SKUSA: Central States Challenge announces 2009 Schedule

SKUSA CENTRAL STATES CHALLENGE ANNOUNCES 2009 SCHEDULE Sophomore season on deck for Superkarts! USA regional program with four new facilities ST. LOUIS, MO (February 25, 2009) -- Following a successful debut season as part of the Superkarts! USA...

Sophomore season on deck for Superkarts! USA regional program with four new facilities

ST. LOUIS, MO (February 25, 2009) -- Following a successful debut season as part of the Superkarts! USA regional program, the Central States Challenge is set to tackle its sophomore season in 2009. With that, the Central States Challenge is proud to announce the 2009 series schedule with four new facilities added to the calendar, including the first ever sprint track race at the Gateway International Raceway (GIR).

The 2009 season will open up at the Madison, IL facility, just east of downtown St. Louis, on May 9-10. GIR features a NASCAR 1.25-mile oval track with a 1.6-mile road circuit laid out within the oval perimeter. Using the majority of the infield course and a section of the back straightaway, the result is a 3/4-mile sprint track.

"Basically, the whole idea came with the help of my son Joe," said Central States Challenge coordinator Pam Freund. "We did a road race at Gateway, but due to a mechanical issue he was unable to race. After spending two days there, I pictured running a shortened circuit for sprint racing as the venue is too awesome to pass on. After getting in touch with Gateway General Manager Lenny Batycki, it took roughly a year to work out all the details, but we were able to get it on the schedule for 2009 and hopefully be the first of many events to come at Gateway for the Central States Challenge."

Also new to the Central States Challenge schedule will the New Castle Motorsports Park in New Castle, IN on May 23-24. The NCMP facility is one of the top circuits in North America and is a solid addition to the Central States Challenge program. Two events in the state of Illinois are scheduled for the month of June with Mid-States Raceway in Springfield on June 6-7 - another new track for the series - and the historic TNT Kartway in Quincy on June 27-28. After taking the month of July off, the series returns for another double-weekend month in August with the popular 61 Kartway and new Kansas Speedway events ending the year. The series will head to Delmar, IA on August 8-9 with possible night racing to take place at 61 Kartway. The season finale will take place just outside the Kansas Speedway facility with a temporary circuit.

The class structure for the Central States Challenge will remain unchanged with the addition of a few new divisions. The S1, S3, S4, and G1 shifter kart divisions will return under the same rules of the Superkarts! USA structure as well as TaG Senior, TaG Masters and TaG Jr. New for 2009 will be an IAME Leopard Challenge class that will run only the IAME Parilla Leopard engine for Senior drivers. Yamaha Junior, Yamaha Rookie, TaG 60, Powder Puff and Kid Karts will again join the series along with local option classes.

Being part of the Superkarts! USA regional program and with help from MG Tires, the Central States Challenge will again be able to award one lucky series racer with a free trip to Brazil to compete at the Granja Viana 500 in Sao Paulo. Last year, Joe Strum won the opportunity to represent the United States, SKUSA, the Central States Challenge, and MG Tires along with three other SKUSA drivers, competing against some of the best motorsports drivers from around the world. Details on how the driver will be chosen will be released at a future date. 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).

Adding to the already friendly and patriotic atmosphere of the Central States Challenge, this year the program will show ita appreciation of the armed forces. Any military personnel that attend a Central States Central event in uniform will be given a free entry into the track property.

The 2008 series champions will be honored at the Awards Banquet schedule for Saturday, May 9 at the Gateway 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. Rooms will be $79/night with banquet tickets selling for $25 for adults, $15 for children (4 to 11 years) and 3 and under in for free. For more 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 their website at


2009 SKUSA Central States Challenge Schedule

Date - Track - Location
May 9-10 - Gateway International Raceway - Madison, IL
May 23-24 - New Castle Motorsports Park - New Castle, IN
June 6-7 - Mid-States Kartway - Springfield, IL
June 27-28 - TNT Kartway - Quincy, IL
August 8-9 - 61 Kartway - Delmar, IA
August 29-30 - Kansas Speedway - Kansas City, MO


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