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Nov 23

United States Pro Kart Series Confirms 2017 Plans

posted by Mark Coats on Nov 23, 2016

The United States Pro Kart Series is excited to announce our program for the 2017 season. As part of our continuous improvement process, and beginning with the closing events of 2016, Series staffers solicited opinions, ideas, and suggestions from numerous competitors, supporting race shops, and sponsors. That information was discussed extensively and the result is the following changes to our program, beginning with the 2017 campaign. We hope you are as excited about these changes as we are!

One of the most commons themes we heard was that the practice days were too long, and that shorter sessions were preferred, with an earlier wrap up. Additionally, to cut back on the number of travel days, to start the Friday practice later. And at the conclusion of the race weekend, everyone wanted to get back on the road home earlier. To that end, the new weekend schedule was developed.

The next change, is with regard to the entry fees and purses paid in some classes. Most folks surveyed felt the money classes were not necessary and were not a motivating factor. So we listened and eliminated the purse, which allowed us to lower the entry fees. Entry Fees Lowered: 1st Class is now $300 and the 2nd Class $250 (pre entry). At track entry, $350 all classes.

Another popular request was the addition of drop race into the championship. Again, we listened, and for 2017 you get one race day as a drop. Four Great Events; 8 race days, with 7 of the 8 race days counting toward the championship.

The 2017 USPKS Schedule is:

April 7–9, 2017 - Go-Pro Motorplex, Mooresville, North Carolina
June 2–4, 2017 - Pittsburgh International, Wampum, Pennsylvania
July 28–30, 2017 - New Castle Motorsports Park, New Castle, Indiana (NEW TRACK LAYOUT)
September 22–24, 2017 - The Autobahn Country Club, Joliet, Illinois (Temporary Circuit)

The 2017 Class Lineup will be released soon. But in the meantime, mark you calendars!

More information on the USPKS can be found by visiting the series website at www.uspks.com or by contacting Series Director Mark Coats at (217)652-6275 or via email at mcoats.uspks@gmail.com.

2017 USPKS Race Weekend Format

12:00p - parking for Sponsors, Race Teams and Big Rigs
1:00p - Starts Individual parking
1:00p–7:00p - Registration & Pre Tech

8:00a - Pit pass sales and Track opens
8:30a–6:00p - Registration
9:00a–6:00p - Pre Tech & Tire Scanning
12:00p–6:00p - Practice Sessions
6:00p - Cookout and Bags Tourney (Bags Champion for the year)

7:00a - Pit pass sales & track opens
7:30a - Registration & Tech opens
8:00a - One round of warmup, Qualifying, Two Heats (progressive start), Final

Podiums and interviews after each final

7:30a - Pit pass & Track opens
8:00a - Registration & Tech opens
8:30a - One round of warmup, Qualifying, Prefinal, Final

Podiums and interviews done after each final

Oct 18


posted by Mark Coats on Oct 18, 2016

Thank you to all of our Champions & award winners. The Champions Rings, Suits & Runner-up Jackets have been ordered. All checks have been sent to our vendors for first & second place certificates.
Thank you to all of our racers, racing families & shops & sponsors for supporting the United States Professional Karting Series.

Sep 12


posted by Mark Coats on Sep 12, 2016

The 2016 United States Professional Karting Series Championships have been decided and our Champions have been Crowned! The awards banquet followed the weekends racing at Pittsburg International Sunday afternoon. Watch for the article on e-karting news later this week.
Thank you to all of our racers & their families for supporting the USPKS.
Don't forget to support all of the USPKS supporting sponsors for all of your karting needs.
Thank you to all of the USPKS "TEAM" for another great season.
Stay tuned to the website for the entire 2017 program.

Thank you for supporting the United States Professional Karting Series.

Sep 09


posted by Mark Coats on Sep 09, 2016

On the eve of the 2016 Fikse Wheels United States Pro Kart Series presented by MG Tires finale weekend, series officials are pleased to announce its commitment regarding the tire selection for the future of the program. MG Tires has been the only brand utilized for the USPKS and the regional Route 66 Sprint Series since 2013, and promoter Mark Coats is confirming the continuation for both series with the Brazilian manufacturer.

“We have and continue to be pleased with the performance of the tire and what MG Tires has done for us,” stated USPKS and Route 66 Sprint Series promoter Mark Coats. “I want to thank WR International - Wagner Rossi and Luis Ruibal - for everything they have done for our two programs over the last four years. Mr. Rossi and Mr. Ruibal have been great partners for both series and I can not thank them enough for their support and friendship.”

Recently, MG Tires announced a change in the distribution network for North America with a new direction, new philosophy and new key personnel. Coats met with MG Owners Marcello Ventre and Gianfranco Ventre during the month of July and conducted many discussions with new North American distributors Justin Marks and Eric Jones of the GoPro Motorplex facility. Similar goals exist between the two parties toward the current and future racers in the eastern half of the United States.

“It has been a great working relationship with Mark and the series he promotes,” stated Eric Jones of KartSport North America. “We began working with his program as a track owner at our GoPro Motorplex facility, and have enjoyed hosting an event in each of the first four years of the USPKS. We have extended our IAME dealer network and customer service program thanks to his two series that reach multiple states and tracks throughout the eastern half of the United States. The addition of MG Tires to our structure further strengthens our relationship with the United States Pro Kart Series and Route 66 Sprint Series.”

The United States Pro Kart Series and the Route 66 Sprint Series is set to continue utilizing the MG Tires FZ (Yellow) and HZ (Red) compounds for the 2017 season in IAME, Yamaha and Kid Kart competition.

This weekend is the 2016 season finale for the Fikse Wheels United States Pro Kart Series presented by MG Tries, set for the Pittsburgh International Race Complex in Wampum, PA and sponsored by Checkered Motorsports. The Route 66 Sprint Series program closes out the season on October 7-9 at the Mid-State Kart Club facility in Springfield, Illinois sponsored by B&B Electric.

Mar 14


posted by Mark Coats on Mar 14, 2016

The United States Pro Kart Series is preparing for the fourth season of competition after experiencing growth in each of the previous three seasons. Another four-event championship schedule at four distinct and popular North America karting circuits from the months of May to September. MG Tires is once again showing its support of the USPKS program, which is also welcoming an additional title sponsor in Fikse Wheels.

“It is very exciting to have Fikse Wheels on board with us for the 2016 season,” stated United States Pro Kart Series promoter Mark Coats. “The past three seasons have been memorable with the kind of growth, cooperation and great racing produced at the 12 events we have hosted. Moving forward, the addition of Fikse Wheels takes the USPKS to the next level. Their support helps to bring more attention outside the sport of karting to the USPKS and karting in general, while also exposing their products to a new market of potential customers. The support of MG Tires and Fikse Wheels will be seen throughout the events in 2016.”

Fikse Wheels is a North American company focused on designing, engineering and manufacturing wheels from its Langley, British Columbia headquarters. Fikse provides an unmatched advantage on the track, supplying teams in IMSA, World Challenge, the FIA Sports Car Series, and others around the world. Fikse Wheels offer a wide variety of street car products, featuring lightweight components, superior strength and stiffness, combined with ease of serviceability to make them the choice of champions and enthusiasts alike.

“Motorsports is our passion and our business, and there is no better grassroots level like karting,” stated Fikse Wheels President Daryle Redlin. “Fikse has a number of partners throughout the motorsports ladder system, and we know a number of current and future karters could find themselves racing sportscars or open wheel machines with Fikse Wheels. This new partnership with the United States Pro Kart Series helps to expand our brand into the midwest and the rest of the east coast with those in karting, motorsports and the many car lovers.


The 2016 United States Pro Kart Series program is moving along quickly, as officials are happy to announce the release of the rules package. Now available through the USPKS.com website, competitors can download the full rule structure for the upcoming season, which features four Yamaha divisions and four IAME categories.

New for the 2016 is the promotion of Jason Ludwig to the Series Race Director. Ludwig has served as Assistant Race Director for the first three seasons, with Race Director experience coming from the past few seasons at the Route 66 Sprint Series. He will be joined by new Head Flagman Tony Jump and new Assistant Race Directors Cale Wyse and Kevin Harris.

The remainder of the USPKS staff remains the same for the 2016 season:

Dan Green Series Administrator

Julie Green Assistant to the Series Administrator

Rick Jump Series Tech Director

Tim Anderson Assistant Tech Director

Alex Hornsby Assistant in Tech

Randy Kugler Series Announcer

Alli Long Series Score Keeper

Becky French Series Assistant

Tony Wyse Series Assistant

Steve Everitt Series Assistant

Paulette Anderson Series Assistant

Jim Churchill Series Safety Director

Kathy Churchill Series Photographer