The United States Pro Kart Series kicked off its 12th season this weekend at the Speedsportz Racing Park. The New Caney, Texas facility hosted the Texas Grand Prix, with over 260 entries competing in the seven categories. Following two full days of action on Friday and Saturday, the grids were set for the main events on Sunday, including two B Main races for the KA100 Junior and KA100 Senior. The final day began with a wet track from overnight rain for the warm-up sessions, however, the track was dry once the green flag waved to begin the Final races. The day completed with a perfect score put in by three-time defending series champion Ryan Norberg to claim the $5,000 payday for winning the X30 Pro class.

Norberg (RPG / Kosmic) started on the pole position for the Rolison Performance Group X30 Pro class following his wire-to-wire performances in the three heat races on Saturday. Heavy pressure from Austin Garrison (SCR / Redspeed) in the opening laps was the focus of the first half before Norberg began to inch away with fast laps of the race. In the end, the gap was 1.7 seconds as Norberg would claim his first USPKS victory since Road America 2022. Alessandro de Tullio (Inter MS / Kart Republic) took advantage of the inside lane, following Garrison through at the start to push Donovan Bonilla (RPG / Kosmic) and Pauly Massimino (BJR / LN Racing Kart) behind on the opening lap. De Tullio fought off early pressure and trailed the leading duo for the entire race, claiming the third step on the podium. It would be Brandon Carr (Trinity / Kart Republic) who ended up winning the battle for fourth, coming up from seventh to hold off Bonilla and a charging Harley Keeble (Sodi Racing USA) – who started 10th. Bonilla would be penalized for contact, dropping him to eighth and bringing Keeble up to fifth.

The main event in the Brandon Jarsocrak Racing KA100 Senior class was an exciting 20 laps. Defending champion Helio Meza (Trinity / Kart Republic) started on the pole position following his two heat wins on Saturday and was fighting with Donovan Bonilla (RPG / Kosmic) early on. They swapped the top spot a few times before Meza secured the spot. Then it was a battle for second behind him, involving Bonilla, Cooper Shipman (IRM / Tony Kart), and Jesus Vasquez Jr. (TKS / GFC). Eventually, Alan Isambard (Sodi Racing USA) – who was slated to run the Pro Shifter division that was cancelled – was charging through the field from 12th with fast laps of the race. Once into fifth, he was able to run down the lead group by himself. As they continued the fighting for second, Isambard took advantage and picked off each driver, one by one until he was in second. Two laps later, he was able to make a move on the defending Meza, grabbing the lead as they took the white flag. Isambard ran a solid last lap, keeping Meza behind and earning his first USPKS victory. Shipman won the battle for third that saw a large group close in at the end, including Alex Stanfield (Racelab / TB Kart) coming up from 27th to finish fourth. Aden Rudolph (CRG Nordam) completed the top-five that included four drivers from the state of Texas. The B Main winner was Kingston Himes (Tony Kart) – who ended up finishing 30th in the Final.

The Speed Concepts Racing X30 Junior class went down to the wire. The fight for the top spot was heated early including pole sitter Turner Brown (RPG / Kosmic), Diego Ardiles (RPG / Kosmic) and Jackson Wolny (SCR / Redspeed). Brown was eventually shuffled down ninth in the big group of the lead pack near the halfway point, as Ardiles and Wolny were able to break away. They ran 1-2 as Brown knifed his way forward, returning back to third and running down the top two. The leaders began fighting coming to the white flag with Wolny taking over the top spot. They continued fighting through the final lap, allowing Brown to close in and make it a three-driver fight. As they went through the final two corners, Brown got to the inside of both, while Ardiles beat Wolny to the kink. Brown and Ardiles were side by side at the line with Ardiles reaching the line first by only eight thousandths of a second to claim the victory. Brown would have finished in second, however, he was removed from the results for a tech issue as did sixth place finisher Sarah Bradley (SCR / Redspeed). She would have been moved up into the top-five as fifth place finisher Chace Gassiot-Lee (Nash / EOS) was penalized five positions for swerving. This put Victor de Alencar (RPG / Kosmic) into third behind Wolny with Alexander Vanchev (Zanella / Kosmic) fourth and Junior rookie Michael McGaughy (RPM / Tony Kart) fifth.

Three different drivers led in the first half of the BBS Race Engines KA100 Junior main event. Pole position driver Enzo Vidmontiene (Trinity / Kart Republic) battle the top spot with Sebastian Garzon (Orsolon / Tony Kart) and Diego Ardiles (RPG / Kosmic). Ardiles eventually took over the spot by the halfway point with Vidmontiene on his bumper. With five laps remaining, Vidmontiene made the move for the lead and Ardiles came under heavy pressure for second. This allowed Vidmontiene to pull away to a comfortable gap, leading the remaining laps to secure the victory by over three seconds. Garzon ended up winning the battle for second ahead of Turner Brown (RPG / Kosmic) with Ty Fisher (Racelab / TB Kart) up from ninth to fourth. Jaxon Young (TKS / GFC) was fifth at the line but multiple contact penalties dropped him out of the top-10, moving Ardiles to fifth after crossing the line in seventh after a penalty to Javier Herrera (Orsolon / Tony Kart) who finished sixth. Caleb Tarter (MPG / Kart Republic) won the B Main, going on to finish 25th in the main event. The story of the B Main was Hamzah Anbar (Arcane / LN Racing Kart). He started 17th and drove his way forward, making a two for one pass to claim the second spot in the closing laps to earn the final transfer spot. Driver coach Austin Osborne used his LCQ race YouTube footage from 2021 in Ocala as motivation for Anbar. In the Final, Anbar gained 18 more spots to finish 29th.

The Nash Motorsportz KA100 Masters class welcomed a first time winner at the series. Martin Stone (RPM / Tony Kart) led the field to the green flag, but it was Miguel Mier (Orsolon / Tony Kart) that led the opening laps. Stone returned to the point on lap four and remained there until Adam Crepin (FMS / Gillard) was able to work past for the lead on lap 14. Stone was shuffled back to fifth, moving Mier as the top challenger on Crepin. Through the final six laps, Crepin kept enough space between he and Mier to go unchallenged to the checkered flag, earning his first USPKS victory. Niki Coello (FMS / Merlin) drove to third with Laurentiu Mardan (Tecno Kart USA) in fourth as Stone finished fifth.

The Sodi Racing USA Mini Swift class also welcomed a first time winner. Nicolas Orbezo (RPG / Kosmic) and Ashton Woon (Supertune / Parolin) led the field to the green flag. Woon was shuffled back to sixth on the opening circuit as Valentino Santillan (Sodi Racing USA) began challenging Orbezo. The two went back and forth for the lead until Woon climbed his way back up front and into the lead by lap seven. The fighting continued with Orbezo taking the lead again until Woon secured the spot on lap 14. Woon continued to be pressured until the final lap when fighting for second amped up, allowing him to inch away and go unchallenged to the checkered flag to claim his first Mini victory in USPKS competition. Santillan won the fight for second with top qualifier Marco Sammut (BJR / LN Racing Kart) placing third. Alex Chandler (IRM / Gillard) climbed 13 spots to fourth with Orbezo slipping back to fifth at the line.

The first main event of the day was the Team Ferris Racing Micro Swift division, once again putting on a great show in their 18-lap Final. The lead group included six drivers in the early portion but the second half of the race, three were able to escape including pole position driver Wynn Godschalk (Team Benik), Miguel Suarez (RPG / Kosmic) and top qualifier Santiago Orioli (MPG / Kart Republic) – coming up from 13th on the grid after a DNF in the opening heat race on Saturday. Orioli led the majority of the second half until Godschalk took over the lead. He led the group on the final circuit and the three drivers battle hard in the final corners. They exited the penultimate corner three wide, making it through the final kink and going three wide at the line. Suarez was able to pull off the over under, hold the outside line to checkered flag and win by only 35 thousandths of a second. Orioli was second in the middle of the three wide at the line as Godschalk ran out of straight to end up third, only 68 thousandths back of Suarez. Jake Manalio (TFR / Kart Republic) improved five spots to fourth with Marcelo Flores (SLA / Kart Republic) moved up to fifth after a penalty to Mikey Collins (URACE / Sodi Kart).

The second stop for the 2024 United States Pro Kart Series is slated for May 17-19 as the Trackhouse Motorplex will host the Carolina Grand Prix. It will be the 12th visit to the Mooresville, North Carolina facility – the unofficial home of the USPKS.