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SKUSA Partners with City of Lancaster to Promote Grand Prix
Monday, 09 May 2011 09:17
Superkarts! USA and the City of Lancaster, California are excited to officially announce their new partnership for the 2011 edition of the Streets of Lancaster Grand Prix. Effective immediately, the SKUSA staff will take over the administrative planning and on-track responsibilities for the event – and they will work together with the city to achieve the goal of growing the Grand Prix into the largest karting festival in California. The race is set for the October 7-9 weekend, giving karters in the Southwest the opportunity to rip through the streets of the southern California city during the third edition of this popular event.

As the leading professional karting organization in the country, Superkarts! USA promotes and manages the largest annual kart race in the nation – the SuperNationals in Las Vegas – and they are thrilled to have been given the opportunity to take the Streets of Lancaster event to the next level as well.

“We were happy to assist the city of Lancaster and their event staff last year, but I quickly found myself realizing how big this race could become for the city and the sport of karting as a whole,” enthused Tom Kutscher, Superkarts! USA President. “I believe that this race has a tremendous amount of potential, and I can’t wait to work alongside the city to achieve the goals that they have for the event. We will be bringing in most of our SuperNationals ‘A team’ to manage the entire event, and you can be sure that we will be using what we’ve learned from our national races to take the Streets of Lancaster Grand Prix to the next level.”

Kutscher will mobilize SKUSA’s national staff to manage the program, utilizing the same crew that runs the organization’s Pro Tour, including the SuperNationals. Veteran SKUSA Operations Manager Stan Brynarski has played this key role in every SuperNationals to date, and he will be charged with managing track design updates, paddock control and trailer placement -- the overall running of all programs away from the track surface. The class structure for the event has not yet been finalized, but it will be announced soon, as will more information regarding the development of the race.

City officials are pleased to be working with an organization that has experience promoting and managing an event of massive size and stature. The City of Lancaster is equally as excited for this year’s event, and they are very much looking forward to watching their race rise to new heights. They wish to thank the Tri-C Karters organization for their hard work and partnership in helping to organize the first two years of the race, and they hope that all of the racers will be back for this 2011 edition.

“We are extremely excited about the upcoming third annual Streets of Lancaster Grand Prix,” remarked City of Lancaster Mayor R. Rex Parris. “It’s a phenomenal event for our visitors and tourists, local residents and businesses, and the racers themselves. Last year we held the event along our newly-revitalized BLVD in downtown Lancaster, added an extra day of racing and festivities, and 35,000 people attended. This year, we are taking the Grand Prix to the next level through our dynamic partnership with Superkarts! USA.”

As with any major city event, the primary goal is to promote the municipality and bring tourism revenue into the area, and major motorsports events have long been included in efforts such as these all over the country. The logistics of a karting event provide this opportunity to smaller communities – and the Streets of Lancaster Grand Prix is a perfect example. The City of Lancaster is making a concerted effort to focus on increasing tourism, and the race is a central component of this endeavor.

The race will also be the final temporary circuit event on the West Coast prior to the November running of the 15th annual SKUSA SuperNationals, making it an excellent tune-up for the sport’s biggest race. In cooperation with SKUSA, the City of Lancaster will be providing a secure area to park and store trailers for anyone wishing attend the event and then leave their rigs in California prior to the SuperNationals. The City has offered to provide 24-hour security for these rigs to ensure their safety.