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PKC NorCal Nears End of Season with Upcoming Sixth Round
Friday, 07 August 2009 15:28
The sixth round of the Superkarts! USA ProKart Challenge North program is just around the corner, scheduled for August 15 at the Jim Russell International Karting Center in Sonoma, California. The series has been off for roughly a month, with a number of competitors looking to get back to action in hopes of building on their championship chases. As is the case with the Superkarts! USA program, the PKC North staff will throw another ‘curve ball’ at the competition – as the event will utilize the 0.68-mile ‘Reverse Sprint’ circuit for the first time in the program’s history.

The TaG Senior and TaG Master classes are providing high excitement, when looking at the standings heading into the sixth round as the tightest fights at the top. The top four in the TaG Senior category are separated by just 137 points, which can easily change in one weekend. Will Martindale currently holds the top spot over Brett Felkins by 57 points, with Larry Fraser and defending two-time feature winner Brett Buckwalter charging closer to Felkins’ point total. The TaG Masters’ fight is closer at the top between the front two drivers Steve Elo and Jim Zootis. Elo leads by just 53 markers over Zootis, who has yet to score a feature win this season. Dylan Lupton extended his championship lead in the TaG Junior category after scoring his second straight feature win back in July, holding a 148 point margin over Austin Elliott.
PKC Revises Policy for Race Entry Cancellations
Tuesday, 04 August 2009 10:50
In the past, ProKart Challenge has allowed racers who have had to cancel their race entry to rollover their paid entry fees to a future race. This has unfortunately caused many accounting and inventory challenges. Therefore, effective immediately, PKC will no longer offer the 'rollover' option. If you have a pending rollover entry, PKC office staff will be in touch shortly to allow you one final rollover -- or a refund of the applicable fees. Please click here for our new policy regarding this issue. Thanks!
SuperNationals XIII Classes Filling Up Fast
Friday, 31 July 2009 08:58
Only a month has passed since Superkarts! USA leader Tom Kutscher opened the doors on registration for this year’s SuperNationals, but the grids for the Las Vegas event are already filling up fast. Set for the week of November 18-22, this year’s karting festival will be packed wall-to-wall as has been confirmed by the number of entries already received at the SKUSA offices and the number of rooms reserved at the Rio All-Suite Hotel and Casino.

“The numbers we have seen pile in over the last few weeks is simple amazing – we had over 100 entries the very first day!” stated SKUSA owner and president Kutscher. “Between the entry totals we are seeing already and the number of rooms booked at the Rio, there is no doubt this event will be huge. With last year’s event as a measuring stick, we are already past last year’s hotel books by over 40% and that says a lot about our program, our staff and the whole package that we present for our customers and karting friends. This year’s event will truly be one you don’t want to miss.”
Superkarts! USA Stepping Up with Return of Pro Tour in 2010
Friday, 24 July 2009 12:06

From the first day that Tom Kutscher sat at the Superkarts! USA helm following his purchase of the shifterkart organization, the karting enthusiast had one underlying goal – return the program to its glory days. The popular SKUSA ProMoto Tour vaulted gearbox racing to the forefront in the late 90’s and early 2000’s, making famous the names of top drivers like Darren Elliott, Jason LaPoint, Bobby Wilson, Scott Speed and Ron White. Kutscher was a top competitor in the series’ Formula G1 category for Masters drivers, spending considerable time on the podium himself. During this stretch, he reveled in the electricity of the trackside atmosphere, the paddock camaraderie and the quality of the racing. After watching the series fall from grace, Kutscher eventually assumed control of SKUSA and has been systematically putting it back together by developing regional programs and re-stoking the magic in its annual SuperNationals. Looking into the future, the Californian will now take the next logical step in bringing back a national series in the promotion of a three-race Pro Tour for 2010, which will expand the popularity of the SuperNats with the running of a SpringNationals in April and a SummerNationals in July. As customary, the SuperNationals will once again cap off the year of competition in Las Vegas in November.
Second Annual Machismo 500 Set to Return November 21
Wednesday, 22 July 2009 11:41
Karting Ventures Inc. has recently announced the sophomore edition of the wildly popular ‘Machismo 500’, an overnight endurance event held in conjunction with the Superkarts! USA SuperNationals XIII in Las Vegas, Nevada. The 500 lap team endurance race will run Saturday, November 21 through the morning hours of Sunday, November 22 on a 3/4-mile temporary circuit just outside the Rio Hotel and Casino doors.

The inaugural 2008 edition of the Machismo 500 saw competitors such as Alex Tagliani, Boris Said, Joey Hand and many others go wheel to wheel as the sun came up over the famed ‘Vegas Strip’ in the background. Following seven hours of racing, Team Sonoma Valley Racing with Robby Mott, Renn Ortenburger, and Raymond Zanotto behind the wheel go from the pole position to the top step of the podium.

This year’s event is sure to see even more top-level talent, as well as a new multi-class structure inspired by Le Mans sports car racing. Teams will have the option to compete in the ‘Sport Class’ featuring full-bodied karts powered by 270cc Honda engines (as featured in the 2008 edition of the Machismo 500), or they may opt to compete in the all-new ‘Pro Class’ which will feature the higher horsepower 390cc Honda Engine on an open-wheel chassis.

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