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Jim Russell Racing Drivers School Partners with SKUSA SuperNationals XIII
Wednesday, 04 November 2009 15:40
The Jim Russell Racing Drivers School has formally announced a partnership with Superkarts! USA to award two scholarships for the ‘Future Driver 2010 Selection’ to two lucky SuperNationals XIII drivers. A panel of three scouts will select a driver from each the S3 and TaG Senior fields to receive a direct bid to the Future Driver Selection, held at Infineon Raceway December 19-22, a value of $7995 each.

The Jim Russell Future Driver Selection is an international initiative created this year to find the best young talent from the worlds of karting and ‘junior’ formula car racing. It is designed to be a merit-based competition that rewards the two best young drivers with a fully-funded season of racing in the 2010 Jim Russell Championship Series (JRCS). From there the competitors will find themselves battling it out for the JRCS Prize Package, a fully-funded season in the 2011 FIA Formula Two Championship.

"As the premier karting event in the USA, SuperNats is the ideal venue to observe and select drivers for our Future Driver program and compliments our ladder system which is comprehensive from karting through Formula 1” explained Chip Pankow, President, Jim Russell Racing Drivers School.
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F1’s Buemi and Alguersuari Confirmed for SKUSA SuperNationals in SuperPro
Wednesday, 21 October 2009 07:14
eKartingNews.com has learned from Superkarts! USA that Formula One drivers Sebastien Buemi and Jaime Alguersuari are confirmed entries for the upcoming SKUSA SuperNationals XIII at the Rio All-Suites Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas - November 18-22. The Scuderia Toro Rosso drivers will compete in the SuperPro (KZ2) division, representing Italian kart manufacturer Intrepid.

“It is certainly great to have two current Formula One drivers make the trip over to the SuperNationals,” commented SKUSA CEO Tom Kutscher from his home office. “It certainly speaks volumes for the event itself when it can attract current international karters and former world champions, along with NASCAR, IndyCar, and now Formula One drivers. I have heard that a few more F1 drivers are rumored to be making the trip as well, but are not yet confirmed.”

Buemi hails from Switzerland and is currently completing his first season in Formula One. After earning numerous Swiss Karting titles, Buemi’s highest achievement in karting came via European Junior Intercontinental A Championship in 2002 aboard a CRG. Two years later, the soon-to-be 21-year old (October 31) began his progression up the formula car ranks in Europe before landing the test/reserve driving position for Red Bull in 2008.

Alguersuari recently made a return to karting having competed at the KZ1 World Cup in Sarno, Italy during an off-weekend from Formula One. The 19-year old competed in the upper level of European karting for three years - two as a Junior before becoming an official member of the Intrepid factory team competing once in the Senior ranks.
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SKUSA Hawaii Region Set to Debut This Weekend
Friday, 06 June 2008 00:07
After completing an agreement to become the latest region for the Superkarts! USA organization, the SKUSA Hawaii series is set to kick off the first of seven events for the Maui Kart Challenge this weekend at the Maui Motorsports Park - Puunene Kart Track. As the first SKUSA regional program outside the continental 48 states, the Maui Kart Challenge has spent the past month preparing for the opening event on June 7, to be held under the lights, in hopes of building the karting community on the Hawaiian Islands.

The Maui GoKart Association will be behind the running of the Maui Kart Challenge. The organization is currently in a rebuilding stage as the sport of karting has come and gone on the island over the past 20 years. The Puuene Kart Track – where all seven races will be held this season – is a half-mile course with two long straights, boasting nine turns equipped with CIK-style curbing and a full lighting system for night racing. The Maui Kart Challenge will offer the basic SKUSA class structure for their shifters with S1, G1, S3, S4, S5 Jr, and K1 (for the 80cc Shifters), and then TaG Juniors, Seniors and Masters for the TaG racers. Local option classes will be run as well during the weekend.

“I’d really like to thank Tom Kutscher and SKUSA for being involved with our program and creating the SKUSA Hawaii region,” stated Art Gumpfer of the Maui Kart Challenge. “With this new partnership, we hope to bring karting to many racers on the Hawaiian Islands with a respectable program that they can be proud of. I’d also like to thank Tony Kart Florida, Fastech Racing, Gumpfer Motorsports, Pacific Rim Productions, and American Standard Concrete Pumping for their support of the new program.”

Practice will begin at 8:00 am and run all day to prepare for qualifying at 5:00 pm before getting into the racing action. A new website has been produced - http://www.mauikartingclub.com - and will be updated throughout the year with all the Maui Kart Challenge information. For more details regarding the Maui Kart Challenge, contact Art Gumpfer at 808-216-3514 or the karting office at 808-873-8363.
 
SKUSA Central States Challenge Set for Debut Event
Wednesday, 04 June 2008 00:04
After nearly two years in the making, the stars have aligned and the first installment of the new Superkarts! USA Central States Challenge (SCSC) will take place this coming weekend at the I-55 Speedway karting circuit in Pevely, Missouri, set on the calendar for June 7-8. Previously known as the Central States Super Series, the program created by PG Racing’s Greg Yocom was recently able to join forces with the SKUSA organization to help build a stronger regional presence in the states of Illinois, Iowa, and Missouri.

To help make the debut a memorable one, Yocom and his SCSC staff are going at the event 110%. Kicking off the series, SKUSA President Tom Kutscher will be on-hand to oversee the first event, taking the opportunity to introduce himself to all of the new SKUSA racers. In addition to Kutscher, one of the lead technicians of SwedeTech Racing Engines will be on-site to provide engine tuning assistance throughout the weekend. Also on the docket for the opening round will be a Saturday night BBQ and special prizes handed out throughout the weekend. 

“I want to thank Tom (Kutscher) for helping this become a reality and working with us to help grow this region,” stated Yocom. “With Tom present at the opening round, our racers will be able to talk with him directly rather than through me, to help them understand how serious we are in becoming one of the best programs in the country, as we already have some of the best racers.”

The I-55 Speedway karting circuit is located in Pevely, MO and is a nine-turn, 0.55-mile circuit with an 800 ft. long front stretch. “Thunder Valley” as it’s known, features hairpin turns, a banked Monza and a tight Esses section that creates a challenge to each driver. The SKUSA Central States Challenge will be offering a variety of classes, the core based on the SKUSA ProKart Challenge South program: S1, G1, G2, S3 Heavy, S4 Light, S4 Heavy, TaG Senior, TaG Masters and the S5 Junior division. Local option classes include TaG Junior, TaG Cadet, Kid Karts and 2&4 cycle classes.

As with most SKUSA regions, an outstanding prize package will be offered at the end of the year, including an all expense paid trip to compete at the Granja Viana 500 in Sao Paulo, Brazil, racing alongside Formula 1 and IRL superstars, courtesy of MG Tires Brazil. Trip includes airfare, hotel, transportation, and all race expenses – a $10,000 value. All Central States Challenge racers will be eligible if they are 18 or over, have competed in all six of the series events, and are present at the series banquet for the drawing. Entries to the SuperNationals, class championship trophies, championship jackets and more will be awarded at the year-end award ceremonies.

The series will be holding a practice session on Friday, June 6 from 12:00 – 6:00 pm. To help attract new races, Yocom will also offer up a half-price entry to anyone traveling in from over 200 miles. The series website is currently in a rebuilding stage -- although the former website is still available with all of the series information. See http://www.thecsss.com
 
ProKart Challenge Set to Kick Off '08 Schedule
Thursday, 20 March 2008 21:19
Superkarts! USA in expansion mode with new series to debut

FONTANA, CA (March 20, 2008) – The 2008 season is expected to be a very exciting one for the growing Superkarts! USA organization, which will take a number of major steps forward in re-releasing the brand onto the American karting community. The new ownership of Tom and Patti Kutscher have been busy in the off-season laying out plans to expand their program, using their ultra-successful ProKart Challenge (PKC) model to pull the cover off of three new regional series in ’08. As the flagship series under the SKUSA banner, the ProKart Challenge will kick off its new season on the March 28-29 weekend at the CalSpeed karting facility, which is located just outside the track walls of Auto Club Speedway (formerly California Speedway) in Fontana, California.  Once again delivering the best in shifterkart and TaG sprint racing, the PKC has a handful of new announcements to make as well, including a brand new website and minimum age adjustments in G1 and TaG Masters.
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