SKUSA: PKC-CS: Sponsor named for St. Louis event

MISSOURI-ILLINOIS NATIONAL GUARD TO SUPPORT CENTRAL STATES CHALLENGE OPENER Superkarts! USA regional signs up event sponsor for Gateway International Raceway ST. LOUIS, MO (April 28, 2009) -- The Central States Challenge is proud to announce ...

MISSOURI-ILLINOIS NATIONAL GUARD TO SUPPORT CENTRAL STATES CHALLENGE OPENER
Superkarts! USA regional signs up event sponsor for Gateway International Raceway

ST. LOUIS, MO (April 28, 2009) -- The Central States Challenge is proud to announce signing the Missouri-Illinois National Guard as the event sponsor for the 2009 season opener scheduled for the Gateway International Raceway in Madison, Illinois. The two day event on May 9-10 will be contested on a revamped road course utilizing the majority of the infield course and a section of the oval's back straightaway, resulting in a 3/4-mile sprint track.

"While at the SKUSA SuperNationals last November, I had the great opportunity to meet some of the great soldiers on hand from the Army National Guard," stated Central States Challenge coordinator Pam Freund. "We were referred to Sgt. Dominic Butel with the Missouri Army National Guard and were able to get their support for the event. This will be their first time supporting a karting event in the area and we our excited at the possibilities they bring to the Central States Challenge."

The support of the Missouri-Illinois National Guard works in conjunction with the series appreciation of the armed forces. Adding to the already friendly and patriotic atmosphere of the Central States Challenge, any military personnel that attend a Central States Central event in uniform will be given a free entry into the track property.

"The National Guard has a long history of supporting the motorsports industry nation wide," commented Bob Seyller of the Missouri Army National Guard. "Our relationship with the SKUSA Central States Challenge will give the National Guard a chance to connect at a local level to provide a positive image of our soldiers to the St. Louis community."

In addition to the support of the National Guard, Superkarts! USA President Tom Kutscher will also be in attendance at the Gateway event. Kutscher will be on hand to answer any questions racers may have about the SKUSA organization. Entries from as far as Texas, Minnesota, and Wisconsin along with the surrounding states of Illinois, Missouri and Iowa have already been submitted with a large turnout expected for the opening event.

Prizes to be awarded to Central States Challenge competitors on the year include the chance at a free trip to be part of the American team at the Granja Viana 500 in Sao Paulo, Brazil. Drivers who compete in the series will have their name thrown into a drawing for a chance to win the prize at the end of the season. For the classes that transfer to the SKUSA SuperNationals, each class champion will receive a paid entry to the Las Vegas event (fuel and tires not included).

The 2008 series champions will be honored at the Awards Banquet schedule for Saturday, May 9 following on-track activities at the 2009 season opener. The location will be at the event host hotel - Collinsville Inn - which is located roughly seven miles east of the track. Banquet tickets selling for $25 for adults, $15 for children (4 to 11 years) and 3 and under in for free. Hotel rooms are running low at the discounted $79/night price.

Following recent testing at the Gateway International Raceway, the circuit design will be revised from the layout announced earlier in the year to insure a safe and challenging circuit for those who will attend. For all the details on the 2009 season, the 2008 banquet and other information you need to know to become part of the SKUSA Central States Challenge, visit www.thecsss.com

-credit: skusa

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