The prize structure for the 2016 Superkarts! USA Pro Tour is still coming together, but will surely be the largest ever – at a value of more than $150,000 – and will again focus on both an attractive cash purse and extra incentives to motivate drivers to support the program by running both double-race events heading into the SuperNationals. The following list details the 2016 Pro Tour prize package as of March 15, 2016:
Per Race Prize Money
Prize money will be paid to the S1 and X30 Senior classes at the SpringNationals and SummerNationals, awarding $2500 per class to the top five drivers in the overall point standings, cumulatively, for the weekend. The total prize money paid per weekend will be $5000. The following is the cash payout for both S1 and X30 Senior:
1st - $1000
2nd - $600
3rd - $400
4th - $300
5th - $200
SKUSA President Tom Kutscher will present the prize money to the drivers during the Sunday afternoon podium presentations.
For the SuperNationals – the final round of the Pro Tour – the purse for X30 Sr. and S1 will be increased to $15,000 per class. The following is the payout for both S1 and X30 Senior:
1st - $10,000 (if the driver competed in all 3 Pro Tour races; otherwise it's $3,000)
2nd - $2500
3rd - $1250
4th - $750
5th - $500
SKUSA is again offering a $1000 weekend purse to the top 3 winners in the rest of the classes (other than X30 Senior and S1) for any category that reaches the 30-entry mark at the SpringNationals and/or SummerNationals. That means for any of the classes of S2, S4, S4 Super Master, Mini Swift, Micro Swift, X30 Junior and X30 Master, as long as there are a minimum of 30 racers that take the track on both Saturday and Sunday of the event, the top three drivers in the overall point standings, cumulatively, for the weekend will win:
Per Race Prize Money (all other Pro Tour classes)
1st - $500
2nd - $300
3rd - $200
A championship points fund will be accumulated from race-to-race, and additional cash awards will be distributed to the top-three in the final point standings at the end of the year for both S1 and X30 Senior. A driver’s accumulated points from all five Pro Tour races will determine the final standings – after eliminating the lowest points race (ONE DROP). The breakdown of the points fund for the top five in S1 and X30 Senior is as follows:
Pro Tour Points Fund
1st - $3000
2nd - $2000
3rd - $1000
Total Points Fund Per Class - $6000
Total Overall Points Fund - $12000
SKUSA brought back the prestigious National Number Plate program starting in 2010, providing special number plates to the top-three drivers in the final championship points in all eight classes. The National Number Plate program will continue in 2016, and the top-three from each class will be awarded their plates at the end of the season to run in 2017. Drivers must run their respective national number plates during all SKUSA Pro Tour events if they wish to continue receiving their Circle of Champions benefits in 2017 (see below). National Number Plates are for those drivers who remain in the same class in which he or she won the plate, although a new National Number Plate has been created just for the Champion in any class that is moving up a level the following season. See the Race Number Panels page.
SKUSA National Number Plates
One of the most popular of prizes in the SKUSA Pro Tour is the ‘Circle of Champions’ program, and SKUSA will again be providing the 2016 Pro Tour point champions in all classes with special sponsorship for the 2017 racing season. The 2016 Pro Tour champions will be provided with complimentary entries, race tires, fuel and oil for the 2017 Pro Tour, including the SuperNationals. This package is worth approximately $3,000 to each champion, while the entire package adds more than $25,000 to the overall prize fund. These sponsored SKUSA ‘Circle of Champions’ drivers will be required to wear the national #1 plate.
SKUSA Circle of Champions Program
Guaranteed SuperNationals Main Event Starting Position
SKUSA will again be including a very lucrative benefit to the top drivers in Pro Tour points heading into the 2016 SuperNationals. In any of the classes that will be opened to 80 entries for this year’s SuperNats (such as S2, X30 Junior and X30 Senior) 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 43th in the order of where they sit in the Pro Tour points.
Priority SuperNationals Entry Program
Again in 2016 is a way for Pro Tour participants to secure an entry for the SuperNationals ahead of their competitors – and before their class fills up! This new bonus is definitely an extra incentive for all drivers to participate in this year’s Pro Tour. The details have been posted HERE – anyone running the Pro Tour this year will have an opportunity to register before the general public. These drivers will be part of SKUSA’s ‘Preferred Entry Program’, which has been designed to provide SKUSA racers with a guaranteed opportunity to attend the event as a participant.
Honda Racing/HPD Prizes for Stock Honda Champs
Honda Performance Development is again offering a very lucrative HPD SKUSA Pro Tour Championship contingency for 2016! This program will award $2250 total to the top-three drivers in each of the Stock Moto categories – S1, S2, S4 and S4 Super Master – at the end of the season. The Pro Tour champions in these classes will win $1000, and second and third will receive $750 and $500, respectively. Additional prizes will be announced by Honda/HPD shortly. All Stock Honda drivers must be a registered member of Honda Racing Line (a free membership) to qualify, and it now requires annual renewal. Click HERE to sign up online, and HERE to get full program details.
Additional Prizes To Be Announced
As if the purses and prizes above were not enough, SKUSA is still actively working to assemble additional product and cash prizes from series supporters and sponsors to distribute to racers at the podium presentations of each event. Any companies wishing to become a Superkarts! USA partner, please contact the head office at 951-491-0808 or via email at