Article by: Superkarts! USA
When the dust finally settled at the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino after the record-breaking Superkarts! USA SuperNationals XIV, completing the organization’s 2010 season, the focus immediately turned to the upcoming 2011 calendar year. Prior to the Las Vegas event, the locations for next year’s SKUSA Pro Tour were released to the public, throwing fuel on the fire of excitement that blazed throughout SuperNats week. And now, the dates and facilities for the flagship regional programs for California are ready for release as well. The ProKart Challenge South is entering season #7 while the ProKart Challenge North is now into its fourth round – with both programs making notable changes for the upcoming year.
The two programs will feature similar formats – six races within the championship – counting the best five results. PKC South will return to the Willow Springs Kart Track, Streets of Willow road course, and Buttonwillow circuits, and will also bring back the temporary circuit outside Qualcomm Stadium in San Diego to the schedule. New for 2011 will be the running of the season opener at the historic Adams Motorsports Park in Riverside. The PKC North schedule will venture outside its former home facility in Sonoma to now feature five new tracks on the circuit. The famed facilities in Dixon, Prairie City, Monterey, Atwater and Reno, Nevada will join the PKC North program this year. For a third straight year, the two series will meet at the growing PKC West Coast Shootout to match South vs. North in Santa Maria, the same facility that hosted the 2010 event.
“The 2011 schedules for our ProKart Challenge programs are solid,” remarked Tom Kutscher of Superkarts! USA. “The mix of facilities we have mapped out for SoCal will challenge the competitors every weekend. The North program will become a similar traveling series after three years at one circuit. I’m excited to hit the road with our NorCal program, as this will bring a more diverse regional experience to our competitors and take the difficulty level up a few bars. We also hope to bring in more competitors as we travel across Northern California and now into Nevada for the first time.”
After a successful debut of a new SKUSA class structure in 2010, the core categories are set to return in 2011. For the Stock Moto engine categories, the line-up of S1, S2, S3, S4 and S5 will return to offer the organization’s internal ladder system. For the Touch and Go competitors, TaG Cadet will be added for the upcoming season, along with the return of TaG Junior, TaG Senior and TaG Master for the regional programs. For the PKC South program, G1 and S4 Magnum are under consideration for continuing in 2011 – SKUSA is suggesting these competitors email the home office with their commitment for the upcoming season.
The SKUSA Pro Tour class structure will be virtually the same as 2010 with S1, S2, S4 and S5 representing the shifter line-up and TaG Senior, TaG Junior and TaG Cadet setting up the single-speed progression. The G1 and TaG Master classes are in consideration to continue as well in 2011; however, due to low kart counts in the inaugural season, SKUSA will be requiring a minimum number of pre-season commitments to officially re-instate these classes. Interested drivers should contact the SKUSA head office via e-mail immediately.
“These classes represent the immediate future of Superkarts! USA, and we are committed to supporting their growth,” Kutscher confirmed. “The debut of our structure in 2010 showed that we have built a strong foundation, and the numbers at the SuperNationals have only confirmed this fact. I believe in the importance of the TaG Cadet and S5 classes in building a platform of growth and steady driver graduation, and we’ll be running both of these classes in our flagship ProKart Challenge North and South series in 2011. These classes are here to stay. I am looking forward to seeing them grow over the coming years.”
The title sponsorship of the 2011 Pro Tour is still available, as is support for both ProKart Challenge programs; any interested parties are asked to contact the SKUSA head office. For more information, visit www.superkartsusa.com, contact SKUSA via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or phone at 951-491-0808.
PROKART CHALLENGE SOUTH (Six races / one drop)
CLASSES TO BE RUN: S1, S2, S3, S4, S5, TAG CADET, TAG JR, TAG SR, and TAG MASTER
Round 1: February 4-5 – Adams Motorsports Park - Riverside, CA
Round 2: March 11-12 – Willow Springs Kart Track - Rosamond, CA
Round 3: April 8-9 – Buttonwillow Raceway Kart Track - Buttonwillow, CA
Round 4: May 13-14 – Streets of Willow - Rosamond, CA (w/Gatorz)
Round 5: June 17-18 – Qualcomm Stadium - San Diego, CA (w/ SDKA)
Round 6: August 19-20 – West Coast Shootout (South vs. North) – Santa Maria, CA
PROKART CHALLENGE NORTH (Six races / one drop)
CLASSES TO BE RUN: S1, S2, S3, S4, S5, TAG CADET, TAG JR, TAG SR, TAG MASTER
Round 1: February 25-26 – Kinsmen Kart Club Track - Dixon, CA
Round 2: March 25-26 – All Star Karting - Prairie City, CA
Round 3: May 27-28 – Desert Park Raceway - Reno, NV
Round 4: July 1-2 – Monterey Bay Karters Track - Monterey, CA
Round 5: August 19-20 – West Coast Shootout (North vs. South) – Santa Maria, CA
Round 6: September 9-10 – Tom Dash Memorial Speedway - Atwater, CA
SKUSA NORTH AMERICAN PRO TOUR (Five races / one drop)
CLASSES: S1, S2, S4, S5, TAG CADET, TAG JR, TAG SR
SpringNationals - Round 1&2: April 29-May 1 – P1 Race Circuit - Tucson, AZ
SummerNationals - Round 3&4: July 15-17 – Grand Junction Motor Speedway - Grand Junction, CO
SuperNationals* - Round 5: November 16-20 – Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino - Las Vegas, NV