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SKUSA regional program in Lone Star State to offer three events for eighth year of series

ROYSE CITY, TX (January 23, 2019) – In the Lone Star State, regional racing is headlined by the Superkarts! USA Texas ProKart Challenge. Entering its eighth season of competition, the SKUSA Texas PKC program continues to develop impressive talent and current SKUSA Pro Tour stars. The 2019 season will be a year of change for class structure at Superkarts! USA, and the SKUSA Texas ProKart Challenge is evolving with those adjustments for the upcoming season. In addition, they will be revamping the series format, moving to a three-event, six-round program for the upcoming season.

The first circuit on the 2019 calendar is the North Texas Karters facility in Denton, Texas. The NTK organization has welcomed the Texas PKC program year after year, and remains one of the iconic grassroots kart clubs in the country. Typically, the series holds events during the hot summer nights at NTK, however in 2019, the program will open up with a trip to Denton at the end of March. The summer event for the Texas PKC is reserved for the gem found in the panhandle region - the Amarillo Kart Circuit in West Texas. For a third straight year, karters from surrounding states and as far away as California will venture to Amarillo to tackle the replica of the Formula One Turkish Grand Prix Istanbul Park circuit in mid-July. The 2019 finale takes competitors to the location of the 2018 opener - Speedsportz Racing Park in Houston. In mid-September, Texas PKC will decide the 2019 champions at the New Caney, Texas circuit designed and owned by SKUSA Hall of Fame member Alan Rudolph.

“A shorter, more compact schedule is what our customers were looking for in 2019,” stated SKUSA Texas ProKart Challenge promoter Gina French. “We have three distinct tracks on our schedule, providing some tradition with NTK, a unique circuit with Amarillo, and one of the most challenge tracks in North America at SpeedSportz. We continue working with Superkarts! USA to provide a consistent, professional regional series that streamlines teams and competitors to the elite level of the sport here in North America. Our series continues to develop and produce current and future stars of the sport while keeping with the fun, family-oriented atmosphere that bring people to the sport of karting.”

The SKUSA Texas ProKart Challenge class structure will mirror the new approach provided by Superkarts! USA for the 2019 season. The IAME SSE 175cc shifterkart powerplant is new for 2019, and is available in the Pro Shifter and local option G1 categories. Honda competition remains for the upcoming season, with Honda Stock Moto and S4 Master Stock Moto continuing for 2019. Also new to the SKUSA Texas ProKart Challenge are the KA100 Senior and KA100 Junior divisions. The IAME KA100 engine is providing a popular two-cycle option for club, regional and national competitors throughout the United States. Returning for 2019 are X30 Senior, X30 Master, X30 Junior, Mini Swift and Micro Swift. The X30 Junior category will follow the 2019 rule update under the SKUSA Pro Tour, switching to the Envico Blue “H” compound. Fuel and oil will no longer be a required purchase at SKUSA Texas ProKart Challenge events, providing local kart shops and teams the opportunity to provide directly for their customers.

Mark French is back in 2019 as the official Race Director for the SKUSA Texas ProKart Challenge. “Last year was a learning year for me and for the racers. I look forward to applying all that I learned last year to further the SKUSA Texas ProKart Challenge mission of fair and consistent competition.”

Returning to the SKUSA Texas ProKart Challenge is the official voice of Superkarts! USA - eKartingNews.com owner/publisher Rob Howden. The long-time karting journalist will provide the play-by-play at all three 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. Weekend reports along with social media updates will be available through the EKN channels, promoting the SKUSA Texas ProKart Challenge to karting fans around the world. Also back in 2019 is Ken Johnson of Studio 52, providing FREE digital photo package to every driver entered at each event.

The SKUSA Texas ProKart Challenge is once again providing the opportunity for competitors to take advantage of their Series Loyalty Program (SLP). The SLP covers all six entry fees ($900) and driver pit passes ($120) at a reduced combined price of $750. The SKUSA Texas ProKart Challenge SLP opens up at the end of January.

Make sure to watch the series website - texasprokartchallenge.com - for more information on the 2019 program, and to keep connected to the series, make sure to follow the SKUSA Texas ProKart Challenge on Facebook and Instagram.

2019 SKUSA Texas ProKart Challenge Schedule:

Rounds 1 & 2: March 29-31 - North Texas Karters - Denton, Texas
Rounds 2 & 3: July 19-21 - Amarillo Kart Circuit - Amarillo, Texas
Rounds 4 & 5: September 13-15 - Speedsportz Racing Park - New Caney, Texas

Texas ProKart Challenge series is pleased to announce it's 2019 race schedule

  • Rounds 1 & 2 - North Texas Karters - March 29-31
  • Rounds 3 & 4 - Amarillo Kart Circuit - July 19-21
  • Rounds 5 & 6 - Speedsportz Racing Park - September 13-15

Check back soon for more details!

TPKC 2018 DKC(Photo: Ken Johnson - studio52.us)

Jaramillo, Hewitt and Jeffers star in exciting season finale

Heading into the final round of the Texas ProKart Challenge at the Dallas Karting Complex, the forecast was ominous with rain tagged from Thursday to Monday. The expected precipitation hit hard on Friday and Saturday, dumping on the facility on Friday night and then hitting hard again on Saturday afternoon. Thankfully, even with flooding around the track and in the surrounding region, Sunday morning dawned dry and clear, which led to a solid day of competition. The SKUSA regional champions would be crowned, and for those in the X30 and Mini Swift categories which will likely be the class open to 80+ entries, the free pass to the main events at the SuperNationals – known as the Guaranteed SuperSunday Starting Spots – would be locked in.

TPKC 2018 DKC Jack Jeffers 768x512Jack Jeffers won the battle in Mini Swift
(Photo: Ken Johnson – studio52.us)
The Mindshift Financial Mini Swift category led the rotation throughout the weekend, and they were the first to hit the track on Sunday morning for qualifying. For the most part, the track was dry from the Saturday rains but there were still areas where water wicked up from under the asphalt. The short shute between turns 14 and 15 was wet all day, making it a spotlight corner during each and every session. With everyone on Evinco slicks, this would be the key point on the track all day, separating the field into those who could handle the wet section and the run through turn 15 and those who could not. Alex Stanfield (Energy) picked up the tricky turn 15 racing line quickly and qualified on the pole, and he went on to win the Prefinal, as well. In the 15-lap main event, a tremendous four-kart battle ensued as Jack Jeffers (Benik), Chase Gardner (VemmeKart) and Aden Rudolph (Birel ART) were embroiled in the scrap. Stanfield led the entire race until final lap as Jeffers closed to make a bid for the win. With new pressure from behind, Stanfield ran a defensive line into the double-apex left-hand turn 10 and Jeffers ran a wide entry to get inside the leader heading into second apex, taking over the point for good in turn 12. Stanfield remained under pressure as Gardner was right there as well, making a quick move to the inside on the entry into T15 after running through the water stream. Stanfield had pushed wide slightly and opened the door, and Gardner filled it quickly with minimal contact. Stanfield kept the forward bite to hold off Rudolph for the final step on the podium. With Jeffers and Gardner finishing 1-2, Stanfield’s third place result was more than enough to cap off the best season of his young career with the Texas PKC Mini Swift championship.

Read more: EKN Trackside: 2018 Texas ProKart Challenge – Dallas Karting Complex

TPKC 2018 Amarillo(Photo: Ken Johnson - studio52.us)

 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.

Read more: EKN Trackside: 2018 Texas ProKart Challenge – Amarillo Report

TPKC 2018 NTKPhoto: Ken Johnson - Studio52.us
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).

Read more: EKN Trackside: 2018 Texas ProKart Challenge – North Texas Kartway Report

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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.

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