongside the ‘Hurry Downs’ section of the big course. It has hosted a number of national events in its 12-year history, with the local Road America Kart Club contesting local events weekly. The layout is roughly 8/10-mile with 13 turns and drastic changes in elevation from one end to the other – certainly a challenge for drivers and their machines.
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New Documentary to Feature SKUSA Competition
Wednesday, 13 June 2012 12:06


There is a great deal of excitement in the Superkarts! USA world these days surrounding a potential project that could give the sport and our organization an incredible video calling card. John Shofner of Texas, who has already produced a handful of amazing videos from SKUSA events over the past year, has put together an exciting effort that, if funded, would provide the sport with a feature-length documentary film that could easily be the most important piece of marketing that karting has seen in years. Shofner’s plan is to attend this year’s SKUSA SummerNationals and SuperNationals, as well as the California ProKart Challenge Streets of Lancaster Grand Prix, to film and document these events, adding this coverage to footage already logged from the SKUSA SpringNationals and the opening rounds of the Texas ProKart Challenge. John’s focus on the Superkarts! USA organization will certainly be a positive for our style of karting and would help to promote SKUSA racing to a new community of potential racers.

The SKUSA staff is thrilled to be working with John, and we understand how valuable this project could be to the sport.

“John’s vision of the sport is so incredibly dynamic, and each video he’s produced so far has shown karting in a professional and exciting fashion,” commented Tom Kutscher, Superkarts! USA leader. “We all have faced a situation when we needed to educate friends and family on the true nature of karting, correcting those who still think of it as the yard kart and a lawnmower engine. What we do is far different, and this film will be able to demonstrate this like nothing else we’ve ever seen.”

Superkarts! USA will be backing this effort and we commend all of the karting companies and racers who have stepped up to give this project a true shot at getting the green light. If you’re a SKUSA racer or a team owner who has not yet pledged your support, we urge you to do so as soon as possible, even if it’s just $20, as this is the final week to hit the necessary funding of $40,000. You can make your pledge for contribution here:

http://becomeonefilm.com

We are closing in on making this a reality, and we now need the SKUSA racing community to come together to make it happen. SKUSA would like to thank the following companies, who have stepped up in a big way – DRT Racing, MG Tires, ONE Race Gear, eKartingNews.com and Action Karting.
 
Texas ProKart Challenge Produces Solid Racing at Grandsport Speedway
Thursday, 07 June 2012 08:35
Grandsport Speedway hosted its first ever regional karting event as the growing Texas ProKart Challenge (TPKC) presented by 3G Kart Racing/Burger King™/Fernelius Alvarez Attorneys visited the facility on June 1-3. The open 1.3-mile course in Hitchcock, Texas provided a very fast course for the series to contend rounds three and four of the six event championship program. The weekend was co-promoted by 3G and Gulf Coast Karters, who moved most of their barriers, PA system, and timing and scoring equipment across town to properly host the event. Over 80 entries contested the three-day event under the Superkarts! USA and United States Rotax Max Challenge regional banners, providing some exciting racing that kept people on the pit wall throughout the day.

The weekend saw over 30 shifterkart drivers compete on the very fast circuit with the S2 Semi-Pro division, sponsored Miller & Brown LLP, hosting 17 entries. Ryan Kinnear and Garrett Boone split the feature wins on the weekend. Kinnear swept the action for round three on Saturday, leading the class through qualifying, both heat races and the feature. He led point leader Connor Wagner and Jordon Musser across the stripe. Stopping Kinnear from a perfect score on the day, Miguel Lopez stole the fast lap of the race in a 10th place effort. Sunday saw Boone qualifying in P1 position with Kinnear coming through for the win in heat one. Boone struck back to win heat two and drove away to lead all 12 laps of the main event for to earn his second feature victory of the season. Kinnear ran second for his third straight podium finish while Connor Iseli earned his first by placing third.
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Midwest ProKart Challenge Event Records Successful 2012 Season Opener
Tuesday, 29 May 2012 10:01
The 2012 season of the revamped Midwest ProKart Challenge got underway at the TNT Kartways in West Quincy, MO over the May 18-20 weekend. A double-round event at the historic 4/10-mile course began a new era for Superkarts! USA in the area, welcoming racers from a wide range of surrounding states contesting eight categories, half Stock Moto and half TaG divisions. The largest class of the weekend was TaG Senior, one that struggled to produce respectable numbers in the past, showing that the SKUSA format of TaG racing is favorable among the karting community. S5 Junior Stock Moto was the second largest, as the Midwest continues to produce the next rising stars in shifterkart racing.

The Kart Star Motorsports-sponsored TaG Senior category welcomed 10 competitors on the weekend, led throughout the event by Tommy Andersen. The Illinois driver swept the weekend in convincing fashion. Andersen opened up round one by setting fast time in qualifying (28.278 seconds) and then winning both heat races comfortably. Tommy went flag-to-flag in the main event to score the victory by over three-seconds ahead of Minnesota pilot Aaron Telitz and Wisconsin’s Dillon Kranz. Andersen went just a tick quicker in qualifying on Sunday (28.230) with the same result of P1. He would go on to lead all 12 laps of the heat races and the 20-lap feature for a clean sweep. Telitz matched his runner-up finish from the previous day, as Kaylee Granberg from Missouri won the battle for the final podium step.
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