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Oct 10

UNITED STATES PRO KART SERIES AND ROUTE 66 SPRINT SERIES RELEASE 2015 SCHEDULES

posted by Mark Coats on Oct 10, 2014

The last two seasons has seen the United States Pro Kart Series become the top summer series in the eastern half of the country. Welcoming drivers from all over the country, continuing its focus on more track time and more fun, the 2014 season was a huge success for the series. Planning continues for 2015, as the schedule for the third season is confirmed, setting up another four-event championship at some of the top circuits in the country.

“This past season was a big success, with the numbers growing compared to our inaugural season in 2013,” commented USPKS series owner Mark Coats. “We welcomed a number of new racers to the series, and crowned eight class champions for 2014 at the New Castle event. Next year is going to be another big step, as we want to make attending a United States Pro Kart Series an experience that the entire family can enjoy. Helping to make that a success is selecting four outstanding race tracks for 2015.”

The third season will begin as the previous two did, hosting the opening rounds of 2015 at the GoPro Motorplex. The North Carolina facility hosted its first national event in 2013, welcoming the inaugural USPKS event. A duplicate of the Kartdromo Parma in Italy, the 7/10-mile course provides a challenge at every turn. The new circuit to the USPKS program is another demanding course, the US AIR Motorsports Park. Formerly known as the ‘USA International Raceway’, the northern Wisconsin facility opened in 2004 and hosted a number of major karting events over the past decade. The 1.1-mile course is a roller coaster for karts, with multiple elevation changes.

The final two events of the season will keep the series in the state of Indiana. Stop three is a return to the Michiana Raceway Park. Located just outside the South Bend area, it is the second straight year the tough 7/10-mile course is part of the USPKS program. The New Castle Motorsports Park is scheduled to host the series finale for a second straight year. At 1-mile long, the course puts the drivers to the test, and allows the engines to stretch their legs with the two long straights.

2015 United States Pro Kart Series Schedule
April 24-26: GoPro Motorplex - Mooresville, North Carolina
June 19-21: US AIR Motorsports Park - Shawano, Wisconsin
July 31-August 2: Michiana Raceway Park - North Liberty, Indiana
August 21-23: New Castle Motorsports Park - New Castle, Indiana

The Route 66 Sprint Series, the leading Midwest regional program, is also promoted by Mark Coats and welcomed a historic 2014 season. Record numbers throughout the year was seen in all categories, as the program will host a similar schedule for 2015. A five event, 10-round series is scheduled for the upcoming year, visiting five of the top facilities in the area.

2015 Route 66 Sprint Series
April 10-12: Mid-State Raceway - Springfield, Illinois
June 12-14: US AIR Motorsports Park - Shawano, Wisconsin
July 17-19: Michiana Raceway Park - North Liberty, Indiana
August 14-16: New Castle Motorsports Park - New Castle, Indiana
September 25-27: Briggs & Stratton Raceway Park - Dousman, Wisconsin

Before the 2015 season planning can begin, the Route 66 Sprint Series will honor the champions and top performers of 2014. The season-end awards ceremony will take place October 11 at the Crowne Plaza in Springfield, Illinois. There will be thousands of dollars in awards and prizes will be given away during the evening. Two Merlin chassis, one Tony Kart chassis, IAME Leopard, two Komet, three Yamaha and a Briggs LO206 engine will be part of the raffles. L&T Clutches, Sniper alignment gauges, Prisma tire gauges, six Leopard and KPV rebuild kits, AMB transponders, five $100 Comet Kart Sales gift certificates, over 60 boxes of chain, three KartLift stands and a KartWinch, eight Douglas Wheel & Tires rims, Beta Tools, over $10,000 in MG Tires and much more. A limited number of walkup tickets are available at the door for those that have not registered to attend, just email info@route66kartracing.com.

Sep 09

2014 United States Pro Kart Series Champions Crowned

posted by Mark Coats on Sep 09, 2014

The sophomore season of the United States Pro Kart Series closed over the August 15-17 weekend at the New Castle Motorsports Park facility in central Indiana. The final two rounds of the eight-race championship were contested, and the top-five drivers in each of the eight title chases were recognized during the year-end awards ceremony that Sunday evening. A large prize package - thanks to supporters MG Tires, L&T, Vortex, Franklin Motorsports, Comet Kart Sales, and Mazda - was awarded, including a number of special awards and trips, capping off what was another successful season for the USPKS.

The Franklin Motorsports Leopard Pro went down to the wire, as the eight round fight was a test of endurance. Throughout the season, not one driver appeared to have a solid control of the top spot in the standings until the final checkered flag waved with Florida pilot AJ Myers earning this year’s title. Myers began the season earning the first pole position of the year at the GoPro Motorplex, but was not able to transition that into solid results during the April weekend. It wasn’t until the South Bend weekend where Myers stood on the podium, winning Round Four on Sunday in dominant fashion. Myers bounced back in Pittsburgh to score two runner-up finishes, taking over the championship lead. His second victory of the season on Saturday at the season finale in New Castle gave him more cushion going into the final round. In the end, Myers scored the title by 105 points.

It was a valiant title defense by last year’s champion Kyle Kalish. With a slimmed down schedule that focused mainly on the USPKS program, the Illinois driver battled a string of hurdles to remain in the hunt until the end. The opening weekend saw a win slip away with a mechanical issue that dropped him to fourth. Kalish had to fight his way back up toward the top-five both days in South Bend, and a rib injury in Pittsburgh forced a substitute driver on Sunday. Kalish never gave up, fighting to the end but would settle for the vice-champion. Dustin Stross made it two Florida drivers in the top three of the final standings. Fast throughout the year, Stross used two top-three results, including a runner-up during the final round to secure the third spot in the championship standings. Michigan’s Derek Dignan finished fourth, placing on the podium three times on the year with Round Eight winner Elliot Finlayson making up the top-five.

Last year saw one driver stand out for much of the season in the Comet Kart Sales Yamaha Pro division. This year went one step further as Pennsylvania’s Brandon Jarsocrak conquered all four rounds of the 2014 USPKS program. Jarsocrak took the $1,000 check at each of the four weekend events, scoring the most points over the two day segments. Over the eight main events, Jarsocrak finished third or better, including three victories and four runner-up results. Behind him, it was a great fight for the second spot in the standings. Last year’s vice-champion Tony Jump overcame issues throughout the year, earning one victory, a runner-up and three third place results to secure the same result by just 10 points. Two-time race winner Dakota Pesek finished third in his first season competing at the USPKS program, with Derek Dignan fourth and Round One winner Camden Speth fifth in the final standings.

The only driver to return in 2014 and defend their championship was Indiana driver Zach Holden. Winning five of eight races, Holden was crowned an inaugural USPKS champion. This year, the chase for the Woltjer Racing Engines Yamaha Junior went to the wire with Holden coming out on top. Zach began the year with a victory, but it took until Round Five for him to return. Add in two runner-up finishes, Holden clinched the title with a third place result at the final round to win the title by 55 points. Throughout the year, David Malukas kept the pressure on. Malukas won Round Two and Three, but suffered poor main event results the following two rounds. A win at Round Six kept him in the hunt, and despite scoring more points than Holden in the final two rounds, it was not enough. Brandon Lemke ended the season strong, winning three of the last five main events to secure the third position in the standings. Mike McAndrews and Nick Luedeke round out the top-five.

New for 2014 was the GT7 Motorsports Leopard Junior category, with David Malukas becoming the inaugural champion. The new division saw five different winners in eight rounds of racing, with Malukas taking three of main event wins. David opened up as the inaugural feature winner in Mooresville, but it wasn’t until the finale weekend in New Castle to return to the top step of the podium. It was a double win weekend for the Illinois driver, securing the championship by 373 points. Ohio driver Braden Eves improved as the season went on, and climbed the standings to finish second thanks to two runner-up finishes. Third was Round Two winner Anthony Gangi Jr. with Round Five victor Ryan Norberg fourth and two-time winner Zach Holden fifth.

Dylan Tavella became the first driver to win two championships in the same season at the United States Pro Kart Series. The New York driver became the inaugural champion in the Orlando Kart Center Mini Rok Cadet class. Tavella won the opening two rounds, and after slipping to second in the standings following the South Bend weekend, two top-three results propelled him back to the top. Another competitive weekend in New Caste wrapped up the title for Dylan by a 224 point margin. Round Three winner Alex Bertagnoli led the championship chase following the halfway point, and suffered a tough weekend in Pittsburgh. Two runner-up results in New Castle locked up the vice-champion position. He nearly lost that position to a charging Alex Verhagen. The North Carolina driver won the last three main events of the season to move up to third in the championship standings, moving ahead of Lance Fenderson and Sam Mayer.

Tavella’s second title went down to the wire, battling defending champion Sam Mayer in the QPS Employment Group Yamaha Cadet. The two split the opening weekend in April, and scored similar points in June. Tavella notched one more win in July, with Mayer finishing just behind. The two never lost sight of each other during the final weekend, but Tavella locked up the title with his third victory of the season. Mayer had to settle for vice-champion, only 30 points out of first. Two-time winner Austin Schaff finished the year third with Alex Bertagnoli and Lance Fenderson making up the top-five in the standings.

It was a three driver battle all season in the J3 Competition Parilla Challenge division. Laurentiu Mardan struck first with a double win weekend in South Bend, and was followed up by Francois Brun-Wibaux double in Pittsburgh. Cristian Vomir was right there all season, and scored his first victory of the season at Round Seven. That and a runner-up on Sunday gave Vomir enough points to claim the championship over Mardan and Brun-Wibaux.

The Switch Racing Engines Yamaha Rookie season belonged to Luca Mars. The Pennsylvania driver won seven straight feature races on the year to comfortably stand at the top of the point standings. Tyler Maxson was the only driver to win aside from Mars, earning the victory in Round One and holding on to finish second in the title chase. Ryan Detlor, Gunnar Bischoff, and Donald Whorton II completed the championship podium.

The United States Pro Kart Series hosted a year-end award ceremony at the New Castle ‘Racer’s Grill’ Sunday evening following the final round of the 2014 season. Food and drinks were provided by the series, as well over 100 people filled up inside the main building, making it a standing room only just as the ceremonies began. The top-five in the eight classes of the 2014 USPKS program were honored, with every driver taking home a championship cup, with a total value of $6,600 for the hardware. Each of the eight class champions were awarded a 2014 United States Pro Kart Series championship suit along with a championship ring and $500 USPKS certificate. All five of the championship podium finishers in each class received a set of MG Tires. Second place finishers received a MG Tire ‘Runner-up’ jacket and $750 USPKS certificate. Third, fourth and fifth place finishers in each class were awarded a USPKS certificate for a free entry and pit spot for 2015.

Each race winner in the Leopard Pro division earned a ticket toward a drawing for a trip to compete at the 2014 IAME International Final with Praga Karts and IAME on October 15-19 in France. Elliot Finlayson was selected first, but declined the trip due to scheduling conflicts. Mike Giessen was the selected next, and will travel to Europe to compete at the international event. Also traveling this off season is Colton Ramsey, who was selected at random from a group of eight drivers looking to win a trip to the 2014 Granja Viana 500 event in Brazil. Ramsey will join other MG Tires drivers from America to compete against Formula 1 and many other notable names in motorsports. KartLift and the USPKS gave away another Pit Kart, valued at $1,250. Leopard Pro driver AJ Myers had his name selected from a pool of racers who competed at six of the eight rounds of racing in 2014.

The United States Pro Kart Series would like to thank the following for their support in 2014: AiM, Benik Kart, Checkered Motorsports, Comet Racing Engines, David Lee Motorsports Media, DRT Racing, Franklin Motorsports, free-m, GoPro, GT7 Motorsports, IAME, J3 Competition, KartLift, KARTSALE, KartSport North America, Orlando Kart Center, Patriot Clutches, Precision Karting Technologies, Praga, QPS Employment Group, Quickswim, Race Tech Development, Switch Racing Engines, Texas Lone Star Grand Prix, Verde Speed Resources, Woltjer Racing Engines, and Zero Error Racing.

Aug 26

USPKS New Castle: Event Wrap-Up

posted by Mark Coats on Aug 26, 2014

(Article by Kart360.com)

United States Pro Kart Series ended its second season last weekend at New Castle Motorsports Park on a high note. We saw everything from wet racing, dry racing, and intermediate racing, to championship fights coming down to the final race (AJ Myers over Kyle Kalish, Leopard Pro; Zach Holden over David Malukas and Brandon Lemke, Yamaha Junior) and even the final corner (Dylan Tavella over Sam Mayer, Yamaha Cadet).

Amazing awards were given out at the Champions Banquet, including trips to Brazil and France to the Granja 500 and IAME Challenge, thanks to MG Tires and Praga North America. Colton Ramsey was awarded the Brazil trip followed by Mike Giessen and the France trip. Other awards included grills to Dylan Tavella and Derek Dignan, as well as the customary thousands of dollars to the weekend winners.

Now, to some of the story lines:

Merlin Nation: Cadet Chapter


It was hard not to notice all the green and orange at the front of the fields in cadet classes. The Merlin cadet program continues to be one of the best, no matter what drivers come and go. Alex Bertagnoli, Austin Schaff, and Sam Mayer flew the Merlin Nation flag the highest in New Castle.

Tavella's Magical 2014


Dylan Tavella was the lone driver capable of claiming two National Championship this year. 2014 has been a year to remember for the young GT7 Motorsports driver, claiming the US Rotax Max National Championship in Mini Max and most recently the USPKS series championship in Yamaha Cadet and Mini Rok.

A Pro Class You Can Be Proud Of


Leopard Pro, amassing a healthy 31 drivers, made it four straight events where the class eclipsed the 30-kart barrier. For us, 30 karts might be the line that makes a class a legitimately sized field, something that you rarely see in the current state of karting especially at the final round of a points championship outside of the SuperNationals. We tip our virtual caps to USPKS and the drivers of Leopard Pro for making this class a truly Pro category.

Myers' Strong Second Half of the Season


AJ Myers championship in Leopard Pro is pretty remarkable considering he didn’t just stumble out of the gates, he crawled. With results of 11-12-33 in the first three of eight main events, and no drops allowed, Myers was firmly planted behind the proverbial 8-ball. That’s when Myers and the Checkered Motorsports crew started to put it together. A string of four straight podiums, including two victories, gave Myers the leeway on the final day to drive comfortably to the championship.

Too Dry for Rain Tires, Too Wet for Slick Tires


There was a minor rumble a few months back when photos surfaced of an intermediate tire for karting. Nothing has come of the chatter, but it would have been a hot commodity last weekend. Starting Saturday afternoon to Sunday afternoon, the skies above New Castle didn’t know if it wanted to rain, mist, block the sun from drying the track, or all of the above. On Sunday, there were difficult decisions on whether to run rain or slick tires and plenty of driver’s completely nuked sets of rain tires just to get 4 quick laps in qualifying. Had it rained later in the day, the handful that still had new sets of rain tires would have had the upper hand. Ultimately, the rain tires were the right choice as no rain came again after the first prefinal on Sunday.

Mileage for Malukas


You would be hard pressed to find a driver who’s raced more than David Malukas in the last five weeks. Starting in Utah at the US Rotax Max Grand Nationals, the 12-year old Chicago resident traveled five straight weeks to a national-level race. Next up was Pitt Race Complex for the third USPKS round, followed by the SKUSA SummerNationals in Modesto, California, WKA Manufacturers Cup in New Castle, Indiana, and again to New Castle for the final USPKS round. To top it all off, Malukas is heading to Ocala, Florida this weekend for the fourth race in the ROK Cup USA series.

As we mentioned earlier he’s only 12-years old, racing his first year in Junior classes around the country. Already picking up the Florida Winter Tour TaG Junior championship, two wins on the Pro Tour, and three wins in USPKS, it’s a true testament to his and his family's commitment to the sport, as well as the people he’s surrounded by at Top Kart USA.


Notes of interest


  • Zach Holden was the only driver to back-up a 2013 championship, defending his Yamaha Junior title from a year ago.

  • A total of 274 entries competed over the two days of racing, Saturday and Sunday. Compare that to the final round last year, it’s a 41% increase with the addition of Mini Rok. Take away Mini Rok, and it’s still a 32% increase.

Aug 11

Season Finale Spectacular Scheduled for United States Pro Kart Series

posted by Mike Maurini on Aug 11, 2014

The sophomore season of the United States Pro Kart Series is set to finish this weekend at the New Castle Motorsports Park, presented by KARTSALE. Labeled as one of the top facilities in the United States for karting, the record-breaking year the USPKS championships will close out at the New Castle, Indiana facility. Each of the four TaG categories and four Yamaha divisions will crown the 2014 title winners, and the celebration - with support from MG Tires, Vortex Engines, L&T Clutches and Mazda - will be held following the final day of action on the August 15-17 weekend.

A total of $3,000 thanks to the USPKS and DRT Racing left in the hands of Franklin Motorsports Leopard Pro driver Michael Giessen at the Pittsburgh International Race Complex following his double feature win weekend. Another $2,500 will be offered again during the New Castle weekend, with $1,000 for each feature win and $500 to any driver to secure the victory is both races. That will be the last thing on the minds of the championship contenders, with two drivers entering the weekend separated by 50 points. Round Four winner AJ Myers assumed the point lead after the Pittsburgh event, jumping ahead of defending champion Kyle Kalish, who suffered a rib injury during the Sunday round of action. Yamaha Pro driver Shawn Sharkey subbed for the young champ, helping to salvage points and put Kalish just 50 points out of first entering the New Castle weekend. Florida driver Dustin Stross sits third with last year’s vice-champion Jacob Donald in fourth and Derek Dignan in fifth - each with one top-three finish on the season.

Brandon Jarsocrak has been the driver to beat in Comet Racing Engines Yamaha Pro since leaving the GoPro Motorplex as the point leader. The Pennsylvania driver has scored the most points at each of the three USPKS events, earning the $1,000 purse at all three weekends. Two-time race winner Dakota Pesek is the closest challenger, back by 380 points with Derek Dignan 10 markers behind him.

Three different drivers have stood atop the championship standings in the J3 Competition Parilla Challenge, each scoring a double-win weekend to do so. The latest is Florida driver Francois Brun-Wibaux who won each feature race in Pittsburgh, and leads the championship by a slim 15 points. Cristian Vomir has five top-three finishes over the six rounds of racing to sit second while South Bend double-winner Laurentiu Mardan falls to third, 75 points out of first. Each and every session on-track will affect the final outcome in the championship chase.

David Malukas suffered a difficult weekend in Pittsburgh during the GT7 Motorsports Leopard Junior events. Quick early on, he would not finish either main event to see his championship lead shrink. The advantage however remains 210 points, giving two drivers a glimmer of hope to take over the top spot. Round Five winner Ryan Norberg put himself closer in the championship chase with his victory, and will need more success in New Castle for a chance at the crown. Zach Holden welcomes the series to his home track, down by 250 points but having won the last battle in the rain. Holden has the advantage in the Woltjer Racing Engines Yamaha Junior category. Two wins and two runner-up finishes has him out front in the standings. Malukas is second, sporting three wins of his own in the six races. Round Four winner Brandon Lemke still has a shot, but will need to his best performance over the weekend to close the gap on the top two.

Two drivers are at a near lock at the top of the QPS Employment Group Yamaha Cadet division. Dylan Tavella has a 30 point advantage over defending champion Sam Mayer. Tavella has two wins and a runner-up finish, while Mayer has one win and two runner-up finishes. Each and every session for the two during the New Castle weekend could mean the championship or coming up short. Tavella also leads in the Orlando Kart Center Mini Rok Cadet standings. A double winner in Mooresville, Tavella jumped back to the top after two more top-three finishes in Pittsburgh. South Bend winner Alex Bertagnoli trails by 289 points, needing a perfect weekend to close the gap. Luca Mars is bringing in a five race win streak, and a comfortable lead in the Switch Racing Engines Yamaha Rookie championship chase. Tyler Maxson is the only other driver to win in 2014, and trails by 395 points.

Up for grabs are a number of prizes and awards for those finishing within the top-five of the year-end standings, set to be awarded Sunday evening in the Racer’s Grill area at the New Castle Motorsports Park. First place in each class will receive - 2014 USPKS Championship Cup, 2014 USPKS Champions Suit produced by ONE RaceGear and designed by Oktane Visual, 2014 USPKS Champions Ring, $500 USPKS Certificate, and a set of MG Tires. Second Place in each class will receive - 2014 Championship Cup, 2014 MG Tire “Runner-up” Jacket, $750 USPKS Certificate, and a set of MG Tires. Third, fourth and fifth place in each class will receive - 2014 Championship Cup, USPKS Certificate for Free Entry and Pit Spot, and a set of MG Tires. Special thanks to Comet Kart Sales for providing the race weekend purse in the Yamaha categories in 2014.

All season, each winner in the Leopard Pro category has received a certificate toward a raffle drawing at the season-end banquet. Praga Karts and IAME are providing a trip to the IAME International Final, set for the Karting International Du Mans in France on October 15-19, 2014. The winner will receive free support with the Praga factory team as well as use of a Praga chassis, IAME X30 engine, tires, tent space, entry and fuel at no charge. If the winner is not able to attend the event, another name will be drawn. MG Tires is also awarding another international trip, with the lucky recipient going to the 2014 Granja Viana 500 event outside Brazil. The driver selected must be of legal age to attend.

Once again, KartLift and the USPKS will be giving away a Pit Kart, valued at $1250.00. A number of gas grills will be given out during the banquet, courtesy of Marx Fireplaces & Lighting. The Rock Island Grand Prix is also offering all USPKS Champions (Leopard Pro, Parilla Challenge, Leopard Junior, Yamaha Pro) a free entry into the 2014 Rock Island Grand Prix, scheduled for Labor Day weekend in the Quad City area.

The weekend schedule on Sunday for the USPKS finale will change to allow time for the year-end banquet held in the evening. The two heat races will be combined into a 10-lap Prefinal and go into the 15-lap main events, 18 laps scheduled for the two Pro categories. In addition to the Friday Feast provided by USPKS and the New Castle Motorsports Park, the second annual 3-on-3 basketball tournament will take place after practice Friday evening. MG Tires, PKT Certificates, L&T Clutches and other giveaways will be handed out to registered racers during both events.

The Pre-Entry deadline for the 2014 United States Pro Kart Series season finale is set for Monday, August 11 at 11:59pm (CDT) on MotorsportReg.com. The following hotels are honoring room block rates in the Greenfield, Indiana area. Make sure you ask for the United States Pro Kart Series (USPKS) rate: Super 8 @ $54/night, Holiday Inn Express @ $89/night, Comfort Inn @ $76/night

The United States Pro Kart Series is offering any Route 66 Sprint Series racer who has never competed at the USPKS a special incentive to compete in New Castle. The USPKS will give a $100 certificate toward any sponsoring kart shop or engine builder for entering this weekend.

Jul 22

2014 Rulebook Update

posted by Mike Maurini on Jul 22, 2014

Recent updates have been made to the 2014 Rulebook. Affected regulations include driver information, engine and chassis declaration, tire usage and changing and chassis dimensions. Please download the updates from the Rulebook section in the sidebar of the homepage.

Jul 16

MG TIRE RULE CLARIFICATION -

posted by Mark Coats on Jul 16, 2014

THIS IS TO CLARIFY THE MG TIRE RULE & COMPOUND. SOME SHOPS OUT OF THE AREA ARE UNLOADING LAST YEARS TIRES. THESE TIRES ARE NOT LEGAL IN THE USPKS. The ONLY LEGAL TIRES in the USPKS are the following:
MG REDS need to be CIKF/Z Option
MG YELLOWS 4.60/7.10 need to be CIKF/Z Prime
MG YELLOWS 6.00 need to be FZ
Thank you for your understanding.

Jun 30

YAMAHA KT100, LEOPARD 125 & MINI-ROK 60 CADET ENGINE PACKAGES TO REMAIN THE SAME & JUNIORS TO 7.10 TIRES FOR 2015!

posted by Mark Coats on Jun 30, 2014

It is hard to argue with success. That is why we are leaving the Leopard 125 Pro & Junior Classes on the Leopard Engine for the 2015 racing season.
We all know that single engine classes are the way to go. That is the reason for the resurgence of the KT100 Yamaha Classes in the USPKS.
That is why we are leaving the Yamaha 100 Can Classes Alone for the 2015 Season. The Yamaha 100 Rookie, Cadet, Junior and Senior Pro Classes will not be changed for the 2015 season.
We don't need another "Tire Gate"!
The success of the Mini-Rok 60 Cadet Class has surprised us all. What a great motor package. This class will be unchanged for the 2015 Season as well.
Rear Tire Change For the Yamaha 100 Junior Class. Since the Leopard 125 Junior Class is already on 7.10 rear tires, starting with our first event for the 2015 season, the Yamaha Junior Classe will be required to run 7.10 MG Yellow Rear Tires. The fronts will remain the same.
The Parilla Challenge Class will be eliminated at the end of this season.
We want to let the racers know in advance the changes for the following season.
A stable rules and class structure has lacked in karting for many years. We at the USPKS are trying to lock in a rules package for several years in advance. This way the manufacturer, the shops and you the racer knows our intensions.
I am currently talking with Wagner Rossi about extending the MG Tire contract with the USPKS & The Route 66 Sprint Series. The MG Tire is a great product and has brought a level playing field to both series.
The guys at WR International, Wagner & Luis are great to deal with.
The 2015 schedule will be released in the next 60 days. Please let us know your thoughts or suggestions on tracks and locations.
If there is any other class structure changes, we will let you know well in advance.
As always thank you to our sponsors and to our racing family for supporting the USPKS, without you it would not be possible.
Thank you,
Mark Coats & The Entire USPKS Staff

Jun 26

MRP WRAPUP & CONGRATULATIONS TO ALL OF THE WEEKEND AWARDS WINNERS!

posted by Mark Coats on Jun 26, 2014

Thank you to everyone for attending the VERDE SPEED RESOURCES, MG TIRES, L&T CLUTCHES, VORTEX, MAZDA, COMET KART SALES & FRANKLIN KART.com USPKS MRP EVENT. The weather and the racing were "HOT" to say the least. The positive energy was spread throughout the paddock area as the Teams got their temporary homes setup for the event. Garry, Jim, Alli & the MRP Staff had the property looking great and was a true professional as always.
I would like to thank all of our series sponsors and supporting shops for helping the USPKS become a PREMIER karting Series.
A special thanks goes out to the entire USPKS STAFF & OFFICIALS, without you this would not be possible. Thank you again for all of your support and time that you have put into the USPKS. Remember its about the people. The racers, their families, our sponsors, supporting shops & yes the officials.
The Events Cookout was sponsored by FREEM PRODUCTS, USPKS & MRP.
All of the weekends coverage that was on ekarting news would not be possible with out Mr. David Cole, thank you David. All of the ekarting news articles will be on the coverage page soon.
Listed below is the weekend "Money Winners":
LEOPARD PRO - Saturday
1st $1000 Michael Geringer
2nd $500 Mick Gabriel
3rd MG Tires Brandon Jarsocrak
LEOPARD PRO - Sunday
1st $1000 AJ Meyers
2nd $500 Armin Cavkusic
3rd MG Tires Elliot Finlayson
LEOPARD JUNIOR - (Weekend Points)
1st $500 Mike McAndrews
2nd $250 David Malukis
YAMAHA 100 PRO - (Weekend Points)
1st $1000 Brandon Jarsocrak
2nd $500 Derek Dignan
3rd $250 Tony Jump
YAMAHA JUNIOR - (Weekend Points)
1st $500 Zach Holden
2nd $250 Brandon Lemke
YAMAHA CADET - (Weekend Points)
1st $500 Austin Schaff
2nd $250 Sam Mayer
MINI ROK CADET - (Weekend Points)
1st $500 Alex Bertagnoli
2nd $250 Alex Verhagen
The "PRIVATEIR" AWARD WINNERS $250.00 to each family
David Cass Family
Tommy Burke Family
Congratulations to all of the above "MONEY WINNERS"!

May 28

Series Rulebook Update

posted by Mike Maurini on May 28, 2014

The 2014 USPKS/Route 66 Rulebook has been updated and published for customers to review. Highlights of the new revision include diagrams and photographs specific to engine sealing procedures, as well as an update requiring the use of chain guards for all classes. Please download and review the update from the home or classes page of this site.

Mar 20

USPKS Prize Package Continues to Grow

posted by Mark Coats on Mar 20, 2014

With the start of the 2014 United States Pro Kart Series (USPKS) just around the corner, excitement mounts for their sophomore season. With multiple sponsors coming on board to provide cash and awards for the upcoming season, USPKS continues to grow and stake their claim on the national karting scene.

“We are pleased to welcome several new, and a lot of existing sponsors to the 2014 program,” expressed Series Owner Mark Coats. “We’d like to extend an extra warm welcome to the family to Mazda USA. Having their support in USPKS is second to none, and their involvement really has us excited to get the season started in Mooresville.”

Coats added, “We are also very pleased to have MG Tires, Vortex Engines, L&T Clutches, Franklin Motorsports and Comet Kart Sales as presenting sponsors for the series.”

Comet Kart Sales has also stepped up and will put their name on the Yamaha 100 Pro and Yamaha 100 Junior divisions. DRT Racing and AIM Sportsystems will provide awards for the Leopard 125 Pro Bonus and the Pole Position awards respectively.

MG Tires will be providing drawings for tires each and every race day throughout the 2014 season while Race Tech Development will give away fifteen $50.00 gift certificates towards media services offered by the company. L&T Clutches will also be giving away a clutch at every event.

Along with prizes and giveaways, the United States Pro Kart Series will be giving away the following cash awards as well as daily awards and podium giveaways to the top-five drivers:

LEOPARD 125 PRO
1ST - $1000
2ND - $500
3RD - A set of MG Tires
**$500 bonus to any driver who can win both Saturday and Sunday main events

LEOPARD 125 JUNIOR
1ST - $500
2ND - $250
** The top-two competitors with the best overall weekend points will receive cash awards

YAMAHA 100 PRO
1ST - $1000
2ND - $500
3RD - $250
**The Yamaha 100 Pro class is based on the overall weekend point total

YAMAHA 100 JUNIOR
1ST - $500
2ND - $250
** The top-two competitors with the best overall weekend points will receive cash awards

YAMAHA 100 CADET
1ST - $500
2ND - $250
** The top two competitors with the best overall weekend points will receive cash awards

MINI-ROK 60 CADET
1ST - $500
2ND - $250
** The top two competitors with the best overall weekend points will receive cash awards

MG Tires will also be awarding race day winners with unique #1 MG Tire race-winning hats.

The 2014-year end awards banquet is already beginning to take shape. All series champions will receive USPKS championship racing suits as well as championship rings. MG Tires will be awarding their all expense paid trip to the Granja 500 while all competitors in the top-five in the championship will take home a set of MG Tires. The United States Pro Kart Series will also be giving away thousands of dollars of gift certificates that can be used at your favorite USPKS sponsored kart shop.

KartLift and the KartLift Pit Matt will be giving away free Pit Matts to the first twenty drivers that register for the opening round of the 2014 USPKS season.

Online event registration for round one of the 2014 USPKS season sponsored by GoPro continues HERE. Please be sure to register before the closing date of April 7, 2014 to avoid any late fees.

The United States Pro Kart Series will continue to build on their already established prize package. As they continue to look for sponsors and supporters of the series, the second edition of the USPKS program is sure to impress.

Mar 11

USPKS Announces Sponsors and Rule Book for 2014

posted by Greg Dingess on Mar 11, 2014

With less than twenty days to the start of the United States Pro Kart Series (USPKS), program officials are pleased to announce that the series, class and event sponsors have been finalized as well as the 2014 rulebook is now complete and ready for download. With the first event taking place at the GoPro Motorplex in Mooresville, North Carolina April 11 - 13 the start of the USPKS sophomore season is fast approaching.

“We have had several companies within the sport step up and support our second year of existence,” expressed Series President and Owner, Mark Coats. “The response has been overwhelming and we are looking forward to a great 2014 season.”

USPKS-2014-SponsorsTitle sponsors and supporters of the series include Vortex Engines, L&T Clutches, Comet Kart Sales, MG Tires and Franklin Kart while GoPro will be the event sponsor for event weekend one at the GoPro Motorplex April 11 - 13. With the second event at Michiana Raceway Park in Northern Indiana June 20 - 22, Verde Speed will be the primary event sponsor while Checkered Motorsports and Zero Error Racing will do the same at the Pittsburgh International Race Complex over the July 25 - 27 weekend. Heading to New Castle Motorsports Park for weekend four August 15 - 17, KartSale.com will be the event sponsor while Kartlift, Race Tech Development and FreeM will be the main supporters of the annual Champions Banquet on August 17.

Coats added, “I can’t thank the main event sponsors enough for their support in the USPKS program. Without them and our class and awards sponsors, we would not be able to put together such an attractive series for teams and competitors.”

In 2014, the Yamaha Rookie division will be brought to you by Switch Racing Engines while Yamaha 100 Cadet will have a headline sponsor of QPS Employment Group. Woltjer Racing Engines will have their name on the Yamaha 100 Junior class with Comet Kart Sales promoting the Yamaha 100 Pro division. Orlando Kart Center, a new sponsor to the series will be associated with the Mini Rok 60 Cadet class while Tony Kart dealer GT7 Motorsports has stepped up to present the Leopard 125 Junior ranks. Leopard 125 Pro will be brought to you by Franklin Kart with J3 Competition the primary class sponsor of the Parilla 125 Challenge. AIM Sports will be our ‘Fast Time’ award sponsor with Quickswim, Patriot Clutches and McAndrews Racing also supporting the 2014 season.

Last but not least, DRT Racing is sponsor the Leopard 125 Pro bonus for any driver that can complete the main event sweep on any event weekend. If a competitor is to claim the checkered in both Saturday and Sunday finals, they will walk home with an extra $500 cash in their pocket thanks to the support from DRT.

The 2014 USPKS rulebook is now online and available for download via the USPKS website. The United States Pro Kart Series urges all series teams and competitors to read and understand the rules for the 2014 season. Any questions on the rulebook can be directed to Rick Jump, Kris Finke or Mark Coats whose contact information can be found on the USPKS website.

The 2014 USPKS Rule book can be found HERE.

The United States Pro Kart Series is also having a contest cover for the hard copy of the 2014 rulebook. Keeping all USPKS competitors in mind, the front cover will be designed by a senior level driver ages 16 and older while the back cover is reserved for the designing driver 15 years of age or younger. Contestants will need to be competitors in the USPKS Series and contest winners will receive a free set of MG Tires for their efforts.

Online event registration for round one of the 2014 USPKS season continues HERE. Please be sure to register before the closing date of April 7, 2014 to avoid any late fees.

eKartingNews.com will also be providing its ‘Trackside Live’ coverage throughout the 2014 season. Working with USPKS announcer Randy Kugler, each of the eight rounds will have the play-by-play broadcasted through the EKN Live page, which also includes the live timing feed courtesy of Race Monitor.

Mar 05

Attention Mini-Rok Cadet Participants

posted by Mark Coats on Mar 05, 2014

Mini-Rok is considered a Cadet class. If a driver chooses to run any Cadet class, they lose their eligibility to run in the Rookie class. (move up rule) This only applies to the USPKS series and does not affect the drivers status in any other series.

Jan 24

USPKS Class Structure Announced

posted by Mark Coats on Jan 24, 2014

As the United States Pro Kart Series (USPKS) enters its sophomore season, the series continues to evolve and provide a solid structure for national level racing. Poised and ready to take 2014 by storm, the USPKS program has put in place a defined ladder of classes from Yamaha Rookie to Leopard Pro.

“I am very pleased with the class structure that we have in place for 2014,” expressed series owner Mark Coats. “We have put in place a defined ladder from the rookie division to the pro classes. For followers outside of karting, they can see this defined ladder and it will be easier for them to follow and get into the sport of karting.”

Beginning at the bottom and working the way up the ladder, the Yamaha divisions will be apparent, as the USPKS will run Yamaha 100 Rookie, Yamaha 100 Cadet, Yamaha 100 Junior and Yamaha 100 Pro. All classes will qualify on new tires and must use the same tires for the entire event weekend. While the Yamaha Rookie and Yamaha Cadet classes will utilize the MG HZ (Red) tire, the Yamaha Junior and Yamaha Pro ranks will run the much softer and quicker MG FZ (Yellow) tire.

Moving to the TaG divisions, there will be four different classes beginning with the Mini-Rok 60 Cadet class for 8-12 year old competitors.

“We are happy to have a premier series in the Midwest add the Mini Rok class to their program,” expressed OTK USA’s Andre Martins. “There is great participation at other series across the United States and I am confident that Mark and the USPKS program can build the class throughout this part of the country. Mark has a great program and brilliant ideas for the future and Vortex is happy to be part of it.”

From there, drivers can make the transition to the Leopard powerplants to compete in Leopard 125 Junior, Leopard 125 Pro and the Parilla 125 Challenge for drivers over the age of 30. While the Leopard 125 Junior and Leopard 125 Pro will utilize only IAME Leopard engine packages, the Parilla 125 Challenge division allows the use of both the Leopard and X30 engines.

Coats added, “We are not allowing the X30 engine in the Junior or Pro ranks in 2014 but are reviewing it for the 2015 season. The disparity and speed differential between the engines will raise the cost of karting and we want to provide an equal and level playing field for a national campaign, and not make it about who has the most money for the right engine package.”

The Leopard 125 Pro class will utilize the MG FZ (Yellow) tire compound and will be required to have a new set of tires for both event days. The Leopard 125 Junior class will qualify on new tires on Saturday and be required to use the same tires throughout the event weekend while Parilla 125 Challenge competitors will be required to qualify on new tires, and will have a total of six to use throughout the event.

“To help grow the Parilla 125 Challenge divisions, we are allowing drivers from 16 years of age and up. 16 - 29 year old non-pro competitors may compete in the class as determined by USPKS. Also, to decrease costs, any driver in the Parilla 125 Challenge division will have to declare their engine of choice and utilize that for the 2014 USPKS season,” continued Coats.

2014 USPKS Class Structure:



YAMAHA 100 ROOKIE
Drivers Age: 7-10 Years Old
Engine: Yamaha KT100
Carburetor: Walbro WA55
Exhaust: Spec RLV 7500 YBX
Weight: 225 Lbs
Tires: MG “HZ” Reds 4.60/4.60
Must qualify on new tires and race the same set Saturday & Sunday

YAMAHA 100 CADET
Drivers Age: 8-12 Years Old
Engine: Yamaha KT100
Carburetor: Walbro WA55
Exhaust: Spec RLV 7548 SSX
Weight 250 Lbs
Tires: MG “HZ” Reds 4.60/4.60
Must qualify on new tires and race the same set Saturday & Sunday

YAMAHA 100 JUNIOR
Driver Age: 12-15 Years Old
Engine: Yamaha KT100
Carburetor: Walbro WB3A
Exhaust: Spec RLV 7548 SSX
Weight: 310 Lbs
Tires: MG “FZ” Yellows 4.60/6.00
Must qualify on new tires and race the same set Saturday & Sunday

YAMAHA 100 PRO
Drivers Age: 15+ Years Old
Engine: KT100
Carburetor: Walbro WB3A
Exhaust: Spec RLV 7548 SSX
Weight: 350 Lbs
Tires: MG “FZ” Yellows 4.50/7.10
Must qualify on new tires and race the same set Saturday & Sunday

MINI-ROK 60 Cadet
Driver Age: 8-12 Years Old
Engine: Vortex 60cc TAG Engine
Carburetor: As supplied by Manufacturer
Exhaust: As supplied by Manufacturer
Weight: 242 Pounds
Tires: MG “HZ” Reds 4.60/4.60
Must qualify on new tires and race the same set Saturday & Sunday

LEOPARD 125 JUNIOR
Driver Age: 13-15 Years Old
Engine: IAME Leopard w/Factory 25mm Header
Carburetors: Tillotson HL334a, HL334ab & HL334aa
Weight: 330 Lbs
Tires: MG “FZ” Yellows 4.60/7.10
You must have 1 year experience in the YAMAHA JUNIOR CLASS to race this class
Must qualify on new tires and race the same set Saturday & Sunday

PARILLA 125 CHALLENGE
Driver Age: 30+ Years Old or 16 - 29 non-pro drivers (as determined by USPKS)
* If under 30 years of age, competitor may not run both Parilla 125 Challenge and Leopard 125 Pro. Also, if under 30 years of age and competitor move up to ”Pro”, competitor may not move back to “Challenge” without special permission from USPKS.
Engines: IAME Leopard 390 Lbs
Carburetors: Tillotson HL334a, HL334ab & HL334aa
Engine: IAME X-30 405 Lbs
Carburetor: Tryton Hobby 27-C / 2009
**Engine of choice must be declared before first official qualifying session of 2014 season. Competitor must utilize this choice of engine for entire USPKS season. If competitor decides to change engine model, all points attained up to that point of the season will be forfeited.
Tires: MG “FZ” Yellows 4.60/7.10
New Tires required on Saturday, total of 6 tires for the weekend

LEOPARD 125 PRO
Driver Age: 16+ Years Old
Engine: IAME Leopard
Carburetor: Tillotson HL334a, HL334ab & HL334aa
Exhaust: As supplied by Manufacturer
Weight: 365 Lbs
Tires: MG “FZ” Yellows 4.60/7.10
New Tires are required both days

Dec 20

United States Pro Kart Series and Route 66 Join Forces with MG Tires

posted by Mark Coats on Dec 20, 2013

Looking to provide an equal and level playing field for all of their teams and competitors, the United States Pro Kart Series (USPKS) and Route 66 Sprint Series program will make the switch to the MG Tire brand for all series classes. Proven to be successful and consistent in some of North America’s top karting series, USPKS and Route 66 drivers will enjoy the added benefits with an association with the Brazilian tire manufacturer.

“We are very pleased to put a deal together with MG Tires for both the programs,” expressed series Owner Mark Coats. “With our new relationship, all USPKS and Route 66 classes will utilize the MG tire brand. Not only will MG be on all drivers karts, but they will also award one driver from each series an amazing prize package.”

With the final prize packages for both series still being put together, MG Tires has stepped up to the plate and will award one competitor from both the United States Pro Kart Series and and Route 66 Series an all expense paid trip to the 2014 Granja Viana 500. Taking place at the Kartódromo Beto in the south of Brazil, two lucky and deserving drivers will make the trek to South America during late November to compete against the likes of Tony Kannan, Nelson Piquet Jr., Rubens Barrichello and Felipe Giaffone who all competed in this year’s event. Beto Carrero is the ‘Disneyland’ of Brazil with a wonderful park with an incredible race track and facility.

Coats added, “The Granja Viana 500 is like no other karting event in the world. It is a spectacle of drivers in full-bodied karts battling wheel-to-wheel for 500 miles. I have only seen photos and videos online but I hope to be able to attend next years race.”

With the announcement of MG being the official tire for USPKS and Route 66, two different compounds will be used. The Sportsman divisions will run the harder MG HZ tire, more commonly noted as the MG Red while all other classes will run the MG FZ or yellow branded MG tire. All classes will utilize the MG WT tires for wet weather conditions.

“The opportunity to work with the USPKS program in 2014 is very exciting for us,” explained Wagner Rossi of MG Tires. “Mark has put together an excellent program that promotes fairness and an equal playing field for all of their drivers. The promotion of a fun, family oriented series is something that was needed throughout the Midwest.”

Rossi continued, “We are proud to be part of the series and like Mark, we will work with and listen to the praises and concerns of the series participants to keep our product as good and reliable as possible. We look forward to building a long and healthy relationship with the series, drivers and teams.”

With several more announcements forth coming from the United States Pro Kart Series and Route 66 Sprint Series, please stay tuned for information regarding online registration, class, event and series sponsors, exciting prize package and information regarding the 2014 class structure and complete schedule.

For more information on the United States Pro Kart Series, please visit them online at www.USPKS.com or contact Mark Coats via e-mail mcoats.uspks@gmail.com For information on the Route 66 Sprint Series, please visit them online at www.Route66KartRacing.com or contact via e-mail to Info@Rout66KartRacing.com. For information on MG Tires and their wide variety of karting tires and compounds, please visit them online at www.MGTires.com.

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Oct 25

2014 USPKS Schedule

posted by Greg Dingess on Oct 25, 2013

With the 2014 racing season right around the corner, the United States Pro Kart Series is happy to announce its 2014 racing season event schedule:


2014 USPKS Schedule


April 11-13 - GoPro Motorplex, Mooresville, North Carolina

June 20-22 - MRP, New Liberty, Indiana

July 25-27 - Pitt International Raceway, Beaver Run, Pennsylvania

August 15-17 - New Castle Motorsports Park, New Castle, IN

The series banquet will follow the Sunday rounds at the New Castle event.