Texas ProKart Challenge TaG Senior and TaG Master racers please note the following tech bulletin from John Motley the SKUSA National Technical Director
We have been evaluating this engine for some time. In addition to conducting our own independent research, we have been following the experience of other series.
Here are our findings – as well as our current plans – for this engine in SKUSA competition, as of today April 2, 2014:
This engine has been approved for SKUSA competition effective June 1, 2014, for the TaG Senior and TaG Master classes only.At this time it is our intent to have the TaG Junior class remain a Leopard-only class through 2015. This helps provide a market to sell existing Leopard engines for Senior or Master drivers who want to switch to the X30. Initially the X30 engine will have a minimum weight 20 lbs. above the Leopard weights – thus the X30 will be at 375 lbs for TaG Senior and 405 lbs for TaG Master.
Please keep in mind that the SKUSA rules allow us to adjust weights at any time to balance competition.
Complete technical specifications will posted on the SKUSA website soon.
SKUSA National Technical Director
Rock Island Grand Prix and the Texas Pro Kart Challenge have announced that winners at this year's Texas Pro Kart Challenge races will be eligible for a free entry at the 2014 Rock Island Grand Prix, presented by AT&T.
The Rock Island Grand Prix is offering free entries in an effort to attract as many competitors as possible to the celebration of its 20th anniversary. Drivers in specified classes in the first six races of the series will be eligible.
Free entries are limited to one per driver per season, are not transferable and must be applied to entry in the class in which they were won (TAG in the case of Rotax winners). With the exception of the August races, drivers using awarded entries are asked to register by July 31. Value of the entries is over $6,000. Pit passes, pit spots, etc., are not included.
Classes eligible include senior and masters stock moto classes (S1-S4), as well as TAG Junior, TAG Senior, TAG Masters, Rotax Junior, Rotax, Senior and Rotax Masters.
"It is our hope that this program will benefit both the Texas Pro Kart Challenge and the Rock Island Grand Prix," said Roger Ruthhart of the Rock Island Grand Prix. The theme of this year's 20th anniversary celebration is The Most Fun You Will Have in Karting, On and Off The Track.
The Rock Island Grand Prix, the world's largest karting street race, draws entries from throughout the United States and Canada, competing for one of karting's largest purses. It has also hosted racers from Italy, France, Colombia, Costa Rica, England, Argentina, Poland, Bermuda, the Philippines, Ireland and Mexico. It includes 15 feature races in 4-cycle, 2-cycle, TAG and gearbox classes as well as a Vintage class. Dates of this year's event are August 30-31. Rock Island Grand Prix races are also covered live worldwide on the Internet by Ekartingnews.com.
Eighteen year old Texas ProKart Challange Series driver Alex Tartaglia from Colleyville, TX tops the eKartingNews.com United States Rotax Driver Rankings, 2013 final standing in the combined Rotax DD2/DD2 Masters program edging out Robbie Poupart in 2nd place. Alex is also the 2013 TPKC Rotax Senior class champion as well as the 2013 TPKC Rotax DD2 class champion.
The Texas ProKart Challenge Series is well represented with 5 drivers in the top 10 DD2/DD2 Masters rankings with DKC drivers Lance Lehrman 3rd, Darell Hinshaw 5th, Brent Harper 7th, Kart Nation driver CJ Cramm in 9th place and Nathan Mauel in 10th. Read the full article eKartingNews.com United States Rotax Driver Rankings – 2013 Final Standings – DD2/DD2 Masters
Tenton Estep placed 6th in the US in the Rotax Junior class with Jesse Woodyard placing 10th. Read the full article eKartingNews.com United States Rotax Driver Rankings – 2013 Final Standings – Junior Max
Max Hewitt the TPKC 2013 Tag Cadet champion and TPKC 2013 MIni Max vice champion placed 2nd in the nation in Rotax Mini Max with Nick Brueckner placing 3rd and Parker Chase placing 9th. Read the full article eKartingNews.com United States Rotax Driver Rankings – 2013 Final Standings – Mini Max
Dylan Tavella came in 4th in Rotax Micro MaxRead the full article eKartingNews.com United States Rotax Driver Rankings – 2013 Final Standings – Micro Max
The Texas ProKart Challenge, presented by 3G Kart Racing/Burger King®/Fernelius Alvarez Attorneys/Dallas Karting Complex, hosted five solid events in 2013, as part of their sophomore season. The Superkarts! USA and US Rotax Max Challenge regional series is now gearing up for another successful year, officially announcing their 2014 schedule. A four-weekend, eight-race championship will take racers to three prominent Texas circuits, along with a historic Oklahoma race course to fill out the third year of the series. The year-end awards package is scheduled to double last year's total, reaching over $30,000 in cash and prizes. Registration for the season and the opening round of the program will open on March 14.
"It's great to be entering our third season," stated Texas ProKart Challenge promoter Dave Pauly. "We have a wonderful group of racers that continues to grow each year, and supportive race teams, sponsors, and facilities that help make this one of the best regional programs in the country. Each year, our goal is to provide an even better program, having listened to what the racers want. Our 2014 schedule positions our events around major races in the country, allowing our racers plenty of time to compete in the eight-round championship. We've doubled our prize package for the year as well, further supporting our 'more racing, more reward, more value' motto."
Texas ProKart Challenge-2013The biggest event of the season will kick off the year, as the Texas PKC program opens up 2014 at the Dallas Karting Complex on April 25-27. The opening two rounds are lined-up with the weekend prior to the first stop of the Superkarts! USA Pro Tour SpringNationals – which is set for May 2-4. The Caddo Mills, Texas facility will celebrate its third year of business this Memorial Day weekend, welcoming thousands of customers to their rental fleet during that time and being part of the Texas ProKart Challenge for the second straight year. A significant number of SKUSA Pro Tour racers are expected to arrive a week after for the Pro Tour event, using the Texas PKC opener as a tune-up for the SpringNationals. It's going to be an exciting weekend and will give Texas racers that go head-to-head against the best in the country.
"We at Superkarts! USA are thrilled to be heading to the Lone Star State with the Pro Tour," said President Tom Kutscher. "The Texas ProKart Challenge is among the best regional programs in the country. Dave Pauly and his entire staff are a dedicated group, and the racing there is phenomenal. I've been told by a lot of the Pro Tour racers that they are looking forward to racing with the Texas group, and I know they won't be disappointed with the level of competition and their hospitality at the same time."
The series takes the entire month of May off, and then returns to action on June 6-8 at the famed Oklahoma Motorsports Complex in Norman. The 7/10-mile track is located south of Oklahoma City and has hosted a number of major karting events over the last two decades, and now features a nationally-recognized motocross track as well. In addition to being the second stop on the schedule, the Texas PKC weekend at OMC will provide the final two opportunities for US Rotax Max Challenge racers to earn their punches toward the United States Rotax Grand Nationals on July 17-20 at the MillerMotorsportsPark in Tooele, Utah.
The second half of the Texas ProKart Challenge is spread out from August to October, featuring two club-focused facilities that help to grow the sport. Stop three of the Texas PKC season is set for August 14-16 at the North Texas Kartway in Denton, Texas. Home of the North Texas Karters organization, the track will have racers take on the 1/2-mile challenging circuit, running under the lights as they did in 2013. The 2014 Texas ProKart Challenge closes the year at Gulf Coast Kartways on October 3-5. At 7/10-mile long, the Katy, Texas course will decide the 2014 class champions.
The class structure for the Texas ProKart Challenge will be similar to that offered during the previous two seasons, with a mix of Superkarts! USA Stock Moto and TaG classes, as well as Rotax Max categories under the Burger King® Rotax Max Challenge banner.
The shifterkart line-up will include the S1 Pro, S2 Semi-Pro, and S3 Novice categories, as well as the S4 Master and S5 Junior Stock Moto classes. TaG classes will include Senior, Junior, Master and Cadet. SKUSA classes will utilize the standard MG-SK White 'SKUSA' tire, allowing competitors to race throughout the year on the same tires they will be racing at the SKUSA Pro Tour and SKUSA SuperNationals in November.
Rotax racers competing as part of the Burger King® Rotax Max Challenge program will have the choice of Micro Max, Mini Max, Junior Max, Senior Max, Masters Max, DD2 and DD2 Masters. Those classes will follow US Rotax Max Challenge class structure and compete on MOJO tires. The Rotax classes will run as an official United States Rotax Max Challenge program, allowing the racers to qualify directly for the 2014 Rotax Grand Nationals in July. These events will also count as 'punches' for the Pan-American Challenge event as well.
Superkarts! USA racers within the Texas ProKart Challenge will have the opportunity to be part of the preferred registration program for the SuperNationals this year, as well as the guaranteed starting spot bonus for the main event on SuperSunday at the SuperNationals. Racers who take part in the full Texas ProKart Challenge will be offered the exclusive opportunity to enter the SKUSA SuperNationals event before registration opens to the public. Those drivers who win a Texas PKC series championship will also earn a guaranteed spot in the feature race in Las Vegas, no matter where their heat race and LCQ results place them (class must average five racers for the year in order to receive SuperSunday ticket).
Back by popular demand, the Texas ProKart Challenge 'Series Loyalty Program' is offered for 2014. In an effort to keep the costs of regional racing down, the series is offering pre-entry discounts. Racers who register for the entire series in advance will receive one free race entry free. Registration opens March 14 at TexasProKartChallenge.com.
Following the path of the California ProKart Challenge, the SKUSA Texas regional is announcing the addition of the S5 Junior Stock Moto incentive program. A limited number of S5-Spec powerplants will be available for FREE to racers wishing to enter the category for the first time, thanks to the cooperation of Honda Performance Development/HPD and SwedeTech Racing Engines. HPD is providing the engine, while SwedeTech is set to manage the tech end of the program, building the engines and maintaining them throughout the year – including a seal to ensure the maintenance is scheduled and performed correctly. The Vortex Mini Rok engine program is going to be offered again in 2014, with eight engines currently for purchase. Competitors who purchase the entire Texas PKC Series Loyalty Package will receive a discounted price of just $1,650 for the complete motor package.
Among the many cash awards and prizes offered in 2014 includes a new relationship between Texas PKC and the Rock Island Grand Prix. The popular Labor Day street race is offering one free entry to each race winner in Superkarts! USA classes (except TaG Cadet), along with Rotax Senior, Junior, and Masters, at the first six rounds of the series. Any driver who claims a main event victory in one of the selected classes will earn a free entry into that category (or like-division) at the 20th edition of the event, which is set for August 30-31.
For updates, as the 2014 Texas ProKart Challenge season draws closer, be sure to visit texasprokartchallenge.com and 'Like' them on Facebook.
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