SKUSA: PKC: Series news on back-to-back N/S events

BUSY TWO WEEKS SCHEDULED FOR PROKART CHALLENGE STAFF South series heads to San Diego following North event in Sonoma this weekend TEMECULA, CA (April 15, 2009) -- The next 10 days will be the busiest portion of the 2009 schedule for the ...

South series heads to San Diego following North event in Sonoma this weekend

TEMECULA, CA (April 15, 2009) -- The next 10 days will be the busiest portion of the 2009 schedule for the Superkarts! USA ProKart Challenge staff with back to back weekends scheduled in the next two weekends, roughly 500 miles apart. The North program is set to contend round two at the Infineon Raceway in Sonoma, California on April 18 with the fourth round of the South series set to take place outside Qualcomm Stadium in San Diego on April 25. The PKC South event at Qualcomm will be in partnership with the San Diego Karting Association on their very fast, temporary 'West Course Reverse' circuit that stretches out 1.1 miles in the West parking lot of the facility.

The collaboration with the SDKA will be a first for the ProKart Challenge and a much anticipated venture. The SDKA and PKC classes will be contested throughout the event, combining those classes that are similar yet scoring them all separately as to not interfere with the respective championship battles.

"We are excited to be hosting the fourth round of the ProKart Challenge South here in San Diego," stated SDKA President Mike Nadeau. "Our SDKA club drivers are excited to be on-track with some of the best in the Western half of the country and be able to judge their talent against them. I hope that everyone comes out for a full day of nonstop racing action."

With three rounds in the books, the PKC South program has reached the halfway mark with no one driver out to a comfortable lead in any of the 10 class championship chases. The class everyone has an eye on is the S3 battle. After three events, Patrick Cushenberry holds the number one spot over two-time winner Jacob Neal. Last year's S1 champion Jimmy McNeil switched to the S3 division and finds himself third in the order, just ahead of defending S3 Light champ Bobby Legate. With the best six of seven results counted toward the final standings, anything can happen from now until the finale in August.

Neal finds himself in the lead chase position in the S1 category as well after scoring back to back feature wins. Peter Abba has been the consistent one of the two and leads Neal heading into Qualcomm. A number of other drivers with no victory yet on the '09 season find themselves at the top of their respective standings. Howie Idelson is showing the way in TaG Senior over young gun Brett Felkins, who won the opener in CalSpeed but will miss the fourth round. In S4, Jeff Smith has visited the podium all three rounds but is absent a main event win. He leads Rob Whitley and round one winner Peter Workum in the points chase. Steve Wiener holds the number one spot in TaG Masters with Mike Kelley and Ken Manning giving chase. Though the G1 category has seen three different winners, round two victor Troy Butts holds the standings lead over Roy Montgomery and Brad Dhesi.

The new KF2 division made its debut at the Grange event last month, with the NorCal contingent sweeping the podium. Will Martindale took the victory over Brett Felkins and Alex Speed. Martindale, however, finds himself tied with Speed in the championship due to the extra points scored in qualifying, the heat race, and the feature for fast lap. The new S4 Magnum division will contest its third event with the PKC South program, where Tony Morrison and Luke Bianco each have a feature win and lead the standings respectively.

Following the busy back to back weekends, both programs will head to the Buttonwillow Raceway for the first ever NorCal vs. SoCal ProKart Challenge Shootout, set for May 16. The event will count toward both regional championships and help measure just who is the best in the west.

Pre-entry cutoff for the Qualcomm event will be Wednesday, April 22 at midnight. At-track registration will begin Friday morning at 7:30am and continue through the day until Saturday morning. Friday, April 24 will be open practice from 9am to 5pm, with a complimentary dinner following the day's action for all who have a pit pass, thanks to the Superkarts! USA organization and PCH Motorsports. The host hotel for the event will be the Courtyard San Diego Mission Valley located within the famous Hotel Circle in San Diego -- less than 10 minutes from the track. The $89/night rate for the recently renovated hotel can only be achieved with the 'ProKart Race Rate' mention when you book your room. Onsite camping for RVs will be allowed at no cost. For more information on the event or the Superkarts! USA's ProKart Challenge itself, head to

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Drivers Peter Workum , Mike Kelley , Jeff Smith