• Texas ProKart Challenge Confirms Exciting 2018 Schedule

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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.

  • Texas ProKart Challenge Confirms Plans for 2017

    In 2012, the Texas ProKart Challenge was launched to provide a major regional program for the region of Texas, Oklahoma and the surrounding states. Promoted by Dave Pauly, the series grew into one of the top programs in the country. Last year, Pauly handed over the reigns to P1 Promotions – Mark and Gina French. After a successful first season in 2016, the focus is building on the future of the program beginning in 2017.

    The first five years of the Texas ProKart Challenge was a combination of the Rotax Max Challenge and Superkarts! USA. Beginning in 2017, the series is making the transition to become strictly a SKUSA regional series and duplicate a similar format to the organizations flagship regional program by offering six single-race weekends. Day One consists of official practice with Day Two serving as race day. The format for the opening event of 2017 will follow that of the SKUSA Pro Tour with a warm-up, qualifying, prefinal and final structure for the single race day.

    “Our mission remains to provide a quality traveling race series focused on fairness and customer service, all while providing a fun atmosphere and strong competition,” stated Texas ProKart Challenge co-owner and series director Gina French. “The future for karting is big in Texas with the re-energized focus on Stock Moto and the IAME Program. The series will be streamlined with our national counterpart making the bridge from regional to national racing a natural progression for our racers.”

    The new schedule format mirrors that of the successful California ProKart Challenge, the flagship regional program for Superkarts! USA. The Texas ProKart Challenge will now host six single-race weekends for 2017, spread out from February to October. 2017 begins outside the Lone Star State, the only event not hosted in Texas. Round One is scheduled for the NOLA Motorsports Park in New Orleans, the weekend prior to the Superkarts! USA Pro Tour WinterNationals. That Friday evening, 2016 Texas ProKart Challenge champions will be crowned during the year-end banquet with details to be announced at a later time. A month later, the series returns to the Dallas Karting Complex, with the Gulf Coast Kartway returning to the Texas ProKart Challenge schedule for the month of June. The Katy, Texas event serves as the only Saturday-Sunday event of the year, with the other five events contested on Friday-Saturday of each weekend.

    The first new facility on the 2017 schedule is the Amarillo Kart Circuit. Located just outside the northern Texas city, the layout is a duplicate of the Intercity Istanbul Park – the Formula One Turkish Grand Prix facility. Texas PKC officials have tested on the course and are working directly with the facility owner to welcome racers to the circuit for its first ever major event. The proximity of the facility also allows for nearby competitors in Colorado, Arizona, Utah, Kansas and New Mexico to join in on the fun with the Texas PKC. Taking the month of August off, the Texas ProKart Challenge returns to racing in September at the North Texas Karters circuit in Denton.

    The much-anticipated SpeedsportZ Racing Park at Grand Texas is set to open officially in February 2017, with the Texas ProKart Challenge scheduling its finale event at the new karting facility. Owner Alan Rudolph – one of the first to be inducted into the Superkarts! USA Hall of Fame – has worked diligently for the last two years to make this facility happen, and is going to be a staple for karting in the southwest.

    2017 Texas ProKart Challenge Schedule
    February 24-25: NOLA Motorsports Park – New Orleans, LA
    April 1-2: Dallas Karting Complex – Caddo Mills, TX
    June 10-11: Gulf Coast Kartway – Katy, TX
    July 14-15: Amarillo Kart Circuit – Amarillo, TX
    September 16-17: North Texas Kartway – Denton, TX
    October 14-15: SpeedsportZ Racing Park – New Caney, TX

    The transition from 2016 to 2017 launches a new focus on the growing Stock Moto and IAME powerplants for the Texas ProKart Challenge. The same SKUSA categories from 2016 will return for 2017.

    2017 Texas ProKart Challenge Class Structure
    S1 Pro Stock Moto
    S2 Semi-Pro Stock Moto
    S3 Novice Stock Moto
    S4 Master Stock Moto
    S4 Super Master Stock Moto        
    S5 Junior Stock Moto
    Micro Swift
    Mini Swit
    X30 Junior
    X30 Senior
    X30 Master

    Texas ProKart Challenge is working directly with IAME USA to provide a motor program for those looking to move into the IAME divisions to help expand both the IAME platform in the region and within the series. More details will be released following the SKUSA SuperNationals. Also for 2017, the Texas PKC is offering up a ‘Series Loyalty Program’ for competitors to enter for all six events at one time. A $750 fee will cover five race entry fees ($150) with the sixth entry becoming free. Details of this program will be available when registration for the first event in 2017 opens.

    Once again, Texas Barge & Boat is partnering with the Texas ProKart Challenge along with Brash Racing as the title sponsors for the 2017 season. Nuclear Imaging Services and Dallas Karting Complex have returned in support in addition to MPH Racing as presenting sponsors. Uncle Hal, Acceleration Karting and 3G Kart Racing are joining the series as varying sponsors for the upcoming year. If you or your business is interested in sponsorship opportunities with the Texas PKC, contact Mark French at 214-876-9356 or .

    For more information, visit texasprokartchallenge.com and be sure to find Texas ProKart Challenge on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
  • 2012 Rotax Technical Bulletin - XPS 2T Kart Racing Oil

    XPS full synthetic 2t kart racing oilRotax announces a new full sythetic oil - XPS Full Synthetic 2T Kart Racing Oil. Read the technical bulletin HERE

    The new XPS Full Synthetic 2T Kart Racing Oil is now available.  The new oil is legal to use effective today, November 8th, 2012.  The new synthetic blend provides many performance and maintenance benefits, yet remains the same price as the previous oil.    

    The Maxspeed Group will no longer stock the XPS Synthetic Blend Oil 2T kart Racing Oil, however it will still be legal to use depending on availability and RMC Series Event Supplemental Regulations.

    The main sales points:

    • Full Synthetic
    • Better performance for the same price
    • Premium performance regarding component lubrication under extreme conditions
    • Keeping the engine as well as the exhaust valve clean
  • TPKC Racers Win at National Events!!

    goracing magazine 2012 rigpClick to read the GoRacing magazine 2012 RIGP articleRead the GoRacing magazine article about the 2012 Rock Island Grand Prix race featuring several Texas ProKart Challenge Series racers, all racing under the 3G Kart Racing tent!

    Jordon Musser won the King of the Streets crown for the 2nd time! 3G Kart Racing team member Jake French joined Musser on the podium in 2nd place and also set a new track record. Cordell Secrest qualified for the final on the front row only to be taken out of the race on the warm up lap.

    Kudos to Jesse Woodyard in TAG Junior for leading the field to the checkered flag only to be removed for a wrong tire compound in post tech. Congratulations to Bucky Hewitt earning a 2nd place podium spot in TAG Junior.

    Steve McCaffery qualified 5th in Shifter Masters and won a 3rd place podium spot in the final!