Southern California’s two most iconic kart series will team up for the 2011 season to offer racers a unified regional racing program. The International Kart Federation (IKF) Region 7 and Gatorz Karting Cup have aligned to form the ‘Cal State Karting Series’ which will feature the most popular classes, the top racing facilities, and the best driving talent Southern California has to offer.
The newly formed regional series will be home to both club racers and the serious karter. The series will cater to racers and shops with a desire to compete in a professionally run series that offers abundant track time, unbiased officiating, and unparalleled value.
“Over the past 12 months I have intently listened to the karters in Southern California,” states Art Verlengiere, IKF Region 7 Coordinator. “They have offered suggestions and advice of what they expect from a professional race series. To that end Andy and I have constructed a formula to answer the requirements of the karting public. We have created a premier series with the sole purpose of offering the finest, most professionally managed race series possible. This will make the Cal State Karting Series the ‘must-go-to’ series in 2011 and beyond.”
The 6-race series will feature the popular ‘practice on Saturday, race on Sunday’ format that has become the preference of Southern California’s karting community. The season will kick off March 5-6 at CalSpeed Karting Center in Fontana. Round two will see a return to Riverside’s historic Adams Motorsports Park on April 2-3. The series will visit a temporary road course in Fresno as part of the Big Fresno Fair on April 30-May 1 for a North-South Shootout. Willow Springs Kart Track near Lancaster will play host on June 4-5 to the series’ fourth round. Following a break in July, the series will return to CalSpeed on August 6-7 in preparation for the IKF Grand Nationals to be held there August 24-27. The final round is scheduled for October 1-2 with the location yet to be determined.
"Our goal with the Gatorz Karting Cup has always been to provide a racing experience that can be enjoyed by the serious and recreational kart racer," said Andy Seesemann, owner of the Gatorz Karting Cup. "Our partnership with the IKF Region 7 will allow us to continue to provide a high level of value for our customers with large amounts of track time and a variety of venues. It also eases the travel burden of the shops and drivers that have loyally supported us over the past few seasons. We are excited to start our eighth season of Rotax racing in Southern California and to be a part of the new Cal State Karting Series."
The Cal State Karting Series features 12 classes divided among 9 run groups and will run on a time-certain schedule. The class structure will feature the most popular classes from IKF – Kid Kart, Junior 1 Comer, PRD Junior 1, KPV-1, KPV-2, PRD Junior 2 and PRD Spec Senior, as well as the core Rotax Max Challenge classes – MiniMax, Junior Max, Senior Max, and Rotax Masters, with Micro Max being offered on Saturday. Sticking to a published minute-by-minute race day schedule is a top priority in order to provide each run group with nearly 60 minutes of track time in an efficient 9-hour race day.
Future announcements, as well as class specifications, forms, and rules, will be released shortly.