Article by: Superkarts! USA
As we enter the new year, the Superkarts! USA staff is back at work and gearing up for the 2011 season, one that will certainly be the biggest in the organization’s history. SKUSA is focused on building off a solid 2010 campaign, and will once again promote official competition on both the regional and national level. Interest is huge – thanks to the massive success of the 14th annual SuperNationals in Las Vegas – and big increases in support and participation are expected in both the ProKart Challenge series and the second running of the SKUSA Pro Tour. One of the primary goals for 2011 is to make the PKC program the best value in California.
The organization is vocal in its dedication to providing the best karting experience in California through their ProKart Challenge North and South programs, and a significant decrease in the entry fee package is the primary promotion. The schedules will be very exciting this year, taking the PKC competitors to a number of tracks that have not been part of the series in the past. The PKC South and PKC North calendars will feature six races, each of which includes the popular West Coast Shootout at Santa Maria in late August. The PKC North program will venture away from Infineon Raceway for the first time to visit cornerstone NorCal tracks like Dixon, Prairie City, Reno and Atwater, as well as a venue in Monterey. The South circuit will follow suit, making its debut at Adams Raceway in Riverside, while also heading back to Qualcomm Stadium in San Diego, Buttonwillow Raceway and both the Streets of Willow and purpose-built kart track at Willow Springs.
“I’m very proud of the program that we’ve developed for our ProKart Challenge series,” states Tom Kutscher, Superkarts! USA President and PKC Program Director. “We will be moving to some new tracks in 2011 for both the North and South series, and I’m excited that we’ll have some variety this year. These new tracks will help us keep our costs in check, as well, and I’m willing to put my money where my mouth is. I want to offer the best value in the state this year, so we’ll be passing these savings on to our racers.”
In their ongoing effort to support their racers, SKUSA will decrease the cost of a ProKart Challenge weekend entry by $50, lowering the package price for an entry and tires down to just $295. “This special discounted rate is for online entries only, and essentially provides the series racers who run all six events with a free weekend of competition (six races x $50 discount per race = $300 in savings),” adds Kutscher. “The new entry price structure has been designed to provide the best value in southern California karting. At PKC events, racers enjoy significant track time, featuring two practice sessions, qualifying, two heats and a main event that add up to over 70 laps a day. If you compare this to other clubs and series that provide just half the laps, the price per lap is always in SKUSA’s favor.”
SKUSA will go even further to spread the word – as the ProKart Challenge series wants everyone to have the opportunity to come out and sample their program – and will also offer a free Friday practice day (for the first event at Adams) to anyone who has not run a PKC or SKUSA race in the past two years (another savings of $60).
The class structure for the ProKart Challenge programs will once again present the organization as the leader in Stock Moto and TaG racing. Last year, SKUSA introduced a re-worked ladder program for the Stock Moto classes, which was a huge success in its debut season. The PKC SoCal series will offer S1 Pro, S2 Semi-Pro, S3 Novice, S4 Master, and S5 Junior on the gearbox side of the equation. In TaG, SKUSA promotes the clearest progression in the sport, offering TaG Cadet, TaG Junior, TaG Senior and TaG Master to drivers in the single-speed category. Also for this first race of the season, the G1 and S4 Magnum classes will be added back to the SoCal weekend line-up in hopes of solidifying a group of competitors large enough to challenge the entire season.
The ProKart Challenge programs begin on February 4-5 as the South series kicks off at Adams Raceway with Friday practice and Saturday racing. In the North, the opening round is set for Dixon on February 25-26. To enter either of these events and thereby take advantage of the special online discount for the event entry package of $295, simply logon to the Superkarts! USA website and visit their online store: www.superkartsusa.com/skusa-store/merchant.mvc . To sign up (and be verified as eligible) for the free Friday practice offer, choose ‘NO’ to add the practice fee to your online entry and then simply send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org letting the SKUSA staff know that you’ll be there!