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Central States Challenge Setting Stage for 2011 Season
Thursday, 31 March 2011 00:00
With the Spring season now upon us, the final details for the 2011 Superkarts! USA Central States Challenge (SCSC) season are wrapping up with another strong year of racing on the horizon. One of the final pieces to come together was the recent announcement of its participation in the new Mazda Road to Indy Scouting Combine. The SKUSA regional program is part of a regional karting ‘grassroots’ partnership and will be sending one driver to the Andersen Race Park in Palmetto, Florida on November 28-30, where drivers will be given the opportunity to test a USF2000 car.
 
Drivers 15 years old and over competing in the SKUSA Central States Challenge shifterkart classes will be among those who have a chance to be part of this new grassroots relationship through the Mazda Road to Indy. In order to be eligible, drivers will have to compete at all six rounds of the race series. Details regarding how the series representative will be selected are to be released in the future.
 
“We are delighted to be part of this unique partnership with the Mazda Road to Indy program and the IndyCar Series,” stated Pam Freund of the SKUSA Central States Challenge. “When the opportunity for our series to be part of this, we did not hesitate. Our program includes some of the best drivers from the country and we are happy to be able to offer this chance to one of them.”
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MG Tires Extends Partnership with Superkarts! USA in Conjunction with Release of New Spec Race Tire
Tuesday, 11 January 2011 01:00
Continuing what has been a prosperous partnership for many years, MG Tires and Superkarts! USA would like to jointly announce that they have extended their spec tire relationship for 2011 and beyond. In addition to the Brazilian manufacturer serving once again as the official tire for all SKUSA events, including the second edition of the Pro Tour and the company’s growing number of regional series, the 2011 season will mark the debut of the new specially branded MG-SK ‘SKUSA (white)’ tire, which will be utilized in all official Superkarts! USA events (except for the TaG Cadet class, which will remain on the MG-HZ ‘red’ tires). The new MG-SK tire is based on the proven and popular FZ compound, with only a small compound change put into effect to extend the durability of the tire. The new tire also comes with the official ‘SKUSA’ markings in the mold, further cementing the connection between the two companies.

“Our long relationship with Tom Kutscher and Superkarts! USA is extremely important to us and we’re very happy to have been able to continue our partnership,” offers Wagner Rossi, the owner of WR Motorsports, the North American importer for MG Tires.  “We are excited to see SKUSA’s continuing growth with their Pro Tour and, of course, the SuperNationals in Las Vegas. In working with Tom for 2011, we have made a slight compound adjustment at his request to provide their racers with increased durability in the new MG-SK, and we know that everyone will be very pleased with this year’s race tire.”
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Supernats 14 and exclusive SKUSA Merchandise Available to Purchase Online
Wednesday, 05 January 2011 16:57
If you did not already purchase all of the SKUSA and SuperNationals Merchandise that was available at our events this past season, click HERE to order online with a credit card.  Shipping within the continental US only, please. These make GREAT gifts for your favorite racer or karting fan!
 
Superkarts! USA & ProKart Challenge closing for the holidays!
Thursday, 16 December 2010 15:39
Happy Holidays to all! Please note that our offices will be closed (including outgoing shipments of SKUSA merchandise and tires) from December 18-27. We will re-open on Tuesday, December 28th. Anything to be shipped in time for Christmas will need to be ordered by Noon tomorrow, Friday, Dec. 17th. All pending merchandise shipments will also be sent out by tomorrow. Please enjoy a festive and safe holiday season!

 
Official SKUSA Statement Regarding the Future of the G1 Category
Written by Tom Kutscher   
Thursday, 16 December 2010 10:51
There has been much talk on the forums and at the track regarding the unsubstantiated rumor that Superkarts! USA is attempting to ‘kill off the G1 class’. We have received many phone calls and e-mails from both members and non-members voicing their dissatisfaction regarding this rumor, and I believe that it is time to make a statement outlining our position on the matter.

I would like to state officially that we are by no means trying to ‘kill off G1’. In fact, we are big fans of the ICC program and G1 in particular, as this is where I started my karting career. G1 is MY class and I still love it. On the regional level, G1 can be added to any program as a local option, as it is in the Pro Kart Challenge South series. As for our national program, we will need a larger confirmed contingent to warrant a spot in the weekend line-up.

To be realistic, the numbers in the G1 class have been dropping at a slow and steady rate all across the country, following the direction of the KZ2 class, and we have felt this decrease in our Pro Kart Challenge program as well, to the point where we were forced to shelve the class from our PKC North series line-up when entries dropped to just two drivers. One competitor moved to TaG Master and the other shifted his focus to testing, the Pro Tour, the SuperNationals and other one-off races. Yes, there are active G1 drivers out there, but we’re just not seeing enough of them right now.

We have offered, and will continue to offer, every opportunity for the G1 class to remain in our Pro Kart Challenge and Pro Tour programs. As stated in a recent press release, we will run the G1 class in the Pro Kart Challenge South series this year as long as there are drivers. As with any smaller class, the inclusion of trophies will be dictated by the number of entries, but if G1 drivers wish to come out to play, we’ll find a place for them. We’re dedicated to shifter kart racing and will provide a venue for as many gearbox racers as we can.

That said, in regards to the 2011 SKUSA Pro Tour, we have our set line-up of Stock Moto and TaG classes. However, I will once again officially state that we will include the G1 class on the line-up if we receive commitments from at least 15 drivers before January 31. At that time, we will require that these committed participants pre-pay their entry fees for both the SpringNationals and SummerNationals. These entries will be non-refundable to reserve the position in the schedule. We have already asked via the SKUSA website and a distributed press release for e-mailed confirmation of participation from the current G1 contingent, and to this date, we have not yet received a single commitment from even one competitor. We have made the official offer to continue our support of G1, so now it is up to the racers.

There is a great deal of chatter on the EKN forums regarding this subject and we have heard the same argument via phone calls and e-mails. This criticism is unfounded, as the opportunity has been presented. If you’re a G1 driver who wants to race on the SKUSA Pro Tour in 2011, you must contact us via e-mail @ This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . The SKUSA office staff is standing by.

Sincerely,

Tom Kutscher
Superkarts! USA

 


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