Mountain Region 2010 events announced

SKUSA MOUNTAIN REGION RELEASES 2010 DATES Four weekends set for inaugural season in Colorado LOVELAND, CO (February 4, 2010) -- The 2010 Superkarts! USA season will mark the debut of the Superkarts! USA Mountain Region, a new area of growth...

Four weekends set for inaugural season in Colorado

LOVELAND, CO (February 4, 2010) -- The 2010 Superkarts! USA season will mark the debut of the Superkarts! USA Mountain Region, a new area of growth for the expanding karting organization. Based in the state of Colorado, the SKUSA Mountain Region is set to host four race weekends during its inaugural season, running from May to September. The new regional program was put together by a few enthusiastic individuals with the purpose of providing an independent organization focusing on strong competition, fun and exciting racing, all by putting its racers first. The group's affiliation with the SKUSA organization will help to solidify the new series by adopting to the new class structure and licensing system that was launched for 2010. It is a perfect marriage of two groups with a passion for karting.

The inaugural season will see four race weekends with two days of racing action. The opening weekend will see karting make its debut at Pikes Peak International Raceway on May 8-9. Utilizing a 1.2-mile road course that is part of the Fountain, Colorado facility, the karts will be able to stretch their legs on this quick layout. Grand Junction Motor Speedway will host the second weekend on June 19-20. The facility is one of the premier circuits in the United States, located near the western border of the state. It boasts a 9/10-mile circuit that is fast, technical and perfect for intense racing. On August 21-22, the SKUSA Mountain Region will travel to the IMI Motorsports Complex in Dacono, CO. The series will contest the third round on the new 1-mile karting circuit built at the IMI facility. The 2010 season will be capped by a return trip to the PPIR road course set for September 11-12.

"We are extremely excited about the upcoming season and happy to release the dates for our inaugural schedule," explained SKUSA Mountain Region administrative team member AJ Noud. "We have two facilities on our schedule at which people enjoy competing and they are happy to support our program. Taking karts to Pikes Peak will be new and exciting for Colorado karters. We have tested at the track recently and the facility was great to work with. They will be providing a lot of extra services that you don't normally see at a kart track, so we feel this is a great addition to our program."

The race format for each of the four weekends will be focused at more racing, helping to stress the importance of kart tuning and driver endurance. The Saturday schedule of the race weekend will include practice, qualifying and two heat races. Sunday will host the third and final heat race to line up each field for the main event. Also, the Grand Junction weekend will be a double-points event, kicking up its importance in the overall championship chase. At all of the events, each heat and feature race will be calculated by mileage rather than a standard lap count, with the set mileage for each event to be determined.

The class structure and licensing system for the SKUSA Mountain Region will mirror that of the new SKUSA Pro Tour set to debut in April in Sonoma, California. The Stock Moto divisions will be the focus of the region, providing the S1, S2, S3, S4, and S5 categories. The S1 category will be the 'Pro' division for the Stock Moto package for those holding the SKUSA 'A' license. The 'Semi-Pro' level drivers will compete in the S2 class for those carrying a SKUSA 'B' license - where a majority of the current Stock Moto competitors will be automatically placed. Those new to the SKUSA organization and the SKUSA Mountain Region will need to apply directly to SKUSA headquarters for either the 'B' or 'A' license if they wish to compete in S2 or S1, respectively. The new class that is focused specifically at the regional level is the new S3 category, reserved for 'Novice' drivers carrying the 'C' license. The S4 category is set as the Master Stock Moto division for drivers over 30 years of age.

The TaG Senior, TaG Masters and TaG Junior divisions will follow the technical regulations of SKUSA and will provide an opportunity for the 'Touch and Go' engines to race with the series. Additional classes to run with the SKUSA Mountain Region as Local Option categories include G1, DD2, and the Colorado Junior Karting Club (CJKC), a group focused on providing fun, safe, educational and organized racing for drivers 5-12 years old.

"We want to make sure everyone gets ample time for racing as well as being challenged during the event," continued Noud. "With the multiple heat format, competitors will need to be consistent throughout the event in order to position themselves for the win. For the classes we have committed to running, we are supporting the SKUSA Pro Tour line-up and putting emphasis on the Stock Moto packages for our region while still offering those classes that are popular for our area. We are also looking to work with other smaller groups in the Colorado area to provide them with an opportunity to race with our program. The 2010 season is sure to be one to remember."

"In the past, Colorado was a hotbed of talent for the SKUSA national program and I'm thrilled to have them back working with us again," added Tom Kutscher, president of Superkarts! USA. "We are continuing the growth of the foundation of our program and bring the Colorado karting community into our family is an important step. I can't wait to be trackside for their kick-off event at Pikes Peak and I also expect their drivers to be extremely competitive when we launch the SKUSA Pro Tour at Infineon in April. I raced wheel-to-wheel with Colorado's best during my SKUSA driving days, so I know first-hand how hardcore they are."

2010 Superkarts! USA Mountain Region Schedule

May 8-9 Pikes Peak International Raceway

June 19-20 Grand Junction Motor Speedway

Aug. 21-22 IMI Motorsports Complex

Sept. 18-19 Pikes Peak International Raceway

-source: skusa

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