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Michiana Raceway Park North Liberty, IN
Jun 25


posted by Mark Coats on Jun 25, 2015

The rough driving and the lack of respect by the racers appear to be an epidemic in all
forms of karting.
The big question is how do we stop it?
In my opinion there are several factors contributing to the problem.
To me the parents, tuners & driving coaches need to stop telling their drivers to get to the
front regardless what it takes. This is dangerous and as we saw this past weekend. There
were 5 red flags and that is 5 to many. There were 4 alone in the sportsman classes!!
As a series we want to let you race, but apparently the drivers feel that they have a 75%
chance of getting away with aggressive driving and just running over the kart in front of
them. Ladies & Gentlemen this type of racing HAS TO STOP & I MEAN NOW. Thank God
that Luca & Preston were not seriously hurt.
As a series it is my "Team’s" responsibility to provide a fair & safe racing environment. We
do not drive the go-karts & we do not coach the drivers. We want you to have a fun
experience with both of our series.
As far as the fairness goes, we are doing more tech than all of the other karting series in the
USA. We have stepped our game up with more qualified tech officials & have invested in
more equipment for teching tires, engines and fuel. If you have not noticed, we have
streamlined our registration system as well.
The next issue is safety. None of my officials take this lightly; it's our number one concern.
Starting at the next event at MRP, we will be implementing a video system recording all of
the starts. We will have more of our "TEAM’S EYES" watching the races. If you take
someone out on the start, guess what, you will finish behind them. All penalties will be made
public. This will be done by a ticket at the scales and announced over the PA. Hopefully we
do not need a penalty box like they have in hockey. I personally will watch every race along
with the RD and series director Rick Fulks.
There is no excuse for people having their karts totaled on the race track. NONE!
Our "TEAM" will be meeting before the next events and will have the new penalty
procedures in writing for everyone. We do take this seriously. We will get this under control.
If we have to send drivers home, so be it.
I hope that the drivers, parents, coaches, team owners & kart shops talk this over and
realize that I will put a stop to this. There are a lot of guys who race clean and we are not
pointing fingers at you.
For 2016 the "PRO CLASS" will be by invitation only and or a licensing system. If you want
to run the new "DVS" Pro class in 2016 and want to get your license, I suggest you start
driving like a Pro.
Please share this with everyone you race with.
Mark Coats
CEO Route 66 Sprint Series, Inc.

Jun 25


posted by Mark Coats on Jun 25, 2015

Thank you to all of our sponsors, shops & racers for attending the USPKS Event at the US Air Raceway, sponsored by Praga North America.
A special thank you goes out to the Keaveny Family for hosting the Friday evening cookout and to Allegany Truck Bodies & KartLift for sponsoring the cookout. It was appreciated by all.
I am excited to report the Luca Mars & Preston Lemm are doing fine. Preston according to his grandfather is a little black and blue, but feeling better. I would like to personally thank Jim Churchill & the local ambulance service for taking care of our young racers.
Matt & Tonja Wharff defeated John Dignan & Gary Lawson who appeared to be unstoppable in Friday evenings bean bag tourney. Congratulations Matt & Tonja. There will be another "bags" tournament at MRP in July.
I would like to thank my entire USPKS staff along with the Route 66 Sprint Series staff who helped this amazing event happen. I would also like to thank George Sieracki for handling the trailer parking for our first two events. It's a tireless job and George donates his time to the series, thank you my friend.

May 07

ROK CUP USA Announces Long Term Agreement with United States Pro Kart Series

posted by Mark Coats on May 07, 2015

The ROK Cup USA and United States Pro Kart Series (USPKS) are announcing a long-term agreement. This new partnership offers all entrants of the ROK Junior and ROK Senior classes the opportunity to use ROK Vortex engines at the USPKS starting at the next round in June at the US Air Motorsports Raceway in Shawano, Wisconsin. Each part of this new venture is excited for this agreement and look forward to being able to provide a program that enhances the customer racing experience.

For the next three events for the 2015 USPKS racing schedule, the ROK Junior and ROK Senior classes will have the opportunity to compete using the ROK Vortex engine. Vortex engines are known for their consistency and quality, resulting in a competitive and safe racing atmosphere. The two categories will be contested separate from any of the original seven USPKS classes already competing, and they both will be featured on Friday and Saturday of each race weekend utilizing a unique format.

The all-included racing package, for only $ 4,900, is available for purchase from your local USPKS dealer, which includes a brand new Vortex engine (valued at $3,300), six sets of MG racing tires (valued at $1,320) and registration for the next three USPKS racing events (valued at $1,050). The total retail value for this unique all-inclusive package is $5,670 and offers each driver the chance to save over $770. Starting Thursday afternoon of each event, registered drivers will be also given the option to rent any Vortex engine from a Vortex dealer at $700 for the entire weekend.

Even more exciting is the opportunity for each driver to win cash and prizes. For each of the three events, the driver who earns the highest total in weekend combined points for each of the Junior ROK and Senior ROK categories, a cash prize of $1,000 will be awarded. Additionally the second place finishers will receive $500 and the third place finishers will be awarded $250 in cash. A total of $ 10,500 in cash will be paid out during the three weekends of competition

Drivers in the ROK Senior, ROK Junior and the already Mini ROK 60 Cadet category are competing to win a trip to Italy for the ROK Cup International Finals. The overall champions each receive a trip that includes the use of a brand new 2015 Tony Kart, a new Vortex engine, kart stand, tent fees, race registration, one set of tires, racing fuel and oil, along with a four-night hotel stay for the driver.


The ROK program is an engine made by an exclusive karting manufacturer Vortex, understands the importance of close tolerances and equality between products. Vortex has spent huge amount of resources to ensure that all engines are made to perform as close as possible. Vortex also manufacturers most components in-house and whatever it does not produce, it owns the tooling. Therefore, their commitment to the drivers is that their engines will remain unchanged for the next 10 years, just like the Mini ROK has not changed in the past 10 years.

Fit for a champion, this is an opportunity that a driver does not want to miss out on. A sign of great things to come, stay tuned during the 2015 season and the excitement to follow each event.

For more information about ROK CUP USA, please visit www.ROKCupUSA.com or call 407.575.6435.

Apr 28


posted by Mark Coats on Apr 28, 2015

I would like to thank everyone who attended the opening round of the USPKS Event. We had record entries and parking was tight, but with everyone's cooperation we made got thru the weekend and I just wanted to say thank you to all. This includes the racers, their families, sponsors, the track staff & management & the USPKS staff.
We are now focusing on Event #2 at Shawano Wisconsin in June. Hopefully we will see you there.
Thank you again,

Apr 16


posted by Mark Coats on Apr 16, 2015

If you have registration questions about the USPKS, please contact the following:
Registration & Scoring - Dan & Julie Green - dan.uspks@gmail.com
Technical - Rick Jump - jumpracing@yahoo.com
General Questions - Rick Fulks - rfrf1@comcast.net
General Questions - Mark Coats - mcoats.uspks@gmail.com
If you emailed any older email addresses and were ignored, we apologize.

Oct 10


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.