Superkarts! USA regional program joins Mazda Road to Indy program
Article By: Superkarts! USA
ST. LOUIS, MO (March 31, 2011) – With the Spring season now upon us, the final details for the 2011 Superkarts! USA Central States Challenge (SCSC) season are wrapping up with another strong year of racing on the horizon. One of the final pieces to come together was the recent announcement of its participation in the new Mazda Road to Indy Scouting Combine. The SKUSA regional program is part of a regional karting ‘grassroots’ partnership and will be sending one driver to the Andersen Race Park in Palmetto, Florida on November 28-30, where drivers will be given the opportunity to test a USF2000 car.
Drivers 15 years old and over competing in the SKUSA Central States Challenge shifterkart classes will be among those who have a chance to be part of this new grassroots relationship through the Mazda Road to Indy. In order to be eligible, drivers will have to compete at all six rounds of the race series. Details regarding how the series representative will be selected are to be released in the future.
“We are delighted to be part of this unique partnership with the Mazda Road to Indy program and the IndyCar Series,” stated Pam Freund of the SKUSA Central States Challenge. “When the opportunity for our series to be part of this, we did not hesitate. Our program includes some of the best drivers from the country and we are happy to be able to offer this chance to one of them.”
The 2011 SKUSA Central States Challenge is slated to contest a six round championship over the course of five weekends during the months of May through September, covering Missouri, Illinois, and Indiana with drivers all over the Great Lakes and Plains states participating.
Round one for the 2011 season will take the competitors to be part of a new event for the series - the 17th annual Anderson Mayor’s Cup Grand Prix on May 15. The Anderson Sertoma Club has hosted the event in numerous locations throughout the city limits of Anderson, Indiana, with this year’s circuit to be constructed outside the Anderson Mounds Mall. The two day event will be separated into two events. Saturday’s action will be a non-points event to give competitors a full day of action with all proceeds going to numerous charity partners of the Sertoma Club. Sunday’s action will be the first official round of the SCSC series alongside the Great Lakes Pro Series.
A month later, round two will take the series back to the famous and historic TNT Kartways. The West Quincy, Missouri area is rich with karting history and famous events from its past with many of the greats in the sport competing at the 1/4-mile TNT Kartways circuit. The facility is moving into a new generation of the sport but still carries its prestige and respect of current karters. The event will follow the standard SKUSA Central States Challenge two-day format with practice and qualifying taking place on Saturday followed by the Prefinal and Final on Sunday.
The next stop is a return trip to Indiana and a second co-hosted event with the Great Lakes Pro Series, set for the New Castle Motorsports Park on July 23-24. Labeled as the best karting facility in North America by many, the 1-mile circuit will be host to a double round event with Saturday tabbed as round three and Sunday results counted toward round four of the series championship. Central States Challenge will be offering a two-for-one price package for those who enter to race Saturday’s round. Competitors who enter for Saturday’s events will be given a free entry for Sunday’s round. Those only competing one day will still be required to pay the normal fees.
Round five is another series favorite and home to many of the series regulars - I-55 Raceway in Pevely, Missouri. The 1/2-mile circuit located just south of downtown St. Louis provides a unique circuit layout that challenges the driver and the karts. The August 19-21 weekend will utilize the standard SCSC two-day, one event format with Friday open for move-in and practice.
The series finale, scheduled for September 23-25, is still in the planning process. Details have yet to be finalized and will be released once the plans have been completed.
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.
SKUSA Central States Challenge would like to thank all of the 2011 partners: Crockett Motorsports, Margay, MG Tires, K1RaceGear.com, Mates Concrete, Ostrom Painting and Sandblasting, Unique Heating and Cooling, Riverlake Racing (RLR), Nado Alley Silk Screen and Embroidery, and WaltersWebDesign.com
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.
About the Central States Challenge:
The Central States Super Series was conceived to serve the Missouri, Kansas, Iowa, and Illinois-based drivers who want to run a quality regional sprint series that is located a little closer to home. Entering its fourth year, the Central States Challenge is committed to provide a strong, fair, and fun regional series with great competition. And their status as SKUSA's Midwest Regional Series just pushes the competition level up that much more! Check them out at www.centralstateskarting.com as they travel to some of the absolute best tracks in the Midwest.
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, Central States, Hawaii and Colorado – in cooperation and support from official tire supplier MG Tires. In 2010, the organization launched its new SKUSA Pro Tour, which featured a pair of major events in the Midwest and Western United States, 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.