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EKN Trackside Live: Streets of Lancaster Grand Prix Race Preview
Written by eKartingNews.com   
Friday, 07 October 2011 00:00
There was a palpable level of excitement on the streets of Lancaster, California on Friday morning, as final preparations were being made for this coming weekend’s Grand Prix. The city’s downtown core was taken over on Thursday morning and crews worked throughout day and late into the evening, hauling haybales, plastic barriers and fencing into place around the 0.8-mile temporary circuit. The third annual Streets of Lancaster Grand Prix may fire up officially on Saturday morning, but only thanks to months and months of planning and management. After all that work, it’s finally time to go racing in Lancaster.

The City of Lancaster approached the Superkarts! USA promotional team earlier this year in an effort to raise the bar for their Grand Prix, and the new partnership has resulted in several adjustments, both to the class structure and the physical layout of the track. The class line-up for the race was evolved to include much of the SKUSA / ProKart Challenge structure, but the addition of a PRD class has brought in additional racers, although not as many as were expected. Regardless, both Stock Moto and TaG racing will be front-and-center this weekend to excite those in the trackside viewing areas, which are expected to be packed. One of SKUSA’s primary moves was to re-locate the track to the west a couple of blocks right into the downtown core, the Boulevard, which will provide a new look to the layout. Supporting the local business community is a key goal in the planning of this race, and SKUSA’s Tom Kutscher wanted to make sure that these businesses would see increased traffic as a result. The new track is positioned right in the middle of a thriving area filled with restaurants, bars and shops, and will include four 90-degrees corners and a tight hairpin that leads onto a 1000’ straightaway, one that will likely support the nickname that is being thrown around – ‘the Fastest Street Race in American Karting’. A $200 check awaits the first driver to hit the 100 mph mark in the speed trap that the local law enforcement has set up in turn five. Most people have their money on Pro Shifter drivers Brad Dunford, Clinton Schoombee or Nicky Freytag or S4 stud Jimmy McNeil.

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Pre Entry Closed for Streets of Lancaster
Monday, 03 October 2011 08:31
Pre-Entry for the Streets of Lancaster GP is now closed. Anyone wanting to register for this event will have to sign-up at the track between NOON and 7pm on Friday, October 7th or between 6:30am and7:30am on Saturday, October 8th.
 
Pre-Entry Cutoff for Streets of Lancaster Grand Prix is THIS Sunday Night! Hotel Room Block Expires Monday Night!
Saturday, 01 October 2011 09:30
If you love street racing, don't miss this race! If you are a procrastinator, it's gonna cost you! Pre-entry cut-off for this race is this Sunday night, October 2nd. Entry fees for this 2-day event is $195, but if you want to register at the track, it goes up by $100! Click HERE to register online with a credit card now. Click HERE for a downloadable form to fax in -- if you want to pay by check or cash at the track and still want to get a pre-entry discount (form must be received back at SKUSA headquarters by Sunday night 10/2 at midnight).
 
Don't forget to reserve a pit spot, 'cuz it's gonna be crowded! Click HERE for the latest pit map and to reserve a spot now for just $15 (per 20X20 spot). Click HERE to reserve an overnight camping spot for just $50 for the weekend.

See you in Lancaster!
 
Superkarts! USA Readies for Streets of Lancaster Grand Prix
Friday, 30 September 2011 10:13
The third annual Streets of Lancaster Grand Prix is set to take place October 7-9, and will be the first time Superkarts! USA will sanction and organize the event for the City of Lancaster, California. The three-day karting and city-wide festival is sure to bring the best karters along the west coast to Southern California for what will serve as the final tune-up for the organization’s Pro Tour finale -- the SKUSA SuperNationals XV in Las Vegas next month. The city, its local businesses and its citizens are behind the event 100%, with more than 30,000 spectators to line the fences throughout the weekend and take part in a number of activities planned on and around the street course.

Among the first changes with SKUSA taking over the on-track operations is a complete change in the track layout. With safety the number one concern, a new 7/10-mile course was designed around the same central area of the original layout – with SKUSA’s full supply of barriers used at the SKUSA SuperNationals. The City of Lancaster has been instrumental in preparing the course for competition, with repaving a large percentage of the track to ensure a safe surface. Overall, the new layout will provide a unique and challenging circuit for competitors.

The class structure for this one-off event will contain up to nine categories: six from the Superkarts! USA rulebook and up to three local option divisions. The headline category will be the Pro Shifter division, which will combine the S1 Pro and S2 Semi-Pro Stock Moto classes. TaG Senior, S4 Master Stock Moto, TaG Master, TaG Junior, and TaG Cadet will wrap up the SKUSA divisions in the line-up. Senior PRD (Light), Master PRD (Heavy) and KPV 4 Heavy are planned to join them for the weekend, and although entries are coming in steadily for most classes, a special reminder goes out to the potential KPV4 competitors, which are especially thin at this point. Unless SKUSA receives 10-15 entries as a minimum by this Sunday evening’s pre-registration cut-off, this class will be eliminated from this (and most likely, any future) event.

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Superkarts! USA Announces Wet MG Tire as Spec for 2012 and Beyond
Thursday, 29 September 2011 09:41
While the 2011 Superkarts! USA season is yet to finish with the Streets of Lancaster Grand Prix and SuperNationals still to come, the organization is already looking toward the 2012 schedule. Beginning next year, SKUSA will mandate the MG-WT as the only rain tire legal for competition in the Pro Tour and any of their regional programs. Currently, the Bridgestone YJP, YKP, and YLP compounds are the only legal rain tires for Superkarts! USA-sanctioned events. The newly-designed MG-WT tire will be added to that list for the upcoming SKUSA SuperNationals and will assume the role as the lone spec wet tire in 2012.

“MG Tires has been the official tire of SKUSA since 2005, and this announcement exemplifies our commitment to their product,” commented SKUSA president Tom Kutscher. “For a number of years, we have utilized the Bridgestone wet tire as our spec tire for wet conditions. Now that MG Tires has made great advancements with their wet tire design and compound, it was in our best interest to move toward this decision. We will close out 2011 using both MG Tires and Bridgestone, and be exclusively on MG Tires for 2012 and beyond.”

MG Tires – the popular Brazilian-based tire manufacturer – has been making strides in improving each and every compound they offer, including the new MG-WT rain tire. The addition of the MG-WT tire to the Superkarts! USA tire specification further strengthens the relationship between the two companies. The MG-SK ‘SKUSA’ White tire was introduced at the beginning of 2011, and has received strong compliments from racers and industry members throughout the nation. Cadet racers continue to utilize the MG-HZ Red tires, which provide strong durability with optimal grip for the low horsepower category.

To help kick-start this new regulation, Kutscher and Superkarts! USA will offer a special introductory price of just $165 per set (plus shipping) for the first 100 sets of the MG-WT tires ordered directly from SKUSA.  After this introductory rate expires, the tires will retail for $218 per set.
 


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