This weekend marks the opening of the third season for the continually growing Texas ProKart Challenge – presented by 3G Kart Racing/Burger King®/Chase Racing/Dallas Karting Complex/Fernelius Alvarez Attorneys. Fulfilling the need for a strong regional program in the LoneStarState, series director Dave Pauly established a program combining the United States Rotax Max Challenge and Superkarts! USA categories under one banner. Since 2012, the series has experience expansion with every event and this year's awards package is scheduled to reach over $30,000 in cash and prizes. The third season for the Texas PKC will start this coming weekend (April 25-27) at the Dallas Karting Complex, located in Caddo Mills, Texas.
The opening weekend of the season is, and has been shaping to be an incredible kick off to 2014. Entry lists in all categories are stacked, continues to grow to record numbers as the race weekend approaches. The series was reduced to eight rounds of racing this year, compared to a 10-race program in 2013, making each round crucial to the regional racers looking to secure a series championship. Added to this year's opening rounds is the addition of many Superkarts! USA Pro Tour competitors from outside the region, as the event serves as a tune-up event for next weekend's SKUSA SpringNationals.
2013 featured incredible battles for race wins, and season long championship campaigns. This coming weekend will be the fresh start, the new beginning that many Texas PKC racers have been waiting the whole off-season for. Chris Jennings and Jordon Musser put on arguably the most intense championship battle in 2013. The longtime friends and S4 Master Stock Moto competitors went toe-to-toe for the entire season with Jennings edging Musser out for the title. S2 Semi-Pro Stock Moto champion Ryan Kinnear will not be on the defensive, but rather the offensive as he now joins the S1 Pro Stock Moto ranks this year as the class returns with a number of drivers graduating up from the Texas region. Also moving up the ladder are 2013 champions Nathan Adds (S5 Junior) and Max Hewitt (TaG Cadet), leaving those competitive divisions open for new title winners. Michael Bartholomew will return to Dallas to mount his TaG Senior championship defense in what was a popular class last season.
The second half of the Texas PKC program is the Burger King® Rotax Max Challenge – as part of the United States Rotax Max Challenge. Racers in the Rotax categories earn punches toward the US Rotax Grand Nationals, with the 2014 event slated for a return to the MillerMotorsportsPark in Tooele, Utah on July 17-20. Double champion Alex Tartaglia (Rotax Senior/DD2) will step away from Rotax portion this season, leaving the door open in both categories. The DD2 program at the Texas PKC is among the largest in the country, with a host of previous championship contenders looking to step up to the top. The Masters group will continue chasing Lance Lehrman, who scored the championship last October. Moving up to Rotax Senior is last year's Junior champion Jesse Woodyard, as he's among the favorites in 2014. The same can be said for 2013 Mini Max champion Parker Chase. The Junior class is among the most talented in the United States, with a host of drivers gearing for a championship run. Both the Mini and Micro Max divisions will one again hit double-digit numbers at the opening event.
Pre-entry registration for the opening weekend concluded Sunday night, April 20 with the numbers reaching the highest ever for the Texas ProKart Challenge. Competitors who did not take advantage of the early signup will now register for the weekend upon arriving at DKC. Official practice begins Friday with Round One scheduled for Saturday and Round Two on Sunday. Each day of competition will include a warm-up session, followed by qualifying, two heat races and a main event.
The more than $30,000 prize package scheduled for the year-end awards ceremony following the completion of the 2014 Texas ProKart Challenge has grown thanks to the numerous industry members supporting the program this year. Chase Racing signed on as a series presenting sponsor in 2014, with the following adding in their support as class sponsors: Champion Racing/Intrepid, Pole Position/DR Kart, RPM Race Karts, HPD Honda, SwedeTech Racing Engines, Kart Life, Motul, Dreams Captured Photography, Ribtect, Enertech, and Gaddy Web Design.
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Here is the preliminary schedule for Rounds 1 and 2 of the 2014 Texas ProKartChallenge Series at Dallas Karting Complex April 25th - 27th, 2014.
Thursday April 24th
Friday April 25th
Saturday April 26th
Sunday April 27th
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