New Wisconsin kart track is ready for racing The new USA International Raceway in Shawano, Wis. has racers across the Midwest talking. The 1.1 mile road course/oval designed by WKA vice president Kenny Venberg combines fast sweeping corners,...
New Wisconsin kart track is ready for racing
The new USA International Raceway in Shawano, Wis. has racers across the Midwest talking. The 1.1 mile road course/oval designed by WKA vice president Kenny Venberg combines fast sweeping corners, tight hairpins, long straightaways and elevation changes you have to see to believe!
The owners have gone to great lengths to make their track a world-class facility. Asphalt used for the course was specially formulated to prevent wear, and track officials are preparing to add another layer of asphalt before next year, "Rosphalt" (a blend of rubberized asphalt) if the wear is greater than expected.
The track currently has a covered, side-by-side scale tech barn, but will build a larger tech barn for next season as well as a 3-story scoring/flagging tower.
Track officials are also waiting to add extensive curbing once a solid race line has developed on the multiple configuration road course. In its current configuration racers fly through a whopping 23 corners, with lap times well over one minute.
Owners of USA International Raceway are hopeful that the continuous track enhancements will put them in the running for a WKA regional race next year and eventually a WKA national event.
An oval series is currently in development, with a money race in the works for September. Track officials hope enough interest will be shown in the program to run a Friday night oval series under a brand new lighting system.
USA International Raceway also plans to keep racing year long with the addition of an indoor karting facility built next to the outdoor track in the near future.
For now, USA International Raceway is holding weekly races on Saturdays until the month of October. You can visit www.usainternationalraceway.com for more information on schedules and classes.