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EKN Trackside: 2020 Superkarts! USA Pro Tour WinterNationals – Preview
Wednesday, 11 March 2020 16:27

NOLA Motorsports Park

The 2020 Superkarts! USA Pro Tour begins this weekend as the program hosts the fourth edition of the SKUSA WinterNationals at the NOLA Motorsports complex in Avondale, LA. This year is the 11th season for the national championship, which started back in Sonoma 2010 with the first edition of the SpringNationals. The WinterNationals event was not added until 2017, contested at NOLA the first two years before it was run at CalSpeed Karting in California a year ago. The return to the 1.1-mile, 17-turn circuit brings a similar total of entries as last year’s WinterNats with the pre-entry list growing up to 204 heading into the weekend, all vying to begin their chance at a SKUSA Pro Tour crown in 2020.

eKartingNews.com has been broadcasting the SKUSA Pro Tour since the program began in 2010. EKN is happy to provide full Trackside Live coverage throughout the 2020 season. Xander Clements takes over the announcing duties for Rob Howden, who is in St. Pete for the IndyCar / Road to Indy weekend. Those unable to attend can listen in to the live broadcast – presented this weekend by Leading Edge Motorsports, Kart Republic and the Lockhart Grand Prix by P1 Promotions. Bookmark www.ekartingnews.com/live and follow the EKN social media channels for more throughout the weekend at NOLA.

The focus of the X30 Senior division is going to be all on Ryan Norberg (RPG / Kosmic). The four-time defending series champion begins his ‘Drive for Five’ this weekend, coming off a second straight SKUSA Winter Series crown. At 39 total entries, there are 38 other drivers looking to earn victories on the weekend and end the title streak of Norberg. Brandon Jarsocrak (MDR / Kosmic) has been one of the top challengers over the last four years, ending 2019 second in the SKUSA standings and EKN Driver Rankings to Norberg. Canadian Samuel Lupien (RPG / Kosmic) and Dante Yu (PSL / Birel ART) were second and third to Norberg in 2018, both making a return to the SKUSA Pro Tour this weekend. Read full story on eKartingNews.com
 
Important NOLA Deadlines
Thursday, 27 February 2020 17:58
URGENT DEADLINES REGARDING PRACTICE TIRES FOR NOLA TSRS AND WINTERNATS
  • Team Tires orders for Pickup at the TSRS Regional event at NOLA have to be placed thru the SKUSA/Evinco tire PORTAL by this Friday night 28th at midnight PST (no exceptions). After this deadline, all tires will have to be ordered/purchased at retail pricing -- either thru MSR or onsite (subject to availability). Tire compounds for this event will be the new Evinco SK-H Blues and SK-M Reds.
  • Team Tire orders for pickup at the NOLA Winternationals have to be placed thru the PORTAL by this coming Monday night, March 2nd at midnight PST. Same tire compounds and past-deadline rules as listed above will apply. (Pre-Entry cutoff is Sunday, March 8th thru MSR.)
  • Tires for all other markets and SKUSA events are still the current Evinco Red M and Evinco Blue H tires (until after the PKC Monterey April race). Updates to be posted as they become available.
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Superkarts! USA Confirms Record Breaking Prize Package For Upcoming 2020 SKUSA Pro Tour, Totaling Nearly $200,000
Tuesday, 18 February 2020 14:27
Fresh off the heels of announcing the shifter kart class expansion to include KZ engines, SKUSA is also pleased to unveil their 2020 prize structure for this year’s Pro Tour. In a move consistent with giving back to the customer, SKUSA is excited to confirm the largest prize package to date for the upcoming national championship.

“We spent a great deal of time speaking to teams and drivers in the paddock,” explained SKUSA president Tom Kutscher. “We asked a lot of competitors what prizes get them most excited, and to no surprise — cash is king. SKUSA will be taking it to the next level in 2020, and we couldn’t be more excited to once again be giving back to our racers.”

Even More Pro Class Weekend Prize Money
Prize money will be increased in Pro Shifter, X30 Senior, and even the X30 Junior class at the Winter, Spring and SummerNationals. SKUSA will be awarding a staggering $10,000* per class to the top five drivers in the overall point standings, cumulatively, for each weekend.
  • 1st Place: $5,000
  • 2nd Place: $2,500
  • 3rd Place: $1,250
  • 4th Place: $750
  • 5th Place: $500
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SKUSA To Allow KZ Engines To Run Alongside The 175SSE In Shifter Classes At The 2020 SKUSA ProTour And ProKart Challenge
Wednesday, 12 February 2020 10:05

With the 2020 incarnations of the SKUSA ProTour and ProKart Challenge just weeks away, Superkarts! USA is excited to confirm the expansion of their shifter kart classes to now include the popular KZ engine format. The move comes after careful deliberation between both factions of IAME USA, and valuable input from teams throughout the SKUSA paddock.

“We feel we have a shifter kart engine that’s second to none,” explained SKUSA’s principal Tom Kutscher. “That said, we would be lying if we said it’s been a perfect rollout. Various issues hindered the format at the very beginning, including an unfortunate one with the Tillotson carburetor. To their credit, they have worked tremendously hard alongside us to rectify the issues and we still consider them a valuable partner in the program. In recent months, the 175SSE has been rock solid and drivers continue to praise its durability and longevity. On the event side however, we are still a promotion company. Our customers’ input matters the most and we strive to be as inclusive as we can.”
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EKN Trackside: 2019 Superkarts! USA Pro Tour SummerNationals – Sunday Report
Tuesday, 13 August 2019 13:12

Race Liberante celebrated his Pro Shifter 2 title with a sweep of Round Six (Photo: EKN)

The 10th annual Superkarts! USA SummerNationals are now an exciting chapter in the organization’s history, and the final round of the 2019 Pro Tour was waged on Sunday at New Castle Motorsports Park. The event was treated with almost perfect mid-August Indiana weather and the new track configuration helped to provide the stage for some tremendous racing and, of course, the crowning of SKUSA’s newest national champions. Rolison Performance Group’s Ryan Norberg made history, securing his fourth straight championship in the X30 Senior category, truly an unparalleled accomplishment in the 25-plus years of SKUSA competition. Norberg finished second to Mike Doty Racing’s Brandon Jarsocrak in an wild finish that had to be seen to be believed, but Ryan’s recovery from a lacklustre WinterNationals was the stuff of legend. In the Pro Shifter class, we witnessed the newest chapter in the emergence of Kyle Wick as the top driver in the sport, as the CRG Nordam pilot completed a strong and consistent season to secure the national championship and the national #1 plate for 2020. The Croc Promotion USA duo of Jake French and Billy Musgrave dominated the weekend with a pair of 1-2 finishes, with French re-establishing himself as a true shifterkart star, but it was Wick’s run of six consistent finishes that earned him a well-deserved title. Read full story on eKartingNews.com
 


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