- Created on Thursday, 13 March 2014 22:46
- Written by David Cole
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."
The biggest event of the season will kick off the year, as the Texas PKC program opens up 2014 at the Dallas Karting Complex on April 25-27. The opening two rounds are lined-up with the weekend prior to the first stop of the Superkarts! USA Pro Tour SpringNationals – which is set for May 2-4. The Caddo Mills, Texas facility will celebrate its third year of business this Memorial Day weekend, welcoming thousands of customers to their rental fleet during that time and being part of the Texas ProKart Challenge for the second straight year. A significant number of SKUSA Pro Tour racers are expected to arrive a week after for the Pro Tour event, using the Texas PKC opener as a tune-up for the SpringNationals. It's going to be an exciting weekend and will give Texas racers that go head-to-head against the best in the country.
"We at Superkarts! USA are thrilled to be heading to the Lone Star State with the Pro Tour," said President Tom Kutscher. "The Texas ProKart Challenge is among the best regional programs in the country. Dave Pauly and his entire staff are a dedicated group, and the racing there is phenomenal. I've been told by a lot of the Pro Tour racers that they are looking forward to racing with the Texas group, and I know they won't be disappointed with the level of competition and their hospitality at the same time."
The series takes the entire month of May off, and then returns to action on June 6-8 at the famed Oklahoma Motorsports Complex in Norman. The 7/10-mile track is located south of Oklahoma City and has hosted a number of major karting events over the last two decades, and now features a nationally-recognized motocross track as well. In addition to being the second stop on the schedule, the Texas PKC weekend at OMC will provide the final two opportunities for US Rotax Max Challenge racers to earn their punches toward the United States Rotax Grand Nationals on July 17-20 at the MillerMotorsportsPark in Tooele, Utah.
The second half of the Texas ProKart Challenge is spread out from August to October, featuring two club-focused facilities that help to grow the sport. Stop three of the Texas PKC season is set for August 14-16 at the North Texas Kartway in Denton, Texas. Home of the North Texas Karters organization, the track will have racers take on the 1/2-mile challenging circuit, running under the lights as they did in 2013. The 2014 Texas ProKart Challenge closes the year at Gulf Coast Kartways on October 3-5. At 7/10-mile long, the Katy, Texas course will decide the 2014 class champions.
The class structure for the Texas ProKart Challenge will be similar to that offered during the previous two seasons, with a mix of Superkarts! USA Stock Moto and TaG classes, as well as Rotax Max categories under the Burger King® Rotax Max Challenge banner.
The shifterkart line-up will include the S1 Pro, S2 Semi-Pro, and S3 Novice categories, as well as the S4 Master and S5 Junior Stock Moto classes. TaG classes will include Senior, Junior, Master and Cadet. SKUSA classes will utilize the standard MG-SK White 'SKUSA' tire, allowing competitors to race throughout the year on the same tires they will be racing at the SKUSA Pro Tour and SKUSA SuperNationals in November.
Rotax racers competing as part of the Burger King® Rotax Max Challenge program will have the choice of Micro Max, Mini Max, Junior Max, Senior Max, Masters Max, DD2 and DD2 Masters. Those classes will follow US Rotax Max Challenge class structure and compete on MOJO tires. The Rotax classes will run as an official United States Rotax Max Challenge program, allowing the racers to qualify directly for the 2014 Rotax Grand Nationals in July. These events will also count as 'punches' for the Pan-American Challenge event as well.
Superkarts! USA racers within the Texas ProKart Challenge will have the opportunity to be part of the preferred registration program for the SuperNationals this year, as well as the guaranteed starting spot bonus for the main event on SuperSunday at the SuperNationals. Racers who take part in the full Texas ProKart Challenge will be offered the exclusive opportunity to enter the SKUSA SuperNationals event before registration opens to the public. Those drivers who win a Texas PKC series championship will also earn a guaranteed spot in the feature race in Las Vegas, no matter where their heat race and LCQ results place them (class must average five racers for the year in order to receive SuperSunday ticket).
Back by popular demand, the Texas ProKart Challenge 'Series Loyalty Program' is offered for 2014. In an effort to keep the costs of regional racing down, the series is offering pre-entry discounts. Racers who register for the entire series in advance will receive one free race entry free. Registration opens March 14 at TexasProKartChallenge.com.
Following the path of the California ProKart Challenge, the SKUSA Texas regional is announcing the addition of the S5 Junior Stock Moto incentive program. A limited number of S5-Spec powerplants will be available for FREE to racers wishing to enter the category for the first time, thanks to the cooperation of Honda Performance Development/HPD and SwedeTech Racing Engines. HPD is providing the engine, while SwedeTech is set to manage the tech end of the program, building the engines and maintaining them throughout the year – including a seal to ensure the maintenance is scheduled and performed correctly. The Vortex Mini Rok engine program is going to be offered again in 2014, with eight engines currently for purchase. Competitors who purchase the entire Texas PKC Series Loyalty Package will receive a discounted price of just $1,650 for the complete motor package.
Potential S5 and TaG Cadet parents should contact Texas PKC via email to apply for this discount.
Among the many cash awards and prizes offered in 2014 includes a new relationship between Texas PKC and the Rock Island Grand Prix. The popular Labor Day street race is offering one free entry to each race winner in Superkarts! USA classes (except TaG Cadet), along with Rotax Senior, Junior, and Masters, at the first six rounds of the series. Any driver who claims a main event victory in one of the selected classes will earn a free entry into that category (or like-division) at the 20th edition of the event, which is set for August 30-31.
For updates, as the 2014 Texas ProKart Challenge season draws closer, be sure to visit texasprokartchallenge.com and 'Like' them on Facebook.