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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 11-13: 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.

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