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ProKart Challenge North Series Returns to Sonoma
Thursday, 04 June 2009 08:23
Following the inaugural ProKart Challenge West Coast Shootout, the PKC North program readies for the fourth round of the seven event championship on June 13, returning to the home circuit of the series – the Jim Russell International Karting Center at Infineon Raceway in Sonoma, California. The event will mark the first time this year that the series will utilize the popular ‘reverse national’ layout on the 7/8-mile circuit, which is expected to bring extra, intrigued drivers to the race.

“We introduced the reverse layout last year, which was a big hit with our regulars – and brought in a number of new competitors to the PKC North program,” said Superkarts! USA owner and PKC promoter Tom Kutscher. “Though we call the Sonoma track home in that region, the facility allows us to switch it up for the competitors each month to keep it fresh and exciting for those behind the wheel – and those along the fence.”

The championship battles are beginning to take shape as the program reaches the midpoint of the season. Two drivers currently hold the top spot in the standings in two divisions each – Jacob Neal and Kiel Spaulding. Neal has finished no worse than second in both the S1 and S3 categories, where he currently has a comfortable advantage over Cody Hodgson and Tommy Thompson respectively. The 18-year-old also has a five-race win streak dating back to February in the S3 division, including three in the South and the big victory at the PKC West Coast Shootout. Spaulding has a similar look in the Junior classes, as the HPV2 Junior defending champion leads over Dylan Lupton and Luis Tyrrell – while on top in the TaG Junior standings over Louie Pagano and Adrian Starrantino.
Rule Update for KF2 Class
Wednesday, 03 June 2009 17:32
Effective 06/03/2009 all KF entrants must utilize the 2009 CIK-FIA mandated spec clutch (CIK-FIA technical drawings No. 15 & 16).  Clutch shall have a minimum weight (complete with starter ring and engine sprocket) according to the engine Homologation Form.
Entrants must be prepared to remove the drum or clutch at any time during technical inspection to determine conformity.
John Motley
National Technical Director
SuperKarts USA

SuperKarts! USA Announces Return to Rio for 2009 SuperNationals
Friday, 22 May 2009 01:00
At what was largely considered to be the greatest karting event in North American history, the Superkarts! USA SuperNationals XII elevated the event’s prestige when it returned to the Rio All-Suite Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas last November. Now, looking ahead six months, the organization is gunning to trump the previous edition of the program’s marquee race. SKUSA’s Tom Kutscher is pleased to announce that the 13th edition of the SuperNationals will return to the Rio on November 18-22, 2009, with a number of improvements scheduled to be unveiled prior and during this year’s event.

“The 2008 SuperNationals was a huge success for karting and for SKUSA,” stated Kutscher, looking back at an event that was the product of six months of work. “Without the hard work and dedication of the entire staff, both on and off the track, and those competing, the event would not have been possible. With last year’s event now in the SKUSA history books, we have a better idea of the challenges and opportunities that we face at this tremendous venue. With some fine tuning, we’re looking to make this year’s event even more spectacular – and one not to be missed!”

The evolution on the drawing board for this year’s race includes the addition of a fifth day of on-track action, a more focused class structure, a fine-tuned race track, increased seating and paddock excitement, and finally, the best room rate in the history of the SuperNats at the Rio.
Championship Points Updated after Buttonwillow
Tuesday, 19 May 2009 20:54
Things are really starting to shape up.  Have a look on the Series Points page.
Neal and Zeen Score in ProKart Challenge West Coast Shootout
Tuesday, 19 May 2009 17:37
The concept behind the inaugural ProKart Challenge West Coast Shootout was to bring together the competitors of both the North and South PKC regional programs, and the approach certainly delivered – as a thrilling day of racing was the outright result. More than 110 drivers hit the track on May 16 at the Buttonwillow Raceway Park kart track, and they were forced to battle extreme heat as well as each other. The mercury rose to over 100 at the California facility, but the SKUSA staff, their drivers and their teams all handled it extremely well. The racing itself was ludicrously good, with some stellar head-to-head battles highlighting the action –as the South edged the North for the overall regional crown. PCH Motorsports’ Jacob Neal (CRG) turned in one of the finest performances in his young career, coming out on top of an exciting scrap in S3, while G-Phactory’s Andrick Zeen (Sodi Kart) was the man to beat in TaG Senior.

Neal faced some serious challengers in the S3 category, qualifying third behind polesitter Jimmy McNeil (CRG) and Tommy Thompson (Trackmagic). McNeil was two tenths clear of the field to throw his name in the hat for the win, until he lost his airbox and had to pull off. Neal took over from there, winning both heat races to start on the pole for the main event. The 20-lap race took place on a very greasy track, made even more challenging by the high heat, as Select Shifter pilot Clinton Schoombee (CRG) grabbed the holeshot to lead the first half of the event. Neal would battle back from a tough start, getting past a pair of Team Aluminos drivers in Daniel Bray (GP) and Tom Dyer (GP) as they battled each other, eventually arriving on the rear bumper of Schoombee.

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