SUPERKARTS! USA PRO TOUR Dates released for 2010 New national program to debut with focus on establishing stronger ties within regional tours TEMECULA, CA (December 8, 2009) -- Coming off their biggest event yet -- the wildly successful ...
SUPERKARTS! USA PRO TOUR Dates released for 2010
New national program to debut with focus on establishing stronger ties within regional tours
TEMECULA, CA (December 8, 2009) -- Coming off their biggest event yet -- the wildly successful SuperNationals in Las Vegas which was held in late November -- the Superkarts! USA staff has now refocused its efforts on finalizing the event schedule and class line-up of their new three-weekend SKUSA Pro Tour, which will debut next April. As the organization continues to grow, adding a new regional program in Colorado in 2010, the timing is now right to re-launch a national series, which will bring together the group's competitors from around the country. Answering the requests of many of their members to put on a national series with minimal travel and maximum enjoyment, the Superkarts! USA Pro Tour will be that meeting ground and will bring the SKUSA product to the karting community and the public as well.
The concept of the series is to promote and manage three large stand-alone special events that will provide the opportunity to run a five-race championship. The first two events will feature a three-day format with practice on Friday and completely separate race days on Saturday and Sunday (qualifying, heat races and a main). If a driver has a tough opening day on Saturday, they'll be able to come back on Sunday to salvage the weekend. In contrast, the SuperNationals will be a similar format as this year's event, with class groupings and half days of practice, qualifying, and heat races, leading up to SuperSunday. The SpringNationals and SummerNationals will be their own separate events, and with the addition of the single final SuperNationals, SKUSA has developed a five-race series that will feature one drop. Once all the points have been tallied, SKUSA will issue their national numbers for the top 10 in all classes. These prestigious number plates will be required for competition in the 2011 SKUSA Pro Tour.
"I've been asked on countless occasions to put together a national program for SKUSA, one that was focused on a minimal number of events to keep the travel costs down," explains Tom Kutscher, Superkarts! USA President. "By pairing two big-time weekends with the SuperNationals, we'll be able to provide our customers with a series that will crown the nation's top shifter and TaG drivers on SuperSunday in Las Vegas. I am so fired up about this Pro Tour!"
The opening round of the SKUSA Pro Tour will be held at the Jim Russell International Karting Center, located on the Infineon Raceway compound in Sonoma, California. Host to many national events over the years, the challenging circuit will be the site of the inaugural SKUSA SpringNationals on April 16-18. SKUSA is planning to pull out all the stops to kick-off the new series, and will be organizing special events and programs that will be part of this new level of competition. The concept is to organize and promote two additional events of the same quality as the annual SuperNationals.
The second stop on the new Pro Tour will take place on July 16-18, as the SummerNationals will be run on a temporary circuit constructed at a soon-to-be-confirmed hotel venue near St. Louis, Missouri. Of course, to bring everything back to Las Vegas, the series will come to a close with the 14th running of the SuperNationals -- set for November 17-21 -- once again at the Rio All-Suites Hotel and Casino.
2010 SKUSA Pro Tour Schedule
April 16-18: SpringNationals - Infineon Raceway - Sonoma, CA
July 16-18: SummerNationals - TBA - St. Louis, MO
Nov. 17-21: SuperNationals - Rio All-Suites Hotel and Casino - Las Vegas, NV
The creation of the new SKUSA Pro Tour will also play its part in reinforcing the organization's new class and licensing structure that will be put into effect for 2010. As it is within all of the Superkarts! USA regional series, the former S3 category will now be split into S1 and S2, presenting a new hierarchy for the organization's Stock Moto program. The new S1 class will lead the way for Expert Stock Moto drivers, while the S2 category will be the development class for amateur competitors and juniors graduating to the senior level of shifter racing. Drivers 30 years of age and older will have two choices in G1 and S4, the former providing a place for those running ICC or built moto powerplants, and the latter introducing an official Stock Moto Masters class. The final gearbox class will be for those 12-15 years of age as the S5 Junior Stock Moto category will make its national debut. TaG racing will also be front and center on the Pro Tour with Senior, Masters and Junior classes in the line-up.
2010 SKUSA Pro Tour -- Class Structure
S1 -- Expert Stock Moto -- 15 years of age and older -- 375 lbs - A License only
S2 -- Amateur Stock Moto -- 15 years of age and older -- 395 lbs -- B License only
S4 -- Masters Stock Moto -- 30 years of age and older -- 405 lbs -- A or B License
S5 -- Junior Stock Moto -- 12-15 years of age -- 340 lbs -- D License
G1 -- Masters ICC or Built Moto -- 30 years of age and older -- 405 lbs -- A or B License
TaG Senior -- 15 years of age and older -- see below - A or B License
TaG Masters -- 30 years of age and older -- see below - A or B License
TaG Junior - 12-15 years of age -- 320 lbs - D License
Class A (Sr 375 lbs, Masters 415) Rok TT & Sonik TX 125
Class B (Sr 365 lbs, Masters 405) Motori 7 & Rotax
Class C (Sr 355 lbs, Masters 395) Leopard & PRD Fireball 2008