Article by: Superkarts! USA
The Central States Challenge - a Superkarts! USA regional program - is proud to announce their five-event schedule for the 2011 racing season. With three successful season behind them, the Central States Challenge is continuing as a program and welcoming more and more new racers to the SKUSA format. New for 2011, the Central States Challenge will work with the Great Lakes Pro Series (GLPS) at two of the events on the year.
The 2011 season will see one new course while returning to three familiar tracks. The season opener will start out in May at the Mayor’s Cup Grand Prix in Anderson, Indiana. This growing temporary circuit event is part of the Anderson Little 500 Festival, hosted by the Anderson Sertoma Club, with proceeds going to a number of local charities - such as Gateway Association and the Special Olympics. The event will also mark the first joint venture with the Indiana-based Great Lakes Pro Series. The next month will take the series back to the historic TNT Kartways in Quincy, Illinois after being absent in last year’s schedule. July will mark a second trip to Indiana for a double-header weekend at the popular New Castle Motorsports Park, the second event of the season with the GLPS program. The series will make its annual trek to its home track, I-55 Raceway in Pevely, Missouri for the month of August. The fifth and final event of the season is set for September, with the location to be determined in the near future.
“This 2011 schedule is mapped out perfect for our racers,” commented Central States Challenge series director Pam Freund. “We listened to what our racers wanted and we put together the best schedule possible. Plans for our season finale are in the works and we hope to have the venue locked in very soon. This year will be our first working with the Great Lakes Pro Series and we feel very confident that the program Terry and Shirley Riggins have will only improve the whole package that we offer at Central States Challenge.”
The class structure for 2011 will be similar to last year’s program. Utilizing the SKUSA foundation, the S2 Semi-Pro Stock Moto, S4 Master Stock Moto, G1 and S5 Junior Stock Moto will make up the shifterkart divisions while TaG Senior, TaG Junior and TaG Cadet will fill the need for Touch and Go engine categories. The TaG Cadet will differ from the standard SKUSA engine selections with the Mini Swift engine allowed once again for 2011. Local option classes will include Yamaha Junior, Yamaha Rookie, and Kid Karts.
2011 SKUSA Central States Challenge Schedule
May 14-15: Mayor’s Cup Grand Prix - Anderson, IN (w/Great Lakes Pro Series)
June 10-12: TNT Kartways - Quincy, IL
July 23-24: New Castle Motorsports Park - New Castle, IN (w/Great Lakes Pro Series) *
August 19-21: I-55 Raceway - Pevely, MO
September 23-25: TBA
* Double Header Weekend
To follow updates on the upcoming 2011 Central States Challenge, be sure to watch their website - www.centralstateskarting.com - over the winter and to see how you can become of the growing SKUSA regional program.