Article By: Superkarts USA!
Next weekend will welcome a second new facility to the Superkarts! USA ProKart Challenge North program for the 2011 season. All Star Karting in Rancho Cordova, California – east of downtown Sacramento – will host round two of the PKC North series on March 25-26. Round one last month at the Kinsmen Kart Club facility in Dixon brought together regular and new competitors to the opening event, in addition to new series winners. With a second new location in as many events, more new talent is expected to battle in the nine categories offered over the weekend.
SKUSA will utilize the 3/4-mile ‘Grand Prix’ circuit of the All Star Karting facility – home of the Prairie City Kart Club – which offers up to four different configurations. All Star Karting President Joey Hand is a veteran karter and professional sports car driver. With his family and friends at his side to help with the day-to-day operations, the atmosphere is a fun, family-oriented place with plenty of strong, local competitors. Hand, an established karter and reigning co-winner at the 2011 Rolex 24 hours of Daytona 24, knows that karting is an established sport of its own, in addition to helping build the future stars of motorsports. This type of attitude is exactly what the SKUSA organization welcomes within its members, race programs and tracks.
“SKUSA is excited to be offering another new venue for our racers,” commented Tom Kutscher of Superkarts! USA. “The Hand family is first-class and the racers of the Prairie City Kart Club have welcomed us with open arms to their facility. Next weekend should be another positive event for our organization and the sport as a whole. I can’t wait to greet the returning drivers from round one as well as the newcomers from the PCKC.”
Looking to continue the momentum from round one is Peterson Wealth Management-sponsored TaG Senior winner Austin Elliott. The Senior rookie completed his debut with a clean sweep of the on-track action for the class, including a wire-to-wire feature win. Fellow young guns TJ Fischer and Kathryn Cornell slotted in behind him during the day. The second headline category, S1 Pro Stock Moto sponsored by Leading Edge Motorsports, saw Brett Buckwalter come away with the feature win – although his did-not-start in heat two cost him valuable points to sit five markers back of runner-up Jason Toft in the points.
Jared Woolf nearly completed a class sweep, controlling the action in the Sunshine Daydream Creations-sponsored S2 Semi-Pro Stock Moto. The 31y kart led the way for much of the day – except for retiring early in heat two. Woolf would, however, bounce back to take the main event win. Adam Booker, Sean McDonald and Jamie Wilson are looking to challenge Woolf at the All Star facility, as well as promoting driver Luis Tyrrell who is sure to bring additional competition to the field. Ryan Rasberry swept the action in the S3 Novice Stock Moto division, as Chris Yettito chased him on the day. More S3 drivers are expected to make their first start at round two.
The Fastech Racing-sponsored S4 Master Stock Moto class welcomed its first new winner since the 2009 season – which was followed by a dominating year by class champion Jeff Smith in 2010. Returning PKC competitor Casey Scherer banked a feature win for round one last month, with promises of more to come. Scherer was able to outrun and outlast an attrition-filled event for the victory. Converted G1 driver Jim Kidd placed second in his first S4 start, with veteran karter Rob Soares missing out on a chance at the win following a mistake in the closing laps.
The Master and Junior categories in TaG received a boost of new competitors, providing some great racing at the opening weekend in Dixon. Glenn McKinnon drove a near perfect event in the Cambrian Go-Karts-sponsored TaG Master category, as he bested the current SKUSA Pro Tour #1 plate of Ethan Wilson. Randy Froom finished third in the feature and recorded the fast lap of the main event to earn a 10-point bonus toward the season championship. Austin Dement took home the win in the Bordogna Racing Engines-sponsored TaG Junior feature, though class rookie Blaine Rocha leads the championship chase, taking top honors in qualifying and the two heat races.
TaG Cadet made its debut as part of the ProKart Challenge North program in Dixon, with Davey Manthei Jr. sweeping the action in the Cambrian Go-Karts-sponsored class. Hunter Corbitt and Garrett Dixon were his main challengers, with a total of 11 drivers making the event. SKUSA is welcoming new drivers to round two by offering free Vortex Mini Rok engine rentals. More information is available by contacting the SKUSA office.
ProKart Challenge North will continue to offer a free Friday practice day to anyone who has not run a PKC or SKUSA race in the past two years (a savings of $60) when registering for their first event of 2011. In addition, the discounted price structure – which lowers the package price for an entry and race tires down to just $295 if the racer registers online – is also still available. Pre-registration pricing applies if completed before the midnight deadline on Wednesday, March 23 at www.skusastore.com . The specially-branded MG ‘SKUSA’ tire – the new official tire for all Superkarts! USA events – will continue to be utilized following rave reviews after the first three events of the season.
Information regarding round two of the ProKart Challenge North at the All Star Karting circuit in Prairie City can be found at the following link (www.superkartsusa.com/regional/pkc-north/round-2-2011.html). For more information on anything related to the ProKart Challenge or Superkarts! USA, visit their website – www.superkartsusa.com – or call the SKUSA head office at 951-491-0808.
About Superkarts! USA:
Established in 1995, Superkarts! USA is dedicated to shifterkart and TaG racing and is the leader in the field, currently promoting five regional racing series. Racing programs are currently running in Southern California, Northern California, Hawaii, Colorado, Missouri and Iowa, in cooperation and support from official tire supplier MG Tires. In 2011, the organization is promoting the second edition of the SKUSA Pro Tour, which features a pair of major events in Arizona and Colorado, all leading up to the annual SKUSA SuperNationals, the biggest shifter kart race in the world, held every November in Las Vegas, NV. For more information on SKUSA, please visit www.superkartsusa.com.