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Great Lakes Pro Series Readies for 2011 Season

4/19/2011

Six weekends for eight rounds of racing set for shifter and TaG kart series

ANDERSON, IN – The 2011 season for the Great Lakes Pro Series presented by MG Tires is just around the corner. Six race weekends with eight rounds of competition will fill out the 2011 season for the Indiana-based program. The facilities selected for this year’s schedule will range from short temporary circuits to 2-mile road courses, making the GLPS one of the most unique karting championships in North America.

“The 2011 season is going to be another exciting year for us,” commented Terry Riggins - Great Lakes Pro Series director. “We are happy to have MG Tires back on board as our presenting title sponsor and have a lot of interested drivers in returning back to the series. In the winter months, we were able to form a partnership with the SKUSA Central States Challenge and we are happy to be able to co-host two events with them. It will only improve both programs and elevate the competition in every category.”

The series will kick off at the end of April with a double-header weekend at the popular New Castle Motorsports Park. April 30 will host round one of the series with May 1 to count toward round two of the best-of-six championship. The New Castle, Indiana facility is among the best facilities in the sport with the Great Lakes Pro Series hosting an event every year since it opened in 2004.

Just two weeks later, GLPS will once again be part of the annual Anderson Mayor’s Cup Grand Prix on May 15. The Anderson Sertoma Club will host their 17th event, placed at 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 official round three of the GLPS program with the SKUSA Central States Challenge partnering up to be included in the event this year.

GLPS will be returning to the popular Goodland Grand Prix with the Southern Indiana Racing Association. The June 25-26 event takes place in the streets of the northwestern Indiana town as part of the ninth annual weekend festival with the community opening their arms to the many karters that make the trek. The event will count as one race event (round four) toward the GLPS title chase with the racing action taking place over two days. On July 23-24, GLPS returns to the New Castle circuit for rounds five and six. The event will be partnering with the SKUSA Central States Challenge for the second time of the season.

The season will wrap up with two visits to road racing circuits in conjunction with the Championship Enduro Series. GLPS events will take place on the Sunday of the two-day events with racers encouraged to participate with the CES program on Saturday. Round seven will mark a return trip to the Autobahn Country Club in Joliet, Illinois on August 27-28. The 1.46-mile ‘North Course’ provided a new challenge to the series competitors and will be the first of two road race courses on the schedule. The second venue over 1-mile will be the Gingerman Raceway in South Haven, Michigan. A regular stop for the Great Lakes Pro Series since the track opened in 1995, the facility added on to the course, extending the overall length to 2.21-miles. GLPS will compete for the first time on the new layout on September 17-18 for the series finale.

The Great Lakes Pro Series would like to thank the 2011 supporters: MG Tires, Alden Engine Components, eKartingNews.com, National Kart News, Streeter Superstands, Bush Trophy Case & Embroidery, 2nd II None Racing, Evolution Karting, and Margison Graphics. For more on the Great Lakes Pro Series, contact Terry and Shirley Riggins - (765) 643-2752 and also visit their website - www.glproseries.com

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About Great Lakes Pro Series:

The Great Lakes Pro Series presented by MG Tires is a six-weekend, eight-race regional program promoted by Terry and Shirley Riggins. Their purpose and focus is on providing a great atmosphere for the competitive karters while also introducing the younger generations to the sport. As young as eight, and as old as 60, the GLPS offers classes for TaG and shifter kart packages along with their GLPS Rotax Series on race tracks ranging from short temporary circuits to 2-mile road race courses.

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