F200 Adds Classes in SIRA and New Castle's KRA Sprint Series The growing popularity of the F200 concept was exhibited in the recent addition of sprint classes with the Southern Indiana Racing Association and Kart Racers of America (at New...
F200 Adds Classes in SIRA and New Castle's KRA Sprint Series
The growing popularity of the F200 concept was exhibited in the recent addition of sprint classes with the Southern Indiana Racing Association and Kart Racers of America (at New Castle Motorsports Park). The F200 class which features 200cc OHV 4-cycles from multiple manufactures is used in sprint, dirt, and speedway karting along with ¼ midgets and Mini-Sprints in the future.
SIRA, which tours Indiana and Illinois sprint and temporary tracks, ran its first F200 class last year. For 2005, Indiana's largest sprint club will add F200 "Light" as a second F200 class. The club expects to have between twelve and fifteen weekly competitors in the F200 classes at the start of the 2005 season.
"SIRA first introduced F200 in 2004, and we had steady growth and a lot of interest from both 4 and 2 cycle guys during the season. At our recent rules meeting, the members decided to drop the Briggs Light class in favor of an F200 Light class. Since then, I know we've had at least 3 guys buy Yamaha F200s," stated Jim Harris, SIRA Treasurer.
Mark Dismore's New Castle Motorsports Park home club, Kart Racers of America, will also add an F200 class in 2005. The KRA F200 class will run at 365lbs., and will share track time with a Yamaha SSX (2-cycle) class in the beginning. New Castle Motorsports Park and the KRA are quickly establishing themselves as both a premier track and club in the U.S.
"We had a great first year with the KRA, but one area I want to see grow is our 4-cycle participation. F200 will be a great package for the NCMP, they've got good power and with their fuel capacity the F200s will be able to run longer races than a flathead. I've known the Burris family for years, and am looking forward to working with Mike on building the F200 class here," said Mark Dismore.
"We are very gratified with the addition of the F200 program to the KRA and SIRA class structures in 2005. It really fortifies our position that F200 is a sound concept and has a great future in both Sprint and Oval karting. Both Mark Dismore and Jim Harris have karting's best interest at heart. They, as do I, feel the F200 class is a big step towards moving karting into the mainstream of motorsports due to the involvement of multiple manufactures and the automotive aftermarket," stated Mike Burris.
The F200 class was the concept of, among others, of long time karting legend and pioneer Mike Burris. F200 is based on overhead valve, 200cc 4- cycle engines, and a simple easy-to-follow rulebook. The F200s run on pump gasoline, and require much less maintenance than a flathead 4-cycle class engine. Approved F200 class engines include: the Yamaha YF200 R1, Briggs Animal, Kohler C6 XKE, Tecumseh OHH 5.5 and Honda GX200.