Spec engine provider strengthens relationship with country’s leading shifter kart organization
Article By: Superkarts! USA
TEMECULA, CA – Superkarts! USA is excited to release news that the organization will partner with Honda Performance Development (HPD) to kick off the 2011 national karting season. HPD will become the title sponsor of the opening round of the Superkarts! USA Pro Tour, which will now been referred to as the Honda Racing/HPD SpringNationals. The event will take over the Musselman Honda Circuit in Tucson, Arizona on the April 29 – May 1 weekend, bringing the sport’s top TaG and shifter kart drivers together to begin the second running of SKUSA’s national program. As part of their support of the event, HPD will be providing all of the podium finishers in the Stock Moto classes with special product awards, and they will also be offering a contingency program that will be in effect throughout the entire Pro Tour season.
“The entrance of Honda Racing/HPD into our sport last year was an exciting announcement for karting, but I think that their sponsorship of our upcoming SpringNationals is even bigger, because it shows that they’re here to actively support what we do,” comments Tom Kutscher, Superkarts! USA president. “We have an understandable connection with HPD – thanks to our structured ladder of Stock Moto categories – and having them as our title sponsor for the SpringNationals will only serve to strengthen this working partnership.”
As part of their support of this year’s Honda Racing/HPD SpringNationals, HPD will be awarding the top three finishers of each of the four Stock Honda classes (S1, S2, S4, & S5) with a complimentary Honda Racing/HPD Top End Kit. HPD will also be offering contingency monies for the Pro Tour Championship (SpringNationals, SummerNationals, and SuperNationals), which will be allocated at the final event in November.
“HPD is pleased to be the title sponsor of the Honda Racing/HPD SpringNationals,” said Marc Sours, HPD general manager. “Superkarts! USA has done a fantastic job promoting Spec Honda shifter classes, and the SpringNationals is one of their premier events. We believe sponsorship of this event is a great way to kick-off the 2011 race season. Continuing to support the Honda shifter kart community is one of HPD’s long term goals.”
The Honda Racing/HPD SpringNationals are setting up to be a huge launch to the new year, as more than 175 drivers are expected in Tucson. The fields in all eight classes are looking good, and the S2 Semi-Pro Stock Moto and S4 Master Stock Moto classes are fast approaching 40 entries, with the additional categories all seeing growth from the 2010 numbers. Information regarding the Honda Racing/HPD SpringNationals can be found at the following link (www.superkartsusa.com/national/skusa-pro-tour/spring-nationals.html). For more information on anything related to 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.
Honda Performance Development (HPD) is the Honda racing company within North America. Founded in 1993, and located in Santa Clarita, Calif., HPD is the technical operations center for high-performance Honda racing cars and engines. HPD is the single engine supplier to the IZOD IndyCar Series and spearheaded championship-winning efforts in the 2009-2010 American Le Mans Series, 2010 Le Mans Series and the 24 Hours of Le Mans. For more information on HPD, please visit www.hondaraing.com/hpd.