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ProKart Challenge North Prepares for Initial Visit to Monterey

6/27/2011

Round four of Superkarts! USA regional program tackles Monterey Bay Karters home track

Article By: Superkarts! USA

TEMECULA, CA (June 27 2011) – After a challenging round three over the Memorial Day weekend, the ProKart Challenge North program will return to action – looking for more favorable weather conditions but the same furious action on track. On July 1-2, the Superkarts! USA regional series will travel to the Marina Airport Kart Track, home of the Monterey Bay Karters. This will be a destination location for the entire family, including the Pacific Ocean and beach just minutes away, along with many famous and historical venues also nearby. The 1/2-mile course used by the club will be run in the reverse direction for the weekend.

“The Monterey Bay Karters are extremely happy to be welcoming SKUSA and the ProKart Challenge to our venue,” stated club president Alan Freese. “We have been at the Marina Airport location since 1997, hosting a number of large regional events over the years. The track is a technical layout, with a mixture of asphalt and concrete as the surface, giving that old school feel. Times for the S1 and S2 karts should be somewhere in the mid 34-second range. We hope everyone enjoys their time and the weather here, as we look to bring Monterey Bay Karters back on the map in karting.”

The circuit has provided the starting grounds for a number of Northern California karting stars over the past decade, and this weekend’s race will help shape the championship fights heading into the second half of the ProKart Challenge North schedule. The Peterson Wealth Management-sponsored TaG Senior championship chase now sees three drivers in the hunt. Thanks to his victory last month in Reno, Jess Peterson is now in the mix with Austin Elliott and TJ Fischer. Elliott leads Fischer by 79 points, with Peterson back 143 markers – but with three events still left, anything can happen. Jason Toft still holds the advantage over Brett Buckwalter in the Leading Edge Motorsports-sponsored S1 Pro Stock Moto class. His lead is just 25 points, with each holding a main event victory on the year.

The Sunshine Daydream Creations-sponsored S2 Semi-Pro Stock Moto point standings are still led by two-time winner Jared Woolf. The young Daniel Langon sits second, coming off a victory in Reno and a podium performance at the latest PKC South event in San Diego. The two are separated by just 81 points – with the consistent Jamie Wilson hiding in the wake with finishes of third, fourth and third on the year. Despite scoring the main event win in Reno, Jim Kidd’s lead in the Fastech Racing-sponsored S4 Master Stock Moto standings was cut by 10 points, thanks to Nick Galante. Scoring the qualifying and feature fast lap bonus points, Galante was able to gain points on Kidd after a runner-up finish. The two will continue their battle along the coast in Monterey.

Ryan Rasberry scored an event sweep at Reno in the S3 Novice Stock Moto division to control the lead in the championship standings. Chris Yettito will look to regain some of the lost ground in the title chase in the final three events of the season. Also banking in at Reno with an event sweep is current Cambrian Go-Karts-sponsored TaG Master point leader Glenn McKinnon. Scoring win number two of the season in perfect fashion, McKinnon now leads defending SKUSA Pro Tour champion Ethan Wilson by 95 points, with Randy Froom lurking in third.

The fight in the Bordogna Racing Engines-sponsored TaG Junior championship will continue in Monterey between the same four drivers. Jack Freese escaped the Reno snow with the victory, gaining some valuable points on championship leader Austin Dement. Dement’s advantage over Blaine Rocha is now 63 markers, with Freese in third and Nick Sommers back in fourth. The Monterey event will be stop number two of the TaG Cadet Rok Cup International Final Shoot-out, with Hunter Corbitt out front in the four race mini-series over Davey Manthei Jr. and Hunter Kelly. Manthei is the current PKC championship leader with a 67-point advantage over Corbitt – with Kelly just 40 markers behind him in third.

The ProKart Challenge discounted price structure for an entry and race tires for $295 is available for racers who register online. Pre-registration pricing applies if completed before the midnight deadline on Wednesday, June 29 at www.skusastore.com. Signup at the track will be allowed, but will cost racers $85 more than the pre-race entry fee. Friday practice will be held from 9am to 5pm for just $60 (free to those new to Superkarts! USA and ProKart Challenge or one who has not competed with the organization in the last two years -- with a paid entry to race). More information regarding round four of ProKart Challenge North with the Monterey Bay Karters can be found at the following link (www.superkartsusa.com/regional/pkc-north/round-4-2011.html).

Following the Reno event, Superkarts! USA will travel to Grand Junction, Colorado for Rounds 3 and 4 of the 2011 SKUSA Pro Tour – The Mothers SummerNationals – to be held July 15-17. For more 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.

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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.

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