April 26-27 Dallas Karting ComplexRounds 3 & 4 June 6-8 @ Oklahoma Motorsports ComplexRounds 5 & 6 August 14-16 @ NTKRounds 7 & 8 October 3-5 @ GCKIUS Rotax Grand Nationals July 17-20SKUSA Super Nationals 2014

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Texas ProKart Challenge @ DKC - Miguel LopezMiguel Lopez claimed the overall Stock Moto victory Saturday, earning the first win in S2 Semi-Pro on the season (Photo: Dreams Captured Photography)

Nearly 200 entries on the weekend at the Dallas Karting Complex

The Texas ProKart Challenge opened up the 2014 in style at the Dallas Karting Complex over the April 25-27 weekend. The Superkarts! USA and United States Rotax Max Challenge regional program welcomed roughly 200 entries on the weekend, including drivers from all across the country as well as drivers from Europe, preparing for the 2014 SKUSA SpringNationals. A prize package over $30,000 is set to be handed out this season, with many of the same drivers from 2013 planning for another run at championships.

The weekend brought some unique conditions, as the track gained a lot of rubber to increase the grip level throughout Saturday's action. A thunderstorm passed through the Caddo Mills, Texas area Sunday, bringing a wet track for the early portion of the event. The largest group of the weekend was the combined categories of Champion Racing/Intrepid S1 Pro Stock Moto and the Pole Position/DR Kart S2 Semi-Pro Stock Motowith 41 drivers taking part on the weekend. Texas PKC officials broke them up for qualifying each day, with 13 in S1 and 28 in S2.

Read more: Record Numbers for Opening Weekend of Texas ProKart Challenge

Texas ProKart Challenge TaG Senior and TaG Master racers please note the following tech bulletin from John Motley the SKUSA National Technical Director

IAME X30 Engine

April 2nd, 2014

We have been evaluating this engine for some time. In addition to conducting our own independent research,   we have been following the experience of other series.

Here are our findings – as well as our current plans – for this engine in SKUSA competition, as of today April 2, 2014:

  • While it is similar in performance to the existing Leopard and Leopard 09, its characteristics do favor some track configurations.
  • The crankshaft redesign and balancer shaft significantly improve reliability.
  • Lower rev limiter adds to improved reliability and lengthens rebuild time.

This engine has been approved for SKUSA competition effective June 1, 2014, for the TaG Senior and TaG Master classes only.At this time it is our intent to have the TaG Junior class remain a Leopard-only class through 2015. This helps provide a market to sell existing Leopard engines for Senior or Master drivers who want to switch to the X30. Initially the X30 engine will have a minimum weight 20 lbs. above the Leopard weights – thus the X30 will be at 375 lbs for TaG Senior and  405 lbs for TaG Master.

Please keep in mind that the SKUSA rules allow us to adjust weights at any time to balance competition.

Complete technical specifications will posted on the SKUSA website soon.

John Motley
SKUSA National Technical Director

Alex Tartaglia Ranked #1 US Rotax DD2 driverPhoto by Dreams Captured PhotographyEighteen year old Texas ProKart Challange Series driver Alex Tartaglia from Colleyville, TX tops the eKartingNews.com United States Rotax Driver Rankings, 2013 final standing in the combined Rotax DD2/DD2 Masters program edging out Robbie Poupart in 2nd place. Alex is also the 2013 TPKC Rotax Senior class champion as well as the 2013 TPKC Rotax DD2 class champion.

The Texas ProKart Challenge Series is well represented with 5 drivers in the top 10 DD2/DD2 Masters rankings with DKC drivers Lance Lehrman 3rd, Darell Hinshaw 5th, Brent Harper 7th, Kart Nation driver CJ Cramm in 9th place and Nathan Mauel in 10th. Read the full article eKartingNews.com United States Rotax Driver Rankings – 2013 Final Standings – DD2/DD2 Masters 

Tenton Estep placed 6th in the US in the Rotax Junior class with Jesse Woodyard placing 10th. Read the full article eKartingNews.com United States Rotax Driver Rankings – 2013 Final Standings – Junior Max

Max Hewitt the TPKC 2013 Tag Cadet champion and TPKC 2013 MIni Max vice champion placed 2nd in the nation in Rotax Mini Max with Nick Brueckner placing 3rd and Parker Chase placing 9th. Read the full article eKartingNews.com United States Rotax Driver Rankings – 2013 Final Standings – Mini Max

Dylan Tavella came in 4th in Rotax Micro MaxRead the full article eKartingNews.com United States Rotax Driver Rankings – 2013 Final Standings – Micro Max

rock island grand prix tpkcRock Island Grand Prix and the Texas Pro Kart Challenge have announced that winners at this year's Texas Pro Kart Challenge races will be eligible for a free entry at the 2014 Rock Island Grand Prix, presented by AT&T.

The Rock Island Grand Prix is offering free entries in an effort to attract as many competitors as possible to the celebration of its 20th anniversary. Drivers in specified classes in the first six races of the series will be eligible.

Free entries are limited to one per driver per season, are not transferable and must be applied to entry in the class in which they were won (TAG in the case of Rotax winners). With the exception of the August races, drivers using awarded entries are asked to register by July 31. Value of the entries is over $6,000. Pit passes, pit spots, etc., are not included.

Classes eligible include senior and masters stock moto classes (S1-S4), as well as TAG Junior, TAG Senior, TAG Masters, Rotax Junior, Rotax, Senior and Rotax Masters.

Jordan Musser at Rock Island Grand PrixJordan Musser "2013 RIGP King of the Streets" "It is our hope that this program will benefit both the Texas Pro Kart Challenge and the Rock Island Grand Prix," said Roger Ruthhart of the Rock Island Grand Prix. The theme of this year's 20th anniversary celebration is The Most Fun You Will Have in Karting, On and Off The Track.

The Rock Island Grand Prix, the world's largest karting street race, draws entries from throughout the United States and Canada, competing for one of karting's largest purses. It has also hosted racers from Italy, France, Colombia, Costa Rica, England, Argentina, Poland, Bermuda, the Philippines, Ireland and Mexico. It includes 15 feature races in 4-cycle, 2-cycle, TAG and gearbox classes as well as a Vintage class. Dates of this year's event are August 30-31. Rock Island Grand Prix races are also covered live worldwide on the Internet by Ekartingnews.com.

TPKC-R1-2014-ScheduleRacers of the Texas ProKart Challenge will contest a four weekend, eight-round championship in 2014 (Photo: Dreams Captured Photography)

The Texas ProKart Challenge, presented by 3G Kart Racing/Burger King®/Fernelius Alvarez Attorneys/Dallas Karting Complex, hosted five solid events in 2013, as part of their sophomore season. The Superkarts! USA and US Rotax Max Challenge regional series is now gearing up for another successful year, officially announcing their 2014 schedule. A four-weekend, eight-race championship will take racers to three prominent Texas circuits, along with a historic Oklahoma race course to fill out the third year of the series. The year-end awards package is scheduled to double last year's total, reaching over $30,000 in cash and prizes. Registration for the season and the opening round of the program will open on March 14.

"It's great to be entering our third season," stated Texas ProKart Challenge promoter Dave Pauly. "We have a wonderful group of racers that continues to grow each year, and supportive race teams, sponsors, and facilities that help make this one of the best regional programs in the country. Each year, our goal is to provide an even better program, having listened to what the racers want. Our 2014 schedule positions our events around major races in the country, allowing our racers plenty of time to compete in the eight-round championship. We've doubled our prize package for the year as well, further supporting our 'more racing, more reward, more value' motto."

Read more: Texas ProKart Challenge Releases 2014 Schedule

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