Championship Karting International, North America's premier national kart racing series, has been hard at work preparing for the season ending CKI Series Grand Championship hosted by the Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas, along with being well underway with 2011 plans. CKI recognizes the need to get information out to racers as soon as possible so they can build out their budgets and set their plans. Working from a detailed Customer Survey commissioned during the 2010 season, the staff and management of CKI also wanted to be sure they got feedback from the karting community as everyone works through the changing motor sport landscape in North America. Continuing its' Race Lives Near You program, which supports karting at all levels and the exciting Karting's Got Talent programs, CKI is focused on ensuring its' racing operations are in full alignment with these ground breaking programs.
CKI will begin the racing side of their operations early in 2011 as they move forward with the sophomore season of the CKI Florida Cup. Following on the success of the inaugural season in 2010, officials will return the series to Homestead Karting located just outside of Miami, Florida. Taking advantage of warm weather and a great facility, the series will run a double race weekend format at popular karting destination run by industry veteran Tony Schroeder. Racers and teams looking to get the head start on the season can expect great racing, fantastic awards and top-notch support. CKI understands the value of winter season testing and also is aware of the high cost associated with running at multiple venues. By running at a single location, the CKI Florida Cup hopes to keep testing and logistics to a minimum as racers look to maximize their off season program. Look for dates, classes and prizes to be released following the CKI Grand Championships.
"The entire CKI Team is looking forward to returning to Miami Homestead Speedway. Tony and his crew do a great job," comments Series Manager, Kevin Williams. "Homestead Karting is a great track and we see some real value in running the same venue for the entire series. This will help keep testing costs down and allow out-of-state competitors to be up on the wheel with the local boys."
While the season begins for CKI in the sunny south of the sunshine state, as the year moves forward and the rest of North America begins to thaw, racers will be looking to take on the best in North American kart racing. CKI officials have been hard at work polling drivers and industry leaders looking for that always elusive perfect mix of classes and venues. CKI will begin with a new format as they run two events on the US East Coast and two events on the US West Coast. Each weekend will be a double-header event giving racers four finishes to carry into the final weekend of action. The 2010 season will end the year back at the CKI Grand Championships were all class champions will be crowned in this exciting East vs. West combined event. Look for dates, classes and prizes to be released following the CKI Grand Championships.
"Beginning the year with the Florida Cup gives drivers and teams some cost effective off-season racing. Then we move right into out new national format with new classes," continues Williams from his home in Las Vegas. "All early indications from our racers is that they love the change in structure. And then we end it with a combined weekend at the Grand Championship to crown our national class champions. Supporting the racers at all levels is important to our program."
CKI has been proud to develop two major programs that support this philosophy including the Race Lives Near You and Karting's Got Talent. These ground breaking efforts, along with the national race series, gives CKI the strongest portfolio of karting programs in the industry. The Grand Championships at Mandalay Bay will start with Thursday optional practice on October 21st, followed by official event practice on Friday, October 22nd. The double racing action begins on Saturday with a full slate of classes running on Sunday. The weekend of racing action will be followed by the awards and class championship presentations all set poolside on Sunday night.
Be sure to check out the online entry forms, tire order forms and hotel information. Stayed tuned for more details on the upcoming 2011 CKI Florida Cup and the 2011 CKI National Series. Entries for the CKI Grand Championship at Mandalay Bay are being accepted online at www.ChampionshipKartRacing.com