SKUSA: Pat's Acres, Canby preview

CANBY, OR -- The West Coast drivers of the Superkarts! USA North American ProMoto Tour will be making their way to the beautiful northwest for the fourth round of the program's Pacific Zone series -- their final stop on the road to the...

CANBY, OR -- The West Coast drivers of the Superkarts! USA North American ProMoto Tour will be making their way to the beautiful northwest for the fourth round of the program's Pacific Zone series -- their final stop on the road to the season-ending Millennium World Finals. The beautiful tree-lined Pat's Acres motorsports facility in Canby, OR will be the host for the July 7-9 weekend shootout between the best shifterkart drivers west of the Mississippi. As part of the national championship for shifterkart racing, the championship battle will be heating up in all four of the classes that run on the ProMoto Tour.

The national championship series consists of four events on each coast (Atlantic and Pacific Zones) with a special run-off event in Oklahoma bringing together all the top drivers in September. The points standings from both regions will be melded into one for the Millennium World Finals and the final battle will be waged at this time for the prestigious national championship trophies. SKUSA's headline class, the Formula S1 division, will be particularly exciting, as the top stars of the sport will finally go head-to-head.

Current Pacific Zone series point leader Kyle Martin of Texas has yet to win on the Tour but is using amazing consistency to ensure his spot in the battle for the Moto World Championship -- the title at stake on the national championship program. The winning driver will also receive the privilege of wearing the prestigious #1 plate throughout the 2001 season, acknowledging this particular driver as the best of the best. Martin's season has been good enough to keep him in the hunt but he will have his hands full when the West Coast teams compete in their final event before the World Finals in Oregon this coming weekend. All the big boys are coming out to play.

Alan Rudolph, the #1 ranked driver in North America, will be in attendance, as will the winner of the third race held just two weeks ago, Tranquility, CA's Steven Robertson. Both drivers are on form and will be gunning for their second wins of the season. To make this even tougher, last year's ProMoto Tour champion, Oregon resident Jason LaPoint, will make his only start of the year. The reigning titleholder has since graduated to a professional car racing career in Formula Mazda racing but will return for a one-off appearance. Pat's Acres is LaPoint's home track and as a result, he will be back in the seat of his Trackmagic kart to wear the #1 plate for the one and only time this season. Everything points towards a wild weekend of shifterkart racing.

The event is a three-day format with practice taking over the Friday schedule. Saturday is reserved for Banke Pole Qualifying and the first two rounds of heat races while Victory Sunday begins with the last set of heats before heading into the Opening Ceremonies and the exciting Medal Round -- which consists of the main events in all four classes. Information on the track can be obtained through the Internet at www.patsacres.com or by calling 503-266-7287.

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