SKUSA: Jacksonville Openner

JACKSONVILLE, FL -- With their inaugural national championship of shifterkart racing having been completed last September and their first Moto World Champion crowned, the shifterkart-only organization Superkarts! USA is ready to kick-off the...

JACKSONVILLE, FL -- With their inaugural national championship of shifterkart racing having been completed last September and their first Moto World Champion crowned, the shifterkart-only organization Superkarts! USA is ready to kick-off the 2000 season with the first round of their North American ProMoto Tour2K. This series is a national level professional racing program for 125cc and 80cc shifterkarts, the formula currently understood by racing insiders to be the final step of karting in the motorsports ladder.

The new ProMoto Tour season will begin this weekend (Mar. 3-5) in Jacksonville, FL at the 103rd Street Sports Complex with an estimated 100 teams from up and down the eastern seaboard congregating in Florida for the opening race of the series. In addition to being the first event of the Tour, it is also the initial foray for the organization's new split series approach. In 1999, the SKUSA ProMoto Tour was a single six-race series that scheduled races on both the East and West Coast, a program that required a significant investment for the participating teams, not only in equipment, but travel costs as well. For 2000, SKUSA has developed a new concept that is designed to drastically lower these additional costs. This summer, there will be two ProMoto Tour divisions, separate Atlantic and Pacific Zones. The race in Jacksonville is the first round of the Atlantic Zone schedule.

The 2000 ProMoto Tour will consist of four races in each Zone, with every competitor declaring the region where they intend to accrue points. At the end of both four-race coastal schedules, the points from both groups will be mixed when the teams head to the Oklahoma Motorsports Complex in Norman, OK for the Millennium World Finals in September. It will be at this event where the national championships in the four ProMoto Tour classes will be decided. SKUSA's focused class structure promotes the Formula S1 class as their pro-level headline 125cc division; Formula S2 as the semi-pro 125cc developmental class; Formula K1 as the top rung 80cc Senior program and the 80 Jr. class as the final Junior division before graduation to the Senior ranks.

SKUSA's 1999 Formula S1 Moto World Champion is Jason LaPoint, an Oregon native who became the group's first national champion when he finished third at the '99 World Finals, the series finale held last September in Norman. That podium finish gave the 22-year-old enough points to capture the coveted #1 plate and despite his desire to defend the prestigious title this year, he has secured enough financing to graduate to the next level of his career, a ride in the televised Star Mazda series. This opportunity speaks well of the ProMoto Tour and its ability to help move drivers on to professional careers.

This successful graduation for LaPoint will open the door for a new champion in 2000 and when the nine-race series comes to a close at the 2000 World Finals in September, a new #1 driver will be crowned. The chase begins this weekend when pole qualifying kicks off on Saturday morning.

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