SKUSA: Series forms new regional program 2009-08-05

SUPERKARTS! USA RETURNS TO COLORADO FOR SUPPORT OF NEW REGIONAL PROGRAM Sanctioning body announces formation of new regional program to replace Colorado Sprint Championships in 2010 TEMECULA, CA (August 5, 2009) -- Hot on the heels of the ...

Sanctioning body announces formation of new regional program to replace Colorado Sprint Championships in 2010

TEMECULA, CA (August 5, 2009) -- Hot on the heels of the recent announcement of the new Superkarts! USA North American Pro Tour, the popular racing organization is extremely excited to release the information of a new regional program that has been formed in the state of Colorado. One of the original areas of strong support during the early days of SKUSA, the region was a unique hotbed for shifterkart racing set around the Rocky Mountains. As the new era of SKUSA - under the eyes of owner and president Tom Kutscher - begins to progress with its growth throughout the country from its base in southern California, the karters in Colorado will be the next beneficiaries of the company's on-going expansion with the new SKUSA Central Mountain States Challenge.

"Colorado is a great region for karting and we are happy to bring the SKUSA name back to the many karters in and around the state," commented Kutscher. "Since we purchased the organization and took control of the annual SuperNationals, we have been fortunate to have enjoyed the participation of many racers from that state and it is only fitting that we return the favor by establishing their own regional program that will follow our basic format and the fun atmosphere that we provide to racers across the country."

"I used to travel up to Colorado back when I was racing shifters myself," added Kutscher, who was ranked in the top-five in the G1 category at the prime of his career. "I trekked up there to get away and do some racing, and the region still hold a special place in my heart. I'm jacked to have them back on-board!"

With the cooperation of track owners Brad Linkus of IMI and Stacey Cook of the Grand Junction Motor Speedway, the new regional group is proud to announce the return of SKUSA to Colorado and the surrounding region. Shifterkart veteran Sam Walls, a respected member of the Colorado karting community, will lead the event staff as the Chief Steward and he will oversee the debut of the program in 2010, which will feature a five-race regional points series.

"I am happy to be involved with SKUSA once again, because I spent so much time running with them back when karting was a lot of fun," explains Walls, ready to step into a new role in the sport. "Being a participant on the SKUSA ProMoto Tour, I travelled to so many great facilities and spent time with so many great racers both on and off the track, and I believe that these past experiences will give me the insight and ability I need to bring back the 'fun' in karting. There is some great talent out there, so my challenge will be to get behind the young racers who are trying to reach their dreams, while also providing the majority of our racers, those who want to be karters, with an awesome experience every weekend."

"I'm happy that Sam is coming back," Kutscher continued. "We used to race hard against each other. In fact, we met for the first time at the scales for a heated discussion, and we've been good friends ever since. He really wants to make this happen and he has the same passion for the sport that I do. And that means a great deal to this program."

Many of the region's top drivers have already committed to making this series a success. The program will focus on bring the SKUSA-style of outlaw shifterkart racing back to the forefront in Colorado by offering SKUSA's primary Stock Moto categories -- S3, S4 and S5 Junior -- and the popular S1 and G1 classes as well. TaG racing will be front-and-center with steps on the ladder for Juniors, Seniors and Masters competitors. The full class structure will be released in the near future, as will the tentative schedule.

"It has been exciting to help get this off of the ground and I look forward to being a part of the list of series sponsors," said Cris Schureman, a karting enthusiast and President of Wood Source, who will be a major sponsor of the start-up series. "We have a good core group of guys who are passionate about seeing kart racing succeed. With their help, we will be very successful."

The region's industry members are also urged to jump on-board in a big way, as many have a rich history in SKUSA lore. Colorado has brought home its share of gold from the organization's racing in the past, including multiple SuperNationals and ProMoto Tour wins. The series will replace the regional Colorado Sprint Championship, which will complete its run at the end of the year. The new series will be able to draw drivers from six states including Colorado and Utah, many who are already supporters of SKUSA's on-going programs.

"Stacey (Cook) and Brad (Linkus) are two of the good guys in this sport and they have welcomed the idea of developing a SKUSA program with enthusiasm and they are genuinely excited about the future of karting in our region," added to Rocky Mountain Kartworks' AJ Noud, a prominent industry member of the Colorado karting community and a former SuperNationals winner. "I hope that my fellow kart shop owners are as pumped as I am about this, because I still look back at my days of SKUSA competition fondly. If we can do anything to bring back that level of passion, I'm all for it. I'm really looking forward to supporting this new effort!"

In working with Superkarts! USA headquarters in Temecula, CA, the Central Mountain States Challenge will schedule their races around the recently announced SKUSA Pro Tour so that its drivers can have the opportunity to travel out and run with the best in the country. Many more releases are forthcoming, as the class structure and race schedule are still in the works. The announcements of new marketing partners will also be made soon, as will the formation of the event staff and the Race Committee and Regulations Committee, who will all be charged with developing a series that caters to the ultimate customer -- the racer.

-credit: skusa

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