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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.
 
Lancaster Pit Passes Available for Purchase
Sunday, 25 September 2011 19:59
We have made available for purchase in our online store Pit Passes for the Streets of Lancaster.  One day passes are $15 and event passes are $20.  Anyone wishing to enter the paddock, scales, or grid areas will need this pass.  This includes your mechanics and any other support personnel.  Those wishing not to enter these areas can still watch the race for free from anywhere outside of this gated area.  These passes will be available for purchase at the track should any spectator decide they want to enter this gated area.
 
Central States Challenge to Close Season at I-55 Raceway Next Weekend
Friday, 16 September 2011 00:00
The 2011 season for the Superkarts! USA Central States Challenge will close up shop over the September 24-25 weekend at the I-55 Raceway in Pevely, Missouri. The sixth and final round of the championship series returns to the site of round five with five titles on the line. Also, the winner of the Mazda Road to Indy Scouting Combine program will be announced.
 
The title in S1 has already been decided with Derek Crockett the lone driver in the category all season long. The 2010 S2 SKUSA Pro Tour champion is coming off his first King of the Streets victory at Rock Island Grand Prix and will provide a great measuring stick for those battling in the S2 category. Joe Ruch has been the driver to beat all season, scoring five straight feature wins on the year. Needing to compete in the final round to clinch the championship, Kyle Gnau and Nick Lougee will attempt to spoil his perfect score. In S4, Ron Petersen is on a four-race win streak. Round one winner Kris Dickson has kept the pressure on and will look to score his second of the year to close the season on a high note.
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