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Superkarts! USA Announces Details for Streets of Lancaster Grand Prix
Wednesday, 10 August 2011 07:25
As announced in May, Superkarts! USA and the City of Lancaster, California will be working together this year to promote the 2011 edition of the Streets of Lancaster Grand Prix, and plans are well underway in taking the race to the next level. The three-day karting festival will take place on the October 7-9 weekend and will serve as a final tune-up for the organization’s Pro Tour finale -- the SKUSA SuperNationals XV in Las Vegas in November. This year’s Streets of Lancaster GP will feature an updated schedule, a new class structure and a new track design for the third edition of the popular event.

The biggest change coming from the transition to SKUSA management will be an all-new and much safer track layout. The new course is a five-turn circuit that will come in at just over a 1/2-mile, highlighted by more run-off room and the elimination of the chicanes that caused many incidents last year. SKUSA will be bringing in their full supply of barriers, the same system used at the SKUSA SuperNationals, to outline the course in an effort to ensure that it will be safe for all competitors and spectators. The City of Lancaster is preparing the course area by repaving a larger percentage of the sections that will be used for the track, solidifying their support of the event for this year and beyond.


“I’m thrilled with the level of support we’re getting from the City of Lancaster, and it’s because of this backing that this year’s race is going to be off the hook,” commented SKUSA president Tom Kutscher. “Anything we want, they’re providing, from the new track to extra runoffs – even a freshly paved track! They’re bringing in over 60 tons of asphalt to make sure that the track is perfect. This is going to be an incredible event for the southern California karting community!”

The official race days of the weekend event will be Saturday and Sunday, while Friday will be reserved for competitor move-in and special VIP group races, which will be made up of a number of Lancaster officials and dignitaries. On Saturday, the official action begins with two practice runs to set up for qualifying and the first round of heat races. Sunday will begin with a warm-up in the morning, followed by the second round of heats. Opening Ceremonies will set the stage for the main events, with podium ceremonies to follow the last feature race. A specific timed schedule will be available closer to the event, but SKUSA will be aiming to have the on-track action completed by 4:30 pm on Sunday afternoon, with podiums targeted for 5:00 pm.

“One of our key goals is to run an on-time event all weekend, utilizing our SKUSA track staff to make sure we hit all the marks,” Kutscher added. “We’ll be putting some of the responsibility on the drivers to respect the track and their fellow competitors, but we’re still going to be pushing hard to make sure the event doesn’t run on into the early evening.”

With SKUSA taking over the administrative responsibilities as well, the organization is bringing in its core class structure to the event, where it will be paired with one or two local option classes. Pro Shifter will be the headline category, as it will combine SKUSA’s S1 and S2 divisions. TaG Senior, S4 Master Stock Moto, TaG Master, TaG Junior and TaG Cadet will complete the divisions utilizing the SKUSA rules and regulations. One or two more classes will be added to the full schedule in the coming weeks, based on feedback from a planned poll on eKartingNews.com. A vintage kart group and a Kid Kart Invitational category will join the event for Sunday-only action. More information on these programs will be announced in the coming weeks, as well.

An added bonus to those who will be coming from lengthy distances to compete in Lancaster will have the option of storing their trailers and haulers with the Lancaster Police Department. Those who wish to store their transports from October to November prior to the SKUSA SuperNationals will have just a five-hour trek from Lancaster to Las Vegas. The host hotel for the event will be the Oxford Suites of Lancaster, located just three miles from the paddock section of the Grand Prix layout. More information on both the transport storage and host hotel will be announced shortly.

SKUSA is aiming for September 1 to open the online registration for the race. For more information on anything related to Superkarts! USA, visit their website – http://www.superkartsusa.com – or send an email to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it