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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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Texas ProKart presents the 2018 Series Loyalty Program (SLP)!

The SLP covers all 6 race entry fees ($900) and driver bands ($120) for only $750.00 AND SLP racers will have first pick at their 2018 series #.

SLP will be available for purchase until March 23, 2018. At the Year End Banquet all 2018 SLP's will be entered into a drawing for a free 2019 SLP. Congrats to our 2018 winner, Travis Wiley!

To purchase the SLP for the 2018 season, click on the link below.
http://msreg.com/2018SLP

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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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2018 Schedule & Venues

Round 1 - March 24-25 - Speedsportz Racing Park
Rounds 2 & 3 - June 7-9 - North Texas Kartway "Night Race"
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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