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EKN Trackside: 2020 Superkarts! USA Pro Tour WinterNationals – Preview
Wednesday, 11 March 2020 16:27

NOLA Motorsports Park

The 2020 Superkarts! USA Pro Tour begins this weekend as the program hosts the fourth edition of the SKUSA WinterNationals at the NOLA Motorsports complex in Avondale, LA. This year is the 11th season for the national championship, which started back in Sonoma 2010 with the first edition of the SpringNationals. The WinterNationals event was not added until 2017, contested at NOLA the first two years before it was run at CalSpeed Karting in California a year ago. The return to the 1.1-mile, 17-turn circuit brings a similar total of entries as last year’s WinterNats with the pre-entry list growing up to 204 heading into the weekend, all vying to begin their chance at a SKUSA Pro Tour crown in 2020.

eKartingNews.com has been broadcasting the SKUSA Pro Tour since the program began in 2010. EKN is happy to provide full Trackside Live coverage throughout the 2020 season. Xander Clements takes over the announcing duties for Rob Howden, who is in St. Pete for the IndyCar / Road to Indy weekend. Those unable to attend can listen in to the live broadcast – presented this weekend by Leading Edge Motorsports, Kart Republic and the Lockhart Grand Prix by P1 Promotions. Bookmark www.ekartingnews.com/live and follow the EKN social media channels for more throughout the weekend at NOLA.

The focus of the X30 Senior division is going to be all on Ryan Norberg (RPG / Kosmic). The four-time defending series champion begins his ‘Drive for Five’ this weekend, coming off a second straight SKUSA Winter Series crown. At 39 total entries, there are 38 other drivers looking to earn victories on the weekend and end the title streak of Norberg. Brandon Jarsocrak (MDR / Kosmic) has been one of the top challengers over the last four years, ending 2019 second in the SKUSA standings and EKN Driver Rankings to Norberg. Canadian Samuel Lupien (RPG / Kosmic) and Dante Yu (PSL / Birel ART) were second and third to Norberg in 2018, both making a return to the SKUSA Pro Tour this weekend. Read full story on eKartingNews.com
 
Multiple First Winners at ProKart Challenge 2020 Opener
Friday, 06 March 2020 08:39

Dante Yu won in his debut in the highly contested KA100 Senior class (Photo: Mad Moose Media)

The 16th season of the ProKart Challenge kicked off this past weekend at the Buttonwillow Raceway Park. A perfect two days of weather on February 29 and March 1 greeted the competitors to the Buttonwillow, California facility, beginning the run for a piece of the ‘pie’ – a $120,000 prize package for the 2020 season. The opening round of the six-race championship program welcomed a number of first-time winners at the season opener.

A stacked field of 22 KA100 Senior drivers – the largest class of the weekend – included a great mix of new series competitors and SKUSA veterans. Dante Yu was able to record a sweep in his class debut. The former SKUSA Pro Tour championship podium finisher set fast time in qualifying with a 52.004-lap, edging out SKUSA Pro Tour National #2 plate holder Nick Ramirez and Derek Morton by a total of 74 thousandths. That was the closest anyone was to Dante for the remainder of the event. He went on to win the Prefinal by over three seconds, before leading all 22 laps in the Final for his first victory. Trey Brown closed the gap in the main event, finishing only nine-tenths back, with Michael Michoff setting fast lap of the race in his third place podium finish. Jacob Yesnick and Christopher Martin completed the top-five.
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Important NOLA Deadlines
Thursday, 27 February 2020 17:58
URGENT DEADLINES REGARDING PRACTICE TIRES FOR NOLA TSRS AND WINTERNATS
  • Team Tires orders for Pickup at the TSRS Regional event at NOLA have to be placed thru the SKUSA/Evinco tire PORTAL by this Friday night 28th at midnight PST (no exceptions). After this deadline, all tires will have to be ordered/purchased at retail pricing -- either thru MSR or onsite (subject to availability). Tire compounds for this event will be the new Evinco SK-H Blues and SK-M Reds.
  • Team Tire orders for pickup at the NOLA Winternationals have to be placed thru the PORTAL by this coming Monday night, March 2nd at midnight PST. Same tire compounds and past-deadline rules as listed above will apply. (Pre-Entry cutoff is Sunday, March 8th thru MSR.)
  • Tires for all other markets and SKUSA events are still the current Evinco Red M and Evinco Blue H tires (until after the PKC Monterey April race). Updates to be posted as they become available.
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ProKart Challenge to Host 16th Season in 2020
Friday, 21 February 2020 10:56

The ProKart Challenge is launching its 16th racing season this month, and remains one of the top regional karting programs in North America. What began as a gathering of fellow racers has grown into a top-level racing series that welcomes drivers from all over North America and countries from around the world. Based in the state of California, the series is ready for another five weekend, six-round championship program set to start on February 29-March 1 at the Buttonwillow Raceway Park in Buttonwillow, California.

The 2020 prize package for the ProKart Challenge is a very lucrative one, set at just over $120,000 to be awarded throughout the season and at the year-end awards ceremony. Over half of the 2020 total is set to be awarded throughout the six rounds of racing. Each daily podium features $7,500 in prizes for all categories – with first place earning a 2020 PKC Entry with tires, second place a 2020 PKC entry, and third place receiving a $50 MotorsportReg.com credit toward any PKC event. At the end of the podium ceremonies, Superkarts! USA is set to raffle off 10 sets of Evinco Tires, 4 PKC Entries with tires, and 1 SKUSA Pro Tour Entry with tires.
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Superkarts! USA Confirms Record Breaking Prize Package For Upcoming 2020 SKUSA Pro Tour, Totaling Nearly $200,000
Tuesday, 18 February 2020 14:27
Fresh off the heels of announcing the shifter kart class expansion to include KZ engines, SKUSA is also pleased to unveil their 2020 prize structure for this year’s Pro Tour. In a move consistent with giving back to the customer, SKUSA is excited to confirm the largest prize package to date for the upcoming national championship.

“We spent a great deal of time speaking to teams and drivers in the paddock,” explained SKUSA president Tom Kutscher. “We asked a lot of competitors what prizes get them most excited, and to no surprise — cash is king. SKUSA will be taking it to the next level in 2020, and we couldn’t be more excited to once again be giving back to our racers.”

Even More Pro Class Weekend Prize Money
Prize money will be increased in Pro Shifter, X30 Senior, and even the X30 Junior class at the Winter, Spring and SummerNationals. SKUSA will be awarding a staggering $10,000* per class to the top five drivers in the overall point standings, cumulatively, for each weekend  $5000 per round to the top five drivers.
  • 1st Place: $5,000 $2500
  • 2nd Place: $2,500 $1250
  • 3rd Place: $1,250 $625
  • 4th Place: $750 $375
  • 5th Place: $500 $250
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