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Official SKUSA regional and US Rotax Max Challenge program set to begin new season April 10-12 in Katy

KATY, TX (March 31, 2015) – The 2015 karting season is ready to get underway in the Lone Star State with the Burger King® Texas ProKart - Texas Barge Rotax Max Challenge Series set to host the opening event of the year. On April 10-12, the fourth season of the program will kickoff at the Gulf Coast Kartway facility in Katy, Texas, welcoming racers of the Superkarts! USA and United States Rotax Max Challenge.

Read more: Texas ProKart Challenge 2015 Program Preparing for Opening Weekend

rotax evo logormax texas bargeWith the announcement this morning from MAXSpeed in regards to the state of availability of the New EVO Engine Upgrade Package (see below), the Texas Barge Rotax Max Challenge will award equal points for the finishing position of either the EVO or Non EVO engine packages at its first weekend of competition at Gulf Coast Kartway, April 10th through April 12th. After that, as the EVO Package becomes fully available for all our customers before our second race weekend, the points will become merged into a single championship. Although we will be awarding two sets of points, we will only recognize one podium per class.

Read more: Texas Barge Rotax Max Challenge to Award Equal Championship Points for EVO or Non EVO Packages!

IAME Mini Swift 60

The IAME Mini Swift is now the spec engine for the TaG Cadet category in the SKUSA Texas ProKart Challenge competition - FREE TRADE IN PROGRAM/ $995 ENGINES AVAILABLE!

With the successful introduction of the New IAME Mini Swift TaG Cadet engine with over 40 entries at the recent California ProKart Challenge event, the Texas ProKart Challenge is pleased to announce an incredible trade-in program to make sure that the new focus does not have a negative financial effect on our core group of customers. The Mini Swift, which is a 60cc air-cooled engine that utilizes a centrifugal dry clutch with an electric starter and a Tillotson carburetor, is now the future of SKUSA TaG Cadet racing.

To make this transition seamless and to remove any financial outlay, Superkarts! USA and the Texas ProKart Challenge will be offering two levels of product acquisition to its core racing families. First off, TPKC is offering a special direct trade-in program for the TPKC competitors who competed in either all three SKUSA Pro Tour or all of the Texas ProKart Challenge events in 2014. These preferred customers will have the option of turning-in their fully-operational Mini Rok engines for a free IAME Mini Swift. Should they have two Mini Rok engines, they are eligible to receive two free IAME power plants. If these core racers wish to keep their Mini Rok engines, they will be first in line to take part in the second level of the program, which will have engines to be sold at $995 each. Additionally, any family that commits to running the entire 2015 Texas ProKart Challenge will have the opportunity to purchase a Mini Swift at the $995 price point. These will be available at one per customer. Throughout the remainder of the 2015 season, a complete IAME Mini Swift package will then be available for $1495 to help launch the new program. In addition, for drivers wishing to run only the Pro Tour and/or the SuperNationals with a rental program, a number of IAME dealers will have Mini Swift rental programs available.

If you are interested in participating in this fantastic program, please contact either Dave Pauly at dpauly@texasprokartchallenge.com or IAME USA West directly at , so that the trade can be set-up with their local IAME dealer.

The clock is ticking toward the Texas ProKart Challenge season opener, April 10th – 12th, at Gulf Coast Kartway in Katy, TX, so don’t delay! -

The following informational update regarding clutches –  affects the TaG Junior, TaG Senior and TaG Master classes only.

A number of questions have arisen regarding the clutch configurations on the X30 engines. Here is updated information.

  • Original X30 engines came with a pull-type clutch with a drum with holes in it.
  • A second generation push-type clutch has been supplied since late 2013. This clutch is also the replacement for original MY09 clutches when used with starter gear PN: X30125831.
  • A new generation drum assembly with no holes and an optional O-ring and shorter bearing utilizing the same push-type clutch is now available. This drum is also a replacement for MY09 clutch drums.

These changes minimize the chance of chain lubrication contaminating the friction surfaces, which could result in a penalty. We encourage the use of the latest drum and O-ring/bearing combination for this reason.

We have been reviewing our fuel policy for some time, and we appreciate the input many of you have given us. We have discussed this issue with numerous racers, engine builders and kart teams across the country, and appreciate everyone's candor and input. As a result of that input, we have decided to implement the following changes to our 2015 Spec Fuel program, effective immediately:

  • Drivers in the Stock Honda classes may now choose either VP MS98 or VP C12 as the spec fuel for their use at SKUSA events
  • All other classes will continue to use VP MS98 as the exclusive spec fuel at SKUSA events
  • Motul 2T Grand Prix will continue to be the spec oil for SKUSA events.

Read more: New SKUSA/ProKart Challenge Regional Series Rules Regarding Spec Fuel as Announced 2/7/15 in...

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