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Angeles Karting Championship Series Interview
Chris LaTorre LAKC President
Los Angeles Karting Championship Series AKA LAKC or new name for
Favorite track food:
How do you like your coffee:
with flavored creamer vanilla
Biggest race attended since you have been in karting:
Biggest race you will attend in 2011:
Most talented young racer you have witnessed in your years in
being a part of the building LAKC from almost broke to one of
the largest kart clubs in the west.
What is the most intriguing about The Los Angeles Karting
the fact that we change tracts every other month and that is
located at the famous Auto Club Speedway
What’s the mission statement of The Los Angeles Karting
We do not have one but our slogan is "come see what all the buzz
Anything else you would like to add:
I would like to thank you for recognizing us. I would also like
to invite some of the Northern California racers to come visit us
this year. There will be two Cal State Karting Championship
races and the IKF Grand Nationals all held at our home track of
CalSpeed. We would be privileged to meet some of the racers from
up North. Our dates and info can be found at
2-22-11 Rain in
California leads to crazy Gatorz Challenge of the Americas
weekend in Fontana
If you want to change your perceptions of what Southern California weather
is like, you may want to visit the region whenever the Gatorz
Challenge of the Americas makes its customary trip to the
Calspeed Karting Center at Auto Club Speedway in Fontana,
California. For the second straight year, racing action was
forced to be postponed from Saturday until Sunday as torrential
rain led to the formation of Lake Calspeed – which is too deep
to be forded by any of the 102 Rotax karts entered for the
As rain fell on Saturday afternoon, the downpour became too
heavy during the Rotax Junior final to consider attempting the
final two mains of the day for Rotax Masters and DD-2. Their
races were ultimately postponed to Sunday morning.
SATURDAY – Round 3
Despite being only three karts strong, the Micromax field had
the strangest start of the day when all three karts spun in the
first corner of the final. Griffin Dowler was the first one to
get his kart pointed in the right direction and he drove away
from Conner Wick and Cody Dempster, taking the first win of the
Felipe Fraga led the thirty-nine kart field aat the drop of the
green flag, with Louie Pagano, Tyler Wheeler and Joey Wimsett
giving chase. Fraga began to build an advantage while Wimsett
worked his way past Wheeler and Pagano and began to cut into
Fraga’s advantage. Lapped traffic came into play as Fraga zigged
and Wimsett zagged to take the lead just past the halfway mark.
Once in front, Wimsett began to pull away from Fraga and the two
ran in that order until the finish, with Wimsett and Fraga
making it a CRG one-two with Bobby Kelley making an impressive
run up to third with Scott Saunders in fourth. Keeping his
championship hopes alive after a miserable day until the final,
Stepanova Nekeel charged through the field from his 38th
starting position to finish fifth.
With dark clouds on the horizon, the question was not if, but
when the rain would fall for the Minimax final. Kyle Wick was
the polesitter with Royal McKee off-pole, Sting Ray Robb third
and Austin Versteeg fourth. Wick and Versteeg were on wets,
while McKee and Robb were on slicks.
As the green fell on a dry track, all the drivers on wets fell
to the back of the field. McKee led Robb and Kami
Moreira-Laliberte in the early stages. McKee was able to pull
away from the field but as the rain began to fall with four laps
left, Robb spun out of second place, but it was too late in the
race for the drivers on wets to make any real progress – and
their rain tires were trashed after running on a dry track for
McKee kept his kart going straight on a very wet track over the
final three laps to take the win – his first of the season.
Charging through the field towards the end of the race, Garret
Gulenchyn and Nicky Hays would finish second and third.
The entire Junior Rotax field entered the track on wet tires as
the rain turned into a heavy downpour. Parker McKean was on pole
ahead of championship leader Parker Thompson and Southern
California locals Jake Craig and Dakota Dickerson
McKean’s lead was short-lived, however, as he pushed wide on the
slippery surface and fell to seventh. Craig made the inside line
work, however, as took the lead over with Thompson in second and
Matthew Moniz making a good start to move into third. Moniz
needed a few laps to work past Thompson for second, leaving him
in the perfect place when Craig made a mistake and lost three
The new leader, Moniz, was shadowed the rest of the race by
Thompson, but try as he might Thompson couldn’t make a pass
happen and he chased Moniz all the way to the line. Moniz earned
his first win of the season, with Thompson second and Artie
Carpenter – who had one of the more exciting runs of the day –
finishing a fighting third.
With the substantial rainfall leaving track conditions difficult
to race on, the Saturday Masters race was moved to Sunday
morning with the track conditions starting wet but quickly
drying. John Crow was on pole with David Busby and Scott Falcone
second and third – all on slicks – but fourth-starting Mike
Daniel was on rains.
Excitement happened right from the start as Crow spun entering
turn one, jamming up most of the field but allowing Busby to get
away from the field before a lap was even completed. Daniel’s
gamble on wets seemed to be helping as he was up to second, but
as the track continued to dry he would fall down the order. Bill
Kann ran second with Falcone third in the early stages until he
spun, allowing Ron Rosetti to move up to third.
At the checkered, Busby had a massive gap and cruised across the
line to take the victory, with Kann in second and Rosetti third.
DD-2 / DD-2 Masters
As he did in the first race in Phoenix, Nicholas Latifi
dominated the Saturday DD-2 race, leading flag to flag. Behind
him, Jim Busby Jr. held off Bronson Eggert for second as the two
battled throughout the race.
SUNDAY – Round 4
Unlike the Saturday race, the Sunday Micromax main had a
trouble-free start and Griffin Dowler jumped out to the lead
ahead of Cody Dempster and Conner Wick. Dempster, however,
quickly took the lead and eased away to take the win, with
Dowler finishing second and Wick in third.
For the second day in a row, Felipe Fraga lined up first for the
Rotax Senior main, with Pagano second and Bryce Choquer third.
Saturday winner Joey Wimsett lined up fourth with local driver
Andrick Zeen fifth.
Fraga and Pagano jumped ahead of the field from the start, with
Choquer up to third and Bobby Kelley jumping up to fourth. Fraga
and Pagano began to pull away from everyone else but deeper in
the field, Scott Saunders was moving his way up through the
field while the top three drivers began to string out.
With thirty-nine karts on the track there was plenty of action
in the middle of the field, but Fraga made it look easy as
maintained a gap on Pagano and didn’t make any mistakes as he
picked his way through traffic. After leading all the finals of
the 2011 Gatorz Challenge of the Americas but not getting a win,
Fraga finally broke through as he took the win ahead of Pagano.
Saunders completed a late-race pass on Kelley to take the final
spot on the podium.
Saturday winner Royal McKee lined up on pole ahead of Austin
Versteeg, Christian Brooks and Justice Lepe. At the drop of the
green, McKee and Versteeg held station but Brooks and Lepe went
backwards, as Nicky Hays jumped from fifth to third at the start
with Scott Huffaker right behind.
The action was fast at the front of the field, as Hays was
looking to get to the front and get there in a hurry. After
passing Versteeg, Hays went past McKee in the track’s hairpin. A
lap later, McKee took the lead back in the same place and Hays
fell under attack from Versteeg. Twice, Versteeg attempted a
pass on Hays in the pit turn, and twice Hays shut the door and
the karts made side-to-side contact.
Hays retook the lead from McKee and not long after, Versteeg
pulled off the track with a thrown chain ending his race. Kami
Moreira-Laliberte was up to third as a result which Christian
Brooks right behind.
More drama came later in the race as McKee was given a
mechanical black flag when his rear bumper came adrift of his
kart while he ran in second place, battling with Brooks and
Laliberte. Hays took his first win of the season, with Brooks in
second and Laliberte third after McKee pulled off the track on
the penultimate lap.
For the second day in a row, Parker McKean lined up first for
the Junior Rotax main ahead of Parker Thompson. Jonathan May
lined up third and Dakota Dickerson fourth. At the drop of the
green McKean held his lead while May passed Thompson for second.
May waited a few laps before making a pass attempt for the lead
in the hairpin. A few laps later, Thompson passed McKean and
then May over the course of one lap to shake up the order again.
The top five karts – Thompson, McKean, May, Jake Craig, and
Dakota Dickerson – were running in a line.
Dickerson moved up two positions as a result until May got into
the back of him also entering turn one, meaning May would
receive a penalty.
At the checkered, Thompson took his third win of the season,
with McKean second, May third, Craig fourth and Dickerson fifth.
After May’s penalty was assessed, however, Craig was promoted to
third and Dickerson to fourth.
The front row was very different than the front row of the
‘Saturday’ Rotax Masters main as Paul Bonilla was on pole ahead
of Scott Falcone, Steve Dzurilla, and John Crow.
Bonilla held his lead at the start while Dzurilla jumped to
second and Crow to third with Falcone falling to fourth. From
the first corner, however, Bonilla and Dzurilla broke away from
the field and began to run away from the rest of the field. The
field settled into a rythm until the middle stages of the race
when Dzurilla passed Bonilla in turn one and Falcone passed Crow
for third place. Shortly after, however, Crow pulled his kart
off track and rejoined but had fallen to ninth.
In the final couple of laps, the battle between Bonilla and
Dzurilla heated up as Bonilla took the lead back and Dzurilla
took it back with two laps remaining. Bonilla couldn’t find
another opportunity to take the lead back, and Dzurilla took the
checkered flag as the winner with Bonilla second and Falcone a
ways back in third.
DD-2 / DD-2
Nicholas Latifi led the field to the green with Bronson Eggert,
Matt Ostiguy, and Jim Busby, Jr. giving chase. The group ran in
a train until the late stages when Eggert took a stab at the
lead, making the pass in the hairpin. Latifi didn’t waste any
time in retaking the lead with a pass into turn one
The battling allowed Ostiguy and Busby to get close. Busby was
able to pass Ostiguy and then demoted Eggert to third, and with
two laps to go, all four karts were running almost nose to tail.
As close as they were, no one made another attempt and Latifi
took his fourth victory of the year, with Busby in second and
Challenge Nor Cal -- 2011 Championship Series Season
February 25-26 -- Kinsmen Kart Club Track in Dixon, CA
PRE-REGISTRATION IS OPEN NOW! Don't miss all of the bonuses that
come with this first round of the 2011 Season Opener, including
bonus points, a new discounted entry price, and free Friday
practice for those who qualify! See all details below and at
Round 1 of the 6-race ProKart Challenge Nor Cal championship
series will be held next Saturday, February 26th at the Kinsmen
Kart Club track in Dixon. A practice day will be held on Friday,
February 25th, from 9am to 5pm.
Event Pre-Entry: Pre-register for this race before midnight next
Wednesday, February 23rd for HUGE savings! The new online race
entry fees INCLUDING a set of race tires+tax is just $295. This
is a $50 savings from last year's pre-entry pricing and $85 off
of the walk-up pricing if you wait to register at the track! You
may also be eligible for a FREE Friday practice (an additional
$60 savings) -- see details below. You can save time at the
track upon arrival by pre-entering the race and purchasing the
other items you need thru our online store. You will receive an
email confirmation of your entry/order within 24 hours of
submitting it. If you prefer to pay by cash or check, we still
have a registration form that you can download, fill out and fax
in (or mail in with payment), but it must be received before
February 23rd to qualify for 'manual' pre-entry pricing.
The 9 PKC classes to be run at this event are: S1, S2, S3, S4,
S5, TaG Cadet, TaG Junior, TaG Senior and TaG Master. Click here
for all of the up-to-date info regarding our class structure for
Other Important Event Details:
• Track Configuration: We are running the 1/2 mile Kinsmen Kart
Club track. Click here and scroll to the bottom of the page for
a track layout drawing. This page also contains other track
info, including the track address and directions.
• Practice Day: Track gates and PKC Registration will open at
7:00am on Friday, Feb. 25th. Fuel and tire desks will open at
7:30am. Track is open from 9am-5pm for open practice (just $60).
NOTE: (1) any racer who has not raced previously with PKC/SKUSA
-- or at least not in the last 2 years -- will be eligible for a
FREE practice day when paying to pre-register for this event;
(2) No SKUSA membership is required to practice; (3) practice
will still be $60 without a paid pre-entry.
• Race Day: Gates and Registration will open at 6:30am on
Saturday, Feb. 26th, with fuel and tire desks open by 7am. Track
is hot from 7:30am to approx. 4:30pm, with podium awards and a
raffle prize drawing for all racers directly following the final
tech inspection of the day. Click here for the tentative event
schedule. A final race day schedule will be given out at the
track on Friday afternoon and Saturday morning.
• Championship Points: This year's PKC Nor Cal series is based
on 6 races with 1 drop, including the So Cal vs. Nor Cal
Shootout in August. However, as an extra incentive to come out
for all events, PKC is offering a bonus of 100 EXTRA POINTS at
the end of the season to decide the final championship for all
racers that compete in all 6 races! Click here for the details
about our points structure.
• SKUSA Rules: Click here for an update on our 2011 PKC
competition rules -- including new rules regarding neck braces
and rear bumpers. Airboxes are required at this event for all
• SKUSA Membership: ProKart Challenge requires all racers to
have a current SKUSA annual membership with their first race of
the season. SKUSA also has new license levels that all drivers
must register for. Purchase or renew your SKUSA membership thru
our online store, or download the details/faxable form. The cost
is just $75 for a 12-month membership (including the next
Supernats) and offers many great benefits -- including reserving
your national kart number for a full 12 months.
• Race Numbers: You will be assigned your unique and official
kart number (with regional letter designator) when you
purchase/renew your SKUSA membership and/or register for your
first race of the season. This number/letter combo is required
on all 4 sides of your kart for all competition sessions.
o Single Digit Race Numbers: All 2010 PKC class champions -- 1st
thru 9th place -- have the option of running their earned
championship single-digit race number (with letter designator)
if running in the same class this season! Click here for the
list of those Nor Cal champs. SKUSA's National Number plate
winners -- 1st thru 3rd for the 2010 Pro Tour -- may race with
their national number plates (as sent by SKUSA). Call PKC/SKUSA
at 951-491-0808 to check on your desired race number.
• Race Number Panels: SKUSA requires specific COLORED NUMBER
PANELS by class for all 2011 race events. This is a tech item.
Click here for the details on these color requirements, as well
as contact info for one of our preferred decal vendors.
• Spec Tires: The new SPEC RACE TIRES for 2011 PKC are the MG-SK
'whites' -- for all classes except TaG Cadet, who will run the
MG-HZ 'red' tires. Practice tires are open spec. Rain tires,
when needed, are spec'd as well -- as Bridgestone YKP or YJP
only. PKC is shipping practice and race tires now, or you can
also order your tires to be picked up at the event. Click here
for the details on our tire rules, and here to purchase practice
or race tires for this event. NOTE: Only tires pre-ordered from
PKC/SKUSA prior to Feb. 23rd will be guaranteed to be available
at the track.
• Spec Fuel: The spec fuel for this event is VP MS98 and the
spec oil is Motul 2T Grand Prix (although Rotax drivers now have
the option to bring and run MS93). You may purchase your spec
fuel/oil from PKC -- or bring your own -- as long as it is spec
and will pass tech. Only those racers who pre-order the spec
fuel/oil from PKC prior to Feb. 23rd will be guaranteed that
their products will be available at the track. See the online
store for pricing and to order now, either with your race entry
• Pit Spots: We will not have reserved pit spots for this event
at Dixon; they will be available on a first come-first served
basis only starting on Friday, Feb. 25th, at 7:00am when the
gates open. However, 2011 PKC sponsors will receive preferred
pit spot parking. Call 951-491-0808 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
for details on how to become a sponsor and secure your preferred
pit spot for this event.
• Overnight Camping/Trailer Parking: Camping on site and
overnight parking of trailers will be available for this event
starting Friday, Feb. 25th at no charge.
• Hotel Accommodations: If you are in need of a hotel room for
this event, click here for info on an affordable hotel that is
about 15 minutes from the track.
• Live & Post-Race Event Coverage: We will announcing the racing
action live at the track, as well as broadcasting the MyLaps
monitor and micro-blogging all on-track sessions at
www.superkartsusa.com/live. After the event, a media release
with this event's highlights will be posted on our website as
well as distributed to the major karting publications, giving
everyone the chance to become a local hero to their family and
• 10-Day Weather Forecast: Our weather forecast is looking
pretty good for our race day next Saturday -- let's hope it
stays that way! If not, don't forget about our Tough Guy Rain
Bonus, which could surely make a difference in the championship
points at the end of the season!
Feel free to call PKC for additional information: 951-491-0808.
NOTE: Our 2nd PKC So Cal race is two weeks later on March 11-12
at Willow Springs Kart Track in Rosamond, CA. Also, the online
store is now open for the 2011 SKUSA Pro Tour! See
www.superkartsusa.com for information on all 2011 SKUSA and PKC
2005 or 2010 Rated Helmet Required for RLOKC
RLOKC would like to remind all racers the helmet rating required
this year is Snell 2005 or Snell 2010.
Northern California Rotax Challenge racers, please note this
rule will be strictly enforced at March 6th race at the Kinsmen
Kart Club in Dixon. No exceptions will be made. You must have
Snell 2005 or Snell 2010 rated helmet to race.
Two returning RLOKC sponsors, Savage Designs and Wine Country
Motorsports are offering special discounts to all RLOKC drivers:
Savage Designs is offering all RLOKC drivers 10% off custom
helmet design and painting. To receive the special discount, be
sure to mention you are an RLOKC driver.. For information about
Savage Designs visit: http://www.savagedesigns.com/
Wine Country Motorsports is offering RLOKC drivers 35% of any
Snell 2005 rated helmet (in stock helmets only) or 10% off any
Snell 2010 rated helmet. To receive the discount, be sure to
mention you are an RLOKC driver when making your purchase. Visit
their website at: http://winecountrymotorsports.com/
Please show your support to the business who support your
For more information about the Snell Memorial Foundation, visit:
Kart Club in Dixon to Welcome Prokart Challenge North Opener
facilities to decide six-round Superkarts! USA regional
Branching out for its fourth season under the Superkarts! USA banner, the
ProKart Challenge North program will journey to six different
facilities in 2011 for the six-round championship. After calling
the Infineon Raceway facility home for the first three seasons,
PKC North competitors will have a chance to sample six Northern
California/Nevada tracks – starting with the Kinsmen Kart Club
Track in Dixon, CA on February 25-26. The ProKart Challenge
North series will be expanding the philosophy of ‘fierce
competition and enjoyable race weekends’ to the new track
locations, while bringing together the best karters in area
under one banner.
With the ProKart Challenge North program expanding in 2011,
SKUSA wants everyone to have the opportunity to come out and
sample their program. Throughout the season, SKUSA will offer a
free Friday practice day to anyone who has not run a PKC or
SKUSA race in the past two years (a savings of $60) when
registering for their first event of 2011. And those looking at
the championship chase, PKC North will follow suite with the
southern program, as SKUSA will reward those racers who
participate in all six series events with 100 bonus points
toward the series championship.
“Our first trip to the Dixon track is shaping up to be a great
turnout,” remarked Tom Kutscher, SKUSA President and ProKart
Challenge director. “We have been getting good feedback from the
shops about the schedule, and we are getting a lot of new
drivers applying for their SKUSA licenses. Moving away from one
location to six different tracks has gotten people excited in
the region, and I’m sure it will create better racing and
tighter championship fights.”
The 2011 season for Superkarts! USA began just two weeks ago as
the ProKart Challenge South series kicked off its year, visiting
the historic Adams Motorsports Park in Riverside for the first
time in series history. It was the first opportunity for those
who attended to sample the specially-branded MG ‘SKUSA’ tire –
the new official tire for all Superkarts! USA events. The new
MG-SK tire is similar to the popular MG-FZ compound, with only a
small change put into effect to extend the durability of the
tire. The tire will be utilized for all SKUSA-sanctioned events
across the country, and the Dixon event will be the first chance
for Northern California karter to compete with the new compound.
The 2011 class structure for the ProKart Challenge North season
will reflect the same nine core classes that make up the SKUSA
national class structure -- based on the popular Stock Moto and
TaG categories. S1 (Pro), S2 (Semi-Pro), S3 (Novice), S4
(Master), and S5 (Junior) make up the Stock Moto divisions, with
TaG Senior, TaG Master, TaG Junior and the new TaG Cadet
division accommodating those competing with the Touch and Go
“The feedback from the new MG-SK ‘white’ tires has been good
thus far,” continued Kutscher. “I’m sure the NorCal drivers and
teams are excited at the chance to get on-track and see how they
perform. There also seems to be a lot of interest in our new PKC
North class – TaG Cadet. We will enjoy seeing a lot of new faces
when we open the gates at Dixon on February 25.”
To continue their ongoing effort to support their racers, SKUSA
will also offer the newly-discounted price structure to the
ProKart Challenge North competitors. SKUSA has decreased the
cost of a ProKart Challenge weekend entry by $50, lowering the
package price for an entry and race tires down to just $295 if
the racer registers online. Pre-registration must be completed
before the midnight deadline on Wednesday, February 23.
Information regarding round one of the ProKart Challenge North
at the Kinsmen Kart Club Track in Dixon can be found at the
following link (http://www.superkartsusa.com/regional/pkc-north/round-1-2011.html).
Class sponsorship packages are also still available for those
interested and are asked to contact SKUSA. For more information
on anything related to the ProKart Challenge or Superkarts! USA,
visit their website – www.superkartsusa.com – or call the SKUSA
head office at 951-491-0808.
Cambrian Go Karts to Perform Double Duty This Weekend
Racing season has
begun and Cambrian Go Karts already has their hands full for
this coming weekend. Cambrian will be on hand supporting the
Norcal Outlaw race at Dixon as well as the Challenge of the
Americas race at Fontana. Cambrian will have their professional
setup of the Parts Trailer and a large supply of Rain Tires on
hand at both locations. More info about Cambrian Go Karts can be
found at their website
www.Cambriangokarts.com or you can call Cambrian at (408)
Challenge North Seeks Six More Class Sponsorships for 2011
Prokart Challenge North is coming
soon and they are still looking for anyone who is interested in
sponsoring one of the six available classes for the 2011 Season.
The following classes are: S2 Semi Pro-Stock Honda, S3
Novice Stock Honda, S5 Junior Stock Honda, TaG Junior, TaG
Senior and TaG Master.
Any companies interested in class
sponsorship opportunities are asked to contact the SKUSA head
office at 951-491-0808 or email Patti Kutscher at
Sprint Spec Tire Announcement
YKC will remain the spec tire for the 2011 IKF Sprint Program
until after the 2011 Sprint Grand Nationals are completed.
Bridgestone has confirmed that there is ample supply of YKC's
Once the 2011 IKF Sprint Grand Nationals are completed, the IKF
will have a statement regarding the possible introduction of the
new Bridgestone YLC tires for the remainder of the 2011 season.
Outlaw Series Race Info
Cowpokes, we hear
there's a showdown taking place.....
Move 'em on, head 'em up,
Head 'em up, move 'em out,
Move 'em on, head 'em out Rawhide!
Set 'em out, ride 'em in
Ride 'em in, let 'em out,
Cut 'em out, ride 'em in Rawhide!
Date: Sunday, February 20, 2011
Place: The "OK Corral" at Kinsmen Kart Club, Dixon,Ca.
"Horse & Wagon" Parking will start Friday at 12 noon.
Practice will start on Friday - 10am - 5 pm. You can also
register for Sunday's race on Friday
Gates will open at 7am
Registration will open at 8am...close at 5pm
REMEMBER: Every racer must register before entering the track. (
This is a rain or shine Series........Weather report says
"Sunshine" So keep "yer" fingers crossed and do the "Indian"
Practice fee- $30. per person. (This is for everyone)
Practice will be from 9am-5 pm.
We will be serving free "grub" ....Pizza & Salad lunch for
everyone. We are "shooting" for 1- 2pm for lunch on Sat.
Sunday Feb 20th ;
Gates open at 6am
Registration opens at 7am- 8:30
Drivers meeting at 8:30
Qualify - green, white, checkered
Pre - Final
Race fee`s- $75.00 1st class, 2nd class $65.00 - Goodie bags are
1 per racer.
*Kid Karts - We will supply the gas w/ 927 oil on race day.
Pit passes $10.00 per adult, Kids 12 & under $6.00 per child. As
per insurance, EVERYONE entering the "ranch" facility must
purchase a pit pass/wristband.
*Gas will be Sunoco 110 w/ 927 oil. 8 oz per gallon. 2 Gallon
minimum $28. for 2 gallons.
ALL GAS WILL BE SOLD BY 2 GALLONS .
"Cleetus's" BBQ. TRUCK WILL BE THERE ON SUNDAY ONLY.
****YKC are the tires used for this series only. 125 Stock Moto
YKB or MGY.
***Bumper rule has a grace period for this race only.
***NO ALCOHOL or "whiskey" during practice or race day
****REMEMBER: This is a family event. Keep your attitude in
check...or we'll "tan yer hide"!
Red Roof Inn - (707) 693-0606 Mention you are a racer, and you
will receive 15% discount.
Super 8 - (707) 678-3399
Best Western - (707) 678-1400
For more questions please call "Sheriff" Rick Luther
925.798.4360 9-6pm Mon-Fri. or "Deputy" Les Hand at Kartel
916.383.5226 8-4pm Mon-Fri.
Thirty-Two IKF Members Complete SFI Tech Inspector Certification
The International Kart Federation
announced this week that 32 IKF members have attended a
Technical Inspection Seminar, and successfully passed a written
test developed by SFI. The process will provide IKF members and
promoters a pool of Inspectors who have demonstrated they are
familiar with both Post Race Technical Inspection practices, as
well as other rules and procedures include in the IKF Tech
Technical Inspectors may be certified in 2-Cycle and / or
4-Cycle Technical Inspection procedures. Participants are able
to designate the engine type they wish to be certified in, or
may choose to complete the process for both types of engines. To
date 24 inspectors have been certified in 2-Cycle Tech, and 22
in 4-Cycle Tech.
National 2-Cycle Tech Committee Chairman Jack Hoegerl has
spearheaded the effort, with two seminars/testing sessions now
complete. The content of the written test, as well as scoring of
the tests, is provided by SFI.
A Tech Seminar, followed by testing, was held in Des Moines, IA
in March of 2010. A second Seminar and testing was held this
past January in Ontario, CA. Seminars and testing are being
planned in other Regions at this time.
The certification process is the start of what IKF plans to
expand to a program with three certification levels in coming
years. The tiered certification would designate the
certification level of an inspector based on both experience and
knowledge of practices and procedures.
With the program still in the early stages, a Certified
Inspector may not be available at every IKF event at this time.
It is the intent of IKF to provide certified Inspectors at each
Grand National event. To locate a certified Technical Inspector,
contact the IKF office at 909/923-4999.
Coast Karters updates "Wide Open" Forum
In early December
Scribner Racing Promotions decided enough was enough. The Wide
Open Forum had lost its luster and had become filled with
insults and ridicule that was bad for Karting and the sport so
many love. At that time WestCoastKarters.com pulled the Wide
Open forum and the popular Message Board was put to rest. Since
then Kristin Scribner and Scribner Racing Promotions was hard at
work creating a NEW Wide Open Forum that would provide the
unknown Identity that so many of the racers enjoy while keeping
the integrity of the sport intact.
As weeks went by Kristin Scribner went from Forum to Forum and
created over 10 different varieties of Forums before finding one
that would work with her and provide the qualities needed to
bring back the Wide Open Forum.
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phrase and while surfing the Forum it allows you to do just
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to view the content and post. Upon Registering the Users will
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Identity) and can begin enjoying the Wide Open Forum in a
cleaned up manner. With the new registration and account
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posted and keep them from posting under a different identity
each time. Another new policy with the Forum will be a
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Pro Tour Releases Information For 2011 Program
and support announced, online registration now open for
Now that the new season of Superkarts! USA racing is officially
underway – thanks to the successful completion of the opening
round of the ProKart Challenge South series last weekend – it is
with much excitement that the organization releases its plans
for the 2011 SKUSA Pro Tour. The official schedule for the
second edition of the program was announced in mid-November of
last year, but specific components of the series have now been
confirmed, such as an increased prize fund, the expansion of the
SKUSA ‘Circle of Champions’ support package, and the opening of
the online registration for the SpringNationals at
www.superkartsusa.com . Additional event details, including a
tentative event schedule, additional host hotel info and pit
spot reservation instructions, will continue to be updated on
the company website as those details are finalized.
To confirm the schedule, the SKUSA Pro Tour will kick off with
the second annual SKUSA SpringNationals on the April 29-May 1
weekend at the incredible Musselman Honda Circuit (formerly P1
Kart Circuit) in Tucson, Arizona. The second stop on the
schedule will be the SummerNationals on July 15-17 at Grand
Junction Motor Speedway in Grand Junction, Colorado. The finale
will once again be part of the consistently growing and
ever-improving SuperNationals at the Rio All-Suite Hotel &
Casino in Las Vegas on November 16-20. Last year, almost 500
drivers participated in the race, and this number is expected to
grow even larger in 2011 as a result of the increased support of
SKUSA’s core classes.
“I am thrilled with the schedule that we’ve put together this
year, as I think it pairs incredible tracks with balanced travel
distances for a majority of our racers,” offered Tom Kutscher,
Superkarts! USA President. “The obvious goal of the series is to
bring together all of the best drivers from our regional series
on more than just one occasion a year, and I see these venues as
being the best way possible for 2011. The level of competition
is going to be offside for the SpringNationals, and I know we’re
all pumped. We’re going to make this a mini-SuperNationals!”
SKUSA has confirmed that the class structure for the Pro Tour
will remain the same as it did last year, albeit with one
caveat. Kutscher put the future of the G1 Master ICC class in
the hands of the drivers in mid-December by requiring pre-entry
commitments for the Pro Tour by January 31. Although SKUSA did
not receive the desired number of G1 commitments, they will give
the class one more shot at the Pro Tour by requiring a minimum
pre-entry of 12 drivers by April 1.
In addition to G1, the Pro Tour program will once again present
four levels of SKUSA Stock Moto competition, while the
ultra-successful addition of the TaG Cadet class (MiniRok) last
year will again mean a quartet of Touch-and-Go classes. This
internal ladder program of development will prove to be exciting
to follow this year, as several drivers are moving up the ranks
both due to age and skill level development. The following is
the tentative class structure for the 2011 SKUSA Pro Tour:
S1 - Expert Stock Moto – 15 years of age and older – 385 lbs
S2 - Amateur Stock Moto – 15 years of age and older – 395 lbs
S4 - Masters Stock Moto – 30 years of age and older – 405 lbs
S5 - Junior Stock Moto – 12-15 years of age – 340 lbs
G1 - Master ICC/Built Moto – 30 years of age and older – 405 lbs
TaG Cadet - 9-12 years of age – 242 lbs
TaG Junior - 12-15 years of age – 320 lbs
TaG Senior - 15 years of age and older
TaG Masters - 30 years of age and older
Note: For TaG Senior and Master, see website for allowed engines
and corresponding weights
Online entry for the SpringNationals in Tucson is now open, and
racers are urged to enter as quickly as possible to avoid the
chance of missing out on the action. This year’s SKUSA Pro Tour
is shaping up to be an incredible program, as more and more
participation is being confirmed every week. SKUSA is planning
to cap – and should come close to maxing out – the entries at 40
drivers in most classes, especially S2 Semi-Pro Stock Moto, S4
Master Stock Moto, TaG Senior and TaG Cadet. All in all, over
200 drivers are expected to be in attendance to ring in the new
season of Pro Tour action.
SKUSA will once again be leading the way in the industry with
the most substantial prize money for a traveling sprint karting
series in North America. Targeted at the program’s two Pro
classes – S1 and TaG Senior – SKUSA will dole out a total of
almost $30,000 in event prize money and points fund distribution
in 2011, and they will also be presenting over $20,000 in racer
support for the 2012 Pro Tour through the expansion of the
‘Circle of Champions’ program.
In an effort to honor its best drivers and provide them with
incentive to remain in the sport, SKUSA has further strengthened
the ‘Circle of Champions’ package that it debuted last year.
This season, they will be awarding the 2011 Pro Tour point
champions in all classes with special sponsorship for the 2012
racing season. This year’s title winners will be provided with
complimentary entries, race tires, fuel and oil for the 2012 Pro
Tour, including the SuperNationals. This package is worth
approximately $2800 to each champion, while the entire package
adds over $20,000 to the overall prize fund, bringing the total
to more than $50,000. These sponsored SKUSA ‘Circle of
Champions’ drivers will be required to wear the national #1
plate and a custom helmet visor strip in 2012 to commemorate
The individual event purse for S1 and TaG Senior at the
SpringNationals and SummerNationals will be $1750 per weekend
for each class, with the overall winner taking home the first
place check for $1000. At the SuperNationals, SKUSA has turned
up the heat, as both S1 and TaG Senior will be running for a
vastly increased purse of $5000 – with each winner stepping to
the top rung of the podium with a check for $2000. More
importantly, the payback will extend to the top-five in each
class. Last, but most certainly not least, SKUSA will also
present a points fund of $6000 per class, with the champion
receiving a $3000 check on SuperSunday.
All in all, it is expected that the Pro Tour champions in the S1
and TaG Senior classes will each haven taken home well over
$6000 in cash and 2012 race sponsorship for their
accomplishments. The beauty of this new program is that for the
first time, all nine of SKUSA’s national classes will be running
for a championship prize of significant cash value.
As was the case in 2010, the value of success at the
SpringNationals and SummerNationals is not limited to the event
prize money, the point fund and SKUSA’s ground-breaking ‘Circle
of Champions’ support program. SKUSA will be continuing its
offer of a lucrative benefit to the top drivers in Pro Tour
points heading into the SuperNationals. In any of the classes
that will be open to 80 entries for this year’s SuperNats (such
as the expected large fields in S2, S4, TaG Senior, TaG Junior
and TaG Cadet), the top three drivers in Pro Tour points after
the SummerNationals will be rewarded with guaranteed starting
positions in the main event on SuperSunday. Should they not make
the main following the heat races or the Last Chance Qualifier,
they will start at the tail of the grid from 41st to 43rd in the
order of where they sit in the Pro Tour points. When you
consider the sheer amount of work and dedication that goes into
battling for a spot on the SuperNationals main event grids, it
is hard to put a price on this tremendous opportunity. SKUSA
always wishes to thank its drivers for their support of the
program, and this is a very exciting and beneficial way to show
Just as was the case in 2010 with SKUSA’s inaugural TaG Cadet
Pro Tour champion Colton Herta, for 2011, the TaG Cadet class
champion will be awarded a partially supported trip to the 2012
ROK Cup International Final. This support package includes the
event entry fee, a complete and new (OTK) chassis with engine to
use for the race, tires for the race, one set of practice tires,
race fuel and a hotel stay for the driver (four nights). Airfare
is not included. This driver will be representing SKUSA on the
world stage and will be provided with a SKUSA race suit to wear
at the event.
To cap off what will certainly be an incredible event, SKUSA has
put together a fantastic program with the beautiful JW Marriott
Starr Pass Resort & Spa to be the host hotel of the
SpringNationals. The resort is a gorgeous and scenic destination
nestled in the Tucson mountains. SKUSA has negotiated an amazing
rate of $99/night for this event (normally $250+). To make sure
that you add this component to your SpringNationals experience,
call 800-266-9432 and use group code SKUSA PRO TOUR or go to
https://resweb.passkey.com/go/superkarts to reserve now. There
are only a limited number of rooms available at this rate, so
they WILL sell out! Additional details will be posted shortly at
Be sure to keep an eye on the SKUSA website for continuous
updates on each Pro Tour and regional event as they develop:
Stock Moto & Senior TaGs to Race at Infineon
The Red Line Oil
Karting Championship will continue to run the fast 125 Stock
Moto classes and the multi-engine TaG Senior and TaG Masters
classes in 2011. The Jim Russell International Karting Center at
Infineon Raceway is not only the premier kart track in Northern
California, but the best track for the fast 125 shifters and TaG
karts. "Being the only series to run at Infineon in 2011, we
want to make sure the popular and fast 125 shifter and TaG
classes can continue to run at the track that is perfect for
them" says race director Ric Shaw. The series rules for these
classes will be very similar to what the drivers have run in the
past years at Infineon, final rules will be released shortly.
The 125 Stock Moto will be divided into Light and Heavy classes,
the TaG Senior and TaG Masters classes will use the same
multi-engine rules as in the past years. These two TaG classes
will run in the same race group with the Parilla only IAME TaG
class that started at the RLOKC last year. For all except the
Rotax classes, the RLOKC is an eight race series, all at the Jim
Russell International Karting Center at Infineon Raceway. The
series will run two races on each of the four different
configurations of the track. The championship is based on the
best seven finishes of the eight races.
The 125 Stock Moto and TaG Senior and TaG Masters classes are
four of seven classes being added to the RLOKC in 2011. KPV1,
KPV2 and TaG Junior will also be added to the line up to broaden
the class offering to karters. "Being the only series racing at
Infineon in 2011, we wanted to make sure the largest number of
racers could compete at Infineon this coming year" says series
organizer Steve Cameron. "We have added these classes without
sacrificing race quality or quantity by grouping like speed
classes in order to have larger race fields, but continue the
same amount of race day laps as last year. Multi-class race
groups will run together but will be scored as separate classes.
These classes will add some very strong senior drivers to the
competition for one of the top prizes in the RLOKC, the Molecule
Pro Mazda test session. At the end of the 2011 season, the most
talented senior class champion in the RLOKC will be awarded a
full day test session in the Molecule sponsored Pro Mazda car.
Molecule race suit cleaning products have been a sponsor of the
RLOKC since 2010 and they have upped their support in 2011 with
this driver developent award. The top senior class champion will
be determined by RLOKC and Molecule officials and announced at
the 2011 awards banquet.
The RLOKC race weekend starts with a Saturday practice day. The
Sunday race day consists of one practice session, a five lap
qualifying session, two eight lap heat races and a fifteen lap
For more information, go to www.cameronkarting.com or email race
director Ric Shaw at email@example.com
and Marks Score Big at Prokart Challenge South Opener
racers put on impressive show at Adams Motorsports Park
Superkarts! USA got its new season off to a great start on
Saturday when their ProKart Challenge South series made its
first visit to Adams Motorsports Park in Riverside, CA. The
historic facility rolled out the red carpet for the leading
southern California racing series – and the result was a day of
incredible racing, new winners and a lot of happy drivers. The
weather was excellent for the February event, as sunshine and
warm weather set the perfect stage. On track, S1 pilot Brad
Dunford got the ‘gorilla’ off his back in winning his first main
event, continuing his rise to the upper echelon of the sport,
while Master pilot Robert Marks topped a stacked S4 field to
begin the championship chase. Other winners included Race
Liberante (S2), Sebastian Scaglia (S3), Micah Hendricks (S5),
Howie Idelson (G1), Travis Lowe (TaG Senior), Paul Bonilla (TaG
Master) Austin Dement (TaG Junior) and Jake Drew (TaG Cadet).
There is no doubt in anyone’s minds that Adams is a ‘driver’s
track’ – and the challenge that was put before the SKUSA
competitors was approached with excitement and respect. While
there was talk from a small group of racers about the facility’s
viability for a PKC event, the end result was an impressive
display of racecraft that left those in attendance with a
newfound respect for the track and their fellow competitors. It
was truly a promoter’s dream, with incredible wheel-to-wheel
racing and not a red flag all day.
“I will be honest that I was a little miffed with the comments
and subsequent ‘boycott’ by some of our racers, as I was
personally disappointed that any of my customers would think
that I would take them to a track that I didn’t think was safe
for them to race,” stated Tom Kutscher, SKUSA President. “But
the class and quality of the racers who attended made me so
proud to call them SKUSA competitors. They treated the track and
each other with respect – and the racing was amazing! Troy Adams
and his crew went above and beyond in working with us, and the
result was one of our most enjoyable season openers in years! We
will be back to Adams!”
the headline Extreme Karting-sponsored S1 Pro Stock Moto class,
Kartel Motorsports’ Ryan Phinny put his Wildkart on the pole in
qualifying over Phil Giebler, but he could not hold back the
veteran in the first heat race after leading early. Giebler came
back in the second 10-lap moto to pace the field once again, but
Aluminos driver Brad Dunford emerged as the driver to beat,
taking control of the second heat race, which provided him with
the advantageous pole position for the 20-lap main. At the green
light, Dunford pulled the holeshot while Giebler shot to the
inside of Phinny, who defended aggressively by moving to the
right. The two made light contact, but they were out of the race
immediately with a bent axle (Phinny) and a damaged right front
tie-rod (Giebler). This allowed Dunford to power away
unchallenged to his first career S1 victory. Peter Abba would
finish second ahead of 2010 PKC South S2 champ Ryon Beachner,
who finished on the podium in the third spot in his S1 debut.
2 Wild Karting S2 Semi-Pro Stock Moto category featured a
thrilling battle as well, as it was a two-driver fight for the
win – which saw eventual victor Race Liberante and runner-up
Nicky Freytag put right in the middle of a fight with a pair of
S1 drivers. Liberante was able to keep the S1 pilot behind him
during the 20-lap dice, effectively using the competition to
keep Innovative Karting’s Freytag at bay. Vivek Tandon finished
third in his Kimball Williams-tuned CRG.
The Select Shifter / DR Racing Kart USA S3 Novice Stock Moto
fight was great to watch, as these drivers were able to log some
valuable experience on a very challenging racetrack. Second-year
SKUSA competitor Jessica Sollberger was impressive as she took
the pole by 0.387 seconds over freshman Sebastian Scaglia and
then held her competition back to win the opening heat race.
Scaglia would step up in the second heat to slip through to take
the lead and his first PKC win, and he would follow that up with
a great run in the main event. Select Shifter’s Sollberger dug
deep to hang with the leader but faded in the late going,
although she kept her focus long enough to fend off the
determined advances of PKC newcomer Kellen Guthrie.
The best performances of the day could be arguably tagged to the
G Phactory S4 Master Stock Moto class, as a pair of runs from
the opposite ends of the grid kept the fences lined. While
reigning S4 SuperNationals winner Jimmy McNeil put his CRG on
the pole in qualifying, it was his father-in-law Robert Marks
who was able to get the holeshot and the win in the opening heat
race. McNeil was expected to scrap with Marks at the start of
the second moto, but he pulled into the scale line on the
warm-up lap with a mechanical, changing the complexion of the
entire day and handing the win to Marks, who wrote his name on
the inside of the front row for the main event line-up. What
this did was set up the best drive of the day, as putting ‘JM’
at the tail of an S4 field guaranteed 20 laps of calculated
excitement. While Marks dropped the hammer at the green to run
away and hide from his competition, McNeil was busy knifing
through the field with razor-like precision. McNeil would
advance all the way to second, making moves throughout the race
that proved his reputation as the leading S4 driver in the
country. Randy McKee turned in a stellar run to third, as he was
in the lead trio all day. Wayne Mello and Chris Fosso capped the
top-five, as Mello recovered from a Heat #1 DNF while Fosso
turned in his best career PKC effort to advance during every
The S4 Magnum drivers were challenged by Adams’ grueling layout,
but both Robert Morales and Marc Lewis toughed it out through to
the final checkered flag, turning great lap times in the
process. Morales would take the win over Lewis in the 20-lap
main event, setting up what is expected to be a season-long
To cap the shifter classes, where S5 and S3 ran together, S5
contender Micah Hendricks was able stay in front of S3 winner
Scaglia to keep in-class competitor Augie Lerch at bay.
Hendricks would take the overall E.U.S.I S5 Junior Stock Moto
win over Lerch and Tyrrell. In addition, Howie Idelson topped
the G1 class over John Cram.
always, the Tony Kart West TaG Senior class was a highlight,
with defending PKC South champion Phil Giebler leading the way
in qualifying over Devin Lindsey and Travis Lowe. Giebler held
off Lowe in the opening heat and looked set to win the second
moto before dropping from the field with just three to go with a
mechanical issue. This afforded Lowe the opportunity to take the
win over Lindsey, setting up a great fight in the final that
featured four drivers dicing for the entire 20-lap duration. The
lead duo was joined by Senior rookie Kiel Spaudling and Adrian
Starrantino in the scrap, which eventually saw Lowe power to the
lead with confidence and poise. After taking the lead, Lowe
settled into his pace and slowly slipped away from his
challengers to win by 2.030 seconds. Lindsey and Spaulding
completed the podium, while Matt Johnson and Billy Cleavelin
wrapped the top-five.
In Leading Edge Motorsports TaG Master, Paul Bonilla was
untouchable, winning over Ian Thomas and Ralph Bush. Austin
Dement handled the TaG Junior class all day, while Jacob Drew
followed suit in the Phil Giebler Racing TaG Cadet category.
Tony Kart West’s Carter Williams was on the pole in TaG Junior,
but a misunderstood meatball flag sent him to the pits from
second in the first heat, as the flag was meant for Jesse Huaman,
who had lost his chain guard. Dement walked away once the two
leaders were sent off the track, and he would not be challenged
again en route to a 6.922-second win over Kartel’s Luis Tyrrell
in the final. Williams came back to complete the podium at the
end of the day.
performance in the TaG Cadet class impressed the entire paddock
as the class made its PKC debut. SKUSA is thrilled to have such
an amazing group of young competitors in the program and they
were all incredible in putting on an exciting show. Drew was
able to stretch away to win all four on-track sessions, but both
Noah Grey and Colton Herta picked up speed throughout the day to
close in on Drew’s pace with Grey taking the runner-up position.
This class is going to be one of the major highlights of the
2011 Superkarts! USA season.
The ProKart Challenge South series continues on March 11-12 at
Willow Kart Track in Rosamond, CA. The SKUSA crew will be back
in action before that, however, as the 2011 PKC North schedule
kicks off in just under three weeks in Dixon, CA on February
25-26. On the national stage, the SKUSA Pro Tour is promising to
take the organization to the next level, as 200+ drivers are
expected for the SpringNationals at Musselman Honda Circuit
(formerly P1 Kart Circuit) in Tucson, AZ on April 29 - May 1.
The race to the 15th annual SuperNationals is on – and these
drivers who are hitting the track in SKUSA races are all getting
valuable experience on the new MG-SK tire, which is getting rave
Kartel Motorsports Pro Kart South Recap
Motorsports made the trek to Riverside, Ca for the first Pro
Kart South race. With a strong driver line up, Kartel used
the southern race as a warm-up to the 2011 season. Making
the trip all the way from Washington, Davey Manthei Jr.
started the team off with a great Qualifying effort. Davey
was fast all Friday practice, posting quick times
through-out the day, and was able to put his Wild Kart on
the front row for Saturdays heat race. Davey drove one
stellar race and finished the weekend with a very impressive
drive, overtaking heat race woes, he brought home a fourth
In the Jr. Tag Category, Luis Tyrrell was on point and led
the Tag Jr. field for the opening laps. With some good race
craft and smart driving through traffic, Luis finished the
race in second place. His Magnum powered Wild Kart was on
rails, and he used up every inch of the racing surface to
put on a show. In S5, Kartel once again used Tyrrell's
smooth driving to showcase the Wild Kart shifter program.
Luis put the Magnum powered Kart on pole in qualifying and
used the heat races to learn his competitors ways.
Unfortunately in the final, while leading, he experienced a
failing fuel pump. This mishap, put him out of contention
for the win, and he retired early.
Ryan Phinny has dusted off his designer shoes for some
racing boots, and came out to his first Pro Kart race with a
winning attitude. Ryan put his Magnum/Wild Kart up front
right out of the trailer. Leading Friday practice time
sheets, Ryan didn't skip a beat and put his Kartel entry on
Pole for Qualifying. Beating some very well names in
Motorsports, Phinny was quick in the heat races, and secured
a front row starting position for the final. After some
contact on the start of the final, Ryan was forced to the
pits with a bent axle. A very unfortunate end to what was
meant to be a clean sweep weekend.
Kartel was very happy with their drivers and is looking
forward to the first round of the Pro Kart North racing
season, as well as the SKUSA Pro Tour. With drivers like
Phinny, Manthei and Tyrrell, Kartel is pleased to bring
along a strong team to the upcoming events. New to the Sr.
Ranks will be Austin Elliot, as well as Brendan Phinny who
has been doing testing along side his brother. Also
representing Kartel will be Blaine Rocha in Jr. Tag and Jack
vonQuilich in Mini RoK.
For information regarding Kartel Motorsports Track-side
Support or Arrive and Drive Programs, Contact Kartel at
Focuses on 2011 Season
Motorsports has had a very busy off season preparing for their
2011 race program. After moving into their new 13,000 square
foot shop in late 2009 and becoming the Wild Kart Chassis
importer a month later, last season came up fast for the team.
Kartel used the Gators Challenge of Americas Series as their
winter testing program, and the Wild Kart Team came home with
Two Championships. Winning Micro Max as well as Mini Max, the
team was very confident in the Wild Kart/Magnum Racing Engines
package and looked forward to bringing the information to the
local scene. Locally, the chassis and engine combination kept up
the momentum by taking numerous wins in regional racing all year
long. In 2010 Kartel contested the entire WSK/CKI Series as its
National program, and it showed that the Kartel package is
paying off. Wining the Tag Sr. Championship as well as the Mini
Max Championship capped off another stellar season for Kartel,
and proved the Wild Kart and Magnum Engine program are
competitive from coast to coast in Kadet up to Senior ranks.
With the 2011 season already here, the team is off to a winning
start. Kartel owner Joey Hand has coached every driver that has
come through the kartel program in one way or another and
winning the 2011 24 Hours at Daytona showed that he practices
what he preaches. Joey looks forward to instilling this hope and
confidence to each current kartel driver, and those of the
The SKUSA Pro Moto Tour will be the teams travel series this
year, with the local focus being the newly formed WKA Outlaw
Series as well as Pro Kart North. A Pro Kart South race this
weekend will kick off the Kartel Motorsports Karting program in
Riverside Ca. For more information on becoming a Wid Kart dealer
or information on the Arrive and Drive program, please check out
the Kartel website- www.kartelmotorsports.com or call
Shawn Sharkey Set For Late Model Action With Lee Faulk
“Up and coming driver takes talents to car ranks in the
birth place of NASCAR”
to make the move up the motorsports ladder, Middletown, New
Jersey resident Shawn Sharkey recently signed with Lee Faulk
Racing and their driver development program in NASCAR’s Late
Model program. After completing a test in Hickory, North
Carolina, Sharkey committed to a two-year program that will
see the up and coming pilot begin his march towards a career
in closed wheel racing.
"We were very pleased with the level of car control Shawn
displayed despite the lack of experience he has in stock
cars,” explained Michael Faulk of Lee Faulk Racing. “We are
excited for the upcoming season and look forward to working
with Shawn and his family."
“After the very first on track session, I knew that this was
something that I wanted to do,” expressed Sharkey after his
first career laps in a Late Model. “The team is truly a
first class operation and they helped me get up to speed
pretty quickly. Once I was comfortable in the car, they made
necessary setup changes to see if I could provide the proper
feedback. At the end of the test, I was turning laps
comparable to the top drivers in the series.”
The front running karting driver will compete in two more
karting events before making his jump to the circle track
action as he will compete in the Palm Beach International
Raceway round of the Florida Winter Tour and the Kershaw,
South Carolina round of the World Karting Association
Manufacturer’s Cup program. The Middletown High School North
student will make his Late Model debut on Saturday, March
19, 2011 at the Hickory Speedway in Hickory, North Carolina.
Turned on to the Lee Faulk Racing program by family friend
and NASCAR superstar David Reutimann, Sharkey and his family
knew that they were headed down the right path and would get
the professional program that they were looking for.
“I’ve known David for nine years and know the hard work and
effort it took him to get where he is. When he recommended
Lee Faulk Racing, I knew Lee’s team would be the best career
move for Shawn,” stated Jim Sharkey, Shawn’s father.
The younger Sharkey continued, “I can’t thank Lee Faulk
Racing and David Reutimann enough for their support and
advice in my advancing career. This is a something that I
have worked hard towards and can’t wait to get started.”
Shawn would like to thank his current supporters: Lee Faulk
Racing, Oncology Services International and On Track
Promotions as well as his karting supporters Franklin
Motorsports, Merlin Chassis, Team FMS, SCS Racing, P1
Engines, Grand Products and his tuners Wesley Boswell and