Northwest Indiana town welcomes karters to weekend festival
Article By: Great Lakes Pro Series
ANDERSON, IN (June 23, 2011) – After a month away from the track, the Great Lakes Pro Series presented by MG Tires will be back in action this weekend at the growing Casey’s General Store Goodland Grand Prix. GLPS will make its third visit to the street race in the northwestern Indiana town on June 25-26, in conjunction with the Southern Indiana Racing Association (SIRA). The two-day race is part of a weekend-long town festival, including a number of special activities and entertainment events.
The Goodland Grand Prix, organized by the Goodland Park Board, was established in 2003 and has been growing each and every year. The course is constructed in the heart of the town’s streets at roughly 7/10-mile long with eight turns, resembling a figure-8 look. This year’s event Grand Marshal will be the Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels.
“Since becoming part of the Goodland Grand Prix, we have had nothing but positive remarks about the event,” commented Great Lakes Pro Series director Terry Riggins. “Street racing is a big part of Indiana karting and the community of Goodland has welcomed us with open arms. The course they have is a great challenge for drivers with the tight confines of the town’s streets. The fences are typically lined with people of all ages throughout both days of competition. It’s a great way to get karting out in front to the general public and we couldn’t thank the Goodland GP organizers and the SIRA enough for having us be part of this great event and festival.”
Multi-time series champion Alex Conlin continues to lead the 125 Pro Shifter category point standings heading into the Goodland event. Kelly Johnson holds the point lead for 125 Stock Moto division while Kurt Mathewson has been near perfect in 125 Master Shifter class to lead the point chase over Harry Alden and Terry Riggins. TaG Senior, TaG Master, TaG Junior and TaG Cadet categories, including all Rotax divisions for the same age brackets, will also be offered at Goodland.
Competitors are scheduled to arrive Friday evening with trailer drop off taking place to set up for the two day event. Saturday will provide four hours of practice (11am-3pm) with the SIRA group. Great Lakes Pro Series is planning on holding practice, qualifying and the Prefinal Sunday morning with the main event in the afternoon. This will be dictated on the amount of entries but GLPS is suggesting that racers come Saturday to gain as much practice as possible. Also on Saturday is the possibility of a money race sponsored by GLPS Saturday afternoon for shifterkarts. For anything regarding the Goodland Grand Prix, visit www.goodlandgrandprix.com
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, Janowski Insurance Group 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
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.