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 French sweeps S1, while Musgrave doubles in X30 Senior in extreme heat

The Texas ProKart Challenge made its second trek to West Texas last weekend and the racing was exciting from start to finish on the challenging 12-turn Amarillo Kart Circuit. Dallas Karting Complex lead pilot Jake French notched both wins in the S1 Pro Stock Honda class, topping the combined shifter field in the program that included the likes of Billy Musgrave, Hunter Pickett and Christian Bird. As EKN’s #1 ranked shifter driver, Musgrave battled French in the gearbox events, but he also competed in the X30 Senior class and came away with a pair of impressive victories over the top single-speed karters in Texas. A total of six race groups took to the track over the weekend, and other drivers earning the sweep included Max Hewitt (S2), Nathan Stewart (S4) and Branyon Tiner (X30 Junior).

The event presented the fourth and fifth rounds of the six-race Texas PKC series, and was only the second organized competition event at the Amarillo Kart Circuit, which was built by local surgeon Thane Morgan. The driver feedback on the track was extremely positive. The track is truly the West Texas’ version of the ‘Field of Dreams’, and the arrival of the TPKC certainly plays to the famous line – ‘if you build it, they will come’.

TPKC 2018 Amarillo Jake French 768x512Jake French dominated the shifterkart race group all weekend (Photo: Ken Johnson – studio52.us)Unfortunately, the TPKC date coinciding with the tail end of a record-setting heat wave in Amarillo, pushing the series staff, the drivers and the teams with 100+ degree temps all weekend. The first half of the days were run in the 90s, but the temp topped out later in the day at 103 or 104 degrees. Thankfully, the winds of West Texas helped to offset the heat, making it bearable, albeit hot. Copious amounts of water, paired with man-made shade in the form of EZUps and umbrellas, kept everyone in shape for racing and spectating.

In the shifter categories, French emerged to win both S1 Pro Stock Honda main events of the doubleheader, sweeping all six sessions on the weekend. Jake was on his own in terms of wrenching in Amarillo, and was prepping his own Sodikart, which makes his performances even a little more impressive. While Musgrave (Aluminos) pressed French throughout the weekend, so did Pickett (Sodikart), who was also on his game, grabbing a couple of the holeshots to pace early laps. In the end, Musgrave and Pickett would swap the other two positions on the podium, each taking a turn in P2 and P3.

TPKC 2018 Amarillo Billy Musgrave 768x512California’s Billy Musgrave was able to grab both wins in X30 Senior (Photo: Ken Johnson – studio52.us)CRG Nordam driver Max Hewitt not only dominated the S2 Semi-Pro Stock Honda class, but he also chased French, Pickett and Musgrave all weekend long, and was part of the lead quartet from the get-go. Hewitt did not engage in any battles with the three S1 leaders, but instead brought home a pair of wins to all but lock down the TPKC S2 title. Blair Hosie (Alpha) spent the weekend embroiled in exciting battles with S1 driver Christian Bird (CRG), and took second on Saturday over Reilly Cann (Sodikart). Dylan Towne (Sodikart) and Liam Snyder (CRG) completed in the top-five. On Sunday, Towne was on the move and slipped past Cann for the third position, which stands as his best finish of the year.

Sodikart driver Nathan Stewart swept the S4 Master Stock Honda main events, topping Rod Clinard (CRG) by 4.275 seconds in Round 4 on Saturday. Amarillo Kart Circuit track owner Thane Morgan (Sodikart) was very impressive in his run to third, pushing Clinard for a majority of the race. Miguel Garcia (Alpha) and Juan David Gomez (CRG) capped the top-five. On Sunday, Stewart again jumped to the early lead and stretched away, as Morgan chased Clinard for second. The S4 Super Master #3 plate holder was out early this time, as his CRG spit its chain on lap four, sending Clinard to the sidelines. Morgan assumed second and maintained the position, while Garcia scored his first podium of the year, finishing third. A lone S5 driver was in the paddock, as Conner Robles (Aluminos) traveled to Amarillo from SoCal with the Musgrave crew. Robles did extremely well, running with S4 drivers Clinard and Morgan all weekend long.

TPKC 2018 Amarillo David Pergande 768x512David Pergande was gifted the X30 Master victory on Sunday in his class debut (Photo: Ken Johnson – studio52.us)The Woltjer Racing X30 Senior class is stout in Texas, and throwing Musgrave (Aluminos) into the mix made it even more competitive. Alejandro Jaramillo (Tony Kart) showed the way all weekend, qualifying on pole on both Saturday and Sunday, winning both Prefinals as well. The main events did not go his way though, as contact with a lapped car on the final circuit robbed him on the Saturday win. Musgrave was in position to take advantage of Jaramillo’s lack of exit speed from turn seven after the contact, stealing away the victory. Jaramillo held on for second over Brenden Baker (CRG). Brett Mitchell (Tony Kart) and Jett Morton (Tony Kart) rounded out the top-five. It was a strong debut weekend for Morton, who moved up from the X30 Junior category after the last series race in Denton. On Sunday, Jaramillo was again quick out of the gate, but Musgrave simply turned up the wick, taking the lead and pulling to a 6.814-second win. Baker battled with Jaramillo for the runner-up position, and then Alejandro held off Morton for the final step on the podium. Morton did take fourth, his second top-five of the weekend, while John Berry (Tony Kart) was fifth, just a half-second back.

Miguel Mier (Tony Kart) has been the class of the TES Home Solar X30 Master field in Texas this year, and he was again on his game in Amarillo. Mier swept all three sessions on Saturday, using the pole to get through the tight opening section of the track unscathed and out to an early advantage in the 18-lap final. Mier went untouched, taking a 4.826-second win. JH Motorsports’ David Pergande (Tony Kart) was making his debut in X30 competition and was quickly coming to grips with the engine’s power characteristics as well as the unique aspects of the Evinco tire. A veteran of Rotax racing, Pergande dialled in his driving all weekend and was embroiled in a good battle with Tyson Knight (DR Kart) all day on Saturday. At the checker, Pergande and Knight completed the podium in second and third, while Jaime Labastida (GP) and Rod Lake (Sodikart) filled the remaining positions in the top-five.

TPKC 2018 Amarillo Branyon Tiner 768x512Branyon Tiner took both wins in X30 Junior (Photo: Ken Johnson – studio52.us)Sunday’s race again featured contact in the opening corner, with Pergande and Knight getting the brunt of the results, falling back to sixth and seventh to begin the opening lap. Mier stormed away as the chaos happened behind him, developing a big lead over Labastida and Denton winner Scott Cherry (DR Kart). Mier’s lead would not last long, however, as he was out on lap 2 when his throttle cable snapped. This changed the entire complexion of the race and put Labastida and Cherry into a battle for the win, similar to what happened in Round 3 in Denton in June, when Mier went out earlier. As Cherry chased Labastida through the entire run, Pergande was on the move, running much quicker laps as he shaved tenths off the gap each successive circuit. The Katy, TX veteran began chopping off time as the leader began a defensive approach during the final laps, but Pergande would have needed more time had the front-running duo not made contact in the final corner complex on the last lap. Labastida defended low and then moved slightly to the right to set up for the corner, contacting Cherry, who had pulled alongside to set up a move. Connected, they spun off the track, allowing Pergande to drive through the apex to emerge on the other side as the victor. Knight finished a strong second ahead of Rod Lake (SodiKart). Speedsportz Racing Park driver Keith Harless (BirelART) was fourth, ahead of Cherry in fifth. Cherry was able to get re-fired to cross the line as the last driver to finish the race.

The Texas Barge X30 Junior category was the biggest of the weekend at 17 entries, and Adrian Cruz (Tony Kart) started things off on the right foot, qualifying on the pole over Luke Lange (Tony Kart) and Emiliano Richards (Tony Kart) on Saturday. Richards emerged to win the Prefinal over a strong lead group of five drivers, and he would take the on-track win in the 18-lap final as well, but a penalty for contact moved him back a position and advanced Branyon Tiner (Kosmic) to the victory. CRG Nordam’s Tyler Maxson was part of the lead battle all day, and he completed the podium in third. Max Opalski (FA Kart) and John Burke (Tony Kart) were fourth and fifth, respectively. Cruz topped Sunday qualifying once again, holding over three tenths on Tiner. Maxson advanced to the front to win the Prefinal and secure a front row starting spot for the second main event alongside Cruz. The Final was exciting from start to finish, but it was Tiner’s speed and ability to pull away from the pack that truly wrote the story. Tiner held a 1.5-second advantage for the second half of the race and while Maxson and Richards worked together to cut into the cap and set up a late-race bid for the win, they simply could not lessen into the advantage that Tiner had developed and was maintaining. Tiner did not put a wheel wrong and held the point to a 0.348-second win. Branyon backed it down a little on the final laps, leveraging his cushion to cruise home to the victory. Maxson and Richards filled the remaining spots on the podium, while John Burke and Jose Garfias (Tony Kart) capped the top-five.

TPKC 2018 Amarillo Chase Gardner 768x512Chase Gardner took his first series victory of the year in Mini Swift (Photo: Ken Johnson – studio52.us)The racing was truly spectacular in the MindShift Financial Mini Swift category. The talent level in Texas continues to develop and emerge, and in Amarillo, the lead group consisted of no less than four karts at a time. Saturday’s battle began with Aden Rudolph (Birel ART) taking the pole over Chase Gardner (Vemme), but it was Alex Stanfield (Energy) who came to the forefront in the Prefinal, holding off Rudolph’s pressure over the final laps. When the main event went green, Stanfield did not get a good jump and fell down the order due to contact in the opening corners. Alex pushed to re-join the lead group, but just didn’t have the pace to make up the ground. The frontrunners certainly put on a show, as Rudolph led a majority of the race. However, over the final laps, Joseph Moss (Benik) began putting tons of pressure on Rudolph for the win, as the entire top-five was in line within 1.5 seconds from front to back. Late in the contest, Moss slipped past Rudolph for the lead, and then Cooper Shipman (Benik) found his way by for second with just two laps to go. With Moss in the lead, Shipman tried in vain to close the gap, as Joseph was the first to the stripe. The final order would change, however, as a post-race penalty for avoidable contact with Rudolph dropped Moss behind Shipman in the official results, giving Cooper his first Texas PKC Mini Swift win. Chase Gardner (Vemme) completed the podium in third, and he was chased across the line by Enzo Swan and Rudolph.

On Sunday, Rudolph put it on pole once again, out-pacing Stanfield by almost three tenths, and brought it across the line first in the Prefinal to hold onto his starting position for the 16-lap main event. In the final, Rudolph led early before losing the lead to Stanfield, with Gardner waiting in the wings. In what was likely the best pass of the weekend, Gardner went from third to first on the brakes into the left-hand turn 10 hairpin on lap four, emerging with a lead. Gardner and Stanfield then teamed up to pull away from the field over the next 10 laps, setting up for a race to the checker. Stanfield continued his chase of the lead, but with Gardner not making a single mistake, he came up just short with a strong second, which has moved Alex into the championship lead with just one race still remaining in the season. Swan capped the podium with a solid third place run ahead of Shipman and Rudolph.

TPKC 2018 Amarillo Ivanna Richards 768x512Ivanna Richards won in her series debut in the Micro Swift class (Photo: Ken Johnson – studio52.us)The Alan Rudolph Racing Academy Micro Swift class featured six young drivers, and they were led all weekend by Ivanna Richards (Parolin), who was making her Texas PKC debut. Ivanna was the quickest of the bunch and was within one corner of winning the Saturday main event when she pulled off early, thinking the race was over. She would not make that same mistake on Sunday, as she cruised to a 7.649-second win. In the wake of Richard’s Round 4 error, Ethan Thomason (Parolin) was the first to the checkered flag to take the win on Saturday, followed by Sarah Bradley (Benik) and James Moss (Benik). On Sunday, Thomason was second behind Richards, while Moss was again third in the order.

The series will now look towards their season finale on September 22-23 at Dallas Karting Complex. With the race being scheduled during the new school year, it will be a single-race weekend with Saturday practice and Sunday competition. A majority of the titles are still up for grabs, as are the Guaranteed SuperSunday Starting Spots for the SKUSA SuperNationals 22 in November, which go to all of the Texas ProKart Challenge champions.

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Baker and Hewitt star for CRG Nordam under the lights in Denton

June 12, 2018 by Rob Howden

When it comes to the high heat of a Texas summer, running in the cooler evening temperatures under the lights is always a wise approach. The Texas ProKart Challenge targeted their June 7-9 weekend for just such an night outing, and North Texas Kartway in Denton provided the ideal venue. The half-mile, nine-turn track is an iconic facility that simply comes alive when its lights are fired up, and the racing was stellar thanks to the multiple overtaking opportunities offered by the layout. The event featured Thursday night practice that led into Friday and Saturday night races, and while the temps at the start of each afternoon’s schedule were around 95°F, once the sun set, a more comfortable 85°F was the norm. The Texas PKC program has developed a strong foundation of racers and teams, and the paddock was filled with national level stars and young emerging talent. Of all those in the paddock, the CRG Nordam team had a superb outing, winning six races at the hands of Brenden Baker, Max Hewitt, Rod Clinard and new recruit Tyler Gonzalez.

TPKC 2018 NTK Brenden Baker 300x200Brenden Baker scored victory in the X30 Senior category (Photo Ken Johnson - Studio52.us)Baker, the veteran national and regional competitor, took the Friday win in the Woltjer Racing Engines X30 Senior class, battling with fellow CRG driver Kaden Gray and Tony Kart pilot Alejandro Jaramillo. Gray was on top of his game all weekend, qualifying on pole before taking the Prefinal win. Despite Gray’s initial pace, Baker was too much in the main and he rolled to a 3.202-second win over his teammate. Jaramillo pressured Gray for a majority of the 30-lap shootout, but he had to settle for a solid third. John Berry (Tony Kart) finished fourth ahead of Pablo Perez De Lara (Tony Kart).

Baker was again the star of the X30 Senior main event on Saturday, although Jaramillo had dropped the hammer in qualifying to earn the pole for the Prefinal. Jaramillo handled the Prefinal as well, keeping Gray at bay to take the win. Despite finishing third in the Prefinal, Baker moved quickly to the front in the final and took a 2.171-second on-track win. In a disappointing turn of events, for the CRG driver at least, Baker would forfeit the victory when his kart failed the post-race rear width inspection; the error a result of a quick pre-race axle change. This penalty moved the victory honors to Jaramillo, who has been extremely impressive to begin the season. Gray finished second in the amended results, while Berry moved to the podium in third. Brian Van Cleve (Tony Kart) finished fourth ahead of Pablo Perez De Lara (Tony Kart).

CRG Nordam also scored big in the gearbox categories, winning three of the four main events. Round 1 S2 Semi-Pro Stock Honda winner Max Hewitt returned to the series in different livery, having joined the Texas-based CRG squad and he delivered with a pair of wins. Hewitt was hounded all weekend by former teammate Blair Hosie (Alpha), who turned the fastest laps in both main events. Hewitt’s advantage was apparent, as he gapped Hosie on the exit of turn nine coming onto NTK’s backstraight, pulling 3-4 kart lengths early in the run down to turn one. A difference in gearing approach was the culprit, but Hosie did his best to claw back into the gap each lap, although he was never close enough to make a big run at the turn seven hairpin as Hewitt handled the turn 4-5-6 chicane with precision. Behind the lead duo, Dylan Towne (Sodikart) earned the final spot on the podium on Friday, ahead of Reilly Cann (Sodikart) and Mark Snyder (CRG). On Saturday, Cann scored the podium spot ahead of Garrett Kramer (CRG) and Towne.

TPKC 2018 NTK Max Hewitt 300x200Max Hewitt dominated the event in the S2 division (Photo: Ken Johnson – Studio52.us)Nathan Stewart (Sodikart) and Rod Clinard (CRG) shared the S4 Master Stock Honda wins. Stewart used a holeshot to get out front on Friday, while Clinard went unchallenged to the victory in race 2 after Stewart was forced to start at the tail of the grid following a Prefinal incident. Venkat Reddy (CRG) capped the podium both days.

After receiving a request from local Texas shifterkart drivers with KZ and Rok powerplants, the TPKC promoted a Shifter Unlimited option class for the Denton weekend with a focus on laying the groundwork for future growth. As is often the case in karting, the request for a new class doesn’t always mean that guys will actually show, but the new category did open the door for 3G Kart Racing to send both Jordon Musser and Michael Ilavia to NTK to shakedown the new IAME 175cc SSE shifter engine. The feedback from both drivers was positive, touting the massive torque of the motor, which will become the foundation of SKUSA’s gearbox competition in the future. The TPKC staff is excited with the possibility of attracting more IAME SSE owners to the next series race in Amarillo, in addition to a potential cast of KZ drivers, as there is an aggressive campaign in motion to put together a caravan of racers from the East Coast.

Scott Cherry celebrating his X30 Master victory on Saturday (Photo: Ken Johnson – Studio52.us)

TPKC 2018 NTK Scott Cherry 300x200Scott Cherry celebrating his X30 Master victory on Saturday (Photo: Ken Johnson – Studio52.us)Miguel Mier looked to have the TES Home Solar X30 Master field handled, as he controlled Friday’s action with a sweep of the sessions. Mier (Tony Kart) scored a 2.998-second win in the 22-lap final over Doug Foxsworth (CompKart) and Rod Lake (Sodikart). On Saturday, he again topped the qualifying and Prefinal result sheets, but a thrown chain on the warm-up lap of the main event put him on the sidelines. This opened the door for Scott Cherry (DR Kart) to take a 5.423-second win over his brother Brian Cherry (DR Kart). Keith Harless (Birel ART) tried to make it close for second in the late-going, as he was running solid lap times while he was recovering from issues early in the race. Harless closed to within a second at the checkered flag, but had to settle for third. Lake finished fourth ahead of Diego Iorio (Italkart).

The level of competition at the Texas ProKart Challenge in Texas Barge X30 Junior is stout, and this weekend saw Tyler Gonzalez make his debut with CRG Nordam. The young Florida driver did not disappoint, sweeping the main event wins in style. The racing was incredibly good on both Friday and Saturday, although Day 2 was much better than the opening day of action after Race Director Mark French tightened down on the contact. On Friday, he wanted to give the drivers a little more freedom, but the racecraft diminished, so he took control again in the Saturday Prefinal, which set the stage for one of the best Junior races in recent memory. Gonzalez took a 1.081-second win on Race 1, and the battle for the remaining steps on the podium was thrilling. John Burke (Tony Kart) took the spot ahead of Tyler Maxson (CRG), but not without a tremendous race-long scrap that including Travis Wiley (Kosmic) and Emiliano Richards (Tony Kart). Saturday’s race was more of the same, and the podium was duplicated, although several drivers, including Richards, took their turn up front. Richards would eventually finish fourth, while the final position in the top-five belonged to Branyon Tiner (Tony Kart). Tiner figured in the lead battle all day, as did Adrian Cruz (Tony Kart).

Tyler Gonzalez was victorious in his TPKC debut (Photo: Ken Johnson – Studio52.us)

TPKC 2018 NTK Tyler Gonzalez 300x200Tyler Gonzalez was victorious in his TPKC debut (Photo: Ken Johnson – Studio52.us)The racing in the Mindshift Financial Mini Swift category provided edge-of-your-seat excitement through both rounds of competition, and the outing was certainly a breakout weekend for Alex Stanfield (Energy). The Energy driver was on-form, sweeping Friday’s action from qualifying onwards. A pole in the initial timed session led to a Prefinal win, and Stanfield fully leveraged his front row starting position to storm to a 2.579-second victory on Friday night in the 25-lap final. Jack Jeffers (Benik) and Chase Gardner (Vemme) fought it out for the final steps on the podium, and finished in that order. Enzo Swan (Kart Republic) and Aden Rudolph (Birel ART) completed the top-five, as Rudolph completed a run back up through the field after being shuffled back to 13th at the start of the Prefinal. On Saturday night, Jeffers started things off with a pole run in qualifying, but Stanfield came right back to the top in both the Prefinal and the Final. With the rest of the field battling behind him, Stanfield stretched away to another win of over two seconds to complete his sweep of the main events. The podium order was a carbon copy of Friday, with Jeffers and Gardner in second and third. The final spots in the top-five looked to belong to Rudolph, who paired with Swan to get past Artie Flores on the penultimate lap, only to lose the spot back to Flores after getting caught out by a lapped kart. Rudolph was slowed slightly coming out of the hairpin turn seven, and this allowed Flores to make a last-ditch effort to take back the spot in turn eight, and the resultant contact opened the door for Swan to re-take fifth as well.

Alex Stanfield doubled up in the Mini Swift category (Photo: Ken Johnson – Studio52.us)

The Alan Rudolph Racing Academy Micro Swift class was not large, but the racing was still entertaining as the young drivers swapped positions throughout the main events. The only spot that was locked was the lead, as Ethan Thomason scored both wins during the night time doubleheader. Thomason (Parolin) was able to get away on Friday night to take a 4.166-second win over Jack Iliffe (Benik). Sarah Bradley and Nicholas George (FA Kart) were embroiled in their own fight all race long, and while George drew alongside on the run to the stripe, Bradley took the final step on the podium by just 0.008 seconds at the line. Charlie Bradbury (Energy) completed the top-five. In Saturday night’s 25-lap final, Bradley turned things up and never let up on pressuring Thomason for the win. Sarah would lose ground in certain areas, and while she would then make it back up, she came up just short at the checker with Ethan winning by 0.236 seconds. Iliffe and George struck up their own battle, with Iliffe taking control of third.

The series’ drivers will now look forward to the second and final doubleheader of the year, as the schedule now heads west to the Amarillo Kart Circuit, a facility that is opened only for the Texas ProKart Challenge. The privately-owned jewel was patterned on the F1 track in Istanbul, Turkey and received rave review when the TPKC teams christened its competition history last summer. Rounds Four and Five are set for July 20-22 and word on the street points to visiting teams and drivers coming in from California, Arizona and Colorado. eKartingNews.com will be there as well and will again provide EKN Trackside Live streaming audio coverage all weekend long.

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The following shall be instituted immediately and will remain permanently as part of the Texas ProKart rules package.

Post-Race Contact

At the conclusion of each on-track session, after crossing the finish line; all competitors must slow their speed while making their way to the scale line. Any competitor who makes contact with another racer shall be penalized.

Penalty Assessed
Practice or Warm-up           - Loss of next scheduled on track session
Qualifying or Competition   - DQ/loss of points for the session

Texas ProKart Challenge Sticker Placement

All karts participating in a TPKC event must have a Texas ProKart sticker mounted on the front fairing. Stickers will be provided to you at registration.

Registration opens on Friday, May 11 for TPKC rounds 2 and 3 at North Texas Karters, Denton Texas. Join us for some awesome night racing, June 7-9

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Four events, guaranteed SuperSunday spots and three SuperNationals tickets in store for the SKUSA regional program in Lone Star State

ROYSE CITY, TX (February 16, 2018) – The 2018 season marks the seventh year of the SKUSA Texas ProKart Challenge. After six seasons of both SKUSA and Rotax competition, last year was one of adjustment, and the series streamlined their program around the Superkarts! USA platform with a pure center on the IAME and Honda categories. The move to align under the SKUSA banner helped bring together many of the same national officials you see at the SKUSA Pro Tour working at the Texas PKC program, both on and off the track to provide the most professional and fair regional program in the United States. Add in taking racers to the best facilities that the Lone Star State has to offer. The upcoming championship features the same focus with a calculated adjustment to six rounds of racing over four weekends, again featuring some of the top drivers in the country.

The 2018 season is welcoming three strong companies to support the SKUSA Texas ProKart Challenge program. Texas Barge of Freeport, Texas is back as a title sponsor with the Texas PKC, continuing their partnership with the program as a longtime series supporter. New for 2018 is TES Home Solar out of Liberty, Texas. Dallas Karting Complex in Caddo Mills, Texas is another tenured supporter of the series, continuing as a presenting sponsor. The SKUSA Texas ProKart Challenge would like to thank Rick Tiner, Brian Tatom, Kevin Adds, Mike Jones and everyone associated with these great businesses in their support of karting and the SKUSA Texas ProKart Challenge.

Driver Rankings Jake French kart 300x2002017 SKUSA Pro Tour S1 champion Jake French (Photo: EKN)The SKUSA Texas ProKart Challenge is well known for making champions and preparing drivers to climb the ladder to compete at the top level of the sport. Texas PKC drivers earned three SKUSA Pro Tour titles in 2017 (Jake French, Riley Dickinson, and Jordon Musser), along with three victories at the SKUSA SuperNationals 21 in Las Vegas (Jak Crawford, Mike Jones, and Ryan Kinnear). The high level of competition should be a draw to all drivers, as racing against the best is the ideal way to improve.

“We are extremely excited about the 2018 season,” stated Gina French of the SKUSA Texas ProKart Challenge. “The quality of drivers continues to grow within our series and they are then able to branch out and earn success on the national level. Not only are they earning victories and championships, our drivers were among the best in the eKartingNews.com Driver Rankings to end the 2017 season. We enjoyed so much momentum throughout last season and we’re really optimistic that this year will be the biggest in the history of the series. We look forward to seeing everyone at Speedsportz at the end of March!”

Transitioning to the new season, the SKUSA Texas ProKart Challenge will run a unique six-round championship over the course of four events that has been designed to limit missed school and work days. The opening event of the series will be held at Speedsportz Racing Park in New Caney and will feature a two-day, one-round event over Saturday and Sunday. Saturday will feature practice ahead of wheel-to-wheel racing on Sunday. The series will then move to a doubleheader special - running Thursday, Friday, Saturday night - in early June at the North Texas Karters facility. In July, teams head back to the Amarillo Kart Circuit in west Texas for another doubleheader weekend. 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 sixth and final round is scheduled for September at the Dallas Karting Complex, again running with Saturday practice and Sunday racing. To celebrate the 2018 SKUSA Texas ProKart Challenge, the series is hosting the Year End Celebration at the Circuit of The Americas in October with a full day of exciting activities followed by a social hour and championship award presentations.

“Our goal with the 2018 SKUSA Texas ProKart Challenge is to provide the most racing possible while at the same time helping to keep costs down for the competitors,” continued French. “Our single-race and double-race weekend formats allow students to stay in school and for parents not to have to take an extra day of vacation to drive to the racetrack. We’re excited that the four facilities we will be at this year all have a uniqueness about them. Speedsportz is our new gem here in Texas, while the night race at Denton will bring many back to their roots in the sport. Amarillo is amazing and we expect racers from the west coast and east coast to come down for the doubleheader. Then we close it out in style at DKC, which has hosted its share of major national events. Our awards banquet this year will be like no other in the country. It will be a day Texas PKC competitors and families won’t forget at the prestigious Formula 1 facility COTA.”

SKUSA TPKC Team 300x200The Texas ProKart Challenge team with Gina French (SKUSA shirt) (Photo: TPKC)SKUSA Texas ProKart Challenge is bringing in the official voice of Superkarts! USA for the 2018 season. eKartingNews.com owner/publisher Rob Howden will provide the play-by-play at all four events, streaming his race call through the EKN Live page of the website, which will then be archived for airing on the EKN Radio Network. Howden’s attendance will bring a strong media presence for the series, with constant promotion of the Texas PKC program through the EKN social media network as well as the weekend race reports that will be published.

One unique aspect for the SKUSA Texas ProKart Challenge is the SuperNationals prize package for the 2018 champions. Champions in the X30 Senior, X30 Junior, X30 Master and Mini Swift classes all receive guaranteed SuperSunday starting positions at the 2018 SKUSA SuperNationals 22. The Texas PKC will also offer three entry tickets to the 2018 SuperNationals, valued at $1,100 each including entry and tires, to three unique groups of champions; Cadet, IAME and Shifter.

SKUSA Texas ProKart Challenge is providing the opportunity for competitors to take advantage of the 2018 Series Loyalty Program (SLP). The SLP covers all six entry fees ($900) and driver pit passes ($120) at a reduced combined price of $750. All SLP competitors will also have the unique advantage of selecting their series race number first. All 2018 SLP competitors will be entered into a drawing for a free SLP in 2019. Congratulations to X30 Junior competitor Travis Wiley, who was selected as the winner for the 2018 SLP drawing and will earn a free SLP for this season. The SKUSA Texas ProKart Challenge SLP is available for purchase until March 23 at msreg.com/2018SLP

cota karting2018 SKUSA Texas ProKart Challenge Schedule:

Round 1: March 24-25 - Speedsportz Racing Park - New Caney, TX
Rounds 2 & 3: June 7-9 - North Texas Karters - Denton, TX
Rounds 4 & 5: July 20-22 - Amarillo Kart Circuit - Amarillo, Texas
Round 6: September 22-23 - Dallas Karting Complex - Caddo Mills, TX
Year End Celebration: October 27 - Circuit of The Americas - Austin, TX

Make sure to watch the series website - texasprokartchallenge.com - for more information on the 2018 program, and to keep connected to the series, make sure to follow the SKUSA Texas ProKart Challenge on Facebook and Instagram.

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The 2018 TPKC championship battles are expected to be fierce across all categories.

The champions in the X30 Senior, X30 Junior, X30 Master and Mini Swift classes will all receive guaranteed SuperSunday starting positions for the 2018 SKUSA SuperNationals next fall. These passes are tremendously valuable considering the level of competition in Las Vegas.

Texas ProKart 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!

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