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2018 Schedule & Venues

Round 1 - March 24-25 - Speedsportz Racing Park
Rounds 2 & 3 - June 8-10 - TBD
Rounds 4 & 5 - July 20-22 - Amarillo Kart Circuit
Round 6 - September 22-23 - Dallas karting Complex
Year End Banquet - October - TBD

Class Structure 
  • TPKC will run the same classes as in 2017.
  • S1 and S2 will continue to be grouped together during practice and competition but scored separately. TPKC will not offer the newly proposed SKUSA Pro-Moto Class.
  • The engine spec section for X30 Junior has the following update: 125cc Electric Start 29mm Exhaust Manifold Part # X30125368A Effec 1/1/18 - 26mm
Rule Book updated as of 12/2/17

In preparation for our 2018 racing season, please review the latest round of SKUSA RULEBOOK updates and clarifications, including:

10.5.7. Appeals
20.2.2. Number Plates
20.2.6.5. Tire Pickup
20.3.2.6. Visible Light Check for CR125 Cylinders
30.2.3. No bump-drafting in Qualifying

New SKUSA Membership/Licensing Information 

Membership Term
Starting with the 2018 racing season, SKUSA Memberships are now only valid from January 1st through December 31st. The following outlines the steps required for us to make this transition. We will udpate this language once we are through the transition.

  • If your current expiration date is between January 1, 2018 and June 30, 2018, your 2018 Membership Renewal will only be $50.
  • If your current expiration date is between July 1, 2018 and December 31, 2018, your 2018 Membership Renewal will be free.
  • There is a very small group of members left with expiration dates before Jan 1 2018, please select the $100 renewal option.

In order to take advantage of this offer, SKUSA members MUST submit an online renewal during the renewal periods described below.

  • The transitional renewal period for members will be December 1, 2017 through January 31, 2018.
  • The transitional late renewal period will be February 1, 2018 through February 15, 2018. Late renewals will cost $125.
  • Renewals after February 15, 2018 will be treated as new memberships. New memberships will be $150.
The SuperNationals are part of the National SKUSA Pro Tour, but also operates as a stand-alone race event. A one-event membership will again be offered at time of Supernats Registration and can be purchased in lieu of an Annual SKUSA membership.
New NUMBERS

CIK Kart Numbers
Starting in 2018, SKUSA will be standardizing to CIK number specifications. This means solid yellow number panels and solid black numbers for all classes.

SKUSA National Champions - may choose to run #1,2 or 3 in your regional class utilizing the same solid yellow number panels and solid black number requirement.
2017 TPKC Champions - may choose to run #1,2 or 3 in your regional class utilizing the reverse: a solid black number panel and a solid yellow number following the same size requirements as stated in the rule book. NOTE: These number panels will only be allowed within the 2018 TPKC Series.


No more letter designators.

Please refer to SKUSA Rule 20.2.2 for the dimensional specifics.

IAME Classes Shifter Classes
Micro Swift - 10-99
Mini Swift - 100-299 (200-299 reserved for overflow)
X30 Junior - 700-799
X30 Senior - 300-499 (400-499 reserved for overflow)        
X30 Master - 500-599

S1 - 100-199
S2 - 200-299
S3 - 300-399
S4 - 400-499
S5 - 500-599 (Local Option)
S4SM - 600-699 (Local Option)

Reserved Numbers
There will no longer be reserved race numbers with your memberships. Each class will be assigned a block of numbers and when you enter your first race of the TPKC series you will pick from any available numbers in that pool. That will then be your “reserved” number for the rest of that series. NOTE: You are likely to have a different number in the Winter Series, PKC, ProTour and SuperNat's so first come, first serve.
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Superkarts! USA regional program locks in four events in Lone Star State

ROCKWALL, TX (November 3, 2017) – After making the move to the pure Superkarts! USA program of IAME and Stock Honda categories in 2017, the Texas ProKart Challenge enjoyed one of its best years ever, capping the season in October with a great weekend at the new Speedsportz Racing Park in Houston. During the season finale, the series announced a four-race schedule that will consist of two single-race weekends and two doubleheaders, which will provide six rounds for the championship. The schedule will take the teams to Speedsportz Racing Park, Amarillo Kart Circuit, Dallas Karting Complex, and a fourth track that will be named at a later date. The Superkarts! USA regional series will again offer the Stock Honda and IAME categories, with guaranteed SuperSunday starting positions for the 2018 SuperNationals going to the series champions in the applicable classes.

The opening round of the series will be held in late March, kicking the season off at the newly-christened Speedsportz Racing Park in New Caney with a two-day, one-race weekend on March 24-25 that will feature Saturday practice ahead of wheel-to-wheel racing on Sunday. The Texas ProKart Challenge wrapped up this past season at the track in October, and the feedback was tremendous.

The series will then move to a doubleheader weekend in early June, which will feature Friday practice and separate Saturday and Sunday race days. The track has yet to be determined, but series officials are working to finalize the details.

In July, the teams will head back to the Amarillo Kart Circuit in west Texas for a second time. Drivers loved the layout of the track in the maiden trip to the facility in 2017, which is patterned after the F1 circuit in Istanbul, Turkey. The race drew drivers from California and Colorado, and Texas ProKart Challenge officials are already in contact with several teams who want to make the event in 2018. This doubleheader race is going to be massive and could become an unofficial showdown between drivers from the different SKUSA ProKart Challenge regional series.

The series finale is scheduled for September 22-23 and will be a single-race weekend held at the Dallas Karting Complex. With two single-race weekends and two doubleheaders, the series will consist of a total of six rounds.

2018 Texas ProKart Challenge Schedule:

Round 1: March 24-25 - Speedsportz Racing Park - New Caney, Texas
Rounds 2 & 3: June 8-10 - TBA
Rounds 4 & 5: July 20-22 - Amarillo Kart Circuit - Amarillo, Texas
Round 6: September 22-23 - Dallas Karting Complex - Caddo Mills, Texas

The championship battles are expected to be fierce across all the categories. The champions in the X30 Senior, X30 Junior, X30 Master and Mini Swift classes will all receive guaranteed SuperSunday starting positions for the SKUSA SuperNationals next fall. These passes are tremendously valuable considering the level of competition in Las Vegas. The series will also offer three entry tickets to the 2018 SuperNationals, drawing one champion from three unique class groupings. These tickets are valued at $1100 each and include entry fee and race tires.

P1 Promotions is also pleased to confirm that EKN’s Rob Howden will attend all four events as the official Texas ProKart Challenge play-by-play announcer, and that he will provide weekend event coverage on eKartingNews.com. Texas PKC will be providing live streaming audio on EKN and the Texas ProKart Challenge website for those who cannot be trackside.

Make sure to watch the series website texasprokartchallenge.com for more information on 2018, as well as Texas ProKart Challenge on Facebook and Instagram.

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TPKC 02 R4Photo: Carolyn Wiley

Superkarts! USA regional program holds inaugural event at amazing Northern Texas circuit
TPKC 02 R4 X30 SeniorBrett Mitchell earned his third victory in the X30 Senior division
(Photo: Carolyn Wiley)
ROCKWALL, TX (July 20, 2017) – The Texas ProKart Challenge found a gem in the panhandle area of Texas. The gem is the Amarillo Kart Circuit, sitting alongside the busy Interstate-40, waiting for karters to find it. P1 Promotions, who direct the Superkarts! USA regional program, did just that and added a trip for the 2017 championship schedule. Months of preparation to make the facility ready for the top drivers in the southwest to converge at AKC culminated on July 14-15 as the Texas PKC program hosted the fourth round of the title chase.

P1 Promotions made sure everyone who attended the Amarillo Kart Circuit enjoyed the weekend, on and off the track. A complimentary dinner, sponsored by Paintmor was provided for those in attendance Friday evening. That was followed by rides aboard the Superkarts! USA two-seater kart with SKUSA Pro Tour S1 point leader Jake French at the wheel. A full opening ceremony was conducted before the racing action began, including a color guard and driver parade. The racing around the replica of the Formula One Turkish Grand Prix Istanbul Park circuit was among the best all season, with drivers giving two thumbs up for the layout. Texas PKC continues to provide unique awards, with the ‘Amarillo Boot’ trophy given out to the top-three drivers in each category along with a TPKC cowboy hat for the winner.

Read more: Amarillo Kart Circuit Makes Debut with Texas ProKart Challenge

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30.3.1. TIRES

30.3.1.1. Spec: Tires (including rains) are spec for all classes. Spec tires are required during all practice sessions but do not have to be purchased from TPKC. Race tires must be purchased from TPKC and are a part of the competitor’s registration.

CADET Evinco Blue “H” 10x4.60-5

JUNIORS, SENIORS, SHIFTERS  Evinco Red “M”
                                                        Fronts 10x4.60-5
                                                        Rears 11x7.10-5

30.3.1.2. Marking:
Tires will be marked, scanned or sequestered after qualifying. In regional events; competitors must race all heats, LCQ’s, pre-finals, and features/finalson the same tires used to qualify. In National events, additional sets of tires may beallowed at the Race Director’s discretion. Likewise, some classes may require the sametires to be used for more than one competition day. Unmarked or improperly markedtires at the end of any race session will result in a disqualification.

30.3.1.3. Replacement:
A "one-for-one" tire replacement of a tire that has been damaged during racing may be approved by the Tech Director, Race Director, or TireDesk Manager. Tire(s) replaced without the proper approval will result in adisqualification. Replacement tire will have a measured tread depth equal to or lessthan the measured tread depth of the tire being replaced.


30.3.1.4. Rain Race:
The decision to declare a race a rain race is at the discretion of the Race Director.

30.3.1.4.1. When rain conditions are declared for a race, it is the racer’s option to choose rains or slicks. Rain tires are only optional to use when it has been declared a rain race. The number of sets will be at the Race Director’s discretion.

For TPKC events, competitor’s are responsible for bringing their own SPEC rain tires.TPKC does not sell SPEC rain tires.

TPKC 01 R3 X30 SeniorBrett Mitchell is the driver on top of the X30 Senior this season with his second victory of 2017 (Photo: Carolyn Wiley)

Superkarts! USA regional program reaches halfway point with Round Three completed at Gulf Coast Kartway

SACHSE, TX (June 14, 2017) – The Texas ProKart Challenge reached the halfway point of the 2017 season with Round Three contested at the Gulf Coast Kartway on June 10-11. The Katy, Texas facility welcomed Superkarts! USA IAME and Stock Honda racers to the 7/10-mile course. Five drivers were able to lead the entire distance of the event to complete round sweeps, including two championship leaders.

Brett Mitchell won his second straight in the MPH Racing Team X30 Senior division, featuring 13 drivers. A winner in Round Two, Mitchell entered as the championship leader, delivering with the sweep in Katy. Mitchell set the fast time in qualifying, edging out Jake French by 79 thousandths of a second. Mitchell led all 14 laps of Heat #1, before fighting with French in Heat #2 to come away with the race win. Getting away at the green flag, Mitchell drove away to lead wire-to-wire in the 20-lap Final, stretching out to a four-second margin for the victory. French was runner-up with Max Hewitt beating out Austin Wilkins for the final step of the podium. Jeffery Collins drove to fifth in his first event of 2017.

Read more: Exciting Event for Texas ProKart Challenge in Katy

See the updated SKUSA Rulebook. The latest round of updates and clarifications include:

  • 15.3.1 Driver Age Criteria
  • 20.2.3.4 Weights
  • 20.3.4.3 Starter Batteries for Swift/X30 Engines
  • 20.3.4.12 Spark Plug Caps for Swift/X30 Engines
  • 30.2.9.4 Tech Inspections
  • 30.3.5.16 Investigation Flag

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SKUSA Number Panels

SKUSA classes require SKUSA number panels.

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View the Race Number Panels page for more info.

Texas PKC Info