Article by: Superkarts! USA
It would be hard to argue the fact that this has been a tough year for the sport of karting. The economic issues that are facing the country have affected karting’s participation numbers all over the nation, which makes the current excitement surrounding the Superkarts! USA SuperNationals a potentially positive cap to the 2010 season. SKUSA is thrilled to announce that the continuing growth of the S4 Stock Moto Master category has demanded its expansion to a pair of race groups for this year’s SuperNationals, which will be held on the grounds of the Rio All-Suites Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada on November 17-21. After confirming that the S4 class had reached its 40-entry capacity back on August 10, SKUSA stated that it would begin adding new potential entrants to a waiting list. The response was rapid, as this list topped more than 20 drivers within a week. SKUSA will now be capping the S4 class at a maximum of 80 entries, and the current entry total in S4 is now over 60 entries (as wait listers were notified first). Furthermore, based on the fact that both TaG Senior and TaG Junior are expected to reach their capacity limits next, there will likely be no other class caps extended for this event, due to race day time constraints.
“It’s hard to express how great it is to see that so many ‘veteran’ drivers are excited about SKUSA and the S4 program,” admits Tom Kutscher, SKUSA president. “The moto shifter class was where I started with Superkarts! USA when I was racing, and I’m thrilled to see a full field for the SuperNationals. The big numbers are simply proving the quality and attraction of the Stock Moto program. I think this is also a little preview of what we’re going to see on the SKUSA Pro Tour circuit in 2011. The Tour is going to be big next year – and the S4 grid is going to be packed!”
Due to the limitations of the daily schedule, only two SuperNats categories can be extended past the 40-entry max, and with the race less than three months away, two additional classes are flirting with reaching their capacity. The TaG Senior class is expected to easily meet its 80-kart grid limit as it did last year, and TaG Junior will this year be limited to a 40-kart count. This may disappoint a few drivers who do not get registered in time, especially since TaG Junior hit 66 karts last year. TaG Senior has already reached the halfway point for its field with close to 50 drivers having secured their places at the SuperNats, while the Juniors are closing in on the ‘magic 40’ that would begin the waiting list for them as well.
The TaG community has certainly embraced the Superkarts! USA program – and the SuperNationals, in particular – and during the off-season the organization identified the need to extend their TaG program to the sport’s younger pilots. SKUSA’s continuing focus on building its program from the bottom up has provided for the growth and development of the new TaG Cadet category, which is based on the 60cc Vortex Mini Rok powerplant and racers 9-12 years old. In a partnership program with Vortex, the class drew a total of 12 competitors to the SKUSA Pro Tour this year, and they are planned to be part of the SKUSA regional programs in 2011. An expanded field of close to 20 drivers has already entered for the SuperNationals, and excitement is building as this is the first time in five years that a Cadet level class has been offered at the annual event. In an effort to continue the support of the program, Vortex has decided to extend its offer to supply a maximum of 10 Mini Rok engines to drivers who would be interested in running at the SuperNationals but do not already have an engine package with which to race. Vortex will also provide with trackside support. (Note: the SKUSA claiming rule will apply for this event.)
“I can’t thank Vortex enough for the support that they’ve given to our TaG Cadet program,” Kutscher commented, enthused by this year’s debut of the newest SKUSA category. “We clearly have our ladder program set in the Stock Moto classes, and the addition of TaG Cadet extends the road for our single-speed racers as well. Through the continuing engine offer from Vortex, we have the opportunity to provide more drivers the chance to run this great engine. The racing in TaG Cadet has been so fun to watch, and I can’t wait to watch them go at it in Vegas this November. With the extension of the motor program, we may very well end up with a full field of 40. That would be awesome!”
The Rio All-Suites Hotel and Casino is once again ready to open the doors to the karting community, but the discounted room block is quickly shrinking, so those who have not yet booked their rooms for this fall’s SuperNationals should do so as soon as possible. SKUSA has negotiated special discounted rates for the weekday and weekend stays, with the rate average coming in at $81 per night. The group discount code when booking a room is ‘SRNATS0’, but the easiest way to get set up is through the www.superkartsusa.com website. Simply head to the SuperNationals section of the site and select the ‘Hotel and Accommodations’ option in the Menu.